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South Sudan army claims to have retaken Mayom


April 25, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) said on Friday that it has regained control of the strategic town of Mayom in Unity state, claiming that it is only a matter of time before it will exert full control over all rebel-held areas.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) on guard in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity state on 12 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

“Yes, our forces are in Mayom. They have captured it from the rebels and it is a matter of time before they take complete control of all the areas,” SPLA spokesperson Colonel Philip Aguer said on Friday.

In an exclusive interview, Aguer told Sudan Tribune that government troops have a “constitutional mandate to provide security and protection to people and their properties”.

Rebels led by former vice-president Riek Machar took control of the Unity state capital, Bentiu, on 15 April. The conflict began in December when large sections of the army and some senior members of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) defected.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has accused opposition forces of carrying out targeted killings and inciting “vengeful sexual violence” over local radio after regaining control of Bentiu from government troops.

It is alleged that civilians who were hiding inside Bentiu hospital were killed for not joining fellow members of the Nuer ethnic group who had gone onto the streets to celebrate the capture of the town by rebel forces, according to UNMISS.

UNMISS has also accused rebels of carrying out a massacre at a local mosque in which 200 civilians who had taken refuge inside were killed after opposition forces separated individuals on the basis of their nationality and ethnic group.

The SPLA “will definitely go to Bentiu and push those rebels out. It is just a matter of time and all the areas within territorial jurisdiction of the Republic of South Sudan will be secure. We have the mandate to provide protection and to secure safety of our people and their properties,” Aguer said.

The senior officer further added that government forces have also gained control of Ayod – a rebel stronghold in eastern Jonglei state – for the first time since violence erupted in December last year.

Observers say the capture of Ayod if confirmed by independent sources, would raise the morale of government forces and put pressure on rebels fighting to extend their control of strategic areas and key oilfieldsin Upper Nile state

It remains unclear how the government troops managed to cross into Mayom town following reports last week that it destroyed a bridge which links the area with neighbouring Warrap state.

The town borders both Unity and Warrap states, close to the border with Sudan, which South Sudan split from in 2011 as part of a 2005 peace deal.

Rebels from the SPLM in Opposition said they captured Mayom on 21 April. Analysts said that rebels could have used the area as a base to attack Warrap state and areas beyond.

Sudan Tribune was unable to independently verify government claims that it has recaptured the area and neither the rebel military spokesperson nor any of their officials have confirmed or denied the area had fallen under government control.


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  • 26 April 2014 06:20, by omoni jr.

    the picture of the fighters posted on the articles is not belong to SPLA, IT is actually JEM, they are well known for covering their heads using turbans.
    Back to the article, Aguer is well known liar, what mandate does tribal and Dinkocrate militias have rather than killing their own citizens. Aguer is professional and technical liar. just disregard whatever he utter out..

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    • 26 April 2014 07:19, by Chol A.

      Omoni nyagat, don’t worry whether Lias or true there is more bad news to come for you stay turn. You soon hear fall of beatiu and Nasir and many more areas occupy your Nuer militia mark words. Spla will chase you all the way to where you come from.

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    • 26 April 2014 07:42, by Majongdit

      Omoni Jnr
      Those are pure SPLA soldiers. The art of covering the head with a turban has been taken up by both the rebels and SPLA. I know you are using that accusation to beg for support from Riek’s husband, al Beshir of Khartoum.

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    • 26 April 2014 08:01, by Jewish Ally

      you hart what you will never change and love what is useless, but whether you like it or not this rebel not succeed and will only bring shame to machar and nuer tribes at the end of the day. and your information south Sudan is not only for Dinka and Nuer. i wonder which kingdom does Nuer wanted to establish? kingdom hell! yes,

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      • 26 April 2014 08:02, by Jewish Ally

        I am very unhappy seeing all South Sudanese dying in large numbers always because it is a lot to the nation, whether it is from the government or rebel side. but some idiots are praising this killing game. Omoni, kim deng, midit bentiu son are tipical example of this.
        please let all think as South Sudanese and embrass peaceful coexistent among our tribes.
        You kill your brother today and tomorrow y

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        • 26 April 2014 08:06, by Jewish Ally

          and tomorrow you will need him eagerly when external aggression comes. what the rebels is doing is not inhuman, killing of innocent civilian is not acceptable globally, in case you come to power who will you rule? this is evil

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      • 26 April 2014 14:13, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Many of the rebels who were sent to rescue Nuer civilian in Bor have perished under SPla assaults, the rests are running for their lives to ward Akobo leaving behind Ayod to government forces.

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    • 26 April 2014 11:24, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar is like a wounded lion.
      His troops kill any thing comes across their way,
      mad people ,even dogs,goats and chickens.
      In the beginning,he wanted to capture Juba,but he didnot,now he turn his troops on oil fiels,which he will not control,all South sudan army will die for it no matter how many will die because this is where their salary comes from.He is just a failed leader of Nuetribe

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    • 26 April 2014 15:47, by mathem jech amer

      Omoni jr
      Which citizens are their own citizens that they are killingg? Are Nuer people government own citizens or they are different government of Nuer fighting governemnt of South Sudan?

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  • 26 April 2014 09:55, by Niggorota

    JEM rebels retook Mayom. We as South Sudanese should be ashamed for invite these terrorist to solve our internal problems. Be reminded that these Animals called Darfurians killed our PEOPLE during the 21 years of the CIVIL war. and now again we are inviting them. shame on us SOUTH SUDANESE.

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    • 26 April 2014 20:38, by Kenyang

      You sound desperate but you shouldn’t be. Khartoum is already supplying Riek with what he needs! What happened in Bentiu is a wake up call and reason for rest of South Sudanese to join the war and end power-hungry Riek rebellion.

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  • 26 April 2014 20:32, by Joseph Canada


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  • 26 April 2014 21:18, by Kenyang

    J. Canada,
    You can say whatever you want but power-hungry Riek was beaten before and there is no reason he can’t be defeated once more- along with his former master, Khartoum. Recent massive killing of innocent South Sudanese and Sudanese in Mosque and at UN Compound in Bentiu demand armed mobilization to dislodge Riek and supporters like yourself not only from Bentiu but all the way to Nasir.

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