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Rebels remain in control of strategic Mayom town: spokesperson

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April 26, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels led by former vice-president, Riek Machar dismissed a government announcement that its forces had recaptured Unity state’s Mayom town, which borders Warrap state, saying the claims were “premature and incorrect” as rebels “are still in full control of the area”.

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A member of South Sudan’s rebel SPLM-In-Opposition patrols the streets of Upper Nile state capital Malakal, on 4 March 2014 (Photo: AFP /Andrei Pungovschi)

The South Sudanese army (SPLA) said on Friday that it has regained control of the strategic town of Mayom, saying it is only a matter of time before it will exert full control over all rebel-held areas.

“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.

Aguer said government forces would now proceed to the capital, Bentiu, to dislodge rebel forces there.

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 added.

However, James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson for rebel leader Riek Machar, maintains rebels are still in control of the town and its surrounding areas.

“The claim over the control of Mayom town by the government was premature and incorrect. Our forces are in full control of the town and its surroundings. Any doubting Thomas should visit the area and independently verify it,” Dak said when contacted by Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

However, he admitted that government forces temporarily entered the town after they were lured in by rebel troops.

“What happened was a temporary tactical withdrawal by our forces who lured them into the town without a fight and then closed them in from the rear. This was to target their war equipment and logistics, which they actually left behind when they were crashed and flushed out on Saturday morning,” said Dak, adding that remnants had fled in disarray as rebels pursued them towards Abiemnhom county.

Rebel forces captured the town from government troops loyal to president Salva Kiir on 21 April. Analysts say that rebels could use the area as a base to attack Warrap state and areas beyond.

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  • 27 April 2014 11:55, by Son of Ngundeng

    That is a really lie agains the poor nation, make them to confuse.
    War will be serous this time, Dinka gangsters know that at first you are fighting with strong tribes, which never give up and all the world know,this war will end unless we sluaghter your drunkard president, don’t dream of Mayom to be recaptured by your corrupt government, we are moving to Warrap seek the way to UN camp from now::

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    • 27 April 2014 21:47, by Rommel

      I have to evoke Aeschylus’s eternally pertinent idiom that "truth is the first casualty of war". Didn’t the rebels say the same thing about Malakal? They quite obscenely claimed that they had recaptured the town, less than 24 hours after the ’government’ announced that it taken full control. Source: http://upperniletimes.net/details/658

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      • 27 April 2014 22:08, by Rommel

        The rebels also made similar claims about Pariang, Gadiang, Adar-Yale, Guelguek and Bor. They always seem to claim that they had ’captured’ these areas or had ’lured’ ’government’ forces in out of some incredibly exceptional stroke of military genius. It’s quite unfortunate, but both sides are actively engaging in deception.

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  • 27 April 2014 12:03, by Son of Ngundeng

    Very serous war, the rain season has come my advice to the Dinka army please surender before the action took place.

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