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South Sudan Riek Machar found the old ally Ugandan Joseph Kony

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By Steve Paterno

May 24, 2014 - In and around early 1990s, some mysterious armed group appeared in Eastern Equatoria, speaking broken Swahili and Acholi languages. The Khartoum regime, which then occupied a garrison town of Torit, immediately scrambled to accommodate their newly arrived allies.

The first thing was to feed the ragtag armed group as most of them were malnourished kids, carrying weapons bigger than themselves. The Khartoum regime officials in town rushed into the UN main storage to gather the goods. Unfortunately, they met uncompromising logistic officer, simply known by the name Kons, who happened to be a local from the area.

Before long, the logistic officer, Kons was dragged by Sudanese National Security and hacked to death over night.

By then, the burden fell to World Food Program (WFP) Officer, Peter (Luay) Basil. Basil who was born of Iraqi father and Syrian mother, while British educated, initially played though with the local authorities of Torit town. However, he eventually capitulated after consultation with his boss, Stephen Anderson an American, who operated out of Khartoum and New York in running WFP.

Sadly enough, as they settled it, the agreement between the WFP and Khartoum military intelligence, the Mukhabarat as well as the national security was to exchange sorghum with corn, popularly known in the area as maize to be provided to the LRA. The LRA being from Uganda, don’t bout well eating Sudanese sorghum for ugali.

Therefore, the food deal, cemented relationship between the following: UN, Khartoum regime, LRA and the then Riek Machar militia, which introduced LRA into South Sudan, then Sudan.

Fast forward, Riek Machar maintained relationship with LRA, particularly during elusive Juba Peace Talks, which dragged on...

Now, there is surmountable evidence that Riek Machar is continuing to pursue his LRA connections in his quest to topple the newly emerged government of South Sudan.

The LRA is a notorious rebel group from Uganda. The most five of its highest ranked members are indicted by International Criminal Court and the USA designated the group as a terrorist. The group is being pursued under regional agreement that include, the militaries of South Sudan, Uganda, DRC and CAR, supported by USA Special Forces, which have troops deployed on the ground.

Steve Paterno is the author of The Rev. Fr. Saturnino Lohure, A Romain Catholic Priest Turned Rebel. He can be reached at stevepaterno@yahoo.com



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  • 25 May 05:49, by Akol Liai Mager

    Peace is around the corner and soon South Sudan’s enemies union of allies will be sealed off her borders.

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    • 25 May 09:49, by Mi diit

      Steve Paterno,
      You said: “Now, there is surmountable evidence that Riek Machar is continuing to pursue his LRA connections in his quest to topple the newly emerged government of South Sudan.” But you have not told the readers what that “surmountable evidence” is. Shame on you for picking the allegations by Ugandan government.

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      • 25 May 09:54, by Mi diit

        How could Riek Machar invite LRA to South Sudan? When and how? During the war in 1990s Machar did not have forces at the Uganda border. During the post-CPA, Machar was not the president of South Sudan. You are such a ragtag shameless writer. Well, if LRA wants to fight Museveni again, so be it. We now fight your master Museveni inside South Sudan.

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  • 25 May 09:58, by Ambago

    This is one of the cheapest propaganda pieces I have ever come across in my entire adult life.
    The entire world knows that the notorious LRA in no more operational. The latest report claims Joseph Kony to be in Kafia Kinji which is miles away from the Upper Nile region where SPLM/A-IO operates!
    When something is too cheap, it also reflects the source.

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  • 25 May 10:41, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Sad! Sad! Sad is all I can say. Steve I do not believe you can be bought with this cheap propaganda. The motive behind this drive is hard to sense. Do not accept to be used as tools of propping up despotism. Otuho people have freedom fighters for generations do not let down those who stand for downtrodden people. Stand up man!

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  • 25 May 20:31, by Ito

    Paterno, Mong Bebe,
    The only advice I can give you is to stay away from your current political position with regards to the situation in south sudan. You know the truth about the current system and the tribalistic game being played by the government since 1983 and what we experience on daily basis and I hope you just write to please the government but the not the truth about what we all know. Humo

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  • 26 May 08:06, by jubaone

    Dear Steve,
    Your article here is based on mere assumptions that you´ve backtracked from earlier Riak-Kony connections. Implicitly, you now allude that there is "surmountable evidence" to just suggest that. You have no evidence-based arguments to that regard. Perhaps that is just another way to make yourself prolific, especially when you´ve run out of sensible themes for your journalistic career.

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