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Rebels accuse government of killing civilians in Western Equatoria

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July 6, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudan’s rebel faction under the leadership of former vice-president Riek Machar has accused the government in Juba of targeting civilians in Western Equatoria State.

Rebel spokesman Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that a group belonging to president Salva Kiir’s Dinka tribe had attacked local residents in Maridi last week, killing three people.

The residents had previously been vocal in their support for federalism.

Koang said local youth from Western Equatoria state clashed with government troops between Thursday and Friday.

He claimed a number of government troops were killed during the fighting, while others fled retreated into the bush.

Machar’s calls for the introduction of a federal system of governance in South Sudan has found public support within the Greater Equatoria region.

However, Kiir has rejected demands for a federal system and accusing Machar of attempting to create disunity among government officials in Juba.

Koang has warned of a full-scale war if the government continues to ignore popular support for federalism, saying Equatorian people have right to choose how they want to be governed just like any other South Sudanese.

EQUATORIAN STUDENTS HOLD MEETING

On Saturday, a group of Equatorian students based in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, held a closed-door meeting at Cavendish University, where they condemned the recent killings in Western Equatoria.

According to a well-placed source, there is now active coordination taking place between people on ground and students in Greater Equatoria and abroad.

“We have come out with [a] resolution [that] any killing to our people because of calling for [a] federal system will not be tolerated. We are ready to go for it whether peaceful (sic) or in terms of resistance,” said students.

All three governors of Greater Equatoria recently voiced support for federalism, which they say is the right choice for the region.

Support is growing across South Sudan for federalism, which many believe will help reduce rampant corruptions and tribalism in the country. Others favour a federal system as a way of boosting competition in term of development across the country’s 10 states.

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  • 7 July 09:00, by BM-21

    Dear,Equatorian don,t be mislead by Riak Machar,
    Federal system will not help you,for the reason of two things.
    1.riak machar is not a leader that you can bother your self/ves to support him.
    2.......................

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  • 7 July 09:14, by Chol A.

    Nonsense sources, Lul do you value innocent civialian? Don’t you know that you also indirectly killing innocent Nuer people? The information you heard it rubbish and immature enough to convince Equatorian to fight against government unless foolish Equatoria can believe your liars otherwise you are ashame on what you fought for but failure by other tribes to joint you give you pain so much.

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  • 7 July 16:05, by Black Africa

    Equatorians are silent now, that doesn’t mean we are cowards. you knows what is going to happen when war started at the first ten days Kiir Dinka tribe will kill enough Equatorians but after tens days on word, what is going to happen is the killing of Dinkas tribe everywhere not in south Sudan alone it is going to be everywhere. Count my word.

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    • 7 July 17:31, by Chol A.

      Black Africa or foolish African, killing Dinka every it ok you are free to do so if you think all Dinka you want killed everywhere are sleeping. So you never know who will be first to abandon South Sudan for safety but we gonna die here as I know if you try your stupid ideas.

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  • 7 July 17:51, by Rami Tot

    This is the norm of Dinka to kill any civilian

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  • 7 July 19:37, by Bolong

    Mr. spokesman, you are selling people life away by your own purpose. People of South Sudan don’t have to fight themselves for Federalism. Remember the South was been looted by all its sons and daughters in every tribes including Dr. Riek Machar you claim to be the one who is standing for federal system. Well, we need it, but the interim government will debate it, not you.

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  • 8 July 15:24, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Dinka People all over the ten states of South Sudan have no where to ran for. like nuer who join their nuer brother in ethiopia and some of equatorian who will join their brothers in uganda and kenya if they do the same mistake done by nuer. if any body need Dinka, Dinka will not ran any where but to fight upto the last man inside South Sudan since their homeland is South Sudan and nowhere to go.

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