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S. Sudan president calls for integration of former militia groups

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September 3, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has directed that members of other armed groups covered by a general amnesty be integrated into government institutions, his office said on Wednesday.

Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny said a percentage will be integrated into the national army (SPLA) and police service, while other will return to civilian life.

“A committee is working on the integration process because it will be the one to devise a mechanism for integration because not all of them will be observed in the national army,” Ateny said in a statement on Wednesday.

“This is a process which requires time. The committee is working on it,” he adds.

The presidential aide praised the “nationalistic approach” taken by the former militia groups, saying their actions would have negatively impacted the security situation in the country should they have opted to rejoin the current rebellion as some others did.

“This is why the decision they took to work for peace is seen as a demonstration of nationalism, because for peace to come some sacrifices and high prices must be made,” he said. “The government very much commends them for showing nationalistic spirit.”

Ateny said the president has already directed the committee under the leadership of the ministers of security, defence and interior to expeditiously complete the integration process.

The South Sudanese government has been engaged in an armed struggle with rebel forces aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar since mid-December last year when a political dispute within the country’s ruling party turned violent.

The SPLA has been hit by a series of defections, including some senior military figures, since the conflict erupted.

Meanwhile, Gordon Buay, a member of the integration committee, said the integrations process would be complete once approval was granted by the army’s chief of general staff, General Paul Malong Awan

Buay said high level officers had already been integrated into the national army, with some appointed as field commanders, tasked with fighting alongside government troops against the pro-Machar forces.

“My understanding is that all of them will be integrated into the national army. They will not be demobilised now because the country is at war and they are the ones fighting the rebels now,” said Buay.

“What remains now for the work of the committee to be completed is the approval of the chief of general staff, General Paul Malong Awan, which I know he will do it,” he adds.

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  • 4 September 09:28, by Marco Bul

    Wonders will never end.
    Gordon Buay and Yau Yau become gov’t right hand favourites.
    It is a matter of seat survival

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    • 4 September 19:11, by Bolman

      The mostly remainder of multi Malitia were integrated into official Army Forces of Kiir n M7 while the death bodies were released to Cilvilians,what I know so far 65 percents of they already gets kills by Freedom Fighters the remains are 35 percents Kiir is going out in SS or He will face severely death in my hands

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  • 4 September 10:36, by Son of Ngundeng

    Buay and Yau Yau, they are like slaves to this Dinka government, there is an example, if you follow hen it lead you to rubbish zone.

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  • 4 September 11:35, by wang

    Gordon Buay has over 13,000 forces plus those many sell-outs Nuer that are still serving a govt which had/are murdered their kins. Thus, the Dinka army is looking like, it will be dominated by Nuer against…good luck for that integration thieves.

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    • 4 September 14:02, by Monydit

      @Wang Stuiped they are not sellout as you mentioned in your disunity of south Sudan ,this are they really south sudanes Army ,am Affear that Riekbaai Machar is going to remained in Bush alone with only interent fighter becase the General Election of ROSS is taking place very soon while Riekbaai machar still in the bush ,shamme on you wang

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      • 4 September 14:24, by Malakal county Simon

        Our gallant Freedom Fighters are ready than ever against the enemy of Nueri and Very soon Kiir will be a history before 2015!!

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        • 4 September 15:23, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

          Malakal County Simon,

          Why were u quiet, wounded in the front line or u did not even try? Your gallant food fighter are ready to revisit Khartoum oil Agreement of 1997 and very soon Omer Hassan Al-Bashit/SAF will be a history for failing to honor KOA-1997 before returning routinely to SPLM/A since 2002? Those financiers want to make more money through Riek, who wants to be President of RSS while..

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          • 4 September 15:30, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

            ...followers of Dr. Hopeless Riek Massacre like you desperately want to sleep in cozy Hotels, eat good food (no more Laluk) n fake military ranks given by Khartoum for scaling up destabilization of South Sudan at de expense of reforms and fake federalism as if the white army are educated to grasp a sense of it. White army needs books not guns used for looting, raping and destruction of properties.

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  • 4 September 20:17, by lino

    Once upon a time there were a big Land named Sudan, but Arabs felt they liberated the land alone and thus they should dominated everyone; mighty tribes of Sudan took arms and the land broken apart.
    Now in the new Green Land, a Big Tribe felt they paid the price of liberating it from Arabs, but now a fight broken up. Are we going to see another broken countries? or Federalism, or Confederations???

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    • 5 September 15:10, by Mapuor

      Lino,please be an intellectual.If you analyze the composition of Juba level government statistically,you would deduce that there is virtually no domination.Look at states,no one from different state is dominating those of other states.If there is internal domination of bigger groups within their states then that is upto you in your states to address it.

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