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Johnson Olony’s forces prefer independent command in Upper Nile state

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May 17, 2015 (JUBA) – Johnson Olony’s rebel group, which carried out a joint attack on Malakal with the SPLM-n opposition, said they wanted to run their affairs independently from others in Upper Nile state.

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Rebel commander Johnson Olony speaks to the press upon arrival at Juba international airport on 13 June 2013 (ST)

In a press statement dated 15 May and distributed to the media on Sunday, a military official who claimed to be spokesperson for the Shilluk ethnic militia under the command of Major General Johnson Olony, said their militia group was now called ‘Agwelek Forces’.

However, Brigadier General Nyagwal Ajak Deng, further said they will work in collaboration with other opposition forces such as the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former vice president, Riek Machar.

“Agwelek forces under command of Gen J. Olony and other senior officers will operate as independent forces in Upper Nile state but we will be ready to work together with other opposition forces fighting tribal government of Salva Kiir for change for better South Sudan free of tribal hatred, ethnic cleansing like the one Collo Kingdom is facing now since 2005 from inspection of CPA planned by Dinka Padang using president Salva Kiir,” partly reads the statement.

Deng said the five-day late press statement could not reach the media on time due to “logistical” challenges until on Sunday when Mabior Garang de Mabior, chairman for information and public relations committee in the SPLM-IO helped to distribute to the media the contacts of the Olony’s spokesperson and urged media houses to contact him.

In the six-page long press statement Brigadier Ajak Deng narrated events leading to the end of alliance with president Kiir’s government, largely blaming it on the Padang Dinka group, which he said were being used by the government to assassinate and fight members of the Shilluk community in Upper Nile state.

A joint force composed of Gen Olony’s group and rebel forces from Machar’s SPLM-IO recapture the state capital on Saturday, dislodging the government’s troops from the area.

This came after attempts to resolve the misunderstandings between the government and the Shilluk militia group failed after the first incident on 22 April due to mistrust.

Following the clashes in Malakal late April, a tentative agreement was reached in which government forces were stationed in northern part of Malakal while Olony’s forces were moved to the southern part of the town where he was reinforcing from the SPLA-IO until Friday when the two forces clashed.

While government was trying to persuade Olony to travel to Juba and reinforcing its troops in the northern part of the town, Olony was also in contact with Machar to reinforce his troops in the southern part of Malakal.

It is however unclear whether the two forces who jointly control Malakal and other towns will now separate to leave the ethnic Shilluk forces, or together with Machar’s forces in the area, under independent command of General Olony.

Sources from Machar’s group previously said General Olony had become one of their senior commanders and was in charge of the overall command of the joint forces that took over Malakal.

“From our direct contacts with him, General Olony has defected to us, and we share with him objectives, but we recognize that he is in charge of the overall command in the area,” a senior rebel official told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

He said they understood the feeling from the Shilluk community that they wanted a “decree of independence” and that was the reason the leadership of the SPLM-IO last year created Fashoda state for the Shilluk kingdom and appointed former presidential advisor on religious affairs, Tijwog Aguet, a Shilluk, as governor.

The official further said they have credible information that other Shilluk officials including General Oyai Deng Ajak, from the former detainees, or G-10, have been encouraging General Johnson Olony to separately command the Shilluk militia group in the land of the Shilluk kingdom and not integrate them into the SPLM-IO to avoid redeployments to other non-Shilluk areas.

He said SPLM-IO also understood that some other officials wanted to use Olony’s forces as a “bargaining chip” for future political and administrative matters.

(ST)

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  • 18 May 2015 09:03, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Ayok Ogat[ a shilluk] is beseigeing Malakal right now to flush out Olony militias with the help of SPLA.by Wedsnday Malakal will be back to the government. In Jonglei, SPLA is crearing out rebels at lightening speed, some of them will be transfer to Malakal Operation if time allow.stay tune!.

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    • 18 May 2015 10:00, by Eastern

      Lotodo,

      I will certainly stay tuned. Let’s see what happens on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. This thing of giving timeframe for winning wars should now be for the past; it isn’t working now at all! The war has taken on a ping-pong pattern.

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  • 18 May 2015 09:41, by Jonglie

    Certainly the recapture of Malakal in the next 3 days will mark the end of the SPLA-IO, given they have deployed their last White Armt left. Akobo and Waat are down today and Pakak is next. 30th of May will be celebrated as of a free South Sudan under the constitutional President Kiir. SPLY Oyee..

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    • 18 May 2015 16:58, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Jonglei and Unity state will be rebels free within days, Leer and Ganyiel are captured,Panyinjiar and Nyal are on panic evacuation. SpLA has also made significant inroad north of Malakal. the town will fall in matter of hours. rebels forces in Malakal will be totally anihilated as they will be persue to shilluk villages and destroy their.

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  • 18 May 2015 09:47, by Jonglie

    Today General Johnson Olony has secrete teleconference meeting with General Malong, Olony agreed to operate separately from any opposition, General Malong agreed to autonomy of Chollo fights to protect the Chollo Kingdom. SPLA/M oyee

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    • 18 May 2015 10:01, by Eastern

      Jonglei or Bor,

      This is a stinking lie. Next time learn how to lie smartly!

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  • 18 May 2015 09:48, by Jonglie

    Today General Johnson Olony has secrete teleconference meeting with General Malong, Olony agreed to operate separately from any opposition, General Malong agreed to autonomy of Chollo fights to protect the Chollo Kingdom. SPLA/M oyee

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  • 18 May 2015 10:48, by Juma El-Saidi.

    Bravo Johnson Olony continue to plan properly so that this Jenge_Dinka Kingdom is flushed away. That is a well done job.
    I advised that your being independent is great because you can control your armies.
    From there advance to Bor and Finally Juba where all the DINKA are hiding Eh! eh!!!! before i forget yesterday i saw the Ugandan troops many coming to Juba. Nonsense allow them you will see how..

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  • 18 May 2015 11:04, by Redeemer

    I do say that when people gets power it makes them crazy until they understand the meaning of power.Look!!!! Olony is saying that he is going to fight tribal government of Kiir on the other hand he says he want to command only Shllluk forces called Agwelek

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  • 18 May 2015 11:07, by Redeemer

    I do say that when people gets power it makes them crazy until they understand the meaning of power.Look!!!! Olony is saying that he is going to fight tribal government of Kiir on the other hand he says he want to command only Shllluk forces called Agwelek. how is he different from Kiir?

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  • 18 May 2015 11:24, by Kenyang

    Juma
    Besides your hatred towards Dinka, you don’t know what you are talking about. Just look, you are in Juba and have audacity to insult other people in Juba. Tell us, are you now on the way to join that garbage traitor name Olony? Give it a little time to see how long your historic opppunists stay in Malakal.

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  • 18 May 2015 14:18, by Redeemer

    Olony is thinking that he is protecting Shiluk but he is doing the opposite. He will destroy them

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  • 18 May 2015 14:43, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    I laughed at the Agwelek boys of Shiluk for declaring their war to Padang community.When did Shiluk match Dinka Padang in war fare?
    We are there to chop your manhood off this time unlike the time you were castrated by Riek’s forces in 2014.

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