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Western Equatoria state condemns South Sudan army crackdown

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July 1, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state government on Wednesday issued a strong worded statement, condemning the ongoing military activities and crackdown in Mundri West and Maridi counties by forces of the South Sudan army (SPLA), warning that this might spread the conflict.

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Western Equatoria’s information minister Charles Kisanga (ST/File photo)

Charles Barnaba Kisanga, minister of information and spokesperson for Western Equatoria state government in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune accused government forces of allegedly carrying out activities with intention to alienate the local population in the name of hunting “non-existent” rebellion in the region.

“Western Equatoria [state] government condemns this brutal tactics of solving problems as one which will just alienate the population and increase insecurity and violence at a time when we should have been preparing to celebrate our fourth anniversary [of independence] and reduce the spread of violence to other peaceful areas of South Sudan,” Kisanga said.

“Why would we like to destroy the whole country before we can achieve peace or would we really be trying to contain violence to where it already occurred so that at least the cost of building this country is minimal afterwards?,” he inquired.

The state official asked the national government and the military leadership at the general headquarters to immediately withdraw “brutalizing force” from the areas affected by the military activities in the state.

All innocent detained youth, he said, should be freed and SPLA should only go after rebels and their camps if at all they were in Western Equatoria state, because “rebels have bases” and not picking innocent youths from their homes.

He attributed the cause of the current unrest in the state to the events that ensued in Maridi and Mundi counties as the result of the tension between the two groups. He accused pastoralists from neighbouring states in the area of allegedly having been allowing their cows to go to the fields and eat up growing plantations.

He also denied that members of the state youth group threw grenade on a cattle camp which triggered fighting last month.

“Indeed there was a grenade attack on a cattle camp at night. However it could have been also someone from the cattle raiders as they often fight one another to settle some previous scores,” he added.

However the cattle raiders supported by some elements from the SPLA, on ethnic basis, took their revenge on the local population whereby town centre areas and settlement on Maridi-Rumbek road was vandalized and looted and up to 11 civilians killed.

In reaction to this “barbaric act”, he further pointed out, some youth organized themselves to face off the marauding raiders who targeted even government officials as well as trying to assassinate the commissioner of the town, Wilson Thomas, whose house was sprayed by bullets with intention of killing him if he did not flee his house.

He said the house of the political advisor was vandalized and looted when the SPLA was in the neighbourhood, he explained.

Government officials said rebellion was emerging in Western Equatoria state, prompting deployment of forces in the area.

(ST)

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  • 2 July 2015 06:25, by hellonearth

    There we go, is that what you equatorians been waiting for. It’s only a matter of time before they start raping you women and men too. Wake up Equatorians, it’s time to act.

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  • 2 July 2015 06:25, by hellonearth

    There we go, is that what you equatorians been waiting for. It’s only a matter of time before they start raping you women and men too. Wake up Equatorians, it’s time to act.

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  • 2 July 2015 08:02, by hamil

    Salva Kiir and his misled government spearheaded by the Jieng Council of Elders have forgotten that the Equatoria region is their main hideout and they have even forgotten that this is where their have their main ammunition stores. Provoking the greater Equatoria into joining this conflict would signal the end & fall of this useless government.

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  • 2 July 2015 08:11, by hamil

    I am against war I hate seeing the blood of all South Sudanese being brutally spilt in the name saving the government of one useless president who doesn’t even know what it means to be a head of a state. The cabinet itself is rotten to the core I feel ashamed watching SSTV when I see some government officials struggling to express themselves in English

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  • 2 July 2015 08:21, by hamil

    I ususally bury my head in my hands in shame knowing the whole world is watching. This country has well educated people who could lead it and put it on the map of the world I sometimes ask myself why did God give us this rotten bunch of people we have in the government? Could it be because this Nation is cursed and everything has to be bad?

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  • 2 July 2015 10:09, by Eastern

    SPLA has never considered Equatorians fellow South Sudanese from the onset of their rebellion way back in 1983. Late Garang fed the recruits with venomous messages of hate against Equatorians. When the dinka left Equatoria region after the implementation of Kokora, they vowed to take a revenge against Equatorians! This is now being implemented!!!!!

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    • 2 July 2015 10:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Eastern,
      That is exactly what is going on. Equatorians must first organise to push for their interests. They must mature up to confront the challenges. Without effective participation of patriotic Equatorians in political life of South Sudan, the country is bound to collapse.

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  • 2 July 2015 14:21, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Charles should react responsibly otherwise his overreaction is more of a call of bloodshed.

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    • 2 July 2015 14:29, by hamil

      Nobody is afraid of blood shed in this country anymore we are fed up being ruled like cattle

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    • 2 July 2015 16:58, by Eastern

      Minyiel,

      There is no better way for Charles to speak; Dinkas have chosen to arrogate themselves against the majority of South Sudanese. How can one tribe become a headache to the whole country and expect people to give a bind eye. SPLA is only protecting dinka as the only South Sudanese!

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  • 2 July 2015 16:19, by Alfredo christiani

    Hail
    You decide one hang yourself or join rebels ya stupid who was brought up in refugee’s camp. What I wanted to tell you guys, stop arrows boys not to ambush commercial trucks carrying food to Bhar El Gazal or otherwise you will leave your area by force to DRC, Uganda and CAR, Your rebel leader and HIV/AID positives Governor will be kick out soon Fools go to one side either government or rebel

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    • 2 July 2015 16:45, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Alfredo,

      Start your game of killing to stir up animosity. You will reap what you sow. Remember violence breeds violence.

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    • 2 July 2015 16:53, by Eastern

      Alfredo Pagani,

      The roads through Equatoria is your ONLY LIFELINE! Certainly that lifeline to lazy and impoverished Bahr EL GHazal will be snipped! Your dinka arrogance of dealing with your neighbours is already backfiring on you: the Arab Sudan have closed their borders, no more dura from Sudan. Soon Equatorians will close the line of maize floor from Uganda to your locations!

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  • 2 July 2015 17:31, by Alfredo christiani

    Jur and Eastern
    You are very weak enough interim of War in South Sudan, during SPLA conflict with Arab most of you were in refugees’ camp in East Africa and some associated with Arab, in actual fact some You partially participated but with forceful conscription, Try your level best to close the road, one day you will be chase away for ever and ever, cowards, and squirrel meat consumers
    Our land

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    • 2 July 2015 17:52, by Eastern

      Alfredo Pagani,

      You dinkas are now refugees in Kenya and Uganda or you are just denying this. Some Equatorians went to refuge because of atrocities committed against them by SPLA, now tell me, what’s keeping you dinkas as refugees in Adjumani and IDP camps in Minkaman?

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  • 2 July 2015 17:34, by Alfredo christiani

    Our land is full of livestock, fertility with many edible trees , we usually supply you with meats and ground nuts etc. Now we will stop it , Hahahah many of you will eat Dog, donkey meats ,mark my words fools Nyamnaym peoples

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    • 2 July 2015 17:49, by Eastern

      Alfredo Pagani,

      Where’s the riches in your land, even when many poor cattle can’t satisfy you to the extend of you dinkas endlessly importing cows from Uganda. The SPLA war was led against Equatorians but not to liberate South Sudanese. Watch out for the coming onslaught on dinkocracy in the coming days. It’s started already in western parts of Bahr El Ghazal.

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      • 2 July 2015 18:06, by Padiet Deng Alony

        things on bottle neck is a tit for tat game, till others South Sudanese for get what they called Dinka goverment. here you make it clear either you fight Dinka as a Tribe or goverment. any attempt will lead to kokora revenge

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        • 2 July 2015 21:30, by Eastern

          Padiet,

          Let’s see how far the invincibility of dinka Bahr el Ghazal will go when South Sudanese unit against you! You can’t threaten the whole country. What excuse do cattle herders have for driving their stock into farming communities when there is good quality grass in their backyards? Do dinkas want to show people that they own every inch of South Sudan?

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          • 3 July 2015 21:18, by Padiet Deng Alony

            Eastern

            am from Juba Dinka not from Bharelgazal Dinka, and I repeat that you guys need to be treated from Dinkaphobic disorder even a goverment represented by all South Sudanese you called Dinka goverment, shame on you arab slave ally

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    • 3 July 2015 09:20, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Alfredo,

      Mature up. Do not think like your cows that do not know boundaries and has no sorry word, use mad instead of brain.
      Do you really know the genesis of the struggle for the freedom of South Sudanese. Please visit your history books to get some knowledge.

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      • 3 July 2015 11:28, by Alfredo christiani

        Your capacity thinking is very low weak enough, how can you compared educated person with animal, that thing alone reduced you primary one. Look in actual reason you did not contributed anything to the people of S/Sudan, Why during those hot days of liberation most of you were in Khartoum with ARABS and some went to East Africa to look for food and education in refugees’ camp. You guys dislike con

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        • 3 July 2015 11:29, by Alfredo christiani

          . You guys dislike confrontation and hunger, you only knew war of internet, but I will trace you through new technology and deal away with you mark my words ,in some days to come you will disappear before your computer

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          • 3 July 2015 12:18, by Eastern

            Alfredo Pagani,

            Go ahead delete our accounts from these forum, if you fail to do that, I will call you names that you would hate that you never exposed your ignorance here! Mark my words as well!

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    • 3 July 2015 09:21, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Alfredo,

      Mature up. Do not think like your cows that do not know boundaries and has no sorry word, use mad instead of brain.
      Do you really know the genesis of the struggle for the freedom of South Sudanese. Please visit your history books to get some knowledge.

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  • 2 July 2015 20:57, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    my country men, it is not good to scratch our faces tribally.
    I think the forces sent to Mandri or other county there doesn’t consist only of Dinka but composition of all tribes of our beloved country the south Sudan.That is not the first time for Charles to associate all misdeeds to Dinka as he did it several times in 2007 in many occasions.

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    • 3 July 2015 12:15, by Eastern

      Minyiel,

      This is neither the first nor is it going to be the last time dinkas have been involved in a kind of misdeed in South Sudan. Dinkas messed up the Southern a Regional Government which when when abolished sent them scampering to form the SPLA to fight the Equatorians! This time round, fellow Equatorians, let’s stand our ground to instill some sense into these morons!

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