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South Sudan army warns “security vacuum” after withdrawal


February 23, 2016 (JUBA) - The general command of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which is the official army of South Sudan, warned on Tuesday of security vacuum should its forces withdraw from the national capital, Juba, in implementation of the security arrangements signed with the opposition faction of SPLA-IO.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) jump off the back of a truck while on patrol in the capital, Juba, following the December 2013 outbreak of violence (Photo: Reuters)

About 80% of the several thousand troops stationed at the strategic entry points and junction leading out of Juba town withdrew on Thursday morning, according to South Sudanese defense minister.

Addressing a withdrawal ceremony of the forces on Thursday, defense minister Kuol Manyang Juuk commended the soldiers for exhibiting nationalism in defending the country and the constitution.

“The mandate of the army is to defend the country, protect citizens and their properties. You have executed this mandate very well but you need to do more to protect the lives of the people and their properties. The security of this country and the citizens is in your hands,” said Juuk.

Speaking at the same function broadcast by the state owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Thursday, SPLA’s chief of general staff, Paul Malong Awan, urged the soldiers to exercise patience wherever they will be deployed and to provide adequate security and protection to the citizens and their properties.

“Be patient wherever you will be deployed. In wherever you will be deployed, there will be a road and this road will be used by public vehicles, it will be used by the civilians, you need to protect them. In wherever you will be deployed, there will be civilians close to you, you need to protect them. Your presence close to them should be source of security. It should not be source of insecurity,” explained Awan, who was known for resisting implementation of the security arrangements in the past.

The announcement of the withdrawal is interpreted as a humiliating setback for senior military officers and senior government officials who have been obstinate and showed unwillingness to accept mounting regional and international pressure to implement the security arrangements as per the October 2015 security deal which the two sides signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“Our troops have completed withdrawal in Juba. As you have seen yesterday, they left Juba already. This was supposed to be done when there is a force to take complete control so that there is no security gap. Now this withdrawal of essential units without immediate replacement will create security vacuum,” said deputy chief of general staff for operations, Lt General James Ajonga Mawut, on Tuesday.

General Mawut confirmed that the government troops have withdrawn heavy artillery from the town as required by the security deal, following claims and accusations that the government was procrastinating withdrawal in a clear violation of the security arrangement which is a prerequisite to forming transitional government of national unity.

The government is expected to deploy a total military and police force of over 5,000 in Juba, as part of its joint force with 2,910 from the opposition SPLA-IO.


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  • 23 February 2016 22:26, by Redeemer

    The truth is that IO are fearing to see the same soldiers who engaged them in full gear in the morning of 16th of Dec. 2015. The day capt. Gorjin in Mechanized division puts on woman cloth after terrible defeat forgetting his goatees

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    • 24 February 2016 01:11, by Mr Point

      The TRUTH is that the SPLA have never completed a successful military operation against foreign aggression.
      * Where is Abyei?
      * Where is Heglig?

      SPLA have been very effective at burning the villages of civilians.

      Civilians who had no idea of the collapse of South Sudan politics under the bungler Kiir.

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      • 24 February 2016 03:38, by Eyez

        Which protection does SPLA give to the citizens or did you mean the Dinka, right? Because, to many Southerners SPLA is a Dinka militia gang of thieves, looters and murderers.

        SPLA murdered Nuer in cold blood in Juba, and have committed countless killings of Equatorians, Chollo and Fertit with the blessings of the JCE, Kiir and Malong.

        We want a Army representative of all Junubin tribe, simple.

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        • 24 February 2016 03:59, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Eyes, we protect you, your family, your property, and the country period.

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          • 24 February 2016 04:24, by Eyez

            Dinka Shithead

            How can an illiterate, coward and stupid militia gang protect me when they themselves need protection. All your Dinka Cowboys know is looting and killing of kids and the elderly, how can anyone in their right state of mind burn down whole villages and yet claim to be the national army.

            Your people are doing what the Jalaba did, even worst, because, you’re animals by nature.


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            • 24 February 2016 05:14, by Mi diit

              Kuol Manyang and Paul Malong are liars.

              They have not withdrawn all their forces. They have 3000 of them still in Juba.

              They have thousands more in civilian clothes hiding in Juba’s residential areas with their weapons.

              They have thousands of police forces still in Juba.

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              • 24 February 2016 05:25, by Force 1


                Yes; they have more than what you describe everywhere in juba; so what can you do about it? And remember; you’ll never hear riek machar rebelling in South Sudan again for the rest of your life! How hope you heard that loud and clear!

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            • 24 February 2016 05:19, by Force 1


              Your intelligence is obviously in doubt when you describe other people as being coward and at the sometime calling them killers! Only someone with rare intelligence as you are believed someone can be a coward and a killer at the same time!

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              • 24 February 2016 08:25, by Eyez

                What do you call a killer who murders kids, the elderly and then burns down their villages, is that bravery for you Dinkas? But, when men were coming to Juba, you ran with your tails between your asses and called on Uganda to come rescue you, is that not cowardice?
                You only kill in cold blood, you’re animals.

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                • 24 February 2016 18:44, by Force 1


                  Your claim of government killing old men, women and children only comes from people of your intelligence! And people of your kind never asked themselves as to why all the civilians camps are in the government control areas and never at the rebel’s control areas? >>>>

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                  • 24 February 2016 18:52, by Force 1

                    >>>>And if one find out that all civilians camps are in government control areas; your logic would be obviously where I say it was in my previous comment.

                    You don’t just say thing because they sound convenient to your intention but you say things because they are absolutely truth and nothing but the truths!

                    Do I have to insult you to make me sound intelligent than you are? Absolutely not!

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                    • 24 February 2016 19:39, by Force 1

                      When it comes to Arrow-boys situation; well, you call yourselves "arrow-boys" when you ambushed and killed government troops; but when the government fight back; you call yourselves old men, women and children!

                      Here is the bottom-line; if you’re brave enough to attack SPLA and call yourselves arrow-boys; then you should also be brave to call yourselves arrow-boys when SPLA fought back!

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              • 24 February 2016 08:31, by Thokidine

                Force1, A coward and a killer goes hand-in-hand in Dinka situation, A coward hide when he has no power and kill when he has the power for he fear power being taken away. this fact exactly pitted Dinka, they kill innocent civilian without arms and they claimed to brave while in the battle, they hire Ugandans, JEM, M23 and so forth to protect them from mighty fighters.

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        • 24 February 2016 07:54, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

          SPLA did not emerge yesterday or after Independence of South Sudan. This ideology is the main cause of civilians suffering by seeing national army as Dinka. They’ll one day realize these misleading elements who want positions or power by short cuts. SPLA fought for independence & became successful & will never be set back by spies.

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    • 24 February 2016 09:08, by Son of Ngundeng

      Dear All:

      You went beyond the point, turn down your ears to Pibor or Boma state, Security vacuum will be different things.

      Dinka clam they withdrew SPLA forces, they are not. Those army are called (DNA) which id (Dinka National army)

      Juba its not safe in their existence.

      Son of prophet
      currently at GHQs fagak.

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  • 24 February 2016 06:16, by Eastern

    The "security vacuum" will be exploited by the marauding gelweng, mathiang anyor, and other Kiir’s militias in Juba. They will "harvest" the little the poor people have before they withdraw to their cattle camps. That’s when we shall have a semblance of peace in Juba.

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    • 24 February 2016 08:20, by Kalo

      Why people worried about presence of troops in Juba,25 km still like Juba,it seems people are prepare to fight again like what had happening between SPLM-N and SAF in Kadugli 2011,if you guys are thinking of going back to square 1,there is not need for peace.

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      • 24 February 2016 08:44, by Eyez

        If I were you I would not worry about Junubin affairs, but rather about the $billion that Sudan is getting from the Saudis in form of military hard and soft ware.

        Instead of running your mouth here like a crackhouse whore, why not go and do some belly dancing to entertain Yassir Arman or Malik Agar, you poor little Dinka slave.

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      • 24 February 2016 11:47, by Eastern


        The confused Nuba man; this is about South Sudan not southern Sudan where you belong. You have been advised countless times to keep away from South Sudanese business and concentrate on the war you are waging in the southern parts of Sudan. Good luck!

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  • 24 February 2016 07:35, by Thondet Manyang

    International communities comment the government to remove the army from town to bushes and allow rebels come in such that government soldiers rebelled again. Keep all the weapons and they will buy theirs later.

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  • 24 February 2016 09:15, by Dengda

    All of you are talking nonsenses here, which one do you we really wants, is it peace or war? Beside Ajonga should not be worry of security vacuum in Juba. I think Juba is safe now than before. there’s significant reduction of unknown gunwomen and army harassment on the road. this mean the soldier were the one who cause insecurity in Juba. let them even go 100 miles from Juba we don’t need them.

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