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July 23, 2016 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government claimed on Friday 8 July clashes by rival forces in the capital, Juba was an attempted coup, which “failed”.

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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)

Fierce clashes broke out between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and bodyguards of First Vice President Riek Machar as the two leaders met to address earlier misunderstandings between their forces in Juba.

More than 270 soldiers died in clashes near the presidential palace, officials said.

“The council of ministers condemned the fighting at J1 [State House] which was actually an attempted coup that failed. There is no doubt that it was a coup,” the country’s Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth told reporters Friday.

He did not, however, specify who staged the alleged coup attempt in the nation’s capital.

The council minister’s meeting, chaired by president Kiir, was graced by the armed opposition faction (SPLM IO) ministers.

According to the Makuei, cabinet directed the armed opposition leadership in Juba to select a replacement for Machar, if the latter does not report to work by next week.

“There are some ministers and civil servants who have not reported to work since the fighting started and ceasefire declared. The council of ministers has directed that those people report to work this coming Monday [25 July] or face some consequences,” he said, without further elaborating on measures that would be taken.

The SPLM-IO ministers who skipped Friday’s meeting were Humanitarian Affairs minister, Hussien Mar Nyuot, Petroleum Minister Dak Bichok, Higher Education Minister, Peter Adwok Nyaba, Labour Minister, Peter Marcelo and Dams and Irrigation Minister, Mabior Garang.

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  • 23 July 23:36, by Khent

    This is beyond hilarious in a very tragic way. This cringe-worthy and wholly untenable lie didn’t work in 2013 and it certainly won’t work now... but as it’s said "insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

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    • 24 July 16:14, by Hardlinner

      Khent, they are indeed leaders without shame or rational thinking. Even the lowest IQ person won’t think of launching coup when he is indeed surrounded by tens of thousands of soldiers. The purpose of coup is totally over throw the government. Supposedly it was a coup as claimed by fictitious morons, then eventually riek would still have been deposed like he has been made to leave juba. total lies

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      • 24 July 23:19, by Mr Point

        Does any imbecile on here think that tribal war is somehow solving the problems of South Sudan?

        If so, please explain how security and economic development will occur.

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  • 24 July 00:03, by Thyinka

    Well, it is politics. No surprise here. Everyone is giving their version of events. Riek claimed that it was a ploy to kill him and now the govt is claiming it as a coup. Who is to believe? They might all be lying. It is not helping anything.

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    • 24 July 23:16, by Mr Point

      Good question.

      If you were planning a coup to take over the government would you make sure that:-

      1. your 1,400 bodyguards were totally outnumbered by the 10,000 soldiers and militias of the government

      2 the light arms the bodyguards were issued with were totally outgunned by the tanks, heavy artillery and gunships of the government forces.

      It’s not a good plan for a coup.

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  • 24 July 00:16, by lino

    Hahaha!!! Another coup??! Lots of ministers were not present. How comes is a legitimate meeting? IO members in Juba have not any legal mandate to discuss issues related to Peace Agreement!!!
    Gen. Kiir is on the hook one more time! Hahaha!!!

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  • 24 July 06:00, by dinkdong

    Why is everything a coup?

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    • 24 July 08:30, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Midiit, Gatluak Thian is gone for good. this is the end of Riek’s minions.

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      • 24 July 12:00, by Malakal county Simon

        No one is gone yet!! We are around Juba and very soon Juba will be on fire for the final war!!!!

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        • 24 July 14:47, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          This is the beginning of the end to food loving.

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      • 24 July 12:02, by Eastern

        Got it entirely wrong; this is just the beginning of the SECOND REVOLUTION for the SECOND REPUBLIC! The dinkas can’t be allowed to Lord it over the other South Sudanese, UPDF of Uganda recently tested that medicine. The UPDF 4th division manned largely by northern Ugandans cannot afford to fight another war of attrition akin to the war waged against Konyi!!!

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        • 24 July 12:51, by Khent

          Eastern

          Impertinent and incoherent nonsense, as usual. Will you physically be taking part in this "revolution" that you’re harping on about?

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          • 24 July 16:27, by Hardlinner

            Eastern it is good that you advocate for war when indeed you won’t participate in it. For your information war is hell. Even those who have upper hand would rather have peace than war irrespective of their constant victories. Any logical thinker would rather wish civilians to stay away from Kiir and Riek madness. I have seen and felt war myself. It not good thing.

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            • 25 July 07:41, by Eastern

              Hardliner,

              Museveni of Uganda emboldened you dinkas to consider armed solution because he had an army for rent. South Sudan then had petrodollar to splash around. Now with Kiir being penniless, Museveni told Kiir bluntly to humbly accept third party foreign boots in South Sudan. Kiir was advised to focus on negotiating their mandate. Egg on his face!

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              • 25 July 10:42, by Khent

                Eastern

                Where were the Ugandans when we defeated the Nuer in retaliation for the 91 massacres? You idiots keep on whining about the presence of a maximum of 4,000 Ugandan troops and claim that without the Ugandans the Dinka would lose despite the fact that the Nuer were defeated in the 90s when they had the SAF, PDF, Murahaleen, LRA, Fertit militias, Equatorial Defence force...

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                • 25 July 10:43, by Khent

                  ..the Bari Popular Resistance Movement/Army and a multitude of tribes like the Toposa, Lotuka, Didinga, Boya, Acholi and many others. Khartoum also armed the ’Fertit’ - a name applied to more than a dozen different tribes in Western Bahr el Ghazal’s Raga county. These tribes included the Kresh, Yulu, Shat, Balanda, Feroghe, Buja, Kara and Banda. The Murle were also used against the Dinka.

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                  • 25 July 10:44, by Khent

                    This large anti-Dinka alliance was comprised of more than a quarter of a million fighters. Paulino Matip had 50, 000 troops and other Khartoum aligned Nuer Generals like Peter Gadet, Gabriel Gatwec Tanginy and Gordon Kong had tens of thousands of troops while the various other tribal militias in South Sudan had tens of thousands of fighters as well.

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                    • 25 July 10:47, by Khent

                      The SAF had around 100, 000 men, and you’re complaining about only three [3] to four [4] thousand Ugandan soldiers? Ha, ha, ha. In addition to that, the PDF had around 70, 000 militiamen, backed up by 50, 000 militiamen from Paulino Matip. I won’t even mention the forces of Gadet, Koang, Tanginya and many more of Khartoum’s other Nuer boot-lickers.

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                      • 25 July 12:20, by Khent

                        How many times must I tell you retards that when the war broke out in 2013 the Nuer accounted for 70% of the army, because most of the Dinka had left the army in 2006 after decades of service, with the Nuer subsequently replacing them in that year!?

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                        • 25 July 12:23, by Khent

                          It’s well known that tens of thousands of Khartoum compliant Nuer militiamen returned to the army in 2006 and became the majority, with as much as 70% of the army coming from that tribe and so their initial successes were understandable. The Nuer had those initial successes because the ever brilliant Salva allowed traitors to dominate the army.

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                          • 25 July 12:24, by Khent

                            The people who actually fought the war against Khartoum largely went home in 2006, and on the one (1) year anniversary of this evanescent peace they graciously permitted the return of Khartoum’s wretched weasels, snakes and dogs. Snakes and dogs that quite unfortunately became the majority in our armed forces in 2006, even though they were Khartoum’s witless lackeys during the war.

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                            • 25 July 12:27, by Khent

                              Where was the Nuer courage, strength and strategic depth when their villages and Counties were burnt to the ground in the counterattacks that followed their cowardly attacks on unarmed civilians in 91? Why couldn’t they protect Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod when confronted with arms?

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                              • 25 July 12:28, by Khent

                                I’m glad that the Ugandans have finally withdrawn. Salva Kiir should resign and military command should bring back the veterans that fought Khartoum and Riek during the civil war in command roles. We didn’t need the Ugandans before and we really do not need them now. We just need Salva Kiir to resign. I am tired of his weakness, stupidity, myopia and flabbiness.

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                                • 25 July 12:30, by Khent

                                  I don’t think that Salva should have allowed the Ugandans to get involved in the first place, and wouldn’t have needed them if he hadn’t alienated and angered every Dinka section except for his father’s people in Gogrial and his mother’s Abiem people. His first mistake was allowing traitors to dominate the army.

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                                  • 25 July 12:30, by Khent

                                    You people seem to think that the Nuer and others are fighting the Dinka in this war. That’s not the case. They’re fighting select clans from only two [2] of the 22-25 Dinka sections. The people of Tonj [Warrap] and Lakes State are angry with Salva Kiir and haven’t joined this war...

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                                    • 25 July 12:34, by Khent

                                      The Dinka of Greater Upper Nile have also not joined the war, and this is precisely why Salva required and solicited the Ugandans to augment his small force, especially in the initial stages of the war when he hadn’t yet mobilized enough troops to take on the Nuer that he had so foolishly allowed to account for 70% of the army. He deserves death for that alone.

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                                      • 25 July 12:36, by Khent

                                        Question: Why is it wrong for the Dinka to work with 4,000 Ugandan troops for less than two years and yet it seems to have been perfectly fine for all of you people to work with 100, 000 SAF troops, 70, 000 PDF troops and tens of thousands of Murahaleen for decades in the case of the Nuer in Matip’s militia?

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                                        • 25 July 12:43, by Khent

                                          When Khartoum’s aircraft bombed the Dinka for thirteen [13] years following the defection of the Nuer while it operated in tandem with tribal militias all over the South on the ground... Was that not cowardice!? Well, wasn’t it!? Or do you suppose that you are entitled to an exemption from the demands of a moral code that you don’t actually subscribe to!?

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                                          • 25 July 12:57, by Khent

                                            When the Dinka lost over a million, why didn’t the Nuer and other tribal militias in Khartoum’s militia network all over South Sudan say: ’Well, this is terribly unfair... we shouldn’t work in tandem with the Sudanese military and its assorted militia network to target one tribe’!? Why didn’t any of you ask that question? Don’t pretend that Uganda’s absence will help you in anyway.

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                                            • 25 July 12:57, by Khent

                                              In 1988, the SPLM and international human rights organizations accused the Sudanese government of attempted genocide of the Dinka. Modern military equipment, including helicopters and cargo planes adapted as bombers, were used to devastating effect against Dinka villages, and more than 1 million Dinka are believed to have died in the conflict. (Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Africa)

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                                              • 25 July 12:58, by Khent

                                                We have and can endure losing well over a million people for a cause that we believe in. We have confronted infinitely stronger, smarter and more numerous enemies. I’m glad that the Ugandans have withdrawn because there is simply no justifying this terribly dishonorable alliance. Salva has brought *shame* upon a people that lost well over a million of their own in a war infinitely more costly.

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                                                • 25 July 12:59, by Khent

                                                  ..Khartoum bombed our areas, unleashed Arab militias that destroyed crops, stole livestock and made the planting seasons all but untenable all throughout the duration of the war. Khartoum created artificial famines in our lands. We lost 250, 000 people in 1988 alone. We then lost another 100, 000 in 1999 when certain tribes were being fed like dogs...

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          • 25 July 07:37, by Eastern

            Khent,

            You can continue farting louder and louder.......That won’t change the objective reigning in Dinka excesses. Museveni of Uganda after all won’t be renting his army to Kiir who’s already penniless! If I will take part in the looming war is non of your business!

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            • 25 July 13:09, by Khent

              I tell the Nuer.

              Salva Kiir is your greatest ally. You would not have been allowed to return to the army with such a large number of traitors under anybody else. You would not have been allowed to dominate the very army that you fought against for decades on end. You would have been defeated the very same way that you were defeated in the 90s, without Uganda.

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  • 25 July 03:52, by Thyinka

    Eastern is blinded by his hatred of the Dinka but he doesn’t know that there are no winnners in war. Look beyond tribal hatred and see the larger consequences of war.

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    • 25 July 07:46, by Eastern

      Thyinka,

      Happy that you dinkas come to that realisation! Why the chest thumping then? Museveni of Uganda had initially given Kiir and cohorts a false impression that they are invincible. Can you dinkas afford to remain confrontational even to the international community?

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      • 25 July 13:37, by Khent

        Eastern

        Nobody is "invincible" but you’re deluding yourself if you think the departure of the Ugandans will somehow automatically change the military dynamics on the ground. The Ugandans were not here before and the Dinka managed even when dozens of militias worked hand in hand with Khartoum.

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    • 25 July 07:47, by Eastern

      Thyinka,

      Happy that you dinkas come to that realisation! Why the chest thumping then? Museveni of Uganda had initially given Kiir and cohorts a false impression that they are invincible. Can you dinkas afford to remain confrontational all the time even to the international community?

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