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Raja town mayor confirms defection to armed opposition

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July 23, 2016 (RAJA) – The mayor of Raja town in South Sudan’s Lol state, James Benjamin, has confirmed his defection to the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO).

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Rebel fighters aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar march through a village inside rebel-controlled territory in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 9 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

“Yes it is true that I have joined the opposition without any fear and am ready to fight the government demanding our right of change to the current misleading government of South Sudan,” Benjamin told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

“We didn’t want the presidential decree annexing part of Aweil, the Dinka land to Raja and the state government’s policy to replacing local citizens serving in the government with others from other areas,” he added.

According to the former town mayor, a number of senior government officials have joined rebellion and many more others could join the armed opposition faction in coming days.

“I have joined the SPLM-IO with other Lol state government officials, they are six in number, many soldiers and we have many others still behind to join the possible mission,” he said.

He cited the director of police in Raja town, Karlo Augustino, Judge Sebestiano Kornelio and the medical director of Raja hospital Benson Taban as some of those who joined SPLM-IO. He said a number of military officials have also defected.

According to Benjamin, he joined the armed struggle after falling out with Rizik. He claimed the governor had plans to assassinate him, allegations Sudan Tribune could not verify.

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  • 25 July 2016 05:04, by Malakal county Simon

    Welcome to people’s moment!!!! Dinkas have failed the country and they only at killings people’s day and night just because they want to stay in leadership by force!!!! Shame on them....

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  • 25 July 2016 07:10, by Joseph Canada

    The movement is on its rise. We all knew these agreed states called 28 were imposed on the people of the 10 states. Those who are on denial will see the truth as the country wakes up.

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  • 25 July 2016 07:52, by BM Bol

    This sounds like jumping from a stagnant boat to a sinking boat…which is kind of suicidal and stupid. Wrong timing!

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    • 25 July 2016 08:33, by Morthon Akol

      people of South Sudan, its not fair if you disagree with your both than you rebel against the hold country. somebody who employee you he can fire you also

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