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SPLA hints declaring war on SPLA-IO forces

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Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang, SPLA spokesperson, is seen at a containment site outside Juba on April 14, 2016 (AFP Photo)

August 3, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese national army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), loyal to President Salva Kiir has for the first time in three weeks publicly admitted that it has “resolved to crush SPLA-IO” forces loyal to former First Vice President, Riek Machar, despite their earlier denials that there was no heavy fighting going on around Juba.

“SPLA reiterates it’s resolve to crush SPLA IO warmongers under the leadership of power hungry former FVP Riek Machar. Machar’s bandits will have no where to hide,” declared Brigadier Lul Ruai Koang, the official military spokesperson of the South Sudan’s national army.

The opposition group under Machar had been saying that tens of thousands of troops loyal to President Kiir have been on offensive in the bushes around the capital trying to hunt down Machar from his places of “hiding.”

Although President Kiir’s officials have been downplaying the claims by the opposition, the revelation from the military spokesperson that Machar’s forces will be “crushed” and will have “nowhere to hide” indicates that heavy fighting had been going on in the deep forests around the capital.

The military official spokesperson in the statement he posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday evening and widely circulated on social media, also congratulated the newly appointed First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, on his commitment to peace.

“SPLA congratulates SPLA IO Peace Partners u[n]der the leadership of First Vice Gen.Taban Deng Gai for new spirit they have shown and commitment to full implementation of peace agreement,” Koang added.

However, opposition official loyal to Machar dismissed the threats to crush their forces around Juba, saying instead they were ready to take control of Juba, describing Koang’s claims as “wishful thinking” to try to raise the moral of their defeated troops plus their police forces.

They also described Gai’s relationship with President Kiir as not about implementing the peace agreement, but “rather about mutually violating and destroying it.”

Gai, Machar’s spokesperson said, upon swearing in as new “illegal” first deputy started by scrapping the provision that recognizes existence of two rival armies in the country during the transitional period and also compromised that President Kiir’s faction takes the speakership of the transitional parliament without “democratically” contesting it between the parties.

He said the two men were only determined to return the country pre-August 2015 peace agreement and avoid implementing the needed reforms to change the nation.

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  • 4 August 2016 09:59, by Eastern

    As usual, the impact of "declaring war to crush SPLA-IO warmongers" will be borne by the neighbouring countries and ultimately the global west by way of footing the bill of the humantarian emergency that will be created as a result of mass displacements..,.

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    • 4 August 2016 15:20, by Mr Point

      With 6 million South Sudanese facing food shortages it is commendable that Kiir’s Transitional Government of National Unity is so committed to providing peace and security that they are preparing to re-start the civil war.

      Until peace is finally won there will be transitional situations of starvation, rape, murder and displacement.

      A price worth paying?

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  • 4 August 2016 10:04, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This should not surprise people. It is crystal clear these blood lickers are there for war. But war with whom imagine? It is a war against unarmed citizens just because they are simply asking for the right to free speech, press and association. The right to choose their leaders without involvement of the gun as it should be one man one vote and not one man one gun!!

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    • 4 August 2016 11:01, by Freedom Fighter

      Wrong, you Jur.

      They’re out there to take on Riek Machar’s White Army who killed and raped worshipers in the churches and mosques.

      You have to know that you and Riek are already fighting the lost war

      Freedom Fighter

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      • 4 August 2016 11:53, by jubaone

        Freedom Fighter,

        For someone like nyagat Lul Ruai, he is just a toothless poodle (Nuerweu) who has no esteem and dignity. His kin and kith are daily being raped, starved and enslaved by jienges, but the jienge house-slave just doesn’t care. How pathetic and disgusting that one can bend so low. Lily Ruai must show his master Kiir that he is a tough guy. That is Khartoum rhetoric.

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        • 4 August 2016 12:06, by Akook

          Taban Deng Gai started by declaring Salva Kiir as his C-in-C and army as only one army nullifying the very basic essence and main provision of security sector reform in the country!
          Salva Kiir now to sit back. ARCISS is dead as Mabior Garang put it.

          What peace agreement are you any longer saying you are implementing???????

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  • 4 August 2016 15:28, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Khent and Barbayo,
    You would deny what the SPLA said. Security arrangements, NLA reconstitution, 28 states, all dead. Kiir and Taban, the same side of a coin. You cannot make peace with your self. Pure political masturbate.

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  • 4 August 2016 17:52, by Force 1

    Neutralizing any resisting pockets of IO forces in South Sudan is part of securing civilians safety from any rebel forces. I gave them green light to make that happened.

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    • 4 August 2016 19:02, by Eastern

      Force 1,

      You ate living in Utopia; see you in the field!

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      • 4 August 2016 20:06, by Force 1

        Eastern;
        What field have you ever been to more than I am? If you started to know the SPLA in the year 2000 doesn’t necessarily mean you know anything about SPLA

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