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Over 100 ex-armed groups surrender in W. Equatoria

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August 29, 2016 (YAMBIO) – Over 160 members of the armed group initially lined to the armed opposition movement (SPLM-IO) in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria have reportedly surrendered to government as part of the amnesty pardon from the president.

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Speaking to reporters on Monday, Yambio town mayor, Daniel Badagbu said the armed youth were surrendering to the army and other security organs in large numbers.

“We have been receiving members of the armed group in Gbudue state who are abandoning the bush to come home to benefit from the amnesty the president gave to all armed groups in the country,” said Badagbu.

According to the mayor, a committee comprising of government officials, members of the organized forces and the security organs to receive those surrendering as they wait for directives from government on reintegration plans.

Directives were also given to all commissioners to receive those surrendering peacefully and hand them to authorities.

The inter-faith based council for peace and civil society groups have been encouraged to organise a reconciliation workshop and trauma healing sessions in communities to assist the armed groups who surrender to the government.

Hundreds of people died and thousands displaced during the conflict, which also led to the destruction of properties.

The mayor, however, said the state was relatively calm in the past few weeks without gunshots and killings except for a few cases of night theft, which could not be avoided.

He appealed to all armed youth to surrender in order to benefit from the amnesty pardon.

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  • 30 August 16:03, by Redeemer

    It is through such actions that lead to destruction and end up in conflict and bitterness, is there any achievement that we can compare with destruction and death as a result of rebellion in W. Equatoria?. Believe me anyone who says there is no need for war just to change the government is considered to be a Dinka

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    • 30 August 16:18, by Redeemer

      Joseph Lagu and Abel Alier failed to champion/address our problem because they were not going beyond tribal politics it was until different leaders came up that we were able to handle the bull from the horn. Riek & his friend Lam felt in the same pit. We need Kiir out of Presidency peacefully so that it remain as a core of change in our country

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      • 30 August 16:35, by Redeemer

        There is one thing that people are failing to see, assuming Nuer (Riek) comes to power through war because Dinka is problem and Dinka takes up their arms become rebels. Can you who supports arms change in the country tell use here the likely outcome for the worst/better scenario?

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  • 30 August 22:01, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Great choice. One by one and they will all come back to Juba with a shame. You should not suffer or put civilians for Machar greediness war. Please don’t let greedy politicians play you soldiers. You should fight for good cause and for country not for an individual interest like Machar. Be an hero for a country not enemy for your people. Take examples from me not Machar and his murder supporters.

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