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South Sudan army declares country not under worrying threats

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September 3, 2016 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has declared that the country was not under any worrying security threats after it allegedly contained armed activities in various areas in Central and Western Equatoria which the armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, used as an escape route to Congo.

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South Sudanese SPLA soldiers in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

Speaking at a press conference held at the army headquarters on Friday, Military Spokesperson Brig Gen Lul Ruai Koang described as “stable” the security situation in the country .

"SPLA is glad to tell you that we have succeeded in containing spread cases of insecurity that happened in July in Juba. It is to acknowledge that insecurity spread to some areas, but those had been contained to some extent," he told reporters in the capital, Juba, on Friday, the same day where a visiting United Nation Security Council delegation arrived the country from New York.

"Frankly speaking, the general security situation is not bad as its being painted by some elements against peace and stability. SPLA general headquarters would like to once again assure about the ability and capability to maintain law and order across the nation," he added.

SPLM-IO officials reported that recent clashes took place this week in Eastern and Central Equatoria states between Torit and Liria.

Koang reiterated commitment of the army to persecute “wrongdoers” within its ranks. He cited the recent conviction of 60 soldiers as an indication of commitment of the leadership and command of the army to ensuring that justice is fully served when mistakes are identified.

He admitted some attacks were carried and showed a level of sophistication and coordination that affirms the presence of organized criminal activity perpetrated by anti-peace elements.

Meanwhile the chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan, said in a separate meeting with senior military officers that it was their duty to create and build confidence in civil population and to assure that security situation was stable and encourage them to return to their homes to resume their normal activities.

“It is our duty to create an enabling environment so that we build a confidence in the civil population by letting them know we are their protectors, not their enemies. We should now work hard to ensure that all the civilians are safe. We also need to come out that security is under control”, said Awan.

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  • 4 September 2016 09:42, by Eastern

    It may not be a "worrying" security threat because the kleptocrats are insensitive, but oh yes, there is a growing security threat in the country. You can no longer move by road safely in most parts of Equatoria and Upper Nile.

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    • 4 September 2016 12:38, by Khent

      This is a tragically laughable declaration. The "country" (if you could call it that) is under threat... from an enemy from within; an enemy criminal syndicate masquerading as a Government; an enemy that plundered well over $4 billion since 2005 and has now saddled future generations with billions of dollars in debt when we started with absolutely no debt...

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      • 4 September 2016 12:56, by jubaone

        The same war rhetoric was used by Junubin suckers and collaborators who consistently lied to Bashir that all was under control and that SPLA was now defeated except for a handful of nyor bandits and hirelings along the Sudan-Ugandan border. Bashir realized he had been duped. It was already late. Kiir beware, Ruai is an opposition mole.

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        • 5 September 2016 13:17, by Mr Point

          If the country is not under threat then it need not pay security agents to threaten journalist.

          The "sovereign country" need not pay SPLA to loot, rape, murder or massacre because there is no threat.

          Anyway the 4,000 are coming. And there is always Plan B to frighten Kiir

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      • 4 September 2016 13:52, by Khent

        ..Salva Kiir has unfortunately been President since 2005 — over a decade; more than a decade in which virtually nothing has been achieved in terms of economic management, infrastructure, services delivery, health, and National defence... and has now sparked off a terrible war under a false prospectus...

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        • 4 September 2016 14:30, by Khent

          ..a war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, displaced millions — with millions more left hungry in one of the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophes, and if the criminal ’President’ truly cared he would have done everything in his power to bring this tragedy to an end as quickly as possible... instead he has deluded himself into thinking that the war can be won militarily.

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          • 5 September 2016 14:00, by Dengda

            Welcome to your original position @ Khent, I have known you for that stance, only then when people lies about the 21 yrs struggle and claimed credit, they stepped on your tail. Our government has no country and people in heart, only V8, and high rise building are in the heart. Tear roll from eye when I heard the influx of our people into neighbour countries as refugees recently, it saddening trend

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