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Cobra faction of ethnic Murle defects from South Sudan government


September 27, 2016 (JUBA) – The Cobra Faction of the armed forces composed of ethnic Murle community based in Pibor county have declared defection and joined opposition forces to fight against the government of President Salva Kiir, accusing him of no commitment to peace in the country.

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Greater Pibor Administrator and head of SSDM/A Cobra faction David Yauyau seen in Juba on May, 20, 2014 (AFP)

The top leadership of the Cobra Faction of the South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A), which signed a peace agreement with the government in 2014 that ended more than two years of armed struggle under the command of the current deputy defense minister, David Yauyau, said they have defected from the government and formed armed opposition under the command of General Khalid Boutros, Yauyau’s former deputy.

The armed opposition top military official declared war against the government under President Kiir, saying they will now consult with other rebel groups, probably the opposition forces under the leadership of former First Vice President, Riek Machar, to coordinate programs to overthrow the current government.

“We will consult with the other opposition forces on the ground, we want to coordinate so that we save the people of South Sudan from this regime,” he said.

“We are actually forced to fight, we signed a peace agreement, but the government violated the agreement, so we are forced to fight,” he was quoted in the media on Tuesday.

Khalid, an ethnic Murle, said he defected with about 16,000 soldiers of the SSDM-Cobra Faction in the newly established Boma state which was curved from Jonglei state. He called on the people of South Sudan to unite their ranks to topple the current government in Juba for the sake of development and democracy in the country.

Deputy defense minister, David Yauyau, whose deputy has now defected with the Murle forces to the opposition, told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that he was not aware of the defection of his former deputy. He however described it as unfortunate if proven to be true.

Yauyau said it was not time for war as the area was now in need for peace, reconciliation and stability than another war.

“I have no information about what you are telling me but if it is true, then it is unfortunate thing because our people need peace, they need to reconcile, they need to rest to rebuild their lives. It is not time for war,” Yauyau told Sudan Tribune when reached to comment on the reports that General Khalid Botrous, his former deputy, has defected with 16,000 troops in the area.

The SSDM Cobra Faction signed a peace agreement with the government in 2014, paving way for the appointment of Yauyau himself as the chief administrator for Greater Pibor before creation of more administrative units and Pibor became a new Boma state with a new governor.

Yauyau was however removed from the position as top administrator in the area, sparking tension and armed clashes before his appointment as deputy defence minister at the national level.

Yauyau later joined the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) under President Kiir in January 2016, effectively ending his membership with the movement he used to command.

He was later promoted by a presidential order to the rank of lieutenant general with several others, including his deputy but his forces were never fully integrated into the ranks and files of the government forces. They remained in their cantonment sites around Pibor and other areas in the state.

The delay in the integration and implementation of some programs agreed in the agreement pushed General Khalid to announce his defection from the government, accusing it of failure to honour the deal.

Khalid further said Yauyau was no longer leader of the group, saying he had lost membership since he joined the SPLM faction led by President Kiir in January this year.

The rebellion of the strong Murle force in the volatile area raises concerns of renewed fierce fighting as they may also team up with Machar’s opposition forces against the government.


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  • 27 September 21:24, by Beel Jah Jak

    Congratulations for Joining people’s movement, it will never end there in vain but God will be with all of us. May Almighty God give us strength and new hope to dislodge this JCE gov’t and install democracy in the nation so that people can rebuild their lives and future generation. Mukruk cobra!!!

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    • 27 September 22:02, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Well, ask Machar and his 30,000 White Armies? What happened to them? Please don’t celebrate yet. Remember if Dinkas accept your fight you will move out the country. Remember Dinkas fought with you with backup of Khartoum and it didn’t work. They will all come back to Juba with ashamed. Yau Yau and his groups are terrorists of the country like Machar with his groups.

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      • 28 September 02:16, by Malakal county Simon

        We side of the SPLM/IO knew that this unwanted president Kiir is not ready to make any genuine peace, because he falsely think he can defeat all the armed resistances moment militarily and that’s a fallacy at is high....

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        • 28 September 02:30, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

          You wants ranks,nothing more than that because of your lacking academic qualification one,I don’t see Murle working for one cause two,Yah yah is still a powerful man there and if dz guy called Butrus defy him then inevitable they’ll clash with his former boss,Lam and Riak are just a pure failure in politics.

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        • 28 September 04:30, by Hardlinner

          malakal, Riek is a traitor and is not need in south sudan. don’t you animal get this simple facts. if He did care about people of south sudan, why did he join bashir during liberation struggle?. you and your traitors will never rule south sudan. we will get rid of kiir through peaceful mean. those wagging rebellion must know that dinka lost over million fighters during struggle.

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          • 28 September 06:01, by Malakal county Simon


            Talking of traitor!!!! Be inform that’s your step-father unwanted salva Kiir was indeed a traitor before joining Splm/A and now he is killings our populations for no apparent reason except clinging to power by all means while people’s fade up with him.... In relations to Dr Machar, you must accept him like any others citizens otherwise, prepare for Somalia 2......

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          • 28 September 10:22, by Beel Jah Jak

            The liberation struggles was not only one tribe as perceived by our cousin Dinka, it was collectively sacrifices of all South Sudanese and is what let to the independent of the new nation, all fronts across are other tribes who participated in their liberation, I have never seen Dinka in Unity State struggle it was only Gatdet and Nuer no Dinka at all. Claim but real said and Only God will Judge.

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        • 28 September 08:24, by Akuma

          Gen. Khalid Botrous is just a militia and he will remain militia

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      • 28 September 02:46, by ngadodo

        Dinka-Defender-General,you guys talking like that because Dr. Riek Machar, army doesn’t knew tactics just using ideologies of being Nuers worries, guess what now all part of Ethnics tribes of South Sudan unity now than before, guns for Air forces, Anti tanks brought already look where you going to go in this coming Summer with Dinka you talk about.

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        • 28 September 04:37, by Hardlinner

          ngadodo, we fought with well resources NIF regime for 21 years and have never given up, who among you is ready to do that. we know kiir is corrupt but there are peaceful ways of removing him. those backing Riek must also know that he is not just corrupt alone but a long time traitor. he betrayed south sudanese during liberation by joining bashir.

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          • 28 September 08:58, by White Nation

            Cobra faction you are welcome to fight with this dirty government of of JCE and also we will fight them till we through them and we will enjoy the lasting peace in South Sudan.

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          • 28 September 09:22, by White Nation

            Please Hardlinner you are not knowing what is going on in South Sudan now a day, because you are a dinkia who just support Kiir and Malong dirty government. so all South Sudanese people are not interested for the way you Dinkia management Country and we will fight with you guys till we will finish you leave about you are said you struggled for South Sudan and I know all South Sudan fought with Ara

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          • 28 September 10:39, by White Nation

            Please Hardlinner you are not knowing what is going on in South Sudan now a day, because you are a dinkia who just support Kiir and Malong dirty government. so all South Sudanese people are not interested for the way you Dinkia management Country and we will fight with you guys till we will finish you leave about you are said you struggled for South Sudan and I know all South Sudan fought with Ara

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      • 28 September 08:32, by Mun Loal

        Stupid man, when South Sudan’s army fought Murle, it took 2 years to defeat them. Yauyau forces were destroyed by the Mighty LOU NUER when they attempted to raided from LOU, the Freedom Fighters of Lou took an advantages of revenge, and it was the time of destruction for Cobra Faction. Dinka never fought any war with Murle or Arab mother fucker! Believe me if the Murle join the OI its the end for

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        • 28 September 08:43, by Mun Loal

          This is time to wage war against the JCE. You fought with Nuer for 3 years and all 63 tribes with you against the Nuer, in July 7-11 you fought with only 1300 strong IO soldiers, and you learnt tough lesson. 5,000 soldiers were killed from you and many surrendering up to now. If Murle/Cobra faction who fought the Country’s army for 2 years, what do you think will happen; you are gone already.

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      • 28 September 11:52, by jubaone

        Jienge Defender General

        Jienges are now unable to move out of besieged Yei town. Juba-Yei, Yei-Kaya, Yei-Maridi roads are all cutoff and the several thousand jienges are holed-up at the army baracks. No food and they are starving to death and scared of traveling cos they will get slaughtered. Morobo will soon collapse and god help the jienges. Stay tuned.

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    • 28 September 04:22, by Hardlinner

      traitor will always remain a traitor. remember your history. you were all bashir militias. south sudan does not want you. Riek and Lam are well known traitors during liberation struggle. you did not liberate south sudan so shut the hell up and stay in your village. dinka lost over million of men during liberating of south sudan from bashir. where were you traitors?.

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    • 28 September 07:53, by Joyuma John

      Attention to Dinka Bor for what had happened in Pibor, since you are aware that Nuer and Murle rebellions is about looting from their neighbour, you need to be in maximum alert to deter these crimals from Murle, you know they always rebel to kinap people children and steal people cows that is the thing which is always on their so call political agenda, sleep with your one eye open.

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    • 28 September 14:44, by Midit Mitot

      Goverment of Jienge council is almost ended-up now, all opposition forces will fucket-up on your traitor Gov,t soon,stay tune.

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  • 28 September 02:24, by ngadodo

    People like khalid bora, declared Unfortunate Revaluation which couldn’t be invisible and his forgotten in previously war torn Areas of Boma State which were violence rubbished it about 5years of conflicts. I would like to say people in high ranks sometime declares war in the name of civilians and doesn’t located there are Army. And guess what regime not going be to playing with it. In my point

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    • 28 September 02:27, by ngadodo

      views is what will be going to happen is regime will going to target pollination of innocence civilian without review it action repeating similar killing of innocence civilians like 5years ago.

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  • 28 September 03:02, by Lokiden Tabudinho

    A government lost legitimacy the moment it turn against it’s own citizens & cannot longer protect them.

    Kiir & Deng Gai government has lost trust 4m it’s citizens, neighbors, donors, Multilateral Organizations, foreign countries & the global society at large.

    With the SPLM-OI, Lam Akol Group, Yau Yau & The United Equatorian States Defense Forces among others, the war has just began.

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    • 28 September 08:51, by Burning spear

      Ya Nyigat the so called Lokiden Tabudinho, first I doubt your nationality upon reading your name. You might be Brazilian I swear. Secondly, did u really read the post or u just read it in rebel mentality? Yau Yau didn’t rebel it’s his deputy who rebelled with small and disgruntle individuals within cobra not the whole of cobra faction had rebelled. Thirdly, we’re ready to fight whoever is against

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      • 28 September 09:39, by Akuma

        Butrus was just Pibor peace mediator not even a general. So worry less has he doesn’t have forces to attack government forces but to kidnap Ethiopians & South Sudanese children.

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  • 28 September 04:17, by Hardlinner

    during liberation struggle, there was one rebel(SPLA/M) that was fighting Khartoum government and most of those now wanting to change the S. sudan government were indeed supporting NIF. so those wagging rebellions are indeed traitors. we all know that nothing come from traitor but killing of civilians. all i know is ur rebellion is going nowhere.

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  • 28 September 08:07, by My Land

    It is a time for change!!!

    I think, the decision taken by COBRA faction to defect from Kiir is because they were forced to do that by Kiir’s regime.

    Congratulations to cobra because if somebody forced you to do what you are not planned to do, you can give him whatever you are forced to do.

    Go a head with your wise decision.


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  • 28 September 09:35, by Black Nation

    Cobra is doing great over there

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  • 28 September 13:26, by Eastern

    SPLM-DC rebelled against Kiir because of dishonoring the ARCISS; Riek Machar has been forced to resort to war because Kiir is not willing to implement an agreement it signed with him and now SPLA-Cobra faction has also rebelled because the agreement Kiir signed with them in 2014 has been severely dishonored. Why should the you men in National Security Service continue to waste their lives for Kiir

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    • 28 September 14:17, by Redeemer

      Riek took every Nuer and helped Khartoum to destroy SPLM/A. how many forces came with him when he surrendered back in 2002? (0)so which collective fighting are you talking of here, who doesn’t know the damage Nuer did to Southerners during Sudan’s civil war,shame on you

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      • 28 September 14:29, by Redeemer

        Even Nyamnyam performed better than Nuer to gain South Sudan from Sudan, you are making Dinka to think twice, you are just causing destruction not a liberation at all, if Riek comes to power by force not through voting, I promise you he will not make a month as a president, so we pray that we make Kiir leave power peacefully so that we don’t end up in Tom & Jerry game

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        • 28 September 16:37, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

          This is just a propaganda show,Murle and Nuers can’t just marry to fights govt,even when so,it’ll not last to be honest.

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