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Over 200 government forces join rebel movement, official claims


January 9, 2017 (BENTIU) – Major defections have hit the South Sudanese army (SPLA) in Unity State after dozens of its forces reportedly joined the armed opposition allied to first Vice-President, Riek Machar in the north of the state.

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SPLA forces in Wau town on May 16; 2016 (ST Photo)

In a statement, the armed opposition spokesperson, Col. William Deng, claimed 250 soldiers defected from Mayom county, northwest of Bentiu town.

Those who defected, he said, were commanded by Col. Simon Mayiel Kulang from brigade 12, division 3 and reported at Panakuach, north of Unity state.

“These huge forces defected with 11 PKM, seven RPGs and a vehicle mounted with enough ammunition,” he said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

The defectors, Deng further said, were received by their sector two commander, Lt. General Maguek Gai Majak at the armed opposition base in Panakuach.

The anticipated the numbers of those who defected to steadily rise with time.

“At least 250 soldiers defected to us yesterday [Sunday] and we have welcomed them to division 4 headquarters in the area,” the rebel official said.

“The number of the [pro-government] soldiers may be more than that. But this is a preliminary report I received from the ground,” he further told Sudan Tribune.

Meanwhile, Kulang accused the Juba government of allegedly practicing tribalism and nepotism, which has forced soldiers to defect to the rebels.

The rebel spokesperson also renewed claims the Sudanese rebels still exist in Unity State to fight alongside forces allied to President Salva Kiir’s soldiers.

“The regime in Juba has also maintained it close relationship with the Sudanese rebels, including the Justice and Equality Movement or JEM and SPLA-North that the regime has been relying on since it imposed this war on the people of South Sudan,” further stressed the armed opposition’s statement.

The rebel faction warned that there could be further escalation of the current conflict should government and its allied forces continue attacking armed opposition troops.


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  • 10 January 10:28, by Kush Natives

    Ah ah ah ah ah trouble maker! This is a naked political of 19 century. We are in 21 century. So, defecting from Panakuach to where? Bul,Jikeny and Leek, we finally got you! _______________

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    • 11 January 05:24, by Joyuma John

      This article has some flaws in it , by calling Riek Machar the first Vice President ,is that true, is Riek Machar a first Vice President of South Sudan as mentioned in the article and list of the names of defector is obvious if the defection is true.

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      • 12 January 08:49, by Mayom County Troops

        Col Simon Mayiel days are over. few days coming Col Mayiel Funeral will be held as soon as well.
        Dear readers mark my word .
        for sure Col Simon Mayiel is the one to be held responsible about the massacre that took place in Leer (Adok) county either Col Simon Mayiel will be hang by Simon Maguek Gai Majak before SPLA force to capture him.

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  • 10 January 12:47, by Uror the Great defeat fuckin kiir

    wellcome to SPLA IO brother but you betray us for long time

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  • 10 January 13:49, by Ram Mi Ran

    Dear compatriot, welcome to the people movement under the vision leader his excellence C-IN-C of the SPLA-IO and chairman of the SPLM-IO DR.Riak Machar Teny Dhurgon.
    It is the right time to rescue your South Sudanese people from illegitimate and Uneducated sultan Salva Kiir.

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    • 10 January 15:56, by Redeemer

      The numbers that have been defecting to IO since 2013 are far more than that, what will 250 do?lets just say 500, Nyornyor will fuck them back. But this is a pure lie, when did you IO get Panakuach back?

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  • 10 January 16:19, by Son of Nuer

    Welcome Simon Mayiel and your forces field free here in IO home

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  • 10 January 21:12, by victory john

    the goverment of south sudan does not teart the people whom remained in the hand of it fairly, that is why more than troop defected from the government to spla io becuose they know that its tribal ware in recent year. i thing the ware of suoth sudan will spend least than two years again. if there is no party to recall apeace agreement between kirr and machar.

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  • 11 January 01:32, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Guys, the number of the soldiers who defected were accentuated. The exact number was 160 soldiers. I got the list of the soldiers and their names in my desk right now. Col. Simon Mayiel Kulang lied about the number of the soldiers who left with him. I can just scan the names, but that will be against our security protocol. Just give the people facts and stop lying.

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    • 11 January 02:41, by Malakal county Simon

      Dinka defend food General

      200, 160 or even if they are 100 soldiers still a big blow to the government....

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      • 11 January 02:48, by Kush Natives

        Malakal county boy,

        Defection means, defeated,Why didn’t started fighting right there? Now,we know they already left holyland Panakuach-da,where the hell are they going? Panthou right?

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        • 11 January 07:39, by Chang Kuony

          Kush Native, Panakuac had never been Ruweng land since creation. Refrain from illegally grabbing other people’s land ya Dinka thugs.Pankuac is Leek Nuer land 200%. From Nyama to Pto Kai Kaang is Bul Nuer and Leek Nuer land in Northern part of Bentiu. There is no common border between tiny Dinka section Alor and Panaruu. You will run with bloidily nose should you step on it.

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