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South Sudan army collects over 1200 weapons in Juba

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January 12, 2017 (JUBA) - The SPLA Chief of General Staff, Thursday has reiterated commitment and readiness of the South Sudanese army to strengthen and improve security situation in the country.

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SPLA Chief of general staff (3rd from the left), next to him ministers of interior and finance and other officials pose for a picture after the collect of 1200 weapons in Juba on Thursday 12, 2017 (ST Photo)

General Paul Malong Awan spoke at the end of a house-to-house search operation during which more than 1200 different types of weapons were collected, following the conduct of the unannounced exercise at the national capital, Juba.

General Awan, dressed in full military attire and flanked by the minister of finance and interior well as the commander of presidential guards division put on a show of defiance, emphatically denying that government forces carried out the search in a manner that violated privacy in the capital, Juba.

He accused "anti-peace elements" of preparing to go to war on the basis of "lies".

He commended his boss, President Salva Kiir, for demonstrating personal commitment to the Armed Forces allegedly guided by a vision to protecting the nation and making Armed Forces not only as one of the most developed armies but which would serve anywhere in the world.

“Our job as the army is one, defend the country, the constitution and protect civilians and their properties. This is what you have done; conducting a search to ensure Juba is free of weapons. People who are not permitted by law to carry weapons should not be allowed to carry them. They are misusing them and this is why we are collecting them today,” said Awan.

The top military officer announced the search has helped identify people with forged identity impersonating as officers in various organized armed forces to committee crimes.

Acting army spokesperson Col. Santo Domic Chol told reporters on Thursday at a news conference in Juba that the operation had managed to collect more than 1200 different type of weapons and assorted equipment as well as managing to apprehend criminals in Juba.

400 weapons were found in the hands of unauthorized people.

Chol said nine people have been arrested found in possession of cars they could not explain how they got them.

Some of the cars were identified by their owners and 16 other different types of cars have either been stolen or none registered have been detained.

(ST)

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  • 12 January 23:41, by Naath

    These are the guns the Dinka’s tribal gangs leaders have given to the members of Dinka in their houses to kill their neighbors in Juba. When the Dinka kills the member of another tribe, the tribal gangs leader Kiir and Malong would say the deceased has been killed by a gunmen while they know all gunmen by names.

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    • 13 January 06:43, by Akuma

      Naath,
      Your primitive thinking will not take you further. Dinka are not the only tribe controlling guns in juba city. We have Nuer Bari, Cholo and all 64 tribes of South Sudan. After house-to-house search, many criminals were arrested including Ugandans, Kenyan and Somalis. Are they Dinka? Let think as nationalists. The purpose of that search was purely safety of all citizens not Dinka tribes

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      • 13 January 06:51, by jubaone

        Akuma,
        Most of these thugs and criminals from Uganda, Kenya and Somalia are nothing but jienge hirelings and cheap mercenaries. Jienges allowed them into the country so they can steal, kill and loot for the them. That we know in Juba. This excerise is a trick to know who, lives where. The same was done ahead of the 2013 Nuer massacre in Juba. You will pay the price now or later.

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        • 13 January 09:36, by Kush Natives

          Juba1,

          Don’t fools your followers please! There’s nothing like peace sir____ I thought everyone here back in 2013 resorted for a violent, isn’t? So, what went wrong in the middle here? Juba MUST be a free of weapons capital city regardless. You will be detained, if you’re a trouble maker!

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  • 13 January 00:21, by Mayok

    Why Cvlian are in the unmiss if you care about them? What makes you fall last year? Cvlian blood has poured over your evil heart and this time, you will not make it back to Juba alive.

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  • 13 January 05:41, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well, this should be monthly operate for 12 months. Criminals and bandits are operating because we, the South Sudan lose up the law.

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  • 13 January 07:06, by Hitler Alive

    Nath; Stop thinking on line of tribe. Think Independently because Tribal-Rebellion will not liberate you from cocoon of poverty.
    On 1,200 weapons, this is nothing compared to what the public expect from the government disarmament exercise.
    If a minister have about 30 armed guards each with 3 guns. A mere captain has 3 guards each with 3 guns. what is 1,200?

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