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January 26, 2017 (AKOBO) - A senior South Sudanese rebel official has warned Kenya against deporting opposition dissidents to South Sudan, saying it could attract retaliation.

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Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta (L), taking walk with the South Sudanese opposition leader, Riek Machar, after a lengthy meeting at the State House, Nairobi, 7 July 2015 (ST photo)

In a statement, Koang Rambang Chol ordered forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar not to allow Kenyan nationals to leave the South Sudan’s newly-created state of Bieh.

“I am ordering all security organs, including military intelligence not to allow Kenyan citizens, including those working in the humanitarian organizations to leave Bieh state territory until further directive from my office,” said Koang.

The directive comes barely a week after two South Sudanese opposition figures, Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idris, were detained by Kenyan authorities amid fears they could be deported back to the young nation.

Koang said any move by Kenya to deport the duo would be retaliatory and affect relations between the two nations.

“If Dong Samuel is deported to Juba, I am afraid Kenya government would have hit the last nail on the coffin,” he said.

Several human rights bodies, including the New York-based Human Rights Watch have accused Kenyan authorities of unlawfully deporting several prominent opposition members from neighboring countries to their countries of origin, despite being recognized as refugees under Kenyan law.

“Dong Samuel Luak has been a vocal advocate for human rights in South Sudan for many years, and could face serious mistreatment if returned to South Sudan,” said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch on Wednesday.

“Kenyan authorities should respect his rights, allow him access to legal counsel and United Nations refugee officials, and immediately halt any deportation proceedings against him,” he added.

Kenya has, in recent years, unlawfully deported several prominent opposition members from neighboring countries to their countries of origin, despite being recognized as refugees under Kenyan law and protests by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

In November last year, Kenya arrested and deported James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson for rebel leader, Riek Machar. Dak is currently being held, without charge, at South Sudan National Security Services headquarters.

(ST)

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  • 27 January 06:58, by koang mi kei

    I really thank general Kong is a man of his word if Kenyan want to involves in this war let them declared themselves like Ugandan who fight alongside with south Sudan army this coward war of detaining south Sudanese citizen for nothing is a crime. If you guys are looking for money and they think partnership is not enough let them come join us in our war.

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    • 27 January 07:15, by Midit Mitot

      Good enough Kenyan government had shown it,s true colour to SPLA-IO movement, and I know there will be tit for tat to Kenya citizens at IO areas, unless Kenya Gov,t would rebound their decision to deport these two gentlemen.

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      • 27 January 10:05, by Akuma

        How many areas do SPLM-IO control in South Sudan apart from Pagak? It is very shameful to spread wrong information and whole world believed it. Kenyan citizens are no more working in Pagak if that Koang Rambang Chuol claims. Try to kidnap any Kenyan citizens and you face the consequences in shortest time. No more joke anymore.

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        • 27 January 13:47, by Midit Mitot

          Akuma,
          I think you does not know South Sudan geographical areas,SPLA-IO is controlling the big part of Upper Nile, such as, greater Lou Nuer which will not be touch by Mathinag Anyoor forever, greater Fangak, greater Nasir, Eastern equatoria, some part of Western equatoria and greater Fashoda, leave alone IO headquarter Pagak.

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        • 27 January 15:19, by jubaone

          Akuma,
          First, in all liberated areas controlled by the opposition, no jienges/mtn/mbororos are allowed. All must be expelled and got rid of. Akuma, make sure you will fly straight to your luaks cos soon we want our Juba cleared from jienge filth. Just bend low and obey the Kenyans like your masters cos you have no choice any more.

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    • 27 January 16:04, by Dinka-Defender-General

      WARNING, General Kong is murderer and blood thirsty. In 2014, he ordered White Armies to murdered Dinka civilians in the hospital and United areas in Unity State. Remember if you Kong Kenyan nationals, United Nation will retaliate especially they will cut off food, blankets, shoes, and other assists. Just try it my friend. You will be surprised. Go a head with your stupid threats.

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      • 27 January 16:16, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Remember General Kong if you kill Kenyan nationals, United Nation will retaliate against you by cutting off food, blankets, shoes, and other assists you get to survive. Just go ahead and try your stupid threats. You will be surprised. That will be your last campaign with the international communities.

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    • 28 January 09:02, by Mayom County Troops

      To: Koang Mi Kei
      this order will not affect our vulnerable community who are staying in Kenya land ?
      better for us to cook our mends how to coping with Kenya Govt , after all this ,well we retaliated them in good ways next time when we get a chance to address them .

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  • 27 January 07:05, by Southern Boy

    Thank to Kenyan Government, let them be deport to South Sudan which is their country, we need paces in South Sudan not fighting every day so if they are there in Kenya they still make cause of fighting, Kenya Government oyeeeee

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    • 27 January 10:58, by jubaone

      Southern Boy,
      Ya weled jienge, if Kenyans were bribed by jellaba and deported people like Kiir or Garang during the 21yrs struggle to Khartoum, then you would not have a place or country called South Sudan. But as a jienge with "chicken minds" you easily forget and have become very stupid. Anyway, jienges are not different from short-legged bantus who love money.

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      • 27 January 11:45, by barbayo

        Jubaone

        who are now in Kenya? leader of rebels Raik Machar will not past through Kenya air space will be deport to South Sudan, you acts like animals

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        • 27 January 15:10, by jubaone

          Barbayo,
          Jienge like these short-legged bantus and money lovers, just a hopeless lot. You cant beat the Opposition so you use hirelings and bribe bantus to so the dirty job. Maybe if Kenya deported Kiir during his rebel years to Khartoum we could not have such a hopeless leader.

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    • 27 January 14:46, by equatoriaWIN

      Southern boy

      How do you feel with your pockets full of money and mind full of nothing? Such as jienge dog you love war and cannot see peace in South Sudan, do not speak of it.

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  • 27 January 07:20, by victory john

    nice to said like that mr,koang Rabang, the unlawful that was used by kenya gaoverment it need to losse the life of workers humanterian organization who are working in newly created state of Bieh.now kenya goverment it has side in south sudan civilware event if they treat the refugees badly in their land, led the Beih people take the action abuot the kenya goverment.

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  • 27 January 08:10, by Sadam Kuikoy

    That is it, Gatborchar Koang Rambang, Your decision is 100% supported by all IO supporters, let the fucking, money lovers Kenyan feel it rough this time and they will continue feeling/tasting it bitter if they do not cease from their cowardly act of terrorism for sake of money from hopeless Taban Deng and hopeless Kirr Nyaldieng.

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  • 27 January 08:15, by john akeen

    Look at this rebels, Kenyans they have their construction right to deport any unwanted person back to their country where the came from, so what are you talking about? You can deported those Kenyans back their country too, but not to hold them or to kill them because if you do kill them or hold them, their government will go to look for them, and you know what will happen to you ya killers

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    • 27 January 08:36, by Bilpam- 2

      Kenyans in our area,Bieh State will never see another environment which will be suitable for them again if they fail to release our officials.

      Let the stupid people be treated as stupid.Our people in Kenya are there not to seek jobs but to learn there based on the relationship between two countries.

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    • 27 January 11:19, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      This is pure jienge logic: foolish and simply stupid. Had Kenya deported Garang and Kiir during the 21 yrs to Khartoum, you would not be expounding your belated a** and calling South Sudan a country. It is not all about money, but values. Anyway, jienges=short-legged bantus=money love. No difference. You can buy them like cheap meat.

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      • 27 January 16:09, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, Garang and Kiir were fighting for the cause our independent? What Machar and his supporters are fighting for?

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        • 27 January 18:21, by jubaone

          Jienge Defeated General,
          You must be worried if you get deported from your hideout to SS, we shall not tolerate you in Equatoria, you must go straight to your luak cos Juba does NOT belong to jienges. They are visitors and have to go to muraa.

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          • 28 January 00:33, by Dinka-Defender-General

            Jubaone, you are dreaming. I’m inside South, Sudan. Who is going to deport me?

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      • 27 January 17:19, by barbayo

        Jubaone
        even you can be deport very soon , there are no kenyan in rebel areas , even there are rebels in South Sudan , just what are in the bush are criminals ,

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        • 27 January 18:17, by jubaone

          Barbayo,
          Deport, just take them to jienge-free areas in SS there they are very safe. Once we clear Yei, Torit and main towns, we shall come to Juba and drive all jienge drifters and vagabonds and other loitering criminals known as "unknown gunmen"

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          • 27 January 20:42, by barbayo

            Jubaone
            There are no where are the rebels just criminals , you are still with old drum to clear what!!!! IO now joining Government everyday and every one hour they are joining

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    • 27 January 15:04, by equatoriaWIN

      John of Jienge,

      Can you even speak on this matter? Your mouth is made of money stolen through blood but is worth nothing. Go back to Salva Killer or your jienge friends and see about South Sudan.

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  • 27 January 12:19, by Fair Man

    John Akeen
    You are one of the most stupid Dinka, who did not know anything about international legal frame work. Once you don’t accept a political asylum seeker in your country for one reason or another, you give a chance to apply for another country of choice. Deportation can only be by extradition treaty and a warrant by country’s competent court seeking extradition. Kenya, will pay for its acts

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    • 27 January 12:24, by Fair Man

      With all violations of international law, starting with unlawful deportation of James Gatdet to Juba, African Union is closely monitoring the acts of Kenya and so-called Amina, vying for AU Commission Chair will never succeed. African Countries will kick her out of race as her country appears deeply vires. Kenya will not take the Chair of AU believe me or not. ECOWAS will take the Chair.

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  • 27 January 13:00, by Rami Tot

    Believe me kenyan will never IO controls areas leave alone pagak but equotoria as well, we will not play this time
    with the chicken minded Dinka

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  • 27 January 19:26, by Lou Nuer The Great

    you are right koang let this fuckin kiir mercenaries faith consequence

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