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SPLM-IO commanders surrender to Ugandan army, spokesperson confirms


South Sudanese refugees carrying Core Relief Items walk down a road in Bidibidi refugee settlement, Yumbe District, Northern Region, Uganda. (UNHCR/David Azia)

April 21, 2017 (JUBA)-The armed opposition Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) Friday has confirmed that some senior commanders have surrendered to the Ugandan army deployed in the northern part of the east African country.

Last week, several media outlets in Uganda reported the two senior SPLM-IO officers Identified as Maj. Gen Benjamin Luboi and Brigadier Gen. Taban surrendered to Ugandan army in Padibe Sub-county, Uganda’s northern Lamwo district near the South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria province.

Initially, the armed opposition group had denied the report, saying only civilians have fled to northern Uganda.

However, the newly appointed deputy SPLM-IO spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel confirmed the report and said they welcome the decision by Ugandan authorities and the UNHCR.

“We would like to thank the staffs of the Ugandan prime minister’s office and the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees for helping Benjamin and his friends get registered as refugees,” he added.

Gabriel dismissed that any of the two rebel officers was the commander of the rebel forces in Pajok, Eastern Equatoria.

“The sector command base is not in Pajok but between Imotong and Namurunyang/ Kapoeta state,” he added.

Earlier this month of April, the UNHCR reported that over 6000 refugees have crossed into northern Uganda district of Lamwo.

The influx of refugees was triggered by a military operation carried out by the government forces in Pajok, a town of more than 10,000 people 15 km (10 miles) north of the Ugandan border, to flush out rebel guerrillas in the area.


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  • 22 April 2017 09:07, by South South

    “We would like to thank the staffs of the Ugandan prime minister’s office and the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees for helping Benjamin and his friends get registered as refugees,”

    I add my voice to thank Uganda and UNHCR for helping IO generals to register as refugees, good decision.

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    • 22 April 2017 11:05, by Eastern

      South Sudan (dinka/jenge),

      Have your say........


      Those with personal problems may resign, surrender, go to Juba, etc but the struggle continue.....

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      • 22 April 2017 13:53, by South South


        Peace is the only option for all of us including a few rebels from Equatoria. I want peace. If you have big problem with Dinka tribe, then prepare yourself to live in diaspora forever. In every corner of South Sudan, you will see Dinka. You must accept them if you want to leave in South Sudan or stay out side South Sudan. Please pick your choice.

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        • 22 April 2017 14:09, by South South


          The link you posted from Al Jazeera is about starving and dying a few IO soldiers in Equatoria. They need food to eat. They are weak and tired without guns. This is why generals ran to Uganda and registered as refugees. I am laughing big.

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      • 22 April 2017 15:07, by Kuch

        Mr. Eastern, do you fools think, the CIA, MI6, their UN, their so-called NGOs and some of their evils in between are going to around for as you think? Your Barack, LRA, Boko Haram, their ebil juus, Al Qada, Al Nustra, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the so-called israel, UAE and Turkey>>>>

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      • 22 April 2017 15:18, by Kuch

        Mr. Eastern, do you fools think, the CIA, MI6, their UN, their so-called NGOs and some of evils think, their evils in between are going to toy around with our country and our people as you fools, think? Your Barack, LRA, Boko Haram, their evil juus, Al Qada, Al Nustra, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, israel, UAE and Turkey, the US, the UK, et al>>>>

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    • 22 April 2017 19:26, by Mi diit

      Stop making up stories!

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    • 22 April 2017 19:26, by Mi diit

      Stop making up stories!

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  • 22 April 2017 09:15, by Garang Akeen Tong

    F**k high ranking officer where surrendered to uganda authority, I think they surrender after lossing battle field to mighty SPLA worrior. Men are really at work.

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  • 22 April 2017 09:40, by Garang Akeen Tong

    South sudan, those fuck high ranking io officers are lose battle field.......to might SPLA worrior we can can deal with in this dry season till they will accept peace. Our command is now well advancing miltarily and politically.

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    • 22 April 2017 11:17, by Eastern

      Sometimes if you calm down, your writings (in the poor English language) will be more comprehensible and worth an attention every other time...!

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    • 22 April 2017 15:06, by jubaone

      Garang Akeen
      How can senior surrender without their forces? In military, this can’t happen. Infact these were pro-jienge militias under Gen JJ Okot who surrendered. The jienges are made to believe everything in the IO is crumbling so that desperate jienge at least have a reason to jubilate after several defeats. Men at work. Why have the jienges not made advances? Cowards of course.

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  • 23 April 2017 03:06, by Kush Natives

    What a shame from IO members! From Maj. Gen rank into refugee camp, that’s a great humiliation! Why not come back to South Sudan, if you’re already exhausted from the war that you’re always chanting. Just because foods is fighting along-side our troops in the jungles of SS. This terrorist organization is coming to an END. Soon IOM is taking over IO. Shame of them, giving away guns to foreigners.

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  • 23 April 2017 08:11, by Adok son

    It didn’t happen and it will not happened as it was expected by Dinka government that there was a two Generals who have surrounded themselves to Uganda for rescues.
    Uh! Sudantribune,don’t fill your website with unfit groundless information. Those two generals are now enjoying their operations without fear,so it was a civilians who escaped for their life because they are killing by their government

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  • 25 April 2017 13:29, by THINKTWICE

    ’’We would like to thank the staffs of the Ugandan prime minister’s office and the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees for helping Benjamin and his friends get registered as refugees’’ they have now known how hard life is,
    shame to the already missed up country.. GEN refugee you have no choice but to do so because the idiot (kiir) has resisted we need non violent campaign him

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