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South Sudan army minimises calls to pull troops of out Juba town

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South Sudanese policemen and soldiers are seen along a street following renewed fighting in South Sudan's capital Juba, July 10, 2016. (Photo Reuters)

April 25, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese army (SPLA) has attached little importance to calls by civil society groups to withdraw troops currently deployed in the streets of the national, instilling fear and movement in the town.

The army started deploying troops over the weekend, posting tanks, heavy artillery weapons including howitzer to key and strategic places in town. The areas which experienced huge deployment include ministries area, parliament, the presidential palace, markets and Mausoleum of late John Garang de Mabior, founding leader of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

The purpose of the deployment remains unclear. There has not been a statement from the office of the army spokesman. The police spokesman and the presidential press secretary have given conflicting comments.

Police spokesman, Brigadier General Daniel Justin, described the development as a temporary measure to protecting properties while presidential spokesman claimed it was a normal deployment to strengthen security in the town. Both officials did not provide elaborate comments.

The development received mixed reactions from the population, with members of the civil society calling for withdrawal in order to allow free movement of the civilians in the town.

“There is no way you can bring out military tanks and weapons to the streets when there is an economic crisis. The government must withdraw all the forces on the streets of Juba because the civilians are not armed and they have nothing to do with the army,” Akuoc Ajang, head of the civil society alliance.

Ajang called on authorities to allow civilians to move freely so that they could have the opportunity to freely come together and raise their grievances during the current economic hardship in the country.

“What is happening is a harassment of civilians, but any harassment of civilians by the government is not acceptable. They need to pull out their guns, tanks and all the forces that are on the streets of Juba,” he stressed.

Observers say the deployment could be an indication that the government is leaning towards giving the military greater influence to make major decisions in the country.
Military commanders frustrated by what they consider ineffective management of the situation by the executive have argued for greater freedom to make daily decisions on how best to control the situation.

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  • 26 April 09:49, by Sunday Junup

    Hey pull your bulshit out of the town. This town is not military barrack but civilian city with investors and foreigners.

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  • 26 April 12:42, by Gabriel KK

    No smoke without fire!

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  • 26 April 17:23, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    My people who taught u to be so disclosure,how should u go as far as describing all these military secratecy? In the western world a civilian will not even see the millitary barrack leave a lone talking about their secrate in public medias! If one does u should face the consequences.Respect any professions and keep their code of ethnics n conducts.we have really long way to go

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    • 26 April 23:47, by Eyez

      These are indications that the Mathiang Anyoor, Kiir, Malong and the bloody JCE are now panicking and therefore, desperate to contain any citizen decent with full brutal force.

      The world is watching you and if you think that you are going to massacre Equatorians in broad daylight like you did to the Nuer, better think again.
      X1

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      • 27 April 03:57, by Force 1

        Eyez;

        Stop the bullshit noise online; go over there in person and make it happened! It’s been 4 years since 2013; when is your citizen full brutal force going to happened? Go do something or shut up!

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        • 27 April 06:59, by Don-Don Malith Rual

          Behave yourself my friend this is not the wise way of doing it, I understand where you come from, It was tried by pple like yourself with high tempt but they end up with high blood pressure, calm down.

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  • 26 April 18:10, by DKOne

    There’s no reason civil group want to create panic out of this. In a city with high rate of crime and the possibility of being shoot down by unknown criminal in a broad daylight is huge. People should view the availability of any lawsuit authority on the streets as positive because they are there to maintain security. Who does not want to feel safe?

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