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Rebels attack Yei River state in protest over Kampala talks

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April 28, 2017 (JUBA) – Disturbed by reports about peace talks that took place in Kampala, Uganda, rebels allied to South Sudan’s former First Vice-President, Riek Machar responded by attacking Morobo county of Yei River state in rejection to the peace accord.

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Rebel fighters greet one another at a rebel camp in South Sudan’s Jonglei state on 1 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Sudan Tribune understands that peace efforts mediated by South Sudan religious leaders from Yei River state is due in Kampala soon to reconcile the renowned armed rebels groups with the Juba government.

The armed opposition faction’s deputy spokesperson Lt. Col Lam Paul Gabriel distanced their movement from the group that met in Uganda, describing them as “frustrated” refugees from Uganda trying to mobile funds in the name of the armed opposition faction.

He also dismissed the ongoing peace efforts between the government and members of the rebel representatives in Kampala.

“This is a sign that the forces of SPLA IO in Yei cannot negotiate peace with anybody from Juba, if Bishop Alias wants peace, let him go to our Commander in Chief Dr. Riek Machar Teny,” said Lam.

He urged the armed opposition supporters to treat these claims as null, saying those negotiating with the government are the refugees.

CLASHES WITH SOUTH SUDAN ARMY

Lam said they clashed with South Sudan army forces after they heavily shelled their locations between Wednesday and Thursday.

The deputy rebel spokesperson claimed their forces have retaken Morobo, Kimba and Bazi from government in retaliation to the attack.

“In retaliation, our forces made a joint operation against the enemy in Morobo, Kimba and Bazi killing 25 and 8 other wounded and airlifted to Juba,” he said.

Sudan Tribune could, however, not independently verify claims made by the rebel official.

Meanwhile, a convoy of United Nations peacekeepers was blocked as it headed to Yei to assess the impact of renewed violence in the area on Thursday.

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  • 30 April 15:02, by Kuch

    That is a lie fellows, there is no peace talk in Kampala fools. Surrender your damn selves and join the South Sudanese people national dialogues and reconciliation.

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    • 30 April 19:14, by jubaone

      Kuch,

      Just join your old jienge uncles for that luakthrash and leave the other men in the bush to just do their noble work. You could as one of the most eloquent and learned jienges be of much help (like an agamlong) to that crowd of senile kiirminal enterprise. Cheers

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      • 30 April 19:23, by Lango2010

        "Mundi ta bas, dingit ba jinga " you will see the changes. I am free from tribalism and I am a nationalist that sees positive side of the matter, not blind supporter of my own tribes if it is at wrong

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      • 30 April 19:23, by Lango2010

        "Mundi ta bas, dingit ba jinga " you will see the changes. I am free from tribalism and I am a nationalist that sees positive side of the matter, not blind supporter of my own tribes if it is at wrong

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    • 1 May 03:10, by Malakal county Simon

      Bogus dialogue??????

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  • 30 April 15:16, by Sunday Junup

    Viva !!!!!!

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    • 30 April 19:10, by Lango2010

      If the are fighting into retaliation for peace talk in Kampala and was to instal their evil master who is in asylum, let them not just stop in Kimba, Bazi and Morobo they should march to Juba via Yei. But I wonder whether they can see Juba and go back alive? Did the white army reach Juba or they are still marching to Juba?

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      • 30 April 19:15, by Lango2010

        It is better to forgive, forget, reconcile and dialogue as people of one Nation, war will drag us backward and the evils behind all these are the beneficiaries. Neither the rebels nor the Government will win this war. But they are only inflicting more wounds on their citizens.

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        • 30 April 19:52, by jubaone

          Lango2010,
          Just forget, forgive, reconcile and dialogue, just like that? You can do that as a person, thats your right. But allow others to express their feelings too. I can only forgive, forget and reconsile once I do the very things my foes have done to my people. The jienges asked us to give buckets of blood in return for grabbed lands. Thats what our people are doing. No forgiveness. Period

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      • 30 April 19:54, by jubaone

        Lango2010,
        I see that you have already surrendered and comfortable with your position as a jienge underdog. Good luck!

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        • 1 May 06:57, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

          Juba one and Eastern

          which battles did u participates since war started in 2013? I had learned Jubaone is running a business btn 107 & Sirkat.and i believe you are just lunats who are banging the drums of war which de donot know but are cowards and not true nationalists(i means S.Sudanese).
          You complains always of grabing where have your learns been grabs from? Shame on u.

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          • 1 May 12:33, by jubaone

            Jienge Alipa Chawaul,
            None was born a soldieer and neither can you as jienge claim to have the genes of warrior people, No that is jienge bullshit. If I didnt fight in 2013, now is time to do that. You thought, that Equatorians are cowards even as they started Anyanya 1 in Torit. But wait, we shall get you jienges flushed out from Nimule soon, then you know that Equatorians mean business.

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            • 1 May 20:36, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

              I means what i say and do what i means.remember we as a community fights war through internet or fucking people through fb like JOne.eastern etc.ours come and goes with people God had chosen to go by that battle rights! Dear monkeys?

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  • 2 May 17:48, by deng kual acot

    People!!! be4 we insult those gays, let us recollect ourselves and pray for cange of leadership in our Country. No peace will ever succed without the unity of Riak Ten and Kiir. Uganda is after robbing South Sudan as they being pulled from Central Arfrican Republic and now looking for new loot fields. Let us be honest and avoid being enslaved by Equatorians tommorow. Believe me or not.I was stuped

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