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South Sudan’s rival forces clash despite ceasefire declaration

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May 23, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s rival forces clashed in Imatong, one of the country’s newly created states, a day after President Salva Kiir openly declared a unilateral ceasefire with the country’s rebels.

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Arms and light weapons have been used by both warring parties in South Sudan to commit abuses (Photo courtesy of SSANSA)

The rebel’s military spokesperson, William Gatjiath Deng claimed pro-government militias allied to the army attacked their Imatong base.

“The Juba regime movements and aggressions also followed a recent meeting in Juba between General Salva Kiir Mayardit and Lt. Gen J.J Okot at which Col Lotara was ordered to lead brutal and merciless Mathiang Anyor operations against the remaining civilian population of Ayaci county,” he told Sudan Tribune Tuesday.

He, however, said the rebel command under the sector 9 division, Lt. Gen Justine Akudo and Major General Anthony Osuru Ongwaja “defeated” pro-government forces along Kinyenga-Lobone road.

The rebel official also claimed dozens of the government-allied militias were killed, allegations Sudan Tribune could not easily verify.

“The remaining [members] of Juba regime elements fled towards Magwi. Another Lt. Col Mubarak Rueben was nearly apprehended during the operation, having narrowly escaped from Lyire, where he was sent to bribe people and destabilize the area for the JCE [Jieng Council of Elders] and its regime in Juba,” further said Gatjiath.

The rebel spokesperson castigated the national dialogue initiative President Kiir launched on Monday, saying it lacked representation.

The national dialogue, initiated by Kiir, is both a forum and process through which the people South Sudan shall gather to redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, redefine citizenship and belonging, as well as restructure the state for national inclusion.

A 94-member steering committee for national dialogue was sworn in to start the work of bringing harmony and peace to the people of South Sudan. The committee co-chaired by Abel Alier and Angelo Beda Bangboru comprises of distinguished members of the country including religious leaders and professionals as well as politicians.

Kiir, however, vowed not to accept to return of his former deputy-turned rebel leader, Riek Machar over fears of further skirmishes.

Members of the armed opposition faction, their supporters and other political party members doubt the success of the national dialogue.

South Sudan has witnessed renewed clashes between forces loyal to South Sudan President Kiir and the armed opposition faction backing the country’s former First Vice-President, in spite of the August 2015 peace deal.

South Sudan has reportedly now become the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis with more than 1.8 million refugees, including one million children, having sought safety in Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic.

Last week, two United Nations agencies appealed to donors to step up support for people fleeing South Sudan as the $1.4 billion response plan remains 86% unfunded.

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  • 23 May 20:41, by Mi diit

    I told you yesterday that SPLA (I.O) will soon reach the outskirts of Juba city.
    Today is Imatong, tomorrow gonna be Rejaf and Bilpham.
    Viva!
    Dr. Machar on top.

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    • 23 May 21:44, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Mi diit

      Its very clear that you are obsticle to peace in south sudan, why are you dangering national dialogue, where all of us must be participate, we would present our grievance to the steering committee, this is only solution to achieve peace in our country.

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      • 24 May 08:25, by Eastern

        Garang Akeen Tong,

        Which peace dude? The ceasefire Kiir declared was between his forces and his friends who have been invited for his national dialogue. We will continue to fight Kiir until all those deluded by Kiir come to the realisation that KIIR IS THE OBSTACLE TO PEACE!!!

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        • 24 May 10:26, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Eastern, Mi diit, Jubaone.

          Make sure that, those who lives in glass house couldn,t threw stone to those who live in grass house.

          This time world know who is south sudan problem.

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          • 24 May 12:25, by jubaone

            Garang Akeen,
            The opposition will relentlessly continue its fight against the Kiirminal even as Uganda’s economy is falling apart. M7 has taken sides and so Ugandan businesses must pay the ultimate price. Riak and the opposition should strategically start to align with Raila as next Kenyan president. Uganda has in the long term no economic relevance and value to SS. This is urgently needed.

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      • 24 May 09:18, by DumoMakuachdit

        Garang Akeen Tong,
        Mi diit is absolutely right because the problem to South Sudan is Kiir Ayuei himself, that means Kiir Ayuei must go if he contemplates national dialogue is solution here NO! he must go that is the only resolution to the conflict. Kiir has sold dinka to other tribes for his own gain.

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        • 24 May 09:27, by DumoMakuachdit

          Can you visualize he didn’t resolute problem between Gogrial where he came from Apuok where his ugly wife Ayen came from? This is an indication that Kiir Ayuei got this presidency by lack, ’’ i wish deaths are not deaths as stated in African traditional society is true’’ Dr. John Garang please call Kiir Ayuei please he has demolished what you fought for.

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        • 24 May 10:53, by Garang Akeen Tong

          DumoMakuacdit

          My first time to dissagree with you, do you mean President Salva Kiir sold out Dinka to other tribes, therefore we have to surrender? If so big no, President Salva Kiir must go peacfully as he took seat peacfully, but not violence main.

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    • 23 May 21:45, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Mi diit
      You are still dreaming about Riek Machar while he handed chairmanship to his wife Angelina Teny as Acting chairwoman of SPLM/IO!

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      • 24 May 08:29, by Eastern

        Ayuiu,

        Whether or not Dr. Machar handed the leadership of SPLA-IO to somebody, the main issue is SPLA-IO that matters is not attending Kiir’s bogus dialogue in Juba. The fight against his crumbling tribal government is raging on; soon you will bear witness to what will flare up in Upper Nile. Blame all this on Kiir’s recalcitrance!!!!

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    • 24 May 08:35, by Joyuma John

      mi diit
      war will pay rebells a very little, if I were be you, it is better you opt for peace. Dinka and their goverment, please shall not allow any small space in war to penetrate them, please save your men.

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      • 24 May 09:28, by jubaone

        Joyuma John,
        One day the jienges will sit down and make a balance of what this war has cost them in terms of youth killed, maimed or simply unaccounted for. They will realize the tragedy that has devastated whole communities with no young men to support their aging parents then they will know Kiirminal and Malong took them for a terrible adventure while their kids sip whiskey and feed well in Uga

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  • 23 May 21:56, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Garang Akeen Tong
    Don’t talk about peace in South Sudan,
    Two great pillars are dead here in our country
    1-Peace is dead
    2-Riek Machar is also dead
    3-USD $ is also apperantly killed SSP and it is dead.
    Don’t remind the people of South Sudan about idiot items.

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    • 23 May 22:34, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      We wouldn,t lose hope of peace bro, although the are dead, Pres. Kiir said his gov,t ready to respond the outcome of national dialogue.

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      • 24 May 09:08, by Frak Cho

        Dear Mi dit, when war broke out in July 2016 in Juba, XDr. Riek Machar used to say, he was around Juba and his forces shall take Juba anytime. But to the surprise of many, Dr. Riek instead of taking Juba, he was rescued in DRC with his few bodyguards. So you .....

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  • 24 May 08:31, by Eastern

    Let all the forces fighting Kiir just ignore the talking shop in Juba aka national dialogue as that is an affair between Kiir and his friends.

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  • 24 May 08:44, by Kush Natives

    Mr. Garang Akeen Tong, South South and alike patriotic, let’s all take it easy here, because we the government are not sleeping too. The rebels are here to interrupt the national dialogue process, they have nothing completely to win at this point, if we talk of war. U am personally sorry for those of Midiit who built their houses in the sand. As I always think positive, if we don’t immediately>>

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    • 24 May 08:52, by Kush Natives

      >>stop fabricating this political crisis into a peaceful dialogue process, then we wouldn’t blame anyone later, when things reached our capacity limits. What I meant is this, if the opposition forces and their supporters aren’t backing down. Then, South Sudan government together with the law of the land will direct us to what it’s supposed to be done.

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      • 24 May 10:17, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Kush Native

        They rebel of Riak Machar are trying to sobatage the long waits grass root national dialogue, they are causing only mass displacement, but the have nothing to do with.

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  • 24 May 14:23, by Lou Nuer The Great

    no peace without Machar in presidency

    dear dinkas what type of fuckin dialogue are you talking and wasting your energy in juba,its monologue of jienges in that areas or between apuok and agok in Gogrial

    i thank president M7 who speak frankly by saying I salute PRESIDENT KIIR for KILLING YOU

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    • 24 May 18:58, by Kush Natives

      Lou Nuer The perpetrator,

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  • 24 May 17:12, by Sunday Junup

    Mathiang Anyor die every where while thug in Juba said there is peace. I’m waiting for a day which all Mathiang Anyor relative drag Kiir to court for not showing where their children went. Viva division 9. Soon will be another victory

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