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SPLA forces gain control of South Sudan’s Kaya town

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Sudan People's Liberation Army soldiers walk along a road near Bor, on January 31, 2014 (AFP Photo)
June 23, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudanese army (SPLA) Friday has gained control of Kaya town in Yei River state on the border with Uganda, confirming previous reports of clashes in the area between the government forces and the fighters of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO)

A high-ranking military officer who declined to be identified because he is not authorised to speak with the media told Sudan Tribune on Friday that their troops have finally entered Kaya after several months of on and off fighting with armed opposition forces.

“We have just entered Kaya this afternoon. There was no fighting. We arrived peacefully from Yei town. The situation appears to be normalising and this is why we came to open the road," said the army general.

"We will be coordinating our operation with colleagues from Uganda defence forces who will be stationed on the side of the border. Our security strategy and plans of action will be coordinated," he further said.

A legislator representing an area covering Kaya at the National Legislative Assembly in Juba said he received reports from local people that a heavily armed convoy of more than 10 vehicles had entered Kaya on Friday afternoon after a platoon of soldiers first entered on Thursday through the Yei-Kaya road.

It is the first attempt of the government forces to use this road after months of clashes and attacks.

Also, it is not clear why the movement of the government forces did not encounter resistance.

Several observers attribute the development to the split of the opposition group in the area, as some former rebels defected to the government side and others decided to hold out and keep their troops in defensive positions at South Sudan- Democratic Republic of Congo border.

The Yei River state information minister and the SPLA official spokesperson did not make any official statements about the development in the newly created Yei River state.

The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir declared a unilateral cessation of hostilities but his army on the ground continues to wage war on the armed opposition in a bid to consolidate the government position when the IGAD mediators call for a forum to revitalise the implementation of the peace agreement.

The UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the UN Security Council this week that despite the presidential ceasefire the SPLA continues to carry out attacks in various parts of the country.

"In the north, the SPLA has dislodged Opposition forces from their strongholds on the west bank of the Nile River. In the East, it has taken towns in northern Greater Jonglei," he said

Lacroix added that in the west, clashes between Government and Opposition forces around Wau forced some 22,000 people to take refuge with the UN mission. While the fighting in the southern part of the country has left towns in the Equatoria with as little as 10% of their previous populations.

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  • 24 June 03:11, by Kush Natives

    Bravo SPLA for entering Kaya town peaceful! This is a part of national dialogue. Let’s keep the same spirit of the peaceful solution to our problem.

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    • 24 June 07:05, by Eastern

      SPLA-IO had not captured Kaya but BESEIGED it for months now. Don’t get exited when you realise later that the entry of the Mathiang Anyors into Kaya was not a triumph you can jubilate about....

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      • 24 June 19:31, by jubaone

        Eastern,
        Fact us The SPLAnyors used the Moyo-Bamurye route with facilitation of UPDF and not the Yei to Kaya route. These nyors would have met with resistance at Gulumbi-Morobo b4 entering Kaya. Those who know thus route can testify. Anyway, if these bastards are in Kaya, it’s just time to starve them out after all our our civilians are out. Struggle will continue I’m very optimistic. No peace!

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        • 24 June 20:04, by South South

          Jubone,
          I am laughing at you loser, just Shut up and raise your hands. We matched to Kaya in the middle of the day, period. We do not want to hear those nonsense and excuses in Internet. What do you mean by "fact us", is this new English praise from well educated Equatorial old man?

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          • 24 June 20:35, by jubaone

            South South,
            That us the most humiliating thing to surrender to a savage jienge. That is like a monkey turning up to speaking human language. These bastards are an occupation savage army that is desecrating our holy Equatoria lands and it’s our moral duty to fight them. These rapists are simply their to spread their HIV that’s why we’ve to take our women out so we fight mab2man.

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          • 24 June 20:43, by jubaone

            South South,
            After working on you for the last few weeks, I see that you have become more observant, critical and careful in writing your articles. Great. If we didn’t work on you, you’d still remain the jienge savage and unreachable numb skull. You just walked into Kaya, so what? If you fought and drove the IO, then you would brag. But...satisfies the jienge ego who desperately need success story

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      • 24 June 19:40, by jubaone

        Eastern,
        I thought we had tamed South South the savage till this piece of news that he then resurfaced. We worked well on him. But yet another jienge Lenin Bull (could be he’s obsessed with cows and just thinks like one). Well,IO drove these bastards out of it, but didn’t occupy it. That wasn’t the strategy in the first place, so the bastards have returned and again IO will send them off. So the

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      • 25 June 09:42, by jubaone

        Eastern,
        If the SPLA spokesman does not acknowledge nor deny their presence in Kaya, this could be a hoax or an attempt by the UO to fool the SPLA and lure them for a far more fatal blow. How these bastards (if true) moved till Kaya when they can’t get out a 5km radius out of Yei is still not understandable.

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    • 24 June 09:14, by Newsudan

      Kush
      Rebels thought that SPLA is of 1980s,when they were fighting alongside SAF of 100000 troops accompanied by 90000 militias supported by helicopters, gunships, antinovs,bombers but SPLA was able to fight back,now what make them underestimate the SPLA, closer to conventional army.

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  • 24 June 03:17, by South South

    Eastern,
    Please do not correct my English here. I know you are very advance English learner. Past tense of word "to learn" is "learnt or learned". You do not know that "to learn" has regular and irregular past. Hum!!! Very smart Equtoria well educated. KAYA is ours, what say you baby?

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    • 24 June 03:28, by South South

      I want peace for all 64 tribes of South Sudan. Our country needs peace. Opening KAYA road will help communities in Yei River State to develop. I want Yei town to be one of the best towns in South Sudan. Let’’s put aside those smart of English learner from Equatorial, They will follow us soon. Why do they make mistakes in English and they have complete learning of English? Hum!!!!!

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    • 24 June 06:59, by Eastern

      South South,

      This report is VERY MISLEADING. Kaya has never been taken by SPLA-IO, what happened was this town was CUT OFF from the rest of South Sudan including the nearest town to it, Yei. Kaya was supplied via Uganda for a long time. It’s premature for you to celeberate the ENTRY of the Mathiang Anyors since you don’t know what will befall them on EXIT. Fingers crossed!!

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      • 24 June 07:36, by Kush Natives

        Eastern,
        Be the man of your words! Did you just said, Kaya town was "CUT OFF" from the rest of the town in the country or did I read it incorrectly? If Yes, then what was the cause of that? Was a flood that cut off Kaya? Pathetic! I learning more about you now_______dude.

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        • 24 June 13:18, by Mopedi

          Ya Kush Native
          There is nothing sensible to be celebrated here, whether Kaya is cut off or reopen still make no sense conflict is going ahead as long as Kiir is the president, IOs is not after blocking roads but regime change.

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      • 24 June 07:44, by South South

        Eastern,
        I have to celebrate big, not just KAYA is captured, but people of Yei, people of Equatorial and people of SS need KAYA to realise peace and development. You can try to minimise our victory as you want. You can try to make up many stories, but you and juba one are big losers. When an old man like you tell people things which are not true like when you say you live in Juba, which is a li

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        • 24 June 13:55, by Mopedi

          South Sudan.
          Where is the future of this country? how are we going to get the right people to take this country a step forward, the Dinka and Nuers has built generation on the foundation of conflict instead on peace, you speak nonsense every time, none of you can fix back the torn-apart country.

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          • 24 June 14:06, by Mopedi

            South Sudan, Kush Natives,john akeen.
            Peace is paramount but none of you(Dinka and Nuers) can unite this country at the moment, whatever effort each group make will not bring peace, unless somebody from minority tribe come up we will not witness peace in SS, besides, you speaks nonsense to people here every time

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      • 24 June 07:45, by South South

        Eastern,
        I have to celebrate big, not just KAYA is captured, but people of Yei, people of Equatorial and people of SS need KAYA to realise peace and development. You can try to minimise our victory as you want. You can try to make up many stories, but you and juba one are big losers. When an old man like you tell people things which are not true like when you say you live in Juba, which is a li

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        • 24 June 08:14, by Eastern

          Kush Natives and South South,

          I love your low level of reasoning. Kaya was beseiged with the Mathiang Anyors trapped there starving. The recent convoy of Mathiang Anyors was allowed to join their collegues already trapped there so that SPLA-IO feasts on them. Just keep your ears on the ground...

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          • 24 June 12:01, by South South

            Eastern,
            I thought you start teaching me English today. The low person is you who try to teach people English while he struggle with simple words in English, then try to lie.weak IO will lose everything this year.

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            • 24 June 12:41, by Eastern

              South South,

              Stop being trivial. I will teach you the English language when you have shown cause that you have become A GOOD BOY! By the way, SPLA-IO in Equatoria is now beyond Taban and Machar. Dr. Machar wanted the South Sudan all South Sudanese will be happy about but the cattle camp champions from dinak hinterlands said otherwise...

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  • 24 June 04:19, by john akeen

    CONGREGATIONS TO YOU SPLA YOU’RE A TRULY OUR LAND DEFENDER AND OUR CONSTITUTION DEFENDER KEEP IT UP AND CONTINUE ON COPTERING EVERY CORNER FROM THOSE REBELS OR THOSE TERRORIST, THIS REBELS THEY DON’T LIKE YOU AND THEY DON’T LIKE THE PEOPLES OF SS, THE ONLY LIKE PEOPLE THAT WHO IS ON THEIR SIDE. JUST LISTEN TO THEIR RESPONSE LATER ON, THEY GONNA BE LIKE SPLA IG KILLED A LOT OF CIVILIANS>>

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    • 24 June 04:39, by john akeen

      IN KAYA TOWN SO THEY CAN COVER UP THE WAY SPLA HAD DEFEATED THEM AND PLUS TO LIE TO THEIR SUPPORTERS THAT THEY DIDN’T GET DEFEATED

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      • 24 June 13:32, by Mopedi

        john akeen
        I did not see you physically, but the way you do writes and post your opinions or ideas imply how ugly your face is, and mentally challenged.

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      • 24 June 20:07, by Dauarok

        SPLA forces was there before

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  • 24 June 06:29, by Lenin Bull

    What have the people of Yei River State gained after allowing themselves to be lured into meaningless rebellion by Riek’s satanic movement? The beautiful towns and villages of this beautiful rich state were set ablaze and destroyed. Who gained out of this madness in Yei? NOBODY. Yei was the true melting pot of our young nation incorporating all South Sudanese tribes.

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  • 24 June 06:37, by Lenin Bull

    Rich SPLM cadres and SPLA generals and middle rank officers took their loved ones to Yei for the good schools, good hospitals, and nice houses to rent there in Yei. Who was gaining out of these lucrative business activities? Of course, Yei native citizens. Is Yei now the same old Yei in terms of the above mentioned spheres? NO.People have fled leaving Yei desolate and a ghost town.

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  • 24 June 06:45, by Lenin Bull

    Riek and his dumb damned folks are mad, primitive and barbaric( read books on barbarism). They set the Greater Upper Nile region on fire and destroyed it completely. They are also busy sweet talking some gullible people from Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr El Ghazal into doing the same.Look at Yei, Mundri, Magwi, and Kajokeji towns and their inhabitants what have they gained out this madness ?

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  • 24 June 06:52, by Lenin Bull

    Look at Western Bahr El Ghazal towns of Raja, parts of Wau County, and Balandaland, what have they gained after being possessed with Nuer’s evil spirit of Ngundengism? Only destruction, killing, and satanic hatred against your innocent fellow citizens and scaring business people and potential investors, hence retarding nascent development in their own areas.

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    • 24 June 09:33, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Lenin Bull,

      Rejoice with inhumane treatment imposed on South Sudanese people!! You do evil things to people and resistance to your evil acts is termed Ngundengism!! What an idiot are you? How can you be a happy man when a south Sudanese kill a South Sudanese and you call yourself a citizen of the country? Note the who are dying are valuable assets of the country, human resources of the country!!

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  • 24 June 07:01, by Lenin Bull

    Now Ngundeng’s evil spirit is fading away in South Sudan and the former possessed folks are beginning to come to their true senses again. But unfortunately the innocent citizens killed cannot be resurrected, wounds inflicted cannot be miraculously wiped away, infrastructural damages cannot be unfolded back, children that missed 3 and half years of education cannot be rescued,they have become adult

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  • 24 June 07:11, by Lenin Bull

    Even some christian Bishops whose faith is very little if not simulative became Ngundengism converts at its height of euphoria.Damned it. Now they have become ashamed like Judas Scariot. Patriotic South Sudanese know them and have forgiven them.They are not in Bishoprics because of the true faith of our Jesus Christ. They are only wolves in Shepherds’ skins.

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  • 24 June 07:58, by Sunday Junup

    Matiang Anyor,
    Please don’t cry later on when we lunch our operation in Kaya. Because when ever you started attack you enjoy but after we retaaliate you always cry about unilateral ceasefire . I know this is a trap for those in Kaya to have weapons. they lack some amnitions that is why they wanted their supplyer Mathiang Anyor to bring them. Wait for some days

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    • 24 June 08:57, by Kush Natives

      Sunday Junup,
      Lunch or launch? Retaalite or Retaliate? Supplyer or supplier? What English language are you using? Better to speak Nuer/Thok- naath:-) why are you so desperate here? If these are the people who are speaking on behalf of rebels/ IO, then Riek Machar is completely buried alive.

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  • 24 June 09:31, by Newsudan

    Sunday Junup, midiit, Jubaone,Eastern and likes
    Riek has been put under house arrest for 30 years for your information. it is better for you if you installed Gatwech Dual (aka Wen Adit)Gualdit as your new boss otherwise Gatmachar is gone case.

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    • 24 June 10:13, by Eastern

      Newsudan,

      Folks you already frustrated. Kiir had to be forced to cede the leadership of his fake national dialogue. The new leadership of the national dialogue badly wants to meet Dr. Machar in his confinement with the view of getting him to appoint representatives to Kiir’s fake national dialogue. That cannot happen as Dr. Machar needs to confer with his lieutenants who are not with him in S.A..

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  • 24 June 14:16, by Dak tak

    The unilateral ceasefire was another ploy, like national dialogue meant to fool the world. The hypocrites thought and as usual confuse takin the town with the final defeat. Nobody is joining your fake dialogue and no one will accept your ceasefire.the real and comprehensive peace will be realise when all factions are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that war isn’t the solution.

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  • 24 June 16:37, by Lenin Bull

    Dear Jur_likang_a_likang,
    I’m Lenin Bull. I’m not rejoicing at all my brother.But ask yourself critically about the nasty results of the current rebellion of Ngundengism( the gruesome killing of innocent women and children on highways, and in their houses in towns captured by IO mad dogs of war. Dinka hatred as an open political slogan of IO, and IO barbarism of torching cities captured. Why ?

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  • 24 June 16:45, by Lenin Bull

    IO method of conducting the current mindless rebellion is barbarism pure and simple. Let me offer free and brotherly advice to innocent kiths and kins like Likang to leave it before wasting your productive life span and youthfulness for other things like pursuing education, and coming back to home to engage in development enterprises. All South Sudanese will vote out the current failed government.

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  • 24 June 16:54, by Lenin Bull

    There is no doubt that the current government in Juba is a visionless, corrupt and failed one. But those failed government cadres are all from different tribes. The Dinka people in their villages are poor and disadvantaged like any other South Sudanese and any meaningful rebellion should have not aggressed them but rather incorporate them into IO’s protection. Where do you get your war strategies?

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    • 24 June 17:01, by Lenin Bull

      Barbarism is meting out gruesome killings for the sake of killing only and burning and looting properties for the sake of burning and looting.Nothing else. This is the only strategy the IO is very good in using. But my friends this is self-defeatism in guerilla struggle.Read Mao Tse Tung if you have time but I doubt you will. Nyagats don’t know conventional warfare and strategies.

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  • 24 June 17:09, by Lenin Bull

    A big THANK YOU to IO with their barbaric lack of conventional guerilla warfare, meaningless generalized hatred against the Dinka nation, mindless killings of innocent women and children, and scorched earth policies,which has made the people to avoid joining them and made international community to choose President Salva Kiir’s government as the lesser evil in comparison to Riek’s primitive gangs.

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