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S. Sudan rebels say granted safe passage for UPDF soldiers


June 26, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudanese rebels allied to the country’s former First Vice-President, Riek Machar say they provided safe passage for Uganda soldiers who returned from their mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) via Kaya on South Sudan’s border with Uganda.

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Soldiers from the Uganda People Defense Forces (UPDF) patrol near the border, file photo (AFP)

The deputy spokesperson for the armed opposition, Col. Paul Lam dismissed reports that the South Sudanese army (SPLA) crossed into Kaya for the first time after failing to access it on several attempts.

Lam said their intelligence got information that Ugandan troops were returning via Yei-Kaya road to Koboko district in the West-Nile.

“The Juba government claimed that its forces captured Kaya town on 23/06/2017 after coming from Yei. That convoy included Uganda People’s Defence Force that returned from their base at the border of the Central Africa Republic and South Sudan. Juba militias just found a way out with the presence of the UPDF. The SPLA-IO does not attack foreign soldiers on a mission not related to the destruction of South Sudan,” Lam told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

Kaya, located along Uganda-South Sudan border, and is one of the busiest areas in terms of businesses and other trade-related activities.

The rebels also refuted accusations that its forces abducted people and raided hundreds of cattle from Moyo district, north of Uganda.

“This is a baseless allegation aimed at derailing the good relationship that the civilians of Kajo-Keji have with the people of Moyo. The government of Juba has got two bases at the border of Moyo, Jale and Bamure. It’s unfortunate that the forces from these two bases always enter with their weapons into Moyo,” stressed Lam.

Sections of the media in Uganda reported that unknown armed men from neighbouring South Sudan entered into Uganda and seized several heard of cattle from Moyo town last week. The rebels, however, denied any involvement in the cattle raid, calling for further investigation into the matter by authorities in Uganda.

The South Sudanese army said Friday that it gained control of Kaya town on the border with Uganda, confirming previous reports of clashes in the area between the government forces and the armed opposition fighters.

A high-ranking military officer, who declined to be identified because he is not authorised to speak with the media told Sudan Tribune that their troops 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.


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  • 27 June 2017 07:51, by Newsudan

    what,SPLA found way out with who,stop kidding,SPLA is capable of capturing any town.

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    • 27 June 2017 07:56, by jubaone

      If Kaya were captured by SPLAnyors as reported, this would have been done by the official spokesperson of the SPLA Dominic Chol. This was not the case, neither was he even aware. Just wait and see.

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      • 27 June 2017 08:47, by PEACE FOR ALL

        the language you are using here tells exactly who you are. this is the language used by Arabs during the civil war to call APLA "nyors" you are totally a foreigner even though you claims to be south Sudanese

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        • 27 June 2017 09:17, by Eastern

          Peace for yourself,

          What the SPLAnyor have done in Equatoria can only be measured by the rate at which refugee camps are filling up in Uganda. They can be called any names by any patriotic South Sudanese. Jubaone is a true son of South Sudan, a Bari from Central Equatoria...

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          • 27 June 2017 09:29, by Kuch

            When Riek Machar & some of his Nuers were running in the greater Upper Nile & were calling other people online, mostly the Equatorians & others to join their aimless armed rebellion. The Equatorians were cautioned not to heed the Nuers online call to join their aimless armed rebellion because joining that aimless armed rebellion would bring war to Equatoria & their villages>>>

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            • 27 June 2017 09:39, by Kuch

              with a lot of displacements, misery & hate. But unfortunately, some Equatorians let their balls carry them away & joined their Riek Machar’s last year in July. Started calling the Dinkas/Jinegs MTNs, selectively ambushed & killed the innocent Dinkas/Jiengs who have nothing to do with Salva Kiir government. But when the government sent in the troops to find out the criminals who have been ambushing

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              • 27 June 2017 09:47, by Kuch

                >>>the innocent road users along Juba-Yei & Juba-Nimule roads. Then the criminals ran to Uganda enmasse & then went and to the whole world through their teeth that the Dinka/Jieng government is targeting, raping & killing the Equatorians simply because they are ethnic Equatorians, can you see fellows? Equatoria is in inhabited by many tribes & what tribe in particular>>>

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                • 27 June 2017 10:04, by Kuch

                  was the so-called Dinka/Jenge government was targeting, raping & killing its people in Equatoria? Non whatsoever. Some of these Equatorians who ran to Uganda went there on the directives of CIA, MI6 & foreign agents which are behind this current war in our country ’posing as NGOs workers’, advised some of those innocent Equatorians to run to Uganda & they can be resettled in Europe & America>>>

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                  • 27 June 2017 10:14, by Kuch

                    And pronto, those innocent Equatorians heeded the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their creepy allies promise for resettlement in Europe & America & when to Uganda!! And the rest is another story. Fellows, haven’t I continue to inform you fellows always on this website that the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their allies are the ones behind the current war

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                  • 27 June 2017 10:14, by Kuch

                    And pronto, those innocent Equatorians heeded the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their creepy allies promise for resettlement in Europe & America & when to Uganda!! And the rest is another story. Fellows, haven’t I continue to inform you fellows always on this website that the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their allies are the ones behind the current war

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                    • 27 June 2017 10:22, by Kuch

                      >>> in our country & against our people. And it is all about our oil fields & to counter China. The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & their creepy allies are using their puppets/stooges like Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot or Thomas Cirilo and some innocent Nuers & some Equatorians as their pawns/proxies or foot soldiers to fight the evil corporate America, the UK>>>

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            • 27 June 2017 16:19, by jubaone

              If Equatorians joined the SPLA under Garang and later IO under Riak, then this is a response to a patriotic call. But if you interpret that as mindless act of simply following others, Equatorians are now set to transform this dynamic for ever. Equatorians now don’t need the SS but SS desperately needs Equatoria. Hold on!

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        • 27 June 2017 11:47, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Peace for all

          Jubaone is a khartuom militias’s commander, who where merged with khartuom regime to jeopardise our strucngle, and they come in s.sudan after successful referedum, with dirty word called "nyor" you describe him correctly.

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          • 27 June 2017 12:50, by jubaone

            Garang Akeen,
            Just wait till we crush this jienge republic and install a 2nd republic that is all inclusive and democratic. If you refuse it, we have plan B. Compete secession of Greater Equatoria. This time, I swear you wished you were born again.

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        • 27 June 2017 12:33, by jubaone

          Peace for All,
          What we are seeing is a transition from at least a discplined army under Dr. Garang to a reckless and untrained village scouts/militias disguised as an army under the Kiirminal. These are SPLAnyors. If Kiirminal were to lead such a bunch of undiscplined, visionless and tribal army for independence, we could have just forgotten about SS independence.

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      • 27 June 2017 09:35, by Newsudan

        stop your nonsense,
        you are writing in UNMISS camp.what do you know about war apart from computer keyboard, war is not like hunting rats,have you ever participated in fighting and saw men dying.

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        • 27 June 2017 12:39, by jubaone

          Just Keep your jienge nonsense and bullshitting. While we struggled in the SPLM, you kept selling second hand clothes in the streets of Khartoum or shoeshining jellaba morkoub. You dont have to see men dying to justify your participation in the struggle. Tell this nonsense to your jienges . This time around, we shall NOT tolerate your jienge nonsense. We didnt fight for others to reap.

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    • 27 June 2017 09:15, by Eastern

      So the SPLAnyors sandwiched themselves in the midst of the UPDF, what cowardice!! They will exit via Uganda to Nimle and return to Juba...

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  • 27 June 2017 08:32, by Kush Natives

    These thugs rebels never cease and desist from lying, how would they safeguard the safety of Ugandan army? This is the same rebels who are always insisting with their useless brains allegations that Uganda is the one fighting them instead of South Sudan army? Is Mr. Slave Lam the IO spoke person really reasoning? Just keep lying and the SPLA is watching!

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    • 27 June 2017 12:58, by jubaone

      Bush Native,
      Why until today, has the official spokesperson Brig. Domic Chol NOT acknowledged the entry of SPLAnyors in Kaya? He was even NOT sure that they would go that far. Do you know the route from Yei to Kaya, or do you simply see in the map? It is just inaccessible now for nyors. Try and you may be lucky, if you still can get naked to Kaya.

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  • 27 June 2017 10:09, by Newsudan

    Breaking news:
    Midiit committed suicide after learning his boss Gatmachar park for 30 years in South Africa.

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  • 27 June 2017 10:22, by john locke

    Most of you in here are illiterate dinkas. How can you support a government ran by a man who killed thousands of innocents in 2013. How can you be anti-riek and even celebrate the fact that he is in forced exile in south africa? Youre illiterate leader kiir has plunged the country into a war, he has ruined the economy. If it wasnt for riek machar there would be no south sudan.

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  • 27 June 2017 10:24, by john locke

    Let me remind you that john garang wanted a united but secular ssudan.. something that would be impossible. So the next time you dinkas and nuerwew celebrate independence day remember whos idea it was to create a south sudan. It didnt come from a dinka. It came from a Nuer. And that same nuer is what saved thousands of you from being slaughtered in jonglei in 2013 by gadet yaka. Riek is a democrat

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    • 27 June 2017 12:36, by Kuch

      john locke,
      uncle, watch your language fellows. We respect the Scot men, Irish men, people East Anglish men, Irish men; the Germans, Russians, Scandinavian people, Russians, China and other people minus Norway. Fellows, get your rubbish out of our country<<<

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  • 27 June 2017 10:48, by Newsudan

    John Locke
    which weed are you chewing? bhang is it
    yes Dr Garang was unionist unlike Kiir n Riek, the duo are known separatists.
    Dr John strategies was:
    Plan A Newsudan
    plan B self determination
    now how do Riek became advocate for separation rather than back stabbing SPLM in 1990s,A man that always reversed the success of SPLA that was on verge of capturing Juba by 1991.

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  • 27 June 2017 10:55, by john locke

    The spla was never on the verge of capturing Juba in 1991.infact it was because of the spla that the sudanese population nearly died of starvation in 1991. Garang was a man who treated the movement like his own business. If it wasnt for riek there would be no south sudan. So thank him for independence. Your garang wanted a united sudan that would never happen.than kiir killed him.

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    • 27 June 2017 19:03, by Eastern

      RIGHT! SPLA caused MASS MURDER by shelling Juba with all the civilians trapped with the jalaba.....Up to this day, nobody knows exactly how many were killed.

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  • 27 June 2017 10:57, by john locke

    You jiangs are disgusting people. You kill youre own peoplle than try to claim that you are the only ones who fought for independence. The only reason why nuer didnt capture juba in 2013 is because riek did not want to risk a regional war. Wait until a nuer leader more aggressive than riek comes along. You jiang will miss riek.

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  • 27 June 2017 23:39, by john akeen

    You rebels just continue on talking nonsense online. I know why you still talking, you still talking because US, UK, EU, UN IGAD or AU are protecting you from MTN or Aryan-Jinga that you’re always talking about and also president Salva Kiir is being nice to you rebels, and plus he is afraiding from US, UK, EU, UN, AU because he doesn’t want SSudanese leaders or SSudanese peopl to get sanctions

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    • 28 June 2017 00:01, by john akeen

      or else you rebels will not be talking today online or in the bushes MTN or Aryan-Jinga were gonna whip you rebels off the bushes, you rebels need to give chance to South Sudanese Animals to enjoy independence that they have gotten from Arab in 2011 too, we don’t want too much monkeys in the bushes of South Sudan

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  • 28 June 2017 10:11, by john locke

    Kiir is a failed leader. A man who killed innocent Nuer in 2013. How can you support a man of his caliber. Also understand who caused the war in the country. It is not riek. But rather kiir. He killed garang and tried to kill riek. This country will nevwr be ran by the jiangs

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