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SPLM-IO Juba faction launches count to determine military size


June 30, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - South Sudan’s armed opposition group (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of First Vice-President, Taban Deng Gai, on Thursday officially began registering its forces on the ground to determine the size.

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SPLM-In Opposition (IO) forces gather outside capital Juba, April 7, 2016 (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomun)

The exercise will be conducted in the north and south of Liech state.

South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of Defence General Thoi Chany, along with other high-ranking SPLA-IO officials are in Liech state to launch the registration process.

The armed opposition forces, due to be registered, had been stationed in the state following the peace deal signed in 2015 between the two rival SPLM factions.

A spokesperson for the armed opposition faction, Dickson Gatluak underscored the need to identify the size of the army and logistics at hand before cantonment of the forces is done in accordance to the peace accord.

"All forces which had been participating in the combat in Unity state and other forces related to the conflict will be put in the containment where they will be assembled and separated," said Gatluak.

He said child soldiers would be handed over to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).

"This is one of the biggest milestone taken by SPLM-IO leadership towards the implementation of the peace agreement", stressed Gatluak.

The armed opposition force commanders from Omer, Koch, Bentiu, Mandir and Leer counties will this week submit the lists. The team will also visit Yuai in Beih state and Nassir of Latajor state then after a visit to Bentiu.

Meanwhile, the security situation in these areas is reportedly calm and citizens are returning home after nearly four months of sheltering in the U.N camps.


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  • 30 June 2017 23:24, by Theone

    Two armies in one country has been tried in some countries around the world and it doesn’t work. It is a time BOMB.

    Some of us who are realistic,nobody wants to pay attention to us. Time will tell.It is matter of time.

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  • 1 July 2017 08:29, by jubaone

    El Taban will simply get volunteers from SPLAnyor and disguise them as IO and sell thus to IGAD as having cantoned his followers. Good luck!

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    • 1 July 2017 09:58, by Redeemer

      You were caught by surprise that Riek is under arrest when he himself cried for a release, you are again going to be shocked that Riek has no army but few looters who are targeting civilians on roads. To be honest, the only army still in place but cannot manage any operation are Agallek of Oliny.

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      • 1 July 2017 10:07, by Redeemer

        After Nuer realized that Riek is just finishing them for his own position he shifted the war Shilluk but Shilluk refused to operate outside their territories, he shifted to Equatoria where rebellion was received with joy but less than a year they discovered that they are destructive to themselves not Dinka as they thought

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        • 1 July 2017 10:16, by Redeemer

          Just try to see what is happening with Nuer, they abandoned rebellion in silent now they formed huge army in greater upper Nile beside SPLA. Asked yourself why there is a total silent of war in upper Nile?

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      • 1 July 2017 20:22, by jubaone

        Well, if he has no army why would the Kiirminal send his errand boys/girls to SA to meet Riak? Just go ahead and bury your jienge heads in sand with butts up hoping the IO Riak will wither. You’re already creeping and begging Riak to join your bogus ND and has refused. What next?

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        • 2 July 2017 00:51, by gatkhor Nueri


          yes, your point is clear,and why they send hopeless people to met with Dr.Machar? if he don’t have a army?

          any tree in the Equatoria is the IO,all things rebel in S.Sudan even forest.

          Bia te mal!

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  • 1 July 2017 10:36, by Eastern

    Given the widespread hunger and poverty in South Sudan, such exercise is likely to record a figure more than 100,000 soldiers and counting for El Tabani Deng. What a fraud!!!

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  • 1 July 2017 10:55, by gatkhor Nueri


    This question goes to Dickson Gatluak Jock Nyuot and his father Stupid Taban Deng.(STD)those who join the Government of Kleptocracy

    your post is good because you say Nuer abandon their rebellion silently,but to me your are total wrong.

    peace without Riak machar you will never joy peace in S.Sudan.


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    • 1 July 2017 16:18, by Redeemer

      You seem not to be familiar with Riek military terminology they call it defection. Where on earth can a movement spy chief defect with every necessary military information and finance officer defects with the movement account those two guys knows what is under the ground

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