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Return weapons or risk arrest, S. Sudan rebels tell defectors


August 2, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s armed opposition forces allied to former First Vice-President, Riek Machar have warned soldiers who defected to the National Salvation Front (NSF) to return all arms or ammunitions taken after the recent clashes around Yei River state.

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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)

A deputy spokesperson for the armed opposition, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, said their forces would continue to hunt down the rebel defectors should they fail to surrender the weapons they took away.

“The SPLA-IO [Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In-Opposition] would like to make it clear that our main enemy is the Juba government, but not the National Salvation Front. All we need from Gen. [John] Kenyi is the weapons he disarmed from our forces and the community and the ammunitions given to him for protection while he was still the SPLA-IO sector 8 commander,” he told Sudan Tribune.

Lam appealed to the NSF leadership to immediately bring back the ammunition they disarmed from their soldiers, but warned that failure to return the weapons would attract military confrontations.

He called for calm among civilians around Yei River state and urged the population to continue with their usual day to day activities.

Last week, the armed opposition forces clashed at Yori in South Sudan’s Yei River state, following a split among rebel fighters after some groups declared allegiance to the leadership of the NSF.

Dozens of troops on both sides are feared to have died during the attack in Yei River state.

The hostilities erupted in South Sudan in 2013, when President Salva Kiir fired Machar, who was the leader of South Sudanese armed opposition forces.

The parties signed a peace deal in August 2015, but hostilities resumed in July 2016.


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  • 3 August 2017 09:12, by Sir King

    Ha ha ha ha haaaaaa! This Riek Machar assimilated rebels are really mad and insane. How do you expect someone who had rebelled to return the weapons and ammunition to you, guys. Just reason before you release such nasty word that will make people laugh at you. You are really stupid like your leader, Machar Teny.

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  • 3 August 2017 09:15, by Kush Natives

    That’s laughable!

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  • 3 August 2017 09:17, by Sir King

    Riek Machar is not educated really. How could he allow uneducated man drug his feet for nothing. Kiir Mayardit, uneducated man drugged Machar’s feet into unnecessary war and Machar accepted in response. He(Machar) would have dodged the intention of Mr. Kiir and wait for election and beat Kiir thoroughly. Shame on you REBELS. Let Kiir remains in his power and you will blame nobody.

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  • 3 August 2017 09:21, by Sir King

    - Just continue killing your brothers and sisters in the Equatorian jungles and when you finish yourselves, DINKA that you don’t want today will come back and cultivate or keep their animals in your empty lands. So, let DINKA go back to their respective regions per now but later, after EQUATORIANS exhausted themselves, DINKA will still come back and stay in Equatoria regions. STUPID PEOPLE..

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    • 3 August 2017 17:16, by jubaone

      Sir King,
      No, don’t worry about MTN vagabonds and squatters who are seeking a place to settle. We already have solutions for them and they will find no peace in Equatoria. Their cows are free bush meat for Equatorians. Let them come.

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  • 3 August 2017 09:33, by Augustino

    No, this impediment call is not from a wise military man, how come a rebelled soldier return a weapon that he/she used against you back to you?

    Sudan Tribune has no customer at all, why do they talk to these weak leaders.

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    • 4 August 2017 01:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      All weapons in South Sudan handled by South Sudanese belong to the state of South Sudan. Therefore no one has right to claim ownership of those arms. The land of Equatoria . belongs to Equatoria first before it is a property of state. So no one hould control the land of Equatoria other than Equatorians themselves.

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      • 4 August 2017 01:21, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        The focus should be elimination of the common enemy and not the change of command that seeks domination. The people of Upper Nile should have their command in their region with people of that region and so should the people of Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal. This is the only way domination can be eliminated.

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  • 3 August 2017 09:34, by Sir King

    - Ambushing innocent civilians will not chase Salva Kiir away but it will make you soon declared terrorists and you will be hunted down like Joseph Konyi of Lord’s Resistant Army of Uganda.

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    • 4 August 2017 15:28, by jubaone

      Sir King
      The jienges are like jellabas and must be treated in Equatoria as occupation army and invaders who must be wiped out. He who socializes or hangs out with jienges is like hanging out with dangerous HIV/AIDS infected prostitute. Keep away from them, then you are safe.

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  • 3 August 2017 11:29, by Lenin Bull

    Hahaha!!! What goes around comes around. Rebellion within rebellion.Now Nuer rebels threatening Equatorian rebels for abandoning Riek’s IO and joining their own brother Thomas Chirilo.Soon the Equatorian jungle will be hunting ground where Nuer rebels and Equatorian rebels will be playing hide and seek to kill. First the Nuer rebels fervently preached the killing of the innocent Dinka civilians in

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  • 3 August 2017 11:35, by Lenin Bull

    Nuerland and Equatoria region. Soon all will be hearing and seeing Nuer being hunted in Equatorian jungle just like the Dinka, and the Nuer rebels with brutal forces will retaliating with devasting forces. All meaningless rebellion in the first place with wrong strategies of civilians killing as the legitimate targets. It was all predicted that this Riek’s second rebellion in South Sudan will

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  • 3 August 2017 11:39, by Lenin Bull

    miserably failed finally no matter how much it initially struck the whole country with deadening lightning disasters and thunderous devastations like it what happened in Bor, Malakal, and Bentiu. RIEK IS A DISASTER TO SOUTH SUDAN.

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    • 5 August 2017 07:35, by Free at Last Viva!

      It is like when jesus was hated by his own people simply because He was born by Mary and Joseph. Likewise, Dr. Riek Machar is hated by many, especially Dinka, because he knows very well their primitive way of thinking - that they are born to rule, and how they are misusing the public resources for their greed....

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  • 3 August 2017 11:45, by Lenin Bull

    Where did NGUNDAENG IO get this weird logic that if part of your rebel movement rebel/revolt from you then you have to ask them militarily to return the weapons or else you launch a war on them? SPLM/SPLA MAINSTREAM did not ask Riek and Lam Akol to return their weapons in 1991 when they rebelled out of cowardice and joined Khartoum in 1997. Nowhere such as a condition happened in the history of

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  • 3 August 2017 13:07, by Lenin Bull

    revolution and rebellion. After all a rebel find himself or herself rebelling with whatever weapon in his hand or within his reach. SPLA-IO rebelled with South Sudan government weapons in 2013 and they were asked to return them or else that will be cause of more fighting.Pure moronism.

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    • 3 August 2017 13:21, by Lenin Bull

      I mean the SPLA-IO was not asked to return the weapons of South Sudan government after they rebelled in 2013. Their condition to Equatorian rebels joining Gen.Chirilo is brinkmanship pure and simple. Or called it war mentality entrapment. Any way let us wait and see how the Equatorian rebels are going to take it.

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  • 3 August 2017 14:56, by Raan

    Is Col. Lam Paul crazy or its the failure of their Dr. Riek who is under house arrest in S.A that made every IO of Riek desperate and to the extend of requesting defected soldiers to return their weapon. These guys are done. as he said their soldiers was disarm by defectors because they were few in number; how will they confront those defected soldiers?. RIP IO of IO of Riek Machar.

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    • 3 August 2017 18:29, by Redeemer

      Guys the really was that, Nuer disarmed a small group of Equatorians at first but equatorians responded from other base and disarmed Nuer in another base and the game continued, it was funny down there in the bush

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  • 3 August 2017 23:15, by Dinka-Defender-General

    funny, you should return all weapons and ammunitions to SPLA before asking the National Salvation Front to returns weapons to you if it was that simple. Are you joking? Good luck of collecting all the weapons and ammunitions. Anyway, Sudantribune should not waste time for news.

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  • 4 August 2017 00:15, by john locke

    The funny thing is that the jiangs are celebrating this like they celebrated the false news of the fall of pagak or the killong of choul giet or the false defections of 4 io generals.. you jiangs are so anti IO that youll celebrate ridiculous things like this. Dont forget that the IO is stronger than your mainstream spla.. keep hoping that we fail. Riek is in SA, uet we are still defeating you. Ha

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    • 4 August 2017 02:37, by South South

      john locke,

      Pagak is gone for good. Mr. One eye, called Riek Machar is terribly dying from cancer. All of these are very good news for South Sudan.

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  • 4 August 2017 02:49, by john locke

    South south, you are very funny. How can pagak be gone when ypure forces cant even reach it? Haha. You maid countless false claims of reaching it and killing tje general. Yet all of them where lies.. what truth does the juba regime hold? Nome. The io is stromger than the weak spla lead by kiir. You depend on uganda. If it wasnt for ugands we would have defeated you already.

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  • 4 August 2017 09:51, by Maguto

    that suggestion is not reasonable, those are impossibilities,rebels cannot return weapons to his enemies, did he return the weapons he took in the 2013 crisis to the government? Olony rebelled with warship of the government and those weapons are still with them. if they return those weapons then his weapon will be return

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  • 13 November 2017 03:25, by AlmanShafiullaAlhusayn

    According to you what is the major difference between their meaning? And which sentence is more correct to say: 1: Anyways, thank you. kitchen set bandung

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