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S. Sudan army chief Pagak captured to return governor

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The governor of South Sudan's Maiwut state, Maj. Gen. Bol Ruach Rom meeting a delegation from Ethiopia in Pagak (ST)

August 17, 2017 (JUBA) – The chief of South Sudan’s defence forces said the army was under pressure to capture the rebel stronghold of Pagak because the Maiwut state governor was operating out of the area.

Gen. James Ajonga Mawut told the state-owned SSBC television on Thursday that, together with several high ranking military officers, he visited Pagak on Wednesday and held talks with government forces and local authorities, days after the capture of the rebel headquarter.

“This Governor should stay in Paloch to do what? To stay in Paloch up to when and do what? We must bring him to his state and this is the responsibility we took to bring the governor to his state”, he said.

The top military officer commended the army for respecting rights of the civilians and for not killing them, saying it was their constitutional duty to provide security and protection to lives and properties.

“For civilians to return here, you have done your work. You respect civilians, you did not take any property and you did not kill any civilian. From here it is the responsibility of the state to make engagement with a neighbouring country like Ethiopia for civilians to return to their homes,” said the army chief of staff.

Lieutenant General Malual Ayom Dor assistant chief of defence forces for operations, training and intelligence, who was also part of the military delegation, said their visit to Pagak was to prove to the world the area was under the control of the pro-government forces.

The South Sudanese army captured Pagak, a rebel stronghold town on South Sudan’s border with Ethiopia, reversing all gains made by the armed opposition forces loyal to the former First Vice-President Riek Machar in past months.

The South Sudanese civil war is a conflict in between forces of the government and the armed opposition forces. In December 2013, President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Machar of attempting a coup d’état. Since then, tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in the country’s worst-ever violence after it seceded from Sudan.

(ST)

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  • 18 August 01:17, by john locke

    This isnfunny and obviously a fake news article. Pagak was captured by us rebels not to long agao. Its obvious that the government is willing to lie and say they captured it to raise the moral of there soldiers. We chased there soldiers to the bridge in ethiopia. They surrendered to the ethiopian soldiers at the border. Or am inlying. Where are the die hard kiir supporters at so i can hear them l

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    • 18 August 04:11, by john akeen

      Keep on talking to yourself on this website. I got things to do, so I’m out

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    • 18 August 05:20, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Congratulation to all SPLA generals who visited Pagak.
      SPLA..............................OYEEEEEE...............SALVA..................OYEEEEE.

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  • 18 August 04:39, by john locke

    Lol, no john. Please, tell me i am wrong..

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  • 18 August 08:06, by lou nuer

    Government qualified in lies I never see in the world. When did you reach Pagak? You were in Kuergeng/Lare where you meet with Ethiopian Authorities and your Government got stuck at Bridge checkpoint? Barking that you captured Pagak unless your cash money to paid Ethiopia will be enough to back you up to recapture Pagak. your untrained forces of DINKA and bribes Nuer will never attempted to take.

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  • 18 August 08:12, by Lenin Bull

    Million congratulations to you brave Gen.James Ajong Mawut Chief of our Defense Forces of South Sudan. The army is gaining daily in strength, morale, and professionalism under your generalship. I can see by next dry season Riek’s madness will have been incinerated forever to give peace and prosperity back to our long suffering people. Keep it up and history is on your side.

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    • 18 August 21:24, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      There are NO evidences, pictures of Pagak, killed IO fighters in action, no captured arms, so what actually did the nyagateen and jienge cowards and criminals capture? Nothing. It’s just good news for a weakened morale. Capturing a town is one thing, delivering services is another. Jienges are not good in service delivery. Losers and food lovers.

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  • 18 August 08:13, by Adok son

    This liar calls Ajong or General chief of staffs in Dinka Government is like his comrades Paul Malong who promised himself to bring the head of Dr Riek Machar during the time of his appointment and in the end he didn’t attempt anything as well as Ajongo is "A lost ball in the weeds".
    Fagak is a historic city where those Ugandan and American couldn’t occupied it while gallant forces of IO are there

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  • 18 August 08:22, by Lenin Bull

    Gatkhor Nueri, where is your illiterate village chief of staff Simon Gatwech Dual? Your name is a hoodoo because it sounds bad and will always bring bad luck and war upon innocent Nuer people. Change it to something like Gatmale Nueri.Ma jin ngoot de kech e riang ke khor midiit e mee?

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    • 18 August 08:33, by Nairobimitot

      Congratulations to South Sudan defence force or SPLA. The name SPLA is stuck in my head and will not go a way very quickly. Pagak is South Sudanese town, and we need to rebuild it so that the civilians are back to live their lives freely in a peaceful environment. May the peace be with all of you even the dump supporters of Riek Machar.

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      • 19 August 15:50, by jubaone

        Nairobimitot,
        As a sign of patriotism, just get your Jienge stuff together and head on to rebuild Pagak instead of expecting Equatorians or UN to come and help you. Don’t start destroying if you can’t rebuild cos you will not be any different from a wild animal or barbarian. Best, first build your godamn luak then Pagak, loser.

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  • 18 August 10:12, by Mike Charlie MC

    what heel are you liar ,,,? Pagak had full controlled by SPLA-IO ,,, don’t claims fake news of telling lie DAMN !!!!!!!!

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  • 18 August 21:33, by Mookachaar Jieng

    Jaang mean slave.whom do you deceived Chief of mathianganyoor went to Fagak,250 soldier from Nuerwew are now in Gewi Camp and 120 are within Gambella.the remaining ones are being protected by Ethiopia govt at village called Gok and left Nyangdere.
    Please ,wait for 6 days and see

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