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South Sudan army, rebels trade control over Pagak town


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

August 22, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese rival forces have each issued statements claiming to be in control of Pagak, the former rebel headquarters located on the South Sudan-Ethiopian border.

Maiwut state governor Bol Ruach Rom told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that he was in Pagak setting up his administration and to facilitate the return of the civilians who fled military activities to the area.

“I am speaking from Pagak. I am here. Those who are saying they are here, let them tell you where in Pagak they are talking to you. May be they are talking of their own Pagak but the Pagak in which I talk to you is under the full control of the government since I came here. Those who were here left before I came and their attempts to return could not succeed”, explained the governor.

The spokesman of government forces Brig. General Lul Ruai Koang described as mere “propaganda” reports that Pagak was under the control of armed opposition fighters.

“Which Pagak? The chief of defence forces led high-level military officers there and his visit was all over in the media. Those reports are just for face saving purpose by the anti-peace elements. Pagak is under the full control of the constitutional forces and it where the governor operates as his headquarters,” said Koang.

He added, “If you want, please contact him. He will tell you where he is now so that you make your reports on the ground reality, not the on the social media reports and press releases”.

Pagak, a town on South Sudan’s border with Ethiopia was captured by government forces on 5 August, reversing all the gains made by the armed opposition forces loyal to the former First Vice-President Riek Machar in the past months.

Since then, however, the armed opposition forces have contested the government’s versions on Pagak, insisting their fighters regained control of their headquarters and were in the area, despite attempts by pro-government troops to recapture the town.

The rebel spokesperson, Brig. Gen William Gatjiath Deng said government forces do not control Pagak, but were at the Ethiopian border.

“This is to once again remind the people of South Sudan that Pagak is under the full control and completion of the gallant SPLM-SPLA (IO) forces under the able and the visionary leadership of Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon,” Gatjiath said in a statement.

The military spokesman of the opposition claimed the area was recaptured town from government forces after two weeks.

“We recaptured our SPLM-SPLA (IO) Headquarters (GHQs) weeks ago, and General Bol Ruach Rom, General Nhial Batoang and the surviving Juba regime soldiers were forced to flee to the Jowow Bridge area deep inside the Ethiopian territory where they have since confined and barricaded themselves,” he stressed.

The armed opposition official denied reports that government forces were in the area, describing statements attributed to government officials as “propaganda” and “misinformation” of the general population.

“For the last two weeks, the Ethiopian authorities have been trying in vain to convince General Bol Ruach Rom and General Nhial Batoang to lay down their arms and surrender peacefully to the Ethiopia then they should be handed over to the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) for safety,” he said.

The rebel official said the chief of defence forces never stepped in Pagak.

“Instead, the Juba regime continued to pester the patience of the Ethiopian government by sneaking Lt. General James Ajongo Mawut Ungquec, Salva Kiir Mayardit’s Chief of Defense Forces, into the Jekow Bridge area where he indeed met General Bol Ruach Rom and General Nhial Batoang, without the knowledge of the Ethiopian authorities, as displayed in the latest SSBC propaganda video”, he added.

Gatjiath said the armed opposition fighters welcomed Ethiopia’s position to expel the government forces at the border, should they fail to take advice after their meeting.

“We also appreciate the ultimatum of Sunday, August 20, 2017, from Mr Gatluak Tut Khot, Governor of Gambella Region, to these isolated Juba regime elements in Jekow Bridge to either leave Ethiopian territory and return to South Sudan or surrender or/and be registered as refugees in Ethiopia. This will once again help our people move freely across the border,” he explained.

South Sudan descended into civil war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy, Riek Machar of attempting a coup. Machar denied the accusation and launched a rebel movement. The South Sudanese conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two million civilians.


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  • 23 August 2017 00:13, by john akeen

    Stop paying attention to Rebels propagandas, just let them keep on talking. All you need to do is to set up your government in the pagak state, that way you have demonstrate the truth to the people of pagak state that you’re there for good and Rebels are going for good with their propaganda from Pagak state. Rebels they just want our government to pay attention to them by using propagandas

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    • 23 August 2017 04:50, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      The rebels are reporting nonsense, Pagak, controlled by government not rebels, may be there is second Pagak in Upper Nile state.

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      • 23 August 2017 08:46, by gatkhor Nueri

        Gatluak Jock Nyuot is the one who mislead the people of S.Sudan that Leerpiny have been capture by Government.this is lie.
        SPLA-OI give them 1 week.

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  • 23 August 2017 00:41, by john locke

    This is to funny. How is the government in control when its obvious that bol rom and nhial batoang are both still on the jakow bridge? Some of they’re own forces have already surrendered their weapons and registered as refugees.. funny that any would believe this propaganda. Its clear that kiirs forces lost pagak, and never had it to begin with. Now they are stuck on the bridge trying to negotiat

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    • 23 August 2017 03:49, by Nairobimitot

      Pagak is under the government control. It is factual. The government had a dig in heavily, and it is determined to stay there. The government is busy bringing in security for the civilians. Clean drinking water is now installed in Pagak for the civilian population.

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      • 23 August 2017 11:01, by Free at Last Viva!

        My dear friend, you talk of government in control of Pagak, and busy in bringing in security for civilian and installing water facilities for them. This could be good if for sure that destructive government is doing that. No civilian would even dare to flee from them if they captured Pagak. However, the reality is the opposite of what you just stated.

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      • 23 August 2017 11:07, by Free at Last Viva!


        Let me tell you what your government has done in that shortest time when they pass through Maiwut to where they confined themselves at Bridge: they have demolished the Maiwut County Hospital that has been used by the Maiwut people, they have broken all the doors of the hospital and disposed of all the medicines in the county health center, they have broken all the hospital beds...

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      • 23 August 2017 11:49, by Free at Last Viva!

        they have destroyed all plantations that the Maiwut people has been blessed with during this season and cut down all the maize planted in Maiwut, and in Pagak (these are the work of real enemy not a government that claim to come to restore peace and stability in the county). They have destroyed Pagak county hospital and primary schools in both Maiwut and Pagak). Surely, this is not a government!

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  • 23 August 2017 03:45, by Agany Malim

    This senseless war is just finishing the remain few pple who maybe use to take Abyei under arabs rule that now kiir and Riek destroying.after all this mesup you will once take no one away from Janub ah sudan wether pagak is under kiir or riak adm it still meaningless war.

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  • 23 August 2017 04:06, by john locke

    Nairobi, how much is kiir or taban paying you to believe and spread they’re lies? Lol.. did you not see the video of kiirs forces crossing into ethiopia after surrendering to the ethiopian soldiers? Or do you believe that was fake? Go to pagak and see for youre self. The government even tried to make a fake video to make it seem as if they made it to pagak. Ll. Funny government

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    • 23 August 2017 04:33, by Nairobimitot

      Kiir and Taban are paying nothing. I am living through my energy. They do not even know me.But I do not want my country to be destroyed by rebels people who do not know how to rule. You are tribal. Anyway, I wish the government clean all the insurgents in Pagak this year. That is the only way for rebels to see peace and development in their Area.

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  • 23 August 2017 04:30, by lino

    Haha!!! Days will tell the truth. At that time, all will know!!!

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  • 23 August 2017 04:39, by john locke

    Nairobi, you are a very funny man. Pagak will always be in control of us the IO. We chased youre money lpvers bol rom and nhial away. Go find them in Ethiopia. No government official of kiir or taban is coming to pagak unless they have a death wish. Youre soldiers are starving and government is collapsed. You cant even pay youre civil servants. How can you get the people clean water? Lol.

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    • 23 August 2017 05:04, by Nairobimitot

      John Locke,
      Your rebels were chased out long ago. The government now as we speak and they have the dig in heavily with tanks. Pagak is now secure from your rebellion, and it will never happen for you to recapture Pagak. Your dream of regaining Pagak is now a history. Forget about it.

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  • 23 August 2017 04:54, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Please, Please , don’t listen to rebels groups reports.
    They report empty vessel to confuse the world.

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  • 23 August 2017 04:57, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    #Fagak and #Pagak are now available in Upper Nile state and they are now controlling by government not rebels.

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  • 23 August 2017 04:59, by john locke

    Ayuiu, so please tell me again where bol rom and his soldiers are? Because they sure are not in pagak. Didnyou not see the video of them entering ethiopia and being cursed at by the nuer refugee calling them scared and money lovers? Or was that video fake.. lol. Go ask kiir for more money so we can finish you like we did malongs militia

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  • 23 August 2017 07:12, by Jongo

    SPLA Oyeee You so called IO or White Army you perish the Lord This time you’r lucky enough been spelled out of Pagak AMEN but next time although there be no next time SPLA is going to shoot to kill & left no remains no chasing you’l be hunted & get kill where ever Now Lay down your guns & you are welcome in Pagak with open arms

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  • 23 August 2017 07:17, by lou nuer

    My dear friends loyal to Kiir Mayardit
    Don’t believe on what Bol Ruach and Nhial Batoang
    They are completely out of Pagak but they are right to say they are in Pagak because they are in Bridge which connects Pagak and Ethiopia. That picture was the one they capture when they were in Road link Pagak and bridge. Why not bringing another picture? Useless Nhial Batoang and Bol Ruach Rom. YOu will die.

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  • 23 August 2017 07:32, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    John Locke
    Bol Ruach Rom, is currently in #Pagak he became from #Maiwut two days ago.
    Please don’t rely on rebels reports.

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    • 23 August 2017 08:46, by gatkhor Nueri

      Gatluak Jock Nyuot is the one who mislead the people of S.Sudan that Leerpiny have been capture by Government.this is lie.
      SPLA-OI give them 1 week.

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  • 23 August 2017 07:39, by Sunday Junup

    Pagak has buildings not only road, second a meeting between two countries can never been conducted by military if it is development concerns. I’m in Pagak now, call your Nuer wew to tell you where they are or ask me what picture you needs as a prove

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  • 23 August 2017 07:50, by jubaone

    It’s mostly jienges and supporters of the jienge republic that are quacking and making so much noise.
    1.As proof, Kiirminal or nyagat Taban el-jellab must take SSTV crew to Pagak and show the world live pictures of his speech to Pagakians.
    2. Live interviews with SPLAnyors on Pagak and also arms, PoW, captured.
    3. Interviews with Pagak civilians. Otherwise shut up 👆.

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    • 23 August 2017 09:09, by South South


      I still don’t believe you talk like a man while you are not. Pagak is ours and we will be there forever. Internet warriors can make empty noises in internet, that’s is not our business. Our business is to kick out enemies of South Sudan and make them live either in bushes or run away and live in DIASPORA like you, that’s is our real business.

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      • 23 August 2017 09:16, by jubaone

        South South,
        If you can’t fight for your dispossessed Abyei, if you can’t control your Apuk-Aguok savages from finishing themselves, if you can’t feed your starving jienges who ate fleeing their areas, if you can’t return to your stinking luak cos you may die 💀 of hunger ir get killed, that is your BUSINESS ya Aryan jienge. I am at ease 😁.

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        • 23 August 2017 09:21, by jubaone

          South South,
          By the way, try visiting Pagak and bring us some actual photos from their. Maybe you could take a snap with some of the Nuer nyagateen who "liberated" Pagak cos cowardly Jienges can’t manage that alone. Thanks to Nuer wieuw, ya MTN.

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  • 23 August 2017 08:09, by gatkhor Nueri

    Trillion Thanks SPLA-I-O 10000000%
    Ochan Puot Trillion Too

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  • 23 August 2017 08:16, by gatkhor Nueri

    Nyibol Ruac Rom and Nyanhial batoang they will cry like children

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  • 23 August 2017 08:19, by Nuer bi Bay Dom

    there is a professional training centre in Juba where governemnt officials are bieng tought on how to disseminate lies and propoganda. Makiue Lueth is the lecturer.Bol Ruch Rom is the new student.please Bol show us your new picture that show that your are still in Pagak.

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  • 23 August 2017 08:44, by gatkhor Nueri

    Gatluak Jock Nyuot is the one who mislead the people of S.Sudan that Leerpiny have been capture by Government.this is lie.
    SPLA-OI give them 1 week.

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  • 23 August 2017 22:14, by Nairobimitot

    Oooh, my golden land Pagak, I am currently in Juba, and I miss you so much. We appreciate the work of the government troops who liberated you from unknown people who call themselves rebels. We want you the land of Pagak to take care of our troops that are landing and walking all around the borders of Pagak. Hear me well the land of Pagak and Maiwut. You are the economic lifeline of Pagak and Maiwut. You are the lifeline of the so called South Sudan. Land of Pagak and Maiwut, you have significant power to liberate this country from a depression and economic hardship, and you can be saving this country from collapsing. Juba will help you whenever you need a hand.We appreciate your contribution in the past, and we want you to protect our troops and build our cities with your Power of production because you have a very productive soil and food that can feed the rebels and the government. Whenever we are eating together, we want the rebels to join our Golden plate because we do not want them to be in the bush all the time getting biting by the mosquitos and walking in the forest in the wild. That is very bad for the rebels. We want you to teach them a lesson and them to join us, but before they come to us, the rebels need to take showers. We want them to put in good and beautiful clothes so that they come clean and not infecting anyone in the city of Juba or Pagak. Lok Lok Longdeenay

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    • 24 August 2017 06:45, by jubaone


      Oh my Juba, how these tailless monkeys have desecrated you and made you a open, large and stinking luak. See them around Jubek Square, Juba na Bari, Customs Market, Gwonkoroki, Malakia Markets idling like hungry vultures waiting to land on a carcass. Nairobimitot, you belong to your jienge luak NOT Juba. Go home, you have your state.

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