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S. Sudan rebels welcome defection of Kapotea state MP

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September 5, 2017 (JUBA) - A ruling party member of parliament hailing from South Sudan’s Kapotea state has defected and joined the armed opposition faction allied to former first vice president, Riek Machar, the rebels’ deputy spokesperson Col. Lam Paul Gabriel said.

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Abdalla Angelo Lochono, a lawmaker from the ruling party and Marko Lojore, a military officer, reportedly announced their defection on Monday following political disputes with government.

Lochono, according to Lam, served as a lawmaker in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state before it was split into Imatong and Namurunyang states, following the October 2015 presidential order.

“Marko Lojore was a soldier of SPLA-IG [Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In-Government] deployed in Kapoeta. The two served well under the Juba regime until they noticed their resources were being grabbed by [Louis] Lobong [Kapeota state governor] and [President] Salva Kiir while their community members die of starvation on a regular basis [while] young girls were being raped and the community being harassed by government soldiers,” said Lam.

The two defectors, he added, came along with more than 1000 armed government soldiers, claims Sudan Tribune could not verify.

“The SPLA-IO [Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In-Opposition] welcomes those [defectors] into its ranks and thanks all of them for their patriotic decision of joining the people’s movement”, he said.

The South Sudanese civil war is a conflict in South Sudan between forces of the government and opposition forces. In December 2013, President Kiir accused his former deputy Machar and 10 others of attempting a coup d’état.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in the country’s civil war.

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  • 6 September 2017 09:21, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    If I were them, I could not step my feet out of South Sudan, into the Bush,that was not the right decision for any out minded politicians, political dispute doesn’t mean I should leave my country my people n go to the Bush, we need to change our decisions on this very bad culture of defaction. Lord have
    Mercy on them.

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    • 6 September 2017 15:31, by Midit Mitot

      Welcome Honorable,s if you have realized those fake activities in Juba regime. Bravo bravo!!!!!!

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      • 6 September 2017 21:00, by Mapuor

        Running to the bush will instead complicate your lives.Just wait for elections in 2018 and compete with Louis Lojoro.If Taposa people like you they will vote in as their new governor. Bush life is tough and involved things that you will never withstand.

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  • 6 September 2017 22:12, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    They went to the Bush just to renew their contracts since an official way of contracts renewals is base on gun points nowadays not beco3 the Bush is bearable, and conducive but just as that, is all about positions contracts renewals n Reno top up🤔 but should I say it?

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