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South Sudan governor equates capture of county commissioner to terrorism


Majok Gatluak Thoah, Bieh State Governor
September 22, 2017 (JUBA)- The governor of Bieh state in South Sudan on Friday confirmed the capture of a county commissioner by armed opposition fighters, equating it terrorism

“It is true the anti-peace elements had intercepted and ambushed the movement our peace mobilization campaign. The commissioner of Dengjok County, Tut Chany Riek, was the team leader. Now he is taken. This is the work of terrorists. It is not the work of peace-loving people”, Bieh state governor Majok Gatluak Thoah told Sudan Tribune on Friday when reached to comment on the matter.

Governor Thoah did not say whether there were informal communications at the community level with armed opposition leadership prior to moving to the rebel-held territory.

The new state, which lies on the Lou Nuer territory, has remained under rebel control since fighting broke out between government troops and SPLA-IO fighters in December 2013.

The faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in opposition (SPLA-IO) under Taban Deng Gai, first vice president in the coalition government has issued a statement confirming the capture and detention of officials in Bieh state.

The number of the officials captured by the rebels is never tallying. The pro-government faction of the rebel group put the number at 14 officials while opposition officials claimed to have captured 25, including the county commissioner whom they say safe under their custody.

Col.Dickson Gatluak Jock, SPLA-IO spokesperson of the faction under Gai said fighters loyal to the former first vice president Riek Machar in the area had intercepted and ambushed the movement of 14 peace delegates to Akobo.

“SPLA-IO is calling for the unconditional release of 14 members of peace mission delegates who went to Akobo purposely to embrace and disseminate peace messages. These persons are not for the military mission but civil administrators who are there on the ground for peace," said Jock in a statement.

“We urge the local authority especially the youth from greater Akobo to guarantee the safety and health of the detainees. These individuals must be treated as peacemakers but not prisoners of war (POW),” he adds


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  • 23 September 2017 07:06, by Kush Natives

    Those bandits are no longer qualified as an opposition, they just becomes kidnappers. Why are they always after civilians?

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    • 23 September 2017 07:17, by Eastern

      To make it hard for Kiir and Taban to continue lying to the world that there peace...

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      • 23 September 2017 12:46, by South South

        Those who attacked commissioner’s peaceful convoy are terrorists, cut throats, gangs and out laws people. If they are real fighters, let them try to attack Pagak.

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        • 23 September 2017 19:08, by jubaone

          South South,
          Worthless jienge nyors or unknown gunmen, rapists and daylight thugs are the ones terrorizing innocent civilians in order to get chicken 🍗, goats and money after the kiirminal has not paid them for 6 months.

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          • 23 September 2017 19:23, by South South


            You are just a stupid old man who doesn’t give any reasonable argument anymore.

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    • 23 September 2017 08:42, by Sunday Junup

      Kuch Native,

      What we call terrorist and cowardice act was when you kidnap Aggrey Idris and Dong Samuel whom were activists and residing in Kenya. also for James Gatdet Dak not 25 armed men including commissioner going to cause war in Akobo.

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      • 23 September 2017 09:38, by jubaone

        Taban Gai must release James Gatdet, Dong Samuel and Aggrey Idri in exchange for the commissioner and 25 Taban fighters within the next 2-4 weeks. Nothing more nothing less

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        • 23 September 2017 09:45, by Malakal county Simon


          tit for tat for retaliations is on!!!!

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        • 23 September 2017 12:50, by South South


          James Gatdet, Dong Samuel and Aggrey Idri are criminals, they will receive death penalties. Is that the only war IO can fight? Why don’t attack Pagak, Bor, Malakal, Rent Bentu? Weak people.

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    • 23 September 2017 09:38, by Malakal county Simon

      This is a clear message to all traitors that’s if the dare to continue come to rebels held area while there are in slaves/jaangs side, they will be captures one by one.....

      Kush Native don’t missed use the word terrorism in relations to this article, they are not related in any way.... Being captured in frontline, is different to word terrorism you’re using now.....

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  • 23 September 2017 10:48, by Kush Natives

    Give me a break folks! What’s the different between Boko Harram, Alshabab, Hamas and Jannyjawed of Sudan now? The combination of terrorists organizations called Arrow boys and Nuer Nyagaatist are doing the worst useless atrocities in South Sudan, why don’t you just looks the civilian’s properties and let them go? Why not go to J1?

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    • 23 September 2017 11:12, by Malakal county Simon

      The Juba massacre of Nuer civilians in 2013 is what’s suitably called terrorism act.... Case close!!!!

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    • 23 September 2017 12:44, by Eastern

      Kush Natives,

      The groups you have mentioned are fanatics who believe in some super natural being called ALLAH...Talk of going to J1 - Dr. Machar did that peacefully. Kiir and Malong killed all Machar’s guards and pursued the later for 40 days and nights. Whether you call them Nuer Nyagatists or Equatorian Kokorists or whatever, Kiir and Taban will not be at peace MISLEADING South Sudanese...!

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  • 23 September 2017 17:04, by Eastern

    The focus now is for all genuine opposition forces to make SOUTH SUDAN UNGOVERNABLE BY KIIR AND TABAN DENG....!Ordinary citizens in Kator, Munuki, Gudele, etc are not sleeping safely in their man-made poverty....Kiir must CEDE POWER or go..!

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  • 23 September 2017 17:04, by Eastern

    The focus now is for all genuine opposition forces to make SOUTH SUDAN UNGOVERNABLE BY KIIR AND TABAN DENG....!Ordinary citizens in Kator, Munuki, Gudele, etc are not sleeping safely in their man-made poverty....Kiir must CEDE POWER or go..!

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  • 23 September 2017 19:54, by Fair Man

    I don’t think if South South and his fellow JCE,STD etc are not out of senses. These 14 or 25 are not innocent civilians and are for political disorganisation of the IO in the name of failed so-called ND. This is a chief project of Taban Deng Gai. To me all, must be court sent for court martial and sentenced to death as soon as possible. Waste no resources in feeding them. They Nuerwew!

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