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South Sudan army chief of staff vows commitment to ceasefire

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The rank of Lt general is pinned on Lt Gen. James Ajong by President Salva Kir, and Vice President James Wani, during the swearing-in ceremony as SPLA general chief of staff on Wednesday 10 May 2017 (ST)

December 27, 2017 (AWEIL) - Chief of defence of forces of South Sudanese army Wednesday has pledged to implement the ceasefire agreement, urging the international community to restrain rebel forces.

Gen James Ajonga Mawut, currently in Aweil for Christmas break, told officers and soldiers that President Kiir had given instructions and orders for a ceasefire to be implemented immediately.

“As you may have heard the cessation of hostilities agreement which the government and the opposition have signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the president responding to development gave out the orders and instructions to me to start implementation of the ceasefire. Came into effect on Sunday and it will remain effective until other development comes,” said Gen Mawut.

“But we will also have the right to fight in self-defence should we come under attack,” he adds.

The truce is a confidence-building measure in a political process to ensure the effective implementation of the peace agreement of 2015. However, the warring parties continue to show mistrust towards each other despite the efforts exerted by the regional mediators and international facilitators.

The chief of army staff commended the government representatives who attended revitalization forum for blocking attempts to introduce a text under the agreement prohibiting the government to acquire arms.

He denied claims that the army has violated the ceasefire, saying it was the other side (rebels) which is continuing to attack their positions with the intention to get where they could establish headquarters.

“Actually there is no rebellion. Whether in Equatoria, in Upper Nile and here in Bahr el Ghazal, there are no rebels and you know. You have done your work, congratulations. The ones you see reported in the media come from outside country. In Equatoria, for example, they operate along the border with Uganda, the same thing in Upper Nile, especially in Shilluk area, they operate in the bush along the border with Sudan, and it is the same thing in areas close with Ethiopia. They have no headquarters completely,” he said.

"So all that you hear about ceasefire violations are attempts to attack areas they think they will gain a foothold and to control it. This will not happen and the international community to monitor their activities and restrain them,” he added

The top military officer said they will not accept apportioning blames for ceasefire violation.

"We will not accept this idea of having to blame everybody even when the aggressor is known".

His comments follow remarks of President Salva Kiir in which he also denied accusations of violating the ceasefire, pushing blames to the rebels.

The cessation of hostilities agreement was violated yesterday morning “Sunday” in Bentiu area, in an area called Koch. It was violated by the so-called armed groups,” said Kiir.

"I know the international community will say that all sides are guilty of a violation of the ceasefire. No, we keep our words. It is they (rebels), who attacked us," he reiterated the president made his remarks at St. Theresa Cathedral in Juba on Monday.

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  • 28 December 2017 02:57, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    These guys have no single atom of truth in them. They lack integrity. They rape, molest, kill and mass murder citizens with impunity but still come out to deny their deeds. They even deny when solid evidence is there to prove their inhumanity. No body should believe what comes out of Juba.

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    • 28 December 2017 03:50, by South South

      The take away message from Gen Mawut is that President Kiir had given instructions and orders for a ceasefire to be implemented immediately.All of us should support immediate ceasefire. This is what will lead us to peace. Let’s congratulate people of South Sudan in advance that peace will be seen in 2018.

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  • 28 December 2017 05:06, by William

    Gen Mawut, you guys have to think critically. Revitalization created by IGAD and Torika was simply created because you defeated rebels to the point they have no base and war almost ended. These organisations are against S Sudan stability as you know, they are one sponsor 2013 failed coup. SPLA always strong as it is but week politicians give these organisation chance.

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    • 28 December 2017 06:00, by Augustino

      You are right William, if you can see now there is no different agenda a part from the previous steps. Revitalisation and peace agreement are two confusing words. What someone can understand is SS peace is a big project that employees the Ministers of IGAD countries, so absent of war in SS means they will be out of well paying jobs. They are getting paid on top of their own salaries in name SS.

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  • 28 December 2017 06:21, by Nyesi Ta

    Kiir Al Awiir his midgit vice, muaras Wani are the biggest political liers on earth, I don’t know who do these idiots think they are manipulating. South Sudanese know these crooks are for war. Wait this time the war will be brought to your doors, it is a matter of time.

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  • 28 December 2017 06:44, by Eastern

    Soon and very soon the some of the hapless masses will come to the realisation that keeping Kiir at the helm is akin to maintaining the status quo. However, the country is heading to the precipice with the Egyptian and lately Congolese all squeezing South Sudanese just to keep Kiir in power.

    http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64350

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    • 28 December 2017 07:33, by Kuch

      Mr. Eastern,
      Mr. Salva Kiir will remain as a status quo, until your traitors like your Riek Machar & his bunch of foreign proteges (including your self), bring those traitor who would replace Mr. Salva Kiir & his government.>>>>

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      • 28 December 2017 07:43, by Kuch

        Mr. Eastern, you are not even a South Sudanese, but our former cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan imposters who were weaned off the South Sudanese people’s teats, after our country’s independence. Mr. Eastern, we know you evils than you idiots think you know us>>>

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        • 28 December 2017 07:54, by Eastern

          Kuch the Kus,

          That’s the common stupidity of the dinka people when they always claim that they know more of other people than the latter know about themselves. This stupidity has caused the South Sudanese people their beloved country.

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        • 28 December 2017 09:01, by Kuch

          The SPLA has & will always adhere to your Riek Machar & his foreign masters so-called "cease fires ", but if you idiots mess up with the SPLA, then you idiots would be removed out of our country once and for all. Mr. Eastern, many of your fools in our country are not being told the truth, but a piece of sh*t>>>

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        • 28 December 2017 12:06, by Kuch

          The SPLA has & will always adhere to your Riek Machar & his foreign masters so-called "cease fires ", but if you idiots mess up with the SPLA, then you idiots would be removed out of our country once and for all. Mr. Eastern, many of your fools in our country are not being told the truth, but a piece of sh*t>>>

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      • 28 December 2017 08:41, by jubaone

        Kuch,
        Your bogus and ludicrous statements is a vivid reminder of jellaba rhetoric and condescension toward the then "SPLA rebels". Like an obedient and good house slave, you have perfectly mimicked calling the opposition as "rebels". Worthless jienge creature.

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        • 28 December 2017 14:42, by South South

          jubaone,

          Let’s support peace in our country. This is the right time for South Sudan to build peace. jubaone, is Eastern South Sudanese? I have my suspicious about him right now. You remember when I said SPLA fought Islamic government in Khartoum, you support me jubaone, the only person who was supporting fake Arabs is Eastern.The guy is a Muslim from north Sudan.

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          • 28 December 2017 15:32, by Eastern

            South South,

            You reason like a typical Dinka villager really. Abdul Bagi Ayii is a Muslim and a Dinka, Al Tahir Bior was a Muslim leader and a Dinka, etc. Does that ring a bell? I don’t believe in any Abrahamic religion. I am Eastern and a Realist. I believe in what is factual and real.

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            • 28 December 2017 15:57, by South South

              Eastern,

              You need to come out very clear like our brother jubaone and like South Sudan first. Iam talking about you, Eastern as a Muslim from Sudan. It is all about you Eastern as a person. Show us that you love South Sudan. Abdul Bagi Ayii and Al Tahir Bior are individuals in Dinka tribe. They can speak to themselves because they are adults. jubaone came out here as a real man in South Sudan.

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              • 28 December 2017 19:35, by Eastern

                South South,

                I have stated my position as Eastern Rock AEON ago! If you were that type of human being that understands, you have been stalking me for 24/7 and by now, you would have understood what Eastern main bond of contention is. However you are buried in the falsehood of me being a fake Arab, Muslim, old man, etc. You are clearly shooting in the dark!

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              • 28 December 2017 19:54, by Eastern

                South South,

                Just to remind you, my demand is for Kiir to CEDE POWER. The state power entrusted in the hands of Kiir during the 2010 Sudanese general election is being mismanaged by the man; besides, Kiir has no legitimacy now for him to remain the president following the millions of South Sudanese who voted using their feet! Kiir MUST CEDE POWER!

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          • 28 December 2017 15:55, by jubaone

            South South,
            I see your point, but honestly peace can only come, if we stop calling people names. I know of several close comrades who fought and were active in the struggle. During the general demobilization of 2008-2009 at Lainya congregation centre, none of them were absorbed into the organized forces. We accepted that. But life MUST continue. Now we want ALL Junubin to sit together and talk.

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            • 28 December 2017 16:01, by South South

              jubaone,

              I have big hope in 2018 we will have peace in our country. people should learn from their mistakes and move on.In South Sudan, we need to respect human life and we need to respect rules of laws. Our country is bigger than individuals.

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            • 28 December 2017 22:16, by Mr. Right

              I see you recovering well, Mr. Jubaone. It’s quite a relieve to all of South Sudanese, I think, to see you gaining consciousness after years of depression and mental degradation.

              I hope you’ll recover fully in 2018 which is a new dawn for all people including psychopaths alike.

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  • 28 December 2017 06:46, by Eastern

    Kabila of DR Congo also thinks shoring up Kiir will lessens the heat being mounted on his underside by the masses at home..

    http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/Congo-steps-up-arrests-of-South-Sudan-refugees/2558-4243016-sqfurhz/index.html

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  • 28 December 2017 13:14, by Sunday Junup

    Some has to help explain this to me! Kiir ordered SPLA to adhere with CoH mean while this Mawut send message to South Sudan Depend Force. Can some one tell me which is which?

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  • 28 December 2017 20:29, by Meguaar-loong

    99% OF EQUATORIAN BUSHES OR EQUATORIAN TOWNS AND CITIES?. WHAT TOWNS IN SOUTH SUDAN HAVE YOU OCCUPIED? DOES BEING ROBBERS ALONG THE ROADS BECOME OCCUPYING 99%? REBELS ARE SOUTH SUDANESE AND CAN STAY HIDDING WITHIN THE VICINITIES OF THE COUNTRY AND THAT’S DOES NOT MEAN THE HAVE OCCUPIED 1/10 OF THE COUNTRY. DID YOU HEAR REBELS BEING ARRESTED IN CONGO AFTER BEING CHASE OUT OF SOUTH SUDAN BY THE GOV

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  • 28 December 2017 20:32, by Meguaar-loong

    99% OF EQUATORIAN BUSHES OR EQUATORIAN TOWNS AND CITIES?. WHAT TOWNS IN SOUTH SUDAN HAVE YOU OCCUPIED? DOES BEING ROBBERS ALONG THE ROADS BECOME OCCUPYING 99%? REBELS ARE SOUTH SUDANESE AND CAN STAY HIDDING WITHIN THE VICINITIES OF THE COUNTRY AND THAT’S DOES NOT MEAN THE HAVE OCCUPIED 1/10 OF THE COUNTRY. DID YOU HEAR REBELS BEING ARRESTED IN CONGO AFTER BEING CHASE OUT OF SOUTH SUDAN BY THE GOV

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    • 29 December 2017 10:13, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Meguaar,

      It is called guerrilla warfare ya bolit. They pin you down to destroy your security and economy. make the land ungovernable. If you have not felt its effect then you are not living in South Sudan. Wake up for the good of the country and her future generation.

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  • 28 December 2017 23:18, by lino

    Government day dreaming!!! The country is tarnished by your acts and nothing will bring it to where it was.
    The only choice left is restructuring the army, the governing system, and put technocrats who are experienced in their field to run the state!!!
    Else, South Sudan should different confederations of States and everyone should govern himself the way they want and stop killing people!!!

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