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South Sudan says UN protection force turned water fetching force

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UNMISS peacekeepers from Rwanda wait to escort members of the visiting U.N. Security Council on Friday, September 2, 2016 (AP/Justin Lynch file Photo)

January 23, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government claimed the regional protection force for whose deployment as the cause of fury and threats from the international community has since deployment turned into water fetching force, questioning the objective of its original mandate.

The Transitional Government of National Unity through its cabinet affairs minister has criticized the existence of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) in Juba, saying they are doing nothing in the country. Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Elia Lomuro said the protection force was now doing nothing in the country after giving the government a lot of headaches.

“They have threatened us with an arms embargo, travel ban on individuals, assets freezes and are now quiet,” said Lomuro. “We will go and tell the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) to either empower the CTSAMM (Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism) or work properly or to use the RPF (Regional Protection Force) which is doing nothing in the country," said Lomuro.

"They are doing a thing. They are just fetching water,” he further added.

n August 2016, the UN Security Council, following a request by the regional body Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), approved the deployment of 4,000-strong RPF force to secure Juba in the aftermath of renewed clashes there.

The force is meant to protect civilians from gang rapes and other abuses seen during the fighting of July 2016. This additional force would beef up the existing 13,000-strong UN peacekeeping troops.

The cabinet affairs minister, who made the remarks broadcast by the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday, said the regional protection force was only engaged in collecting water from the river, moving at “the speed of zero distance per hour” and causing traffic jams in Juba.

The regional protection force, according to Minister Lomuro, should be useful in bringing peace in the country or should go back and hand over the role to the CTSAMM and UNMISS because they “were not doing enough apart from working at the Protection of Civilians sites”.

The minister reiterated previous claims by the government, saying the RPF wanted to take control of the country and must, therefore, leave the country since they are doing nothing.

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  • 23 January 22:11, by Eastern

    Kiir’s regime is full of stupid people and psychopaths!

    With the mean day temperatures in Juba these days averaging 30 degrees Celsius and with 100 litre container of water costing SSP 200 (about $ 1) which is way beyond those working for the regime can afford! What does the international community do with million of US Dollars already allocated for use in South Sudan for a REDUNDANT FORCE?!

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    • 24 January 00:28, by South South

      Eastern,

      You Mr. Karama, tell us if you are a very smart person in South Sudan which I think you are not, what will you do if you are in charge of South Sudan right now? Tell us your way of finding good solution to our problems. Computer key board will bring no good to solve our problems in South Sudan. You should up, eat food and drink alcohol, that’s it for you

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    • 24 January 08:19, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      Responsible and reasonable govts would have made urbal/rural water supply a fundamental and basic right for all, so that such RPF would not have to be fetching water anyway. But cos this is a worthless jienge-led shithole country which only knows how to fight and steal, they CANT provide any services. Even after Jesus returns, nothing will change in SS with thes creatures

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  • 24 January 02:06, by john akeen

    Eastern
    if you don’t like your house, you should move out and go find you a new house. You should go to one of them europeans countries and leave your life there, South Sudan is not for idiot people like you. South Sudan is dangerous for you, so please leave us alone. If we say today we don’t want regional protection force today, than we have right to kek them out from our country

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    • 24 January 08:25, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      If you fled your jienge luaks cos you were either too stupid or lazy dummskull to develop it, not everyone flees their regions. Over $15b was looted by your worthless jienges only to buy houses and get you educated in Kenya, Uganda or Tanzania with little success. Why is their no running water, electricity, food in your shithole areas?

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    • 24 January 08:31, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      Intelligent people identify a problem and try to fix it, while lazy dummskulls like you flee to areas where hard-working people have already been developed, only for such scumbags to come and lazily sit/lie down like drunken whores. Shut up lazy jienge. What country? Is that called a city where there is no running water, or simply a shithole country?

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    • 26 January 08:53, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      John Akeen

      Go ahead do what you said idiot. Do not threaten and coil up your tail. Do you know those people came into the country?

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  • 24 January 02:21, by john locke

    John akeen, plus just shut up. Your saying this man should leave his country because of how poorly your so called president is leading it? How about kiir step down and give the people back there country that they voted for? I hope the IO storm juba soon to put kiir in his place.

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    • 24 January 03:23, by john akeen

      john locke
      you have been fighting us for 5yrs now and you still didn’t achieve or succeeded on anything, so please you need to shut your ass up, you stupid Rebel ass bitch. If our system is poor, than why can’t you go and look for health system somewhere else and leave us with our poor gov and our poor system until we fix our own poorly selves by ourselves?

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      • 24 January 03:58, by john akeen

        Anyways we were poor since day one and we are still working on it, the number one thing is our independence and the second thing is to build out government system that anyone can be afraid of or to give respect too, but not just our people alone, I mean anyone around the world who wants to come visit our country

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      • 24 January 06:10, by Sunday Junup

        John Akeen,
        We have been fighting IGAD not Jiba for five years. When it was Dinka Vs Nuer, Juba was almost fall into the hand of white army in two week until UPDF, JEM, SPLA-N, Torobora, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Egypt interfere into SS affair. Otherwise Kiir could be a d/n story by now

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        • 24 January 07:03, by john akeen

          So now you’re telling the truth that you’re a looser, Than what the hall are you still doing in the bushes?

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  • 24 January 03:29, by john locke

    Johnakeen, I laugh at stupid jiangs like you. What have we the IO gained? We have gained 75% control of the country. And if you say that’s not true than remember when taban tried to go to Lou nuer land? How did that go? Not good, he learned. Kiir is wasting millions that his government doesn’t have to keep Riek machar in South Africa because he fears riek coming back.

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  • 24 January 03:31, by john locke

    You know what else we also gained? More of kiirs troops and weapons. He lost malong and his followers to the IO.. soon kiir will lose more and soon, he will have to step down. A bigger war is coming, and igad won’t save you jiangs or kiir.come to Lou nuer land if you really want a battle. Even your kiir knows better

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    • 24 January 04:18, by john akeen

      You’re so stupid and lier at the sametime, Lou Nuer are leaving your dumbass IO and they are going back to their house to build a great leaving, yesterday more than 48 commanders had defected with 2000 armed civilians to the great vice president Taban Deng Gai IO, and soon they will be a great Army that will protect all South Sudanese people not Nuer by itself or your Riek. SPLA Oyee SS Oyee

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      • 24 January 04:37, by john akeen

        Oh, I forgot to tell you this, soon or later, there will be no more armed civilian in our country, any civilian wants to carry a weapon in our country must have a license and he/she must be fingerprinted and any bullet that he/she might have in that weapon must have his or her name on it. That will happen soon

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  • 24 January 04:28, by john locke

    John, I couldn’t speak to a liar like you. I guess according to you our commanders are defecting and our Lou nuer are going back to the government that just yesterday we fight and chased taban to B or. Lol. You jiangs are great liars. Let’s see how the next few months go, if riek isn’t released get ready for a very fierce war. Igad won’t save you this time. Your soldiers are still stuck on jekow b

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  • 24 January 05:38, by Mayendit

    Cabinet Affairs Minister: Martin Elia Lumurou

    Are you guys waked up by surprised after realizing that, the purposed of bringing those African Regional Forces was not clear mission? What are you going to do now? Please make peace with others rebels groups such as Thomas Cirillo, Dr. Lam Akol, etc. Riek Machar and his generals are not going to committed on real peace taken that word from me.

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  • 25 January 06:38, by Angelo Achuil

    "Fetching water" for people is nothing? Would you give it for one year? As for me, at least someone is trying to look useful to the public by providing free water every week to the needy, an you, would you bother telling us what are you doing for the public?

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