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S. Sudan rebels deny recruiting foreigners to their ranks

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March 15, 2018 (JUBA/KAMPALA) - South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) have denied allegations that they are recruiting Ugandan youth into their ranks.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda’s capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

Ugandan media had reported on Tuesday that security operatives have arrested a preacher in the northern district of Lira for allegedly conscripting Ugandan youth into the South Sudanese rebel movement that is fighting to topple the government of President Salva Kiir.

Lam Gabriel, SPLA-IO deputy military spokesperson, said in a statement issued on Wednesday that the rebel group does not enroll foreign fighters into its ranks.

Lam said the suspect identified as Pastor Jorom Opio is not in the SPLA-IO ranks or files, adding that the group value Uganda’s role in hosting South Sudanese refugees and for supporting the latest peace efforts aimed at ending the ongoing civil war.

“SPLA-IO does not recruit foreigners nor does it operate abroad. The South Sudanese, who joined the SPLA-IO do so voluntarily to bring about reforms to South Sudan. This requires personal sacrifice,” Gabriel said.

South Sudan has been embroiled in more than four years of conflict that has taken a devastating toll on the people, creating one of the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.

A peace deal signed in August 2015 between the rival leaders under UN pressure led to the establishment of a transitional unity government in April, but was shattered by renewed fighting in July 2016.

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  • 16 March 2018 09:47, by Theallseeingeye

    Now M7 and kenyatta have found new good excuse to eliminate their political opponent in the name of South Sudanese rebel. If one is rational he/she would guess why would one go and fight for a cause which is not his, if you say because of money, then they could have just chosen to help kidnapping and deporting the position supporter to the Gov and get that $, its saver,cheaper much worthy to them.

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    • 16 March 2018 10:16, by South South

      Rebels can not deny this and they will pay for it.

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  • 16 March 2018 12:44, by Lenin Bull

    Those poor criminal foreigners are coming to die anyway for a cause which the rebel lost since December 2013. Let them come. If the CIA Allan’s case has not taught them a lesson, then they should come. Many Nuer lost boys who left the US in 2013 to come and join the war are now tired, some killed, some maimed and amputated, others are financially bankrupt and confused more, and finally given up!!

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  • 16 March 2018 12:49, by Lenin Bull

    Civil war in South Sudan is not like going to prostitute casinos in Las Vegas/USA or night dancing karakaraka in Acholiland in Uganda. It is deadly. White army of NGUNDANEG is wiped out and NGUNDAENG was no where near to help them.I love watching the current unfolding the scenario of IO’s rise and fall especially now the fall.

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