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South Sudan armed opposition denies abusing civilians in Western Equatoria

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SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel speaks while he is surrounded by the fighters (Photo SPLM-IO)

October 19, 2018 (JUBA) - The military and political leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Army In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) has issued a statement denying claims that its fighters have been involved in abuses against civil population in Western Equatoria region, pushing blames instead on the government forces and local commanded militia groups allied to senior government officials at the national level.

Col. Lam Paul Gabriel SPLA IO, Deputy Military Spokesperson of the fighters under the overall leadership of Riek Machar, said Friday the leadership of the movement was surprised by the report released on 18th October 2018, by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, accusing them of violations of the signed permanent ceasefire and abuses against civilians in Western Equatoria region, particularly in areas of Gbudue and Tombura.

The reports accused the SPLA IO of carrying out attacks on villages, forceful recruitment of children, abduction and rape of women among others.

“The SPLA IO doesn’t have a policy of harassment against any civilian. Our duty is to protect civilians and their properties while working hard to achieve our reform agenda in South Sudan”, reads the statement.

The movement, it notes, is aware only of the attack and capture of Nagero, the administrative headquarters of Negero county, forcing civil population to flee their homes in search of safety in democratic republic of Congo and Namatina for safety after the government forces carried out a door to door search and burning houses, looting properties, raping young girls, women and elderly following withdrawal of its forces.

“That fight in Nagero happened at a barrack not where civilians reside. It was after the SPLA IO forces withdrew that the regime’s forces went from door to door burning houses, looting properties and raping girls, women and elderlies leading to civilians leaving Nagero to DRC and Namatina for safety”, it said.

The statement further pointed out that there are other armed forces in Western Equatoria that have been so aggressive towards civilians. These forces, it said, acts as counterinsurgents to tarnish the image of the SPLA IO.

“The Governor of Gbudue Daniel Badagbu also confirmed this during a meeting with UNMISS Boss Shearer in July 2018. He further said in one of his rallies that there are three groups in Gbudue that are causing insecurity in the area.

The group for FVP Taban Deng Gai and Jemma Nunu Kumba whose major aim is to tarnish the image of the SPLA IO. The group of politicians within his government who are conspiring with the local youth to cause insecurity so that he can be removed from Governorship.

The former rebels who signed peace with the government in June 2018 but didn’t get what the government promised them; so, they turned to loot civilians for their daily bread”, it said.

The government forces, according to the statement, should be investigated so that no one is left out.

Gabriel pointed out the movement has zero tolerance on individual soldiers or officers who intentionally cause harm to civilians.

“The leadership of the SPLA-IO will investigate all these allegations through the right channel and bring anyone found guilty of any crime to books so that justice is served,” he said.

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  • 20 October 09:00, by Redeemer

    Lam Paul of IO, you are forgetting that the civilians who ran from the bushes and came to Yei town home months to speak of what happened. Your lies are being mastered already

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    • 20 October 09:22, by Redeemer

      Correction---The civilians who ran from the bushes and came to Yei town have mouths to speak. Your denial is too late

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      • 20 October 09:32, by Redeemer

        The Teak business & IO spokes person Lam Paul.
        Parading our sisters and mothers for your for your self ranked generals to pick like commodities makes your org.the IO worst than Kiir’s government

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  • 20 October 15:10, by One people

    Riek Machar had made mistake by appointing a lier like James Gatdet Dak. I believe Lam Paul Gabriel with his lying mouth will put his boss Riek Machar in danger like what James Gatdet did in 2016 J1 fight. Instead of Lam Paul tells the truth, he went and lie, Lam all you need to say is what you expressed it in the last sentences,instead of blaming gov.The report is about IO not gov, ok

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    • 20 October 15:36, by One people

      stop on blaming government. You need to defend yourself with truth, instead of include government in your mistake or crims, because government didn’t write those reports, if you would like to blame, than you should blame the person who wrote the report against you. Soon, we will place camera in the every government bases, just to destroy your lies

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  • 20 October 16:23, by One people

    The Rhino ya khalp ya jana haram and Jubaone ya luti.

    Where are y’all ya klhap. Equatorians womens are being abused and getting killed by Equatorians to make Riek strong. Do you know what is that mean? That mean Nuer and Dinka will be the rules of double SS forlife. You stupid people destroyed the images of heroes from Equatoria, like Joseph Lago Nyanga and Saturnino Ohure and more

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    • 20 October 17:24, by jubaone

      Ya One People, ibn al wiska kawal. If IO truly went on a raping spree like the worthless jienge creatures, then they deserve death and we shall make sure they don’t escape through Equatoria. Raping is NEVER a culture among Equatorians except among jienges and nyagats. Children from raped women often end up as numskulls, idiots with low IQ.

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      • 21 October 04:30, by Pakuai

        jubaone,
        Do you really have a higher IQ really? Didn’t you always post on this SUDAN TRIBUNE Mr. Jubaone that you, Equatorians have higher civilization than the ’naked Jenges/Monyjiengs/Dinkas?’ Where did you get your civilization from Mr. Jubaone. Next to door you idiots, Eastern DR. Congo, has never ever has peace since the Belgians, the US, the UK, France & their UN & their sleazy NGOs killed>>

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        • 21 October 04:35, by Pakuai

          their state man in 1960th, Mr. Patrice Lumumba and replaced him with their then called, Mobuto Seseko. Mr. Jubaone, South Sudan is a Dinkas/Monyjiengs of Sudan country. And we are going to show you foreign fools and your masters who is really who on earth. We are not part of the so-called ANGLO-AMERICA empire, never has and will never ever be. Our country and our people have been>>>

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          • 21 October 04:37, by Pakuai

            taken hostage by enemies. But game is over. The owners have taken back their country.

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            • 21 October 04:43, by Pakuai

              Mr. Jubaone, your evil juus (so-called israelis) have step on the wrong people feet. Winston Churchill projected that they would be resettled in Uganda, after they were almost wiped out of the map, in Europe. But to be honest, Mr. Jubaone chap, the evil juus (so-called israelis) would have been long since dead. Mr. Jubaone, I will repeat again. I am the one who will help bomb Eastern Jerusalem>>>

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              • 21 October 04:51, by Pakuai

                and our mighty SPLA and give their so-called Eastern Jerusalem to Palestinian people. Our evil juus (so-called israelis) have taken our country & our people as their expendable fools. When in truth, they are our greatest enemies. Fellows. Game is over Mr. Jubaone piece of work. Our evil juus (so-called israelis) are in bed with El Qada, Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS/L, El Nustra, Jesh El Islam,>>>>

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                • 21 October 04:56, by Pakuai

                  Boko Haram, El Shabab and even our own so-called SPLM/A-IO. Fellows, we are here fellows. There are some people who like other people & their countries even when you don’t like them back. Fellows, Mr. Jubaone. There are some people people here in the Sudan who would never ever dare welcome any evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their UN>>>>

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                  • 21 October 07:03, by Joseph Canada

                    Just shut the hell up man.

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