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SSNMC-Unvuas rejects accusations of kidnapping UN staff in South Sudan’s Yei


UNMISS peacekeepers patrols Yei Town on 25 January 2018 (photo UNMISS)
January 1, 2019 (JUBA) - The South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) led by Vakindi Unvuas denied allegations that they carried out attacks on Kaya Yei road and abducted civilians including UN staff.

The denial comes after a statement by the other faction of the SSNMC led by the former Governor of Western Equatoria Joseph Bakosoro on 30 December saying that three SSNMC-Unvuas officers are responsible for the abduction and attacks on civilian along Yei- Kaya Road.

"We are informed that these officers have been using SSNMC name to commit those atrocities. These officers are being commanded by General Abraham Wani in coordination with South Sudan National Democratic Alliance (SSNDA), which is opposed to R-ARCSS," said SSNMC-Bakosoro.

However, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on 31 December, the SSNMC-Unvuas strongly denied the accusation describing it as "baseless, and unfounded".

" We would like to inform the United Nations (UN), the IGAD, the Troika, the International Community, the general public, our members and supporters that the SSNMC Armed Forces in Central Equatoria did not abduct the UN Staff and civilians along Yei-Kaya road nor involved in any military activities in the area," said the group’s spokesperson Wesley Kosa.

"We strongly condemn and abhor the abduction and endangerment of UN and all other humanitarian organizations staff working in South Sudan," he added before to reiterate their commitment to the cessation of hostilities agreement signed on 21 December 2017.

The SSNMC split on 20 September 2018 over the signing of the revitalized peace agreement. At the time the SSNMC-Unvuas issued a statement denouncing Bakosoro saying he signed the agreement despite a leadership decision to reject it.


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  • 2 January 10:03, by Eastern

    As it stands, Kiir can have a firm grip of his misrule when his link with Museveni (through Juba-Nimule and Yei-Kaya) remain lively....The nuers have ceded the lines between Kiir and Bashir to BASHIR...! No whinning here!

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    • 2 January 11:24, by South South


      Those monkeys who are terrorizing innocent people in Yei will pay very heavy prices soon. Don’t like a baby when that happens. Wicked old man.

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      • 2 January 15:23, by jubaone

        South South
        You jienge gorilla and coward, take courage and join your fellow nyors to flash out those rebels. As long as you do that in computer in the comfort of a slum hut somewhere in Kampala or Nairobi, you are just the normal luak clown and pathetic coward. Dress 👗 up bush jienge and go fight junk jienge.

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        • 2 January 19:45, by South South


          These thief rebels. They just loot and run away. Let them try to come close to Yei town. We will match on them like a sharp knife through steak. I never live in Kampala or Nairobi in my life. Why would I go there while my country has many rooms for me live. Monkeys are under fire.

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          • 2 January 20:48, by jubaone

            South South
            You have ONLY 1 place to go to "luak". Luak is an open space and is not a house. Since when did jienges start living in houses uh? I hear jienges are already panicking in Juba and even have offered Gen Cirillo a govt. position if he stops the war. NO. NO. NO. Federalism/KOKORA or death.

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            • 3 January 02:04, by The Rhino


              Excellent words!Its Federalism/KOKORA or death!Anybody who accommodates or associates himself with a jienge along the hot zones between Juba and Yei road is a dead meat!Our beloved citizens in these regions must be very careful and apply maximum caution.They must stay away from military targets or any person called a jienge.If you see one, kill him then run away for safety behind our....

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              • 3 January 02:06, by The Rhino


                ...Liberators!Jienges MUST promptly leave these areas or pay a dear price!

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                • 4 January 00:19, by jubaone

                  The poor nyagat sellout Mr. Ruai Lul Koang has shed some crocodile tears for the Equatorians killed by jienge forces while he said absolutely nothing to his fellow Nuers butchered in thousands five years ago. Let him with his jienge"owners" close the PoCs in Juba and have all Nuers transported back to Nuerland. It’s peace after all Jienges and Nuers have reconciled.

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          • 4 January 16:49, by Equatoria Koko

            South Sudan,

            Thievery is in your blood. It’s a cultural thing among your folks. What do think cattle rustling and child abduction is all about? Have you ever heard of such incidents happening among the locals in Yei or indeed in greater Equtoria? As it stands those whom you call as monkeys are far civilised than your folks.

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    • 2 January 12:53, by Kush Natives

      A rebellion without ideology always turned into looting villages and committing atrocities. Accept the fact that you are a monkey moment without vision and ideology. What made you mad at UN staff and civilians transport vehicles?

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      • 2 January 15:32, by jubaone

        Bush Native and Nigga
        Our boys are simply mopping up jienge miscreants disguised as soldiers. These criminals, I hear have been killed in areas of Katigiri, Loka, Morobo and on the Yei-Maridi road. Ask your fellow jienges in Juba for details. You shout we club.

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      • 3 January 17:08, by Eastern

        Kush Natives,

        Ya jena kesim, whatever that means, your cousins and neices are dying like stray dogs in Khartoum - do something about it...! Do you even know what IDEOLOGY means, long dick...?!

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      • 4 January 17:10, by Equatoria Koko

        Kush Natives,

        Has the SPLM/SPLA demonstrated the minimum of what could be termed as an ideology? But ideology is even too mush for the SPLM/SPLA. It has shown no common sense let alone an ideology. Unless in your twisted understanding, looting, theft, corruption, criminal acts are a sort of an ideology.

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