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LRA ambush in S. Sudan’s Ezo kills two motor cyclists

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March 27, 2009 (LONDON) — Forces of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) killed two motorcyclists in an ambush in Ezo County on Wednesday, according to the Zande community world-wide Organisation head office in London.

The two slain friends were said to be riding from Andari towards Biki stream when they were shot by LRA gunmen hiding in the bushes. The bullets hit the two knocking them off their motorbike, whereupon the LRA rushed to take their possessions while placing the bodies of the fallen friends beneath the motorbike and setting it alight.

According to Charles Kisanga, chairman of the Zande (Azanda) organization and leader of the new SPLM/A Patriotic Organisation which advocates for change in SPLM, the LRA left the bodies under the burning motorbike on the road before they fled.

One of those who died, according to surviving family, is Batista Barnaba. His companion also from Ezo is yet to be named.

In the past month there has been continuous reported sightings of LRA in many parts of Western Equatoria and recently there were reports of them appearing in Sakure Payam not far from Yambio, while their presence has not been reported extensively in Ezo.

Two weeks ago self defence groups in Western Equatoria hunted down an LRA camp in Andari which they destroyed, killing three LRA while others of the guerrillas escaped the foray and attacked a village nearby killing 12 people.

“Even with concerted efforts by the Self Defence groups to keep LRA far away from villages, the elusive LRA are always hiding in the forests ready to spring on innocent victims any time they get a chance,” said Kisanga.

Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable because unlike a car which may carry police escort and offer some protection, many motorcyclists travel alone or with only one passenger for their small businesses, such as taxi hire or carrying small loads of goods, noted Kisanga.

Kisanga and the leaders of the London office called on youth in the state to take extra precaution if they want to travel by motorbike in the remote areas of Western Equatoria from Maridi up to Ambura and towards the boarder areas of DR Congo and Central African Republic.

Groups of LRA had fled into Southern Sudan following joint operations against their bases in Garamba National Park in DR Congo. They are pursued by the armed forces of three countries—Uganda, Sudan and DR Congo, and by self-defence groups sometimes labelled as “Arrow Boys.”

(ST)

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  • 28 March 2009 04:45, by Wad Juba

    May the almighty God rest the souls of the victims in enternal peace.

    I just can’t imagine how the GoSS government could allow the LRA to carry on murdering, looting and terrorising innocent civillians in W.Equatoria. Who is going to answer to the- widows of the victims- or even explain to their children- why their fathers lives were lost- Can government justify itself to the people?

    It is time for the government(GoSS) to realise the fact that people are dying and honestly, i for one, do not give a f@#k (excuse my French) about the looting and stealing that is "on-going" in Juba. But it really disturbs my brain to see that the government has miserably failed in providing security to its citizens....what a disgrace!
    How do you people (leaders in Juba) feel when you go to bed at night knowing that innocent civillians are dying because you as a government have failed to provide their critical rights to a secure and peaceful safe haven? Or do you guys (leaders) just jump into bed at night and straight away start dreaming about all the money you looted and buried in foreign accounts abroad.

    I hope that our leaders do something about the LRA. I really don’t care, whose responsibility it is to provide security- SPLM/A or GoSS- It must act to put an end to this so called LRA.

    Chao!

    Wad Juba a.k.a "The Artful Dodger"

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    • 28 March 2009 07:26, by Toney Toney Matot

      Mr Wad Juba,
      Mouth talks and blaming of GOSS or SPLM/A will never solve our problems, if you thing that the GOSS leadership is a failure and are not protecting the civilian, can you please give us your contribution physically not words of moth. Goss leaders will make you a General in the army so that you hand down those notorious LRA. we are feed up of their attrocities against innocent civilian.we are also proud of you Wad Juba that since you volunteer yourself ,you will get rid of LRA in south sudan.
      Toney-South Sudan

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      • 28 March 2009 09:15, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Hey Mr Wad Juba,

        I don’t see the point of raising chaos on the SPLM/SPLA and a lot of Equatorian people deserve to expelled away Dinkas people in Equatoria land. Last month there was a complain in Juba that Dinkas people occupied the Equatorian land and right now you said the SPLM/SPLA "will never solve our problems". What problem is the SPLM/SPLA going to solve? How come that the SPLM/SPLA which you call the government of jungles Dinkas go and solve the problems of Equatorian and they are jungles people in other meaning, they don’t have home.

        Second to that also, where is the ERM (Equatorian Resistance Movement) and the SSDF (South Sudan Democratic Forum) that was formed for the purpose to protect the Equatorian civilian if the SPLA fail to intercepted the crisis?.

        You guys from Equatorian, you don’t really understand why the SPLA/SPLM was formed. Some people said that the SPLM/SPLA is for Dinkas, but according to my own notion and the way I really understand the SPLM/SPLA, it is a government which is formed to help someone who is undermined and mistreated badly in way which is not good in eye of God. So that is the meaning of the SPLM/SPLA. Also, SPLM/SPLA is for everybody including Azande, Anyuak, Abakoya, Dinkas, Digdiga, Latoko, Nuer, Shilluk as well as Arabs and so forth.

        My friend Mr Wad Juba, let us leave what we call tribalism because some people think that they are telling the truth, but in reality they are pushing stresses to other people. I advised you indeed to stop urging tribalism because the more you generated a tribalism, the more other people generated and encouraged tribalism too.

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        • 29 March 2009 03:38, by Wad Juba

          Augustino

          If you read both comments (yours and mine) and digest them soundly, you will find out that you are the tribalist and even worst, a "junglese fanatic".

          I have the right to hold the government accountable for failing to fulfill its promises of peace and stability for all citizens.

          I also want you to know that i did not mention any tribe in my comment, so please stop jumping up and down like a little kidd seeking attention. Because, frankly speaking, i do not see any reason why only you (Junglese) are the ones quick to defend the failure of the GoSS and SPLA/M government. Is it because its your people who are stealing and looting in Juba? Or could it be the plain fact that you folks lack leadership and direction, but will never admit it?

          Bye the way, i know that there are many beneficeries of the looted and stolen funds of southern Sudan. So whenever someone touches this subject (looting and stealing) people like you respond by calling them tribalists.

          As for the nightmares you are facing in Equatoria....well! hmm..i think it is your own making (if you know what i’m saying) because a civillised person will never turn around and bite the hand that feeds him.

          Chao!

          Wad Juba a.k.a "The Artful Dodger"

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      • 29 March 2009 00:45, by Wad Juba

        Mr. Toney!

        You must be kidding me....right? Because if your partten of thinking is the official school of thought adopted by the government leaders in Juba, then i guess, southern Sudan is doomed.

        Chao!

        Wad Juba a.k.a "The Artful Dodger"

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