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South Sudan plans to transform ex-combatants into productive work brigades

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September 14, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s leadership has generated plans to establish work brigades from the ex-combatants that will be affected by the country’s disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) program.

Up to 150,000, mostly from the elderly, children and the wounded are destined for disarmament and demobilization as the country’s army wants to transform itself from a guerrilla army to a modern force which is focused on quality rather than quantity.

The size of the army in South Sudan has never been officially announced but is expected to be in the hundreds of thousands.

During the launching of the 3rd command council of the SPLA this week, the country’s vice-president, Riek Machar, told the top army generals that it was time to transform the army, urging them to provide a strategy and time-frame within which to achieve the transformation.

He also told them that the government would want to see the demobilized forces transformed into productive work brigades to contribute to the development of the new country.

In a meeting on Friday, Machar and chairperson of the DDR commission, William Deng Deng, discussed the possibility of initiating the program, which they said will be productive and shift away from the classical program of the DDR which would only give the ex-combatants a one time package of incentives.

The program will provide special trainings to the able ex-combatants in form of work brigades in the areas of agriculture, livestock management, petroleum, roads and railway construction, housing, river dredging and mining, among others. They will also be trained in mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, etc.

About 50,000 able ex-combatants are expected to benefit from the program which will be gradually implemented over a number of years.

It will also be accompanied by plans to avail development projects in which to deploy the trained work brigades for self-reliance as they will be receiving salaries for their
new skills.

A council for DDR will be formed to make the necessary policy and oversee implementation of the program by the DDR commission.

(ST)

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  • 15 September 2012 07:51, by George Bol

    Army of about 15 million population is not enough compare to the one of 40 million. You guys need not be fool by CIA in our government. Our army need recruitment rather than retiring them. Thanks

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    • 15 September 2012 08:09, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Bol I understood what you says and it has reality in it but as you know the current army we have is full of militant of Nuer as you know Nuer are savages and uncivilised power greedy bastrad idiot, just read what your Governor Kuol Juuk said about visionless people who joint with no reason and left with no reason,
      We are doing this in other way to let hell go to fire,

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      • 15 September 2012 08:14, by Mach Achiek

        Dinka,
        That is not a intellects response please.

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        • 15 September 2012 18:48, by panom lualbil

          MAC ACHIEK?
          Keep away, DDS know what he’s talkings about, duh. You need to think like who are ’ssla, sslm, Jau Jau?’ And tell me now if these gangs are NOT nuers? Or what do you think of nuers amongst 100,000 battalions will go after demobilization? There will be more rebels and less SPLAs, putting civilians in jeopardy of consequence. Afterall, I hate RIEK involvement in this program.

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      • 15 September 2012 09:45, by wang

        D.D.Corruptions, who raped a Dinka-Bor woman in name of disarming early this year. Don’t worries, 1, 3000 Lou-Nuer plus other counties youth already join the army?
        Those olds dudes have done their part and they deserves a long rests. Riek knows what he is doing and enjoy our money you are stolen in where you residence

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      • 15 September 2012 10:52, by NO PEACE

        Dinka! to said current army is full of militia of Nuer, it’s not correct please don,t use search word in the forum.

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      • 15 September 2012 17:19, by JohnGarangFreedom
    • 15 September 2012 15:23, by Dinkawarrior

      There are no children in the Army except elders, militias, and alcoholic people. Dr. Obesity was told to do this not for his will but through orders from the Chain of Command and from Parliamentary Adoption, it’s more advantages when we have quality work done than quantity. Please let’s welcome the DDR-Program, this will limited the bouncs militias in the National Army. SPLA-Oyee! SPLA-Oyee!

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  • 15 September 2012 09:59, by John mamer

    Dinka dominated, advice from generalising Nuer and change from using Dinka name for two reason 1 Not all Nuer who defected during the black past and some remained intact e.g John Kong and James Hoth plus other nuer remained on top other tribe members also defected so I urge you to write agains individual insteads of generalising them. 2 what you say here is your opinion it does not represent D

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  • 15 September 2012 10:56, by NO PEACE

    MR.VP PLEASE GO HEAD YOU GOT THE IDEA OF YOUR PEOPLE.

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  • 15 September 2012 10:57, by pabaak

    I agree with the idea of downsizing the army because what matter is the quality not the quantity,according to small arm survey report its says our army is between 300 thousands, which compared to at least 200 thousands in neighboring rival Sudan, if this army is well trained, well discipline, they can achieve more in the long run. its better the government adopt a compulsory military training

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  • 15 September 2012 12:16, by eye-of-an-eye

    we should not downsize the army,we should more train them to modern army only may be the injured and old should be be put into productive position and we should respect them for the same work that brought this freedom, lets recruite more army is the great backbone of the nation.

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    • 15 September 2012 13:44, by Loko El Pollo

      THE ARMY IS LARGE AS PROJECTED.THE POLICE,WILDLIFE,FIRE BRIGADES COMPRISED ALL THE NUMBERS OF THE FORCES.SOME ARE FAKE NAMES INCLUDED BY GENERALS AS THEIR EXTRA CASH MONEY.THE TEN DIVISIONS,SOME ARE INCOMPLETE.IF THERE IS THIS HUGE ARMIES THEN WHY ABYEI WAS TAKEN BY FORCE AND SPLA NEVER ATTEMPT TO RETAKE IT.LET BE HONEST WITH OUR SELVES,SPLA IS EITHER UNUNITED OR ARE WEAK TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS.

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  • 15 September 2012 17:21, by JohnGarangFreedom

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