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South Sudan army clashes with former Yau Yau rebels in Pibor


January 28, 2013 (BOR/JUBA) - South Sudan’s army said it had restored order in Pibor town on Monday after conflict broke out between the military and members of an armed group that has recently defected from a rebellion in Jonglei state.

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Civilians receiving food aid at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan camp run by an Indian Battalion in Pibor, Jonglei state, December 2012 (ST)

At least one soldier from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and two civilians are reported to have been killed when SPLA forces and armed men, commanded by former rebel James Kuburin, clashed in the town.

Kuburin and his forces surrendered themselves to the SPLA in Pibor on 27 January after a month of living in the bush with rebel leader David Yau Yau.

The Pibor commissioner, Joshua Konyi, told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the clash occurred due to a misunderstanding between members of the military police brigade 7 deployed around Pibor market and soldiers under Kuburin, who were blocked from entering the town because they were armed.

Civilians in the area fled to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) camps in Pibor to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

Commissioner Konyi said one SPLA soldier produced a grenade and threatened to kill the armed men who were escorting Kuburin, “but when the rest [of Kuburin’s forces] intervened, the grenade blasted and killed two [SPLA] soldiers”. On Monday, however, the SPLA said that only one soldier had died but an eyewitness in the area has confirmed to Sudan Tribune the sequence of events.

The SPLA responded by opening fire on Kuburin’s forces and chasing them out of town, the commissioner said. Many homes were set on fire during the ensuing gun fight, forcing around 2,000 people to flee to the UNMISS and MSF camps in Pibor, which were not affected by the clash.

A woman and a man were killed in the market during the shooting, while a young boy is said to have sustained injuries, according to commissioner Konyi.

Kuburin was among 200 militiamen aligned with Yau Yau who surrendered to the SPLA in December 2012 in Pibor after months of fighting against the South Sudanese military.

Yau Yau, who hails from the Murle ethnic group, initially rebelled against South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) after losing his campaign to represent the Gumuruk-Boma constituency of Pibor at the Jonglei State Assembly in the April 2010 elections.

He later accepted an amnesty extended by president Salva Kiir to all militia groups in the country, but again took up arms against the SPLA last year, with his troops remaining active in the Likangole payam [district] of Jonglei.

Around 2,000 people have been killed in clashes between the Murle and Lou Nuer groups during the last two years, with counter cattle raids often sparking violent confrontations.

On Monday the SPLA’s spokesman, Colonel Philip Aguer, said the situation in Pibor had "been brought under control" and the "SPLA is in charge".

"One soldier has been lost and James Kuburin ran away with his guards after the incident”, he told Sudan Tribune.

Aguer refused to comment on reports alleging that the army "indiscriminately" fired on unarmed civilians while trying to arrest the former militia commander and his men, who were able to flee Pibor and escape.

An eyewitness told Sudan Tribune on Monday by phone that the SPLA had "fired indiscriminately and burned half of Pibor town".

A large section of the "southern part of the town has been burned’, the witness said, adding that "a lot of people have been wounded and many others are missing.”

Edwardo Del Buey, the deputy spokesperson of the UN secretary-general said on Monday the mission is providing medical assistance to the injured and has helped evacuate two of the injured to Juba, South Sudan’s capital.

"The UN mission is actively providing protection to civilians and is in contact with the SPLA and authorities to defuse the situation and ascertain facts. UNMISS remains committed to protecting civilians, but underscores that the Government of South Sudan is primarily responsible for the maintenance of security and the protection of civilians," Buey said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

He reiterated the mission’s call for all parties in Pibor to avoid further violence and urged the authorities to take the necessary measures to ensure security.

Yau Yau’s first rebellion was linked to the 2010 general election, when he lost his bid to win a seat in the state parliament to Jodi Jonglei, who was on the ticket of South Sudan’s ruling party - the SPLM.

Kuburin defected from Yau Yau to join the army in December but remains in command of his men, who have yet to be integrated into the SPLA. The former rebel leader had responded to local calls to end his rebellion. .


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  • 29 January 2013 05:55, by Jalaby

    Wake up thieves, Yau Yau prepared 17,000 fighters to invade Bor, probably will take it during the autumn season where SPLA tanks and heavy guns can’t move and would be neutral!! Yes, the south lacks for warplanes!
    We’ll do our part by continue closing the pipeline and dry the south from any source of money to bring weapons!!
    Great job Yau Yau!!

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    • 29 January 2013 06:08, by Mi diit

      Or maybe the SPLA-North will soon launch massive attack on Kadugli and match to Khartoum and take over power from criminal Bashir with the help of their allies from within the political parties based in Khartoum. Mind your own business dude. You are in trouble more than you think we are.

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      • 29 January 2013 06:20, by Jalaby

        Mr. Mi diit,
        Keep dreaming man, keep dreaming!
        Unfortunately, Dinka will never ever allow your beloved ( Machar) to rule them, they would probably ask Bashir to come back and rule them again rather than seeing Machar ruling them and laugh loudly!! You guys are hopeless case!
        SPLA-N + SPLA-S = Bullshit

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        • 29 January 2013 07:05, by bakuluk

          jalaby you looking for war with your miscellaneous Islamic Bashir devil Khartoum,if wish to stick your head in the sand in Khartoum desert go for it.I for one who more worried about refuge life in desert.

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        • 29 January 2013 08:47, by jwok

          even Country like Sudan should not be rule by War criminals
          1. Omar al-Bashir
          2.Abdel Rahim Hussein
          3.Ahmed Haroun
          do you think free nation South Sudanese can be rerule by those criminals ,even I thinktoday or tomorro there destiny will be ICC
          i don’nt think so do you ?

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        • 29 January 2013 09:12, by Nuer Empire

          Get your asshole out of here useless gay!

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      • 29 January 2013 06:27, by Ahmed Chol

        It is now February, has Kuol Manyang clean out Yau-Yau from Jonglei yet as he promised? I thought we were told in November last year that SPLA will uproot Yau-Yau from Jonglei by February.

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        • 29 January 2013 06:46, by Tutbol

          The govt of S Sudan should keep an eye on Sudan tribune. This is all about creating choas in S Sudan to compel S Sudanese into their neo-colonialism agenda in N Sudan. We won’t be dubed into those evils aliances. We left N Sudan & we will never be re-united with the North by filthy tricks. Let the Europeans go else where for the greeds & intrigues are not palatable to S Sudanese...

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          • 29 January 2013 07:01, by Tutbol

            ...Their creepy neo-colonialism will not be accepted in any form or shape. They should go places like mali, N africa or their AU in their pockets. Welcoming these greedy West & arabs into S Sudan with out proper laws to protect our peoples from their filthy intrigues & greeds will create a lot of Yau Yau & i bet, well educated people who know these Europeans & their evils will not stand by & watch

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            • 29 January 2013 08:11, by Tutbol

              Kuol manyang & his federal govt if they are not aware that Yau Yau is a Europeans & arabs employee then, they must open their eyes. The Europeans want to control our parks as they have done in several african countries. We want them tourists not to be our bosses on our parks we kept for generations. They have killed off most of their animals and they are jealous on others animals.

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              • 29 January 2013 08:34, by Tutbol

                I wonder why the president didn’t sack Kuol when the the largest state in the republic is being destabalized by the UN. I doubted the president during panthou war; the called on the UN on his speech to deploy their forces on the border if the S Sudan’s is to withdraw from panthou. The likes of Kuol & our president brought the UN troop to our country & we are reaping their foolish decision?

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      • 29 January 2013 07:16, by Hardball

        Is this the last stand for Khartoum to take South Sudan back to united Sudan by supporting Yau yau or is it the last kick of a dying horse? The parasites in Khartoum like others to fight for them when they can’t defeat Darfur and Kordofans rebels for almost ten years now. Yau Yau should open his eyes; Khartoum that’s supporting him is just helping him dig his own grave.

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        • 29 January 2013 07:32, by master

          sudan has’t direct border with jongli and you still cry that sudan backing yau yau
          go to hell

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    • 29 January 2013 13:22, by Panthou

      Dear commentators,you all stopped replying on this Guy’s writing. Jalaby, is the part of those folks who sit on table in the newspaper room in Khartoum, sharing one printer and write with the carbon. How can a country don’t even an enough chair for her officials can manage yau yau rebel?

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    • 29 January 2013 20:31, by Badi Malawi

      Spla are the fire who are spla are the fire,spla will kills all nyagateen who surrounded pibor , dear mighty forces any rebel who surrend to u pliz dont leave him ,kill him like the way u kill athor.

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    • 30 January 2013 07:47, by dad1

      You are right, thank you for being our spy.
      The bad news is that we are going to dealt with your stepfathers Bashir and Yau Yau.

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    • 30 January 2013 08:54, by winny

      @ jalaby that is very wele, you need to think big Yau yau is nothings to SPLA.George Athoor was very strong but he just kill like a dog the same things will happen to yau-yau

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  • 29 January 2013 06:48, by master

    god mr yau yau
    show them
    no mercy
    as jalaby said we would never open our pipeline

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    • 29 January 2013 06:57, by zulu

      You wish. It was not a clash. The misunderstanding between the SPLA soldier had causd the 2 deaths. It is normal for a commander to have a bodyguard. It was a simple matter that required less attention since the ex rebel rejoined the ranks of the spla. he was bound to protect himself at all cost. Nothing to do with the feeble Yau Yau

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    • 29 January 2013 07:33, by bakuluk

      mister the Muslims in Khartoum are fond of asymmetrical" Hopeful,the Spla N will go asymmetrical beyond Bashir party worst nighmars,

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  • 29 January 2013 07:17, by ngadodo

    For my response it’s that there is kind of element which every day and then 3, 4, 5, 10 and so on civilians killings continuously in these Areas of Pibor county in the way that, governor of state Kuol Manyang want to finishing this community, why I say that this military look like there is some things covers up going on If you following closely there was similar flame sit like that about two wee

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  • 29 January 2013 07:20, by ngadodo

    that page continuous about two weeks ago in Boma. So if you want to know problem is Kuol Manyang why he has automatics inside violence through some of officers with this military if you want to find out you can get just because south Sudan has weak security system and really doesn’t want to solve problem

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  • 29 January 2013 07:26, by Pif Paf

    Yau Yau oyeeeeeeeeeeee
    I Strongly advice the GOS to heavily army Yau Yau because he is fighting for a real cause. No doubt Yau Yau and the rebellion in the south will continue to grow and get stronger unless the Dinka Peoples Liberation Army practices justice, equality and good neighbor relations with Sudan.

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  • 29 January 2013 07:27, by barbayo

    Yau Yau,only need Commissioner ,why Kuol Manyany give Yau Yau as commissioner.

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    • 29 January 2013 08:03, by Robot

      I dispute the article, and that is why SPLA should shoot down more UN Choppers. here is what happened.. Ismael Konyi was in Pibor and held a long meeting predominantly in Murle, after the meeting, the men went the market where SPLA were patrolling and shot at them.. SPLA ordered Ismael Konyi not to leave until the agenda of meeting confirmed, UN came and took him to their camp.... more to come.

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  • 29 January 2013 08:45, by philipdit wol

    This Jonglei rampant figthing discriminating inocennt people
    governor Kuol should be fire like Chol Tong since he fail to control this criminal act in the state.

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  • 29 January 2013 08:58, by Jong Anthony

    this is a carelessness from our people in the government ,why do the allow rebels who have not fully surrounded to remain with their arms ? government must admit the mistake

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    • 29 January 2013 09:04, by Robot

      please stop blaming the govt for what you have not fully understood.. when George Athor died, Ismael Konyi was selected to be the leader of Militias in the South, the incident was started by Murle after their long meeting with Ismael Konyi. be patient and wait for the real story, Sudan Tribune had not published what really happened.

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    • 29 January 2013 14:21, by Nuer Empire

      Man for Justice,you write too long but only 400 words even less are required.

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  • 29 January 2013 14:04, by ViVa Sudan

    Weldone Yau yau kick the basters Dinka take ur right oil is for Neouer only dinka are thieves ..

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    • 29 January 2013 20:50, by Badi Malawi

      Why dont spla high office intergrate rebels when they surrendf themselves? It is very hard for nyagateen to live in peace

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    • 29 January 2013 20:53, by Badi Malawi

      Why dont spla high office intergrate rebels when they surrendf themselves? It is very hard for nyagateen to live in peace

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  • 29 January 2013 15:52, by Agutthon

    is James Kuburin still covered by the president’s amnesty even after second rebellion? I have never known a country with such a lousy amnesty. The SPLA never learn vital lessons for survival. Lesson 1 Any amnesty must be time bound not open-ended as the one you have. Keep fighting SPLA!

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