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SPLA top general in Malakal wounded by rebels: sources


February 19, 2014 (JUBA) – The top general of the South Sudanese army in Malakal was wounded on Tuesday when the rebels overran the strategic capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state.

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Rebel forces loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar are claiming to be in control of Malakal after advancing on the oil-rich capital of Upper Nile state on Tuesday (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

General Johnson Ulony was shot in the neck, rebel sources said. Another government official who preferred anonymity also confirmed to Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday that the general had sustained a neck injury but managed to escape.

Gordon Buay, spokesperson of the former rebel South Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SSLM/A) which is now fighting alongside the government forces against rebels led by former Vice President Riek Machar, told Sudan Tribune that Ulony is wounded in the leg not on the neck. He further said that the general "is now being treated in Juba".

Ulony, a Shilluk by tribe, has been leading the military wing of the opposition leader, Lam Akol, who has recently joined the government was part of the delegation President Salva Kiir sent to Addis Ababa to negotiate with Machar’s SPLM/A-in-Opposition.

The rebels have maintained that they have taken full control of Malakal since Tuesday.

"It is confirmed. Our forces have taken full control of Malakal since Tuesday", Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

He further said the remnants of the "pro-Kiir forces" were on the run into the bush together with the state government officials who did not join the incoming "pro-democracy forces".

Col. Philip Aguer, spokesperson for the South Sudan army, on Tuesday described the attacking force as a ’White Army’ of civilians mobilised in Ulang, Nasser and Maiwut of Upper Nile state, and Ayod and northern Waat counties in Jonglei state.


Meanwhile South Sudanese and foreign oil workers are reportedly fleeing from the oilfields in anticipation of the rebels’ attacks to seize control of the resources.

Minister of Petroleum in Upper Nile state, Francis Ayul, said oil workers from Adar in Paluj have been evacuated to Juba, the nation’s capital, in fear of imminent attacks.

"I think they fear because of a report that the oilfield will be attacked on the 21st which is tomorrow", Ayul was quoted as saying by local media.

He, however, said government troops were already in the area to repulse any attack by the rebels.

The rebels however said they were not on the offensive against the oilfields, but warned of a strike back should the government attempt to attack their defensive positions around the oilfields.

"Our forces will not attack the oilfields. They will however strike back should the government troops and their foreign allies attempt to widen the radius of territories they control around the oilfields by attacking our defensive positions", Dak further said.


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  • 20 February 2014 07:19, by omoni jr.

    Generals will meet their fate/ destination this yr. No laughters at this time

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    • 20 February 2014 09:14, by Tong dut

      Let him die like kiir’s dog, who care with Dinka kiir, more will be kill in warrap state.We are tired from those people of my tribe.We wants peace not war.

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      • 20 February 2014 12:16, by Hardlinner

        Tong tut, it is too bad to pretend than lie. Why do you pretend to be dinka when you are not. Your primitive nuer and their low IQ leader/riek will never achieve any thing in south sudan mark my word. It is matter of time and the entire spla would be compose of none nuer. Majority nuers are surely brainless animals. How on earth would you take on entire south sudan people. Nuer are surely shameles

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  • 20 February 2014 07:21, by Sir King

    I request Dr. Riek Machar not localize this war to be only between Dinka and Nuer,because Kiir is doing nothing in this nation. Mr. Weak lies:
    1. Lack of DEMOCRACY
    3. Lack of Diplomacy
    5. Not EDUCATED

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    • 20 February 2014 07:22, by Sir King

      - I think Kiir Mayardit’s government is only the government that accommodate thugs, thieves and greedy guys. Look here, Nyandeeng, Matur, Stupid Rizig Zacharia, Lobong, Gore and Malong Awan in Warrap, Rumbek,WBEG,E.Equatoria, C. Equatoria and Aweil respectively are all useless. And their master is the most useless person in the world.Riek should not localize this war between Nuer and Dinka only

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    • 20 February 2014 07:27, by Mapuor

      Dear Sir King
      What are the parameters that you fools use for knowing educated people from non educated ones.Just watch the 1991 interviews of both Mr Riek and the president Kiir and judge who is fluent in English.Mr Riek has a smattering of English which is made worse by being a stutterer alot of eeeeeeeeeee are a barrier in communication ahahahah sir Ngoth Gueec coward,son of whore shut up.

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      • 20 February 2014 07:41, by Sir King

        I can’t blame you because you are another uneducated thug like your leader Kiir Kuethpiny. You are also a food eater of Mayardit’s groups who walk with big and empty minds. Sorry indeed! Do you think that all Dinka will go foolishly to follow Salva Kiir who is doing nothing in South Sudan. My friend,I am not a cowardice but YOU SEND V8 to fight

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        • 20 February 2014 12:42, by Hardlinner

          Sir king,don’t challenge other knowing that you are part of the equation. A reasonable person would simply say both kiir and riek are up to nothing. The both lack qualities of good leaders. Riek is war monger while kiir never listen to genuine advisors but villagers. In my general reasoning, I believe riek and kiir are just uncivilized villagers irrespective of their educational background.

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      • 20 February 2014 12:04, by Sir King

        I can’t blame you because you are another uneducated thug like your leader Kiir Kuethpiny. You are also a food eater of Mayardit’s groups who walk with big STOMACHES and empty minds. Sorry indeed! Do you think that all Dinka will go foolishly to follow Salva Kiir who is doing nothing in South Sudan. My friend,I am not a cowardice but YOU SEND V8 to fight

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        • 20 February 2014 12:11, by Sir King

          The best thing for us to do is to have REPUBLIC OF UPPERNILE STATE, REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIA STATE AND REPUBLIC OF BAHR EL GHAZAL STATE, because we failed to rule ourselves. Salva Kiir would have not appointed James Wani Igga because these Equatorian are not helping anything in his government. He would have appointed another Nuer to replace Dr. Riek Machar.

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          • 20 February 2014 12:12, by Sir King

            The best thing for us to do is to have REPUBLIC OF UPPERNILE STATE, REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIA STATE AND REPUBLIC OF BAHR EL GHAZAL STATE, because we failed to rule ourselves. Salva Kiir would have not appointed James Wani Igga because these Equatorian are not helping anything in his government. He would have appointed another Nuer to replace Dr. Riek Machar.

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    • 20 February 2014 08:00, by Chol A.

      I wish dr traitor Nyariek with his Nuer community a good luck to win this war. They claim democracy, corruption n tribalist while is number one n and most in these field. Some Nuer who enjoy much air in Nairobi and Kampala with corrupt money are now abandon renting houses and go to camp as safe heaven for them. You never test consequence of war n you no got it.

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  • 20 February 2014 07:21, by Mapuor

    Nuer militia are now eating dogs in only one part of Malakal,they do not have food.Dinkas and Chollo who are the inhabitants of Malakal and its environs are on continues offensives.No hospital for treating their wounded.Most are bleeding to death.To go back to Ulang,Nasir and Maiwut Nuers have to fight Dinkas of Baliet and Akoko counties.Nuer militia are now fleeing hahahahahhahahahah

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    • 20 February 2014 07:35, by Malakal county Simon

      These bribe general’s who fight for Kiir interest, will dies one by one.... Oliny is seriously injured, and may die soon from that juried.... For your information, there is no Dinka Baliet, the land is empty because they all run away like flying birds.... So your little threat is nothing.....

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      • 20 February 2014 07:40, by Mapuor

        My dear read the history of SPLA from 1983 to 2005.The war of liberation was exclusively fought by Dinkas.Your Nuers were Khartoum militias.SPLA fought militias in many areas and managed to subdue them.This war will never stop till Nyagaats are defeated.Dinkas are yet to see whether Juba is protecting their lives.Tong diit bi riem Akol kum nyin aci rot jook.Loko thin,eee lueth nyalic

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      • 20 February 2014 07:42, by michael coma

        Just be on alert my sources of information will provide you with news.

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    • 20 February 2014 07:41, by william mawien

      Waaaa nuers are lying. Iam in malakal currently.the spla forces here are too much. The forces are not in malakal town they are only

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  • 20 February 2014 07:51, by George Bol

    major general Johnson Oliny is a hero. He shows that he has committed to really Amnesty and a proud and true hero.
    Nuer days are numbered. They are lucky for them succeeded to have assassinated abraham Thiong who has defeated them in malakal battles. All Nuer counties will be in flame soon.
    SPLA must be caeful from Nuer pretenders in the army. Instead they should be arrested and be put in camps!

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    • 20 February 2014 16:30, by Bentiu son

      George Bol,shut up man,we had already sent to hell your bought traitors Gen Johnson Oliny who hided in Church after he was seriously injury at his neck, Hence, our freedom fighters found him hiding there and slaughtered him afterwards like goat in front of his tribal men.My friend waged war against mighty Nuer warriors is not like chewing gum or stealing public nation money as ur uncles do in RSS.

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  • 20 February 2014 07:57, by Mapuor

    No peace talks any more,Nuer militias must be fought for this war is a positive step in nation building.Its like American civil war that gave birth to the current USA.During the American civil war Southern states were defeated and subdued.Riek militias must be defeated,stripped of ranks and only then would modernization of institutions be possible.This war is necessary and justified

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    • 20 February 2014 08:59, by Konkooc

      Kiir Mayardit
      No more Konkooc of Dinka at this time
      Dinka need now to make an offensive in nuer villages all around South Sudan.
      no more peace even those nuer pretended to be with us while at the end they are fifth column

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      • 20 February 2014 10:43, by Malakal county Simon

        Whoever pretend and said Malakal is not under control of rebels, is simply a blind person. I advice those fools above who claimed to be Kiir supporters, to come to Malakal and liberate it if you’re all warriors.... I,m currently using this computer, from one of the state ministry in Malakal town.... All Government forces, are chase toward Akoka county!!!!

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    • 20 February 2014 09:06, by Diversity

      Any one who radically supports a dictator deserves no life like the dictator him/herself because they are not better than the innocent souls who are maiming and dying terribly every where in the country. Stand up for y6our future!!

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  • 20 February 2014 10:35, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear fellow Nuer Citizens
    I feel sad for the atrocities committed By RIAK Machar to your populations, I will mention few
    1- In 1991 thousands of your peoples died in vain within south and north Sudan
    2- In 1995 when he joined Khartoum Régime, with three quarters of Nuer youths in order to weakened SPLA , the same numbers from Nuer sons died in the bushes of SS for no reasons
    3- On 15

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  • 20 February 2014 10:37, by Alfredo christiani

    December 2013 in Juba when he attempted to overthrow president kiiR, more than thousands again died, what will you gain from him? if you need leadership come up with another educated Nuer,
    You will get a support from many tribes in SS but if you continue with him, you will perish all. Mark my words.

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    • 20 February 2014 11:07, by omoni jr.

      Alfredo christiano
      you are one of dumbass jenge, what are you writing here now? I myself dont support Reik machar nor kiir, am with the innocent civilians who got killed in juba by Dinka. who are you tried to fool here? everybody in the world knows about"cooked coup" which was faked in order to massacred Nuer tribed. Stop feeding people with lies here and there.

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  • 20 February 2014 12:51, by Alfredo christiani

    Omoni Jr you are brainless person who was brought up with meat of monkey in bushes of Congo, you opt either to be with food lovers or gallant forces of the SPLA/M, nobody can be a leader of dead bodies, as you put it, your peoples now took refuge to Uganda, Congo, Kenya, while I’m in front line with my computer fighting with fools like you hahahahahahah SPLA OYEEEEEEEEEE KIIR MAYRDIT OYEEEEEEEEEEE

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    • 20 February 2014 14:07, by omoni jr.

      Alfredo Christiani,
      You said that you are at the frontline now,funny indeed,I dont blame you at all for telling lies,because the truths are limited in Dinka kingdom. Starting from the head of Dinka salva museveni to the tails, all are liars,and am sure you are battling with the glasses of ALCOHOLS in United States Of America. Enjoy your alcohol peacefully boy. But do not support wrong leader

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