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South Sudan admits to emergence of new rebel movement

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January 29, 2015 (JUBA/MARIDI) – The South Sudanese government on Thursday acknowledged the formation in its Western Equatoria state of a new rebel movement, separate from the armed opposition faction led by the country’s former vice-president, Riek Machar.

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Rebel fighters aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar gather in a village in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 8 February 2014 (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

“We received reports that such a thing has occurred. Some soldiers have decided to go with Major Lasuba Lodoru Wongo. He was the director for research at the ministry of defence,” a cabinet minister hailing from Western Equatoria state, told Sudan Tribune by phone.

“Until now, we don’t know the exact number of soldiers who have gone with him but what I hear is that about 100 to 200 soldiers are not with their units in Maridi town,” added the minister.

A group, calling itself Revolutionary Movement for National Salvation (REMNASA), claimed it launched a “successful” attack on security forces in Maridi on Tuesday, “killing six soldiers and wounding many others”. The attackers reportedly captured arms and ammunition.

“This attack marks the official launch of second liberation struggle under REMNASA with the aim to dislodge the murderous regime of Dictator Salvatore Kiir in Juba. It should be recalled that this group rebelled from the South Sudan Army on 9/1/2015 and on 19/1/2015 attacked the SPLA [Sudan People’s Liberation Army] production unit at Mankakara 2 which is located 8 KM from Maridi two nom Maridi-Rumbek roads,” partly reads the rebel group’s statement.

Some SPLA officers, the statement says, are behind the formation of the new revel movement, which could further distabilise the country.

The group cited “bad governance” and “failed leadership” as key factors that triggered the formation of the new rebel movement, accusing the ruling party (SPLM) leaders of failure to address the crisis seen thousands of people killed and nearly two million displaced.

“And for that matter the two protagonists can in no way possible be able to reconcile the people and restore genuine peace even if they are to reach peace agreement now,” the new group claimed.

The new rebel movement, however, distanced itself from the armed opposition led by Riek Machar, which has operated for over a year.

Several have people expressed mixed reactions over the new rebel group’s formation.

Andrew Kuol, the deputy inspector general of police told Sudan Tribune that the situation in Maridi town and its surrounding areas was under the control of government forces.

He also denied reports that some police personnel had joined the rebels.

“There is no such a thing. None of our personnel has defected to that group. I think it is propaganda by enemies of peace and those who would like to cause havoc and instill fear, suspicion and mistrust among our people and in the police. The general security situation in Maridi town, as of now, today, and elsewhere in the state of Western Equatoria is calm and under maximum control of our gallant SPLA forces and other security organs,” Kuol told Sudan Tribune.

According to Kuol, it was business as usual as people went about with normal activities in markets and other areas within Maridi town.

“There is no threat of the so called rebellion. There is nothing unusual. Get it from me,” he said.

The police official, however, said Tuesday’s incident in which two people were killed and another wounded in Maridi was isolated and that security forces are hunting for culprits.

“What may have been twisted in these reports may be the incident which took place in Maridi town on Tuesday evening, where we received a report of the death of two civilians and another was injured. But this is an isolate incident. It is a criminal act and all security organs in the area are hunting the perpetuators,” he said.

Western Equatoria state minister of information and communication, Charles Barnaba Kisanga equally denied reports on formation of a new rebellion in Maridi.

“There is no rebellion. All media reports which I read are unfounded, because a genuine rebellion cannot go on rampage by killing innocent civilians indiscriminately. What happened on Tuesday was an isolated incident,” Kisanga told Sudan Tribune.

He said some people went on rampage killing innocent civilians in Maridi, resulting to the death of two people and wounding another.

“The perpetuators then fled and our security forces, the SPLA, police, wild life and all the security organs are hunting them. The situation is under control now,” said Kisanga, stressing that all business activities and markets were normally operating.

Army spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer said he was unaware of the Maridi incident.

(ST)

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  • 29 January 2015 21:01, by Kim Deng

    Nyam-Nyam or any other ethnic group in this Jungle has right to form its own movement against Dinka Kingdom. Thereafter, the Dinka Kingdom is dismantled, all the ethnic groups will come together and form a gorvenment for all.

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  • 29 January 2015 21:35, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Good for Dinka Kingdom. More leaders go against SPLA/M, the more power you give to Dinka leaders to fill your position. I think it will be better to stay and solve a problem. 200 to 500 Dinka soldiers will be recruited by Kiir tomorrow.

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    • 30 January 2015 01:45, by Nyesi Ta

      It is not about positions but the dignity of the people that had long been abused by this tribalist president of the government of south sudan. Besides it is not about positions, after all, Kiir al Awiir has already filled almost 99% of the positions with his kinsmen, relative and his tribesmen.

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      • 30 January 2015 03:13, by Chol A.

        Nyesi Ta agreedy always face consequences. Nuersim are too agreedy by aiming to grab power without thinking consequences after failing. If you call current SPLM leadership tribalist, can you look back to your miliatias army and compared it with Kiir. If you cannot see different than you are with low IQ and I can’t belambe you since you frustrated and truamaters of stick you insert into your ass.

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        • 30 January 2015 06:15, by Malakal county Simon

          Blame it on Kiir autocratic leadership style!! More rebellions are rising soon all over Equatorians Region.

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          • 30 January 2015 07:27, by Big Boy

            Dear Malakal
            The Equatorian they are like winds where they belown direction today and tomorrow with another direction to flown! i means they don’t know what they are up sometimes with Dinka’s and sometime with Nuer so which in which? let them make movement against us! really they will taste the realy bullet life they will never never forget in their life?

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          • 30 January 2015 07:36, by Kerem

            The fact is that South Sudanese are not grateful people and do not have love for their gift of diversity; instead they have turned it to be a curse. How comes each tribe would want their son to be the head of state at the same time? Live continues and all these leaders will one day die and chance comes. What should have been done by other tribes would have been paving the way for next election

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