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S. Sudan army expresses concern over defections in W. Equatoria

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January 30, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) on Friday regretted defection of several officers in its western Equatoria state, warning the new development could undermine economic activities.

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South Sudan’s defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, on 4 September 2010 (ST)

“It is unfortunate that one of the well-mannered and highly disciplined officers at the ministry of defense could not stand the test of pressure, which is regretful”, said defense minister, Kuol Manyang.

Manyang said he transferred Major Losuba Lodoru, an SPLA officer who recently defected and formed a new rebel movement, from the directorate of policy, planning and research to become director for administration in his office.

“I have always admired him for not just being one of the well-mannered officers but one of the officers we have trained to the international standard because through junior officers like him, the ministry of defense was hoping to use their skills and knowledge in the transformation of the SPLA forces in a professional army,” said Manyang.

“He was one of those officers we sent out on the government scholarship,” he added.

The minister said records at the defense ministry shows the defected officer holds a Master of Arts Degree from University of Liverpool and his rebellion could undermine economic activities with neigbouring countries of Uganda and the Democratic of Congo (DRC) if he takes advantage of his knowledge of the triangle region straddling Uganda to the south of Juba and the DRC to the south west.

A senior military officer said Losuba was “unhappy with the system especially the way things to do with defence were being handled by the command and government".

“He was one of the young officers I used to go out with over weekend so that I understand and help them stand the pressure because in the army, you must be a strong hearted person to withstand the difficulties, otherwise you will quit before reaching our rank as a Major General or general. It requires patience and discipline because there are no two languages in the military. There is only one language of command and execution,” said the officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“It is all about respecting orders and instructions. Respecting orders and instructions is one of the core military doctrines and forms the basis of professional army all over the world,” he added.

Losuba who hails from Morobo county in South Sudan’s Central state was reportedly very instrumental in assisting the government’s as it successfully defused a Congolese rebellion of ethnic Kakwa in 2012.

The South Sudanese government on Thursday acknowledged the formation in its Western Equatoria state of a new rebel movement, separate from the current armed opposition faction led by the country’s former vice-president, Riek Machar.

“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 from Western Equatoria state told Sudan Tribune.

“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 county on Tuesday, “killing six soldiers and wounding many others”. They also took arms and ammunition.

(ST)

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  • 31 January 2015 04:48, by Kim Deng

    The people of Equartoria (Nya-Nyam) are welcome to form their own movement against Dinka Kingdom. It’s up to them to take their region wherever they want.

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    • 31 January 2015 18:17, by Force 1

      Who worries when a women ran away from here home? The man let her go and if she can’t find a home to stays; she comes back to her husband and so do the dog that does the same thing! How many times do women ran away from SPLM/A and come back?

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  • 31 January 2015 06:10, by Knight In Shining Armor

    those of Dr. Macher should just ignore the IGAD threats and go back to Great Upper Nile and let us see how galweng and UPDF are going to protect Kiir in Juba. No escape route for UPGF. Let test if nyamnyams are not man enough to liberate themselves from primitive saveges in Juba. Soor there will be no more bananas in Juba.

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    • 31 January 2015 09:22, by Peacocktail

      ’’if you wanted your people to see hundred years backward, engineer rebellion in your home town and the village’’ believe me, Lasuba should visited Jongeli and Bentiu before washing his thick brain on unnecessary rebellion. He will die in the jungle like late Athor Deng without achieving even an inch. secondly Western Equatoria is well develop compare to other state and to ruin it.

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    • 31 January 2015 18:26, by Force 1

      Knight In Shining Armor
      You had more than a year to do what you describe but it didn’t happen. You can’t even capture Bentiu and Nasir in your backyard let alone coming to Juba

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  • 31 January 2015 10:35, by Redeemer

    We don’t want war to be found among our children here in Equatoria, we have to stand our ground for a peaceful change

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  • 31 January 2015 10:43, by Marco Bul

    This Losuba is mentally blind.Look at this:
    1.George Athor rebelled and his county was destroyed totally.
    2.Yau Yau rebelled and Murle was devastated
    3.Riek rebelled and Greater Upper Nile Region become battlefields.

    Wait a minute.Western Equatorua will be levelled

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  • 31 January 2015 15:07, by Bentiu Sudan

    Kuol Manyang,

    You can please Lasuba Lodoru Wongo by promoting him, but the abusive behavior by government of Kiir to the people of Equatoria can anger Lasuba Lodoru too. Your government pay well Equatorian in the government to keep them silent while the Equatorian outside the government suffered from the government abuses.

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  • 31 January 2015 18:21, by acuil deng

    Equatorians can not and will not survive without Dinka on their side because South Sudan is build on Dinka blood...it’s will always be a Dinka land...tribalism is the name of the game bitch...get it right Equas.

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    • 31 January 2015 21:07, by papamoon

      To acuil or whoever you are, put this in your thick head; south sudan will never, never, never in million times will be a dinka land while there are real men in south sudan even your maid mother would correct you on that believe me; only thing we need is a fair country with equal freedom no one is special otherwise you will be in hell very soon.

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    • 31 January 2015 21:15, by Jojo

      Hi Acuil, you are the most stupid animal like your cows if you compare Equatorians the eloquent and civilize people with Dinka. Why do you stick in the Milky and Honey place of Equatorians?

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