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South Sudan to “disarm” rebels after recapturing Malakal


May 25, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has vowed to disarm all government-turned rebel fighters after they regained full control of Malakal, the Upper Nile state capital on Monday.

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Defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk (ST)

The country’s defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk told reporters in Juba that the army was moving to clear the young nation of rebels.

“We [SPLA] captured Malakal this morning,” the minister told reporters shortly after he was summoned by the council of states.

“We have to disarm those who took up guns because if they opted to take up guns, then we must meet them with guns,” he added.

Malakal fell under forces loyal to Johnson Olony, a militia commander affiliated to the Juba government last week. Olony’s forces later advanced towards the country’s main oilfields of Paloch, capturing Melut, a town located about 30 km from the oil territory.

The army has now regained full control Melut after flashing out rebels.

The defence minister, however, described the continued fighting in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states as the “work of negative forces.”

“We will move on them wherever they go and clear the country from the armed groups. We will do so everywhere,” stressed Juuk.

“We will move everywhere and disarm everybody who is carrying guns. Whether it is organized or unorganized [forces], anybody carrying guns unlawfully, we will take these guns,” he added.

The African Union condemned renewed clashes between the warring factions, calling for sanctions on those obstructing peace talks and an arms embargo on South Sudan.


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  • 26 May 2015 06:48, by allan

    I’m 100 percent government supporter yes we will disarm em we said to greedy nuer before war is the option don’t start shit that u will never finished yes if you don’t like kiir okay let’s vote him out simple and easy but u guys are killing innocent primitive nuer for no reason but yeah allan in unity state

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    • 26 May 2015 07:44, by Mi diit

      Where have you been Kuol Manyang when your soldiers were chased from Malakal last week? Do you think disarming rebels is like eating kisira? No, you are wrong. Soon Malakal will be recaptured from you. Paloch will soon be closed down. Malong’s 30 days of promise to Nyankiir to end rebellion when he was appointed has turned into more than one year now and counting. Accept peace as a solution, dude.

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    • 26 May 2015 07:47, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      African Union, should not asumped its leadership on south Sudan, while it is weak organization in Africa.

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    • 26 May 2015 10:07, by Ambago

      I don’t understand why it is now bitter for the government to taste its own guns that it voluntarily gave out to the citizens.

      Tribes have been armed by Juba to kill each other and now the magic has turned against the magician. The truth is even as government forces entered Malakal they were accompanied by couple of Dinka militias. These ones who is going to disarm them?

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      • 26 May 2015 15:43, by Ahmed Chol

        Kuol Manyang
        Disarmament? How are you going to do it in this large area if you couldn’t do it Jonglei when you were governor. What you are saying is what Khartoum use to say during the liberation war. Impossible task, think about ways of finding peace.

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  • 26 May 2015 06:59, by Kim Deng

    How long will it take Dinka Kingdom to disarm the Mighty Nuer Warriors (MNW)?

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    • 26 May 2015 07:13, by Force 1

      Kim the Rebel;
      You don’t have any clue! The disarmament had just happened in Malut and Malakal and now you have to be on the run until you give up to be disarmed or ends up dead. Those are the two options either or be dead! The question is which option is suitable to you?

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    • 26 May 2015 07:26, by Force 1

      The disarmament already started in Malut and Malakal; you either give up and come crawling to the government or ends up dead. Those are the two options pick one!

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      • 26 May 2015 07:48, by Mi diit

        Nobody was disarmed in Melut, don’t lie. The freedom fighters captured it and took all you weapons from it that Tuesday and Wednesday. That is the real disarmament. Also your gunship was shot down and pilot killed. That is the real disarmament.

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        • 26 May 2015 08:21, by Panda Odhie

          you rebels are dying and confused what to do ,you were better not to attack gov’t position, or join your operation with Oliny, it is really disaster ,cause by your wrong assumption. no way to you

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        • 26 May 2015 08:48, by Force 1

          Didn’t you left all the weapons that the government gave you behind after SPLA forces captured those towns. Olony never capture any weapons; Olony was with government and turned rebel within Malakal. He didn’t fight to capture Malakal from the government therefore get your facts right.

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    • 26 May 2015 21:13, by jacob mayen ajuoi

      Dear Kim,

      Your advice Dinka is coupable to deal with anyone including Equatorian.

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