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South Sudan army accused of fresh attacks


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 25, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLA-IO) has accused government forces of launching fresh attacks on its positions in west bank despite the arrival in Juba of the opposition advance team.

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SPLA soldiers in Malakal, capital of the battleground oil-state of Upper Nile on 15 May 2014 (Photo AFP/Ivan Lieman)

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday, the official spokesperson of SPLA/IO Col. William Gatjiath Deng said their bases have been under attack by government forces during the past two days.

“On Thursday morning around 6:30 AM, South Sudan forces crossed the river from Malakal to West bank and attacked our defensive position in Makal chollo, the North of Malakal town”

After the attacks, Deng said their forces have made tactical withdrawal to avoid further confrontation with government forces.

He added the tactical withdrawal was also to honour the ongoing talks in Juba between the two conflicting parties to implement peace deal and find a lasting solution to the civil war that rages in the country for the last 2 years.

A first group of the SPLM-IO advance team comprising 150 members has arrived in the capital Juba earlier this week.

A second and last group of a total 459 members of the advance team is expected to land in Juba before 28 December.

As well as mobilizing implementation of the peace deal, the opposition’s advance team members, who will also be dispatched to the respective nine states will also be tasked in the process of reconciliation and healing among the people.

With regard to the latest attacks, the armed opposition military official accused the acting care taker governor of Upper Nile Lt Gen. Chol Thon, being behind the latest attacks.

Deng alleged that the caretaker governor of Upper Nile Lt Gen. Chol Thon he had been mobilizing the anti peace group and some commanders from SPLA/Juba faction since Monday to attack opposition position.

“He also raised the SPLM flag in Malakal town, symbolizing the returns of state capital from Renk to Malakal,” he added.

The rebel group urged Juba government to have unity of command of its forces and embark on the spirit of peace.

Deng said the new aggression by the regime in Juba is a violation of the peace agreement and could derail ongoing efforts to the implementation of the peace deal.

“Juba seems to be dragging its feet towards the implementation of this Compromised Peace Agreement (CPA)” he said adding “Juba must appreciate this new dawn of CPA and therefore it has to celebrate a language of peace, love and unity among South Sudanese”

Approached by Sudan Tribune, South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia called on IGAD and the wider international community to put maximum pressure against the two warring factions to honour the peace deal and stop fighting.

They said it is about time for the UN and the international community to take actions against any of the two sides violating the peace deal.

The two warring factions are expected to form a transitional government before January 2016 however Some South Sudanese here in Addis Ababa doubt that referring to the fresh clashes and the latest decrees issued by President Salva Kiir.

Violations of peace agreement including failure to hold fire and repeated presidential decrees they said could derail the process of peace implementation and further the formation of transitional government as planned.

They have also expressed fear that fresh fighting which came while the SPLM-IO advance team is in Juba might lead to a collapse the internationally brokered peace accord unless arrested sooner.

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, on Thursday issued presidential decree appointing governors for the 28 newly created states expanded from previous ten.

Kiir’s move to appoint governors comes only three days after the SPLM-IO advance team arrived in Juba raising a lot of questions and concerns among South Sudanese community.


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  • 25 December 2015 22:13, by Force 1

    I thought the rebels where only afraid of Ugandan troops;Ugandan troops are no longer available shouldn’t you be taking over the country? The Nuer were miss lead that they were bigger than South Sudan army and every one who trick them to believe that they were bigger all gone for hiding leaving Nuer for dead.

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  • 26 December 2015 01:53, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good morning yaa balaad Jinubiin.

    Government is not ready for peace because kiir is not only the President of Juba rejime there is many presidents, Paul can order army to do what they like to do,
    Jieng council of looters can order politicians to do what they like to do,
    Does why Salva Killer confused among the gangs he don’t know what to do.

    Son of Prophet
    Currently within death city Juba.

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  • 26 December 2015 02:08, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    In Juba Kiir and his JCE believe they own the land of South Sudan and its people. The language the know is force. South Sudanese need to organise and force the centre to civilise and understand South Sudan belongs to the people whose aspirations is freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

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  • 26 December 2015 06:45, by Konan

    My advise to our Nuer brothers, stick to your guns and never trust Dinka Kingdom, otherwise they will crush you like cockroach.

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    • 26 December 2015 07:39, by jubaone


      Removing the Kiir-minal is a collective responsiblity and not of the Nuers alone. You come and join us in the opposition afterall there are now several fronts in Equatoria. We are already closing all roads in-and-out- of Juba and any jaang or nyor soldier is a legitimate target. The Nuers, Collo are already on it. Dont wait.

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      • 26 December 2015 09:06, by Kenyang

        Terrorising your own innocent citizens is not same as militarily closed roads. Where’re these roads? On other hand, Dinka and allies would have ability to avenge on anyone across South Sudan. When time comes, those of you calling for tribal wars must not cry or run.

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    • 26 December 2015 11:49, by South South


      Please stay away from South Sudan’s issues. You have more than 10 things going wrong in your poor country called Sudan. Why don’t you focus on your problem and leave South Sudan alone? Omar Bashir will decide soon, we will see 20 countries called Sudan soon, remember that fake Arab.

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      • 27 December 2015 07:02, by Konan

        Cool down man this is not good for your health. Of course it is my business, because my great-grandmother is a Nuer. Is that clear stubborn bigot? Lol

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        • 27 December 2015 15:18, by South South

          You see how fake Arabs act when they are cornered. They come up with these bogus claims ( my mother is Nuer, my mother is Dinka, my mother is from South Sudan), no, no we do not want any fake Arab in South Sudan, period. This is how fake Arabs entered Africa by claiming fake things like my is from this country in Africa. Get the hell out from our land.

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