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Arrow Boys defect to SPLA-IO in Western Equatoria state


February 7, 2016 (JUBA) – A faction of Arrow Boys said they have defected from the alliance with the government and joined the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former Vice-President, Riek Machar.

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Arrow Boys seen here in May 2010, patrol a village in south Sudan in an attempt to defend themselves from attacks LRA rebels (AFP)

The group, said to be 8,000 in number, last year in September was reported by President Salva Kiir’s government to have struck a deal with them to join forces allied to Juba, although details of the said peace deal never surfaced and clashes ensued between them and government forces in the area this year.

Commander of the SPLA-IO forces in Western Equatoria state, Major General Henry Malesh Louis claimed that the SSNA faction has declared allegiance to the SPLA-IO leadership.

“SPLA-IO forces operating in Western Equatoria state under [the command] of Major General Henry Malesh Louis are announcing the South Sudan National Army that joined SPLA-IO on date 5th /2/2016 in the area of Rangu payam early last night [Friday],” said General Louis in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

“We [the] SPLA-IO in Western Equotoria state welcome this army under the [command] of Brigadier General Abel Mathwo Banga. We received 8,000 (eight thousand) troops under command of Brigadier General Abel Mathwo Banga and one hundred [and] fifty officers who withdrew from South Sudan National Army and joined the SPLA-IO in Western Equatoria state, Yambio,” he added.

He said they decided to defect from the government due to clarity on the peace deal they signed and government’s reluctance to implement it by integrating their forces.

The SPLA-IO force commander in the area also accused government forces of carrying out atrocities against the civil populations in Western Equatoria state by targeting villages, killing people, burning their houses and displacing them.

He said a humanitarian catastrophe has been inflicted on the populations due to the gross human rights violations by government forces.


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  • 8 February 2016 06:26, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Traitors, let them go with Machar. Also Arrow boys are not good fighters. I defect them with my 2500 strong soldiers. Arrow boys are terrorists group and we will take care of them very soon.

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    • 8 February 2016 08:12, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Defection of the arrows boys to SPLM IO, many states will start to join SPLM IO and the main SPLM will tremain for a tribe that is Dinka.
      what will be the result?

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  • 8 February 2016 07:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Already, they are rebels under Riek Machar mutiny.

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  • 8 February 2016 07:21, by Kalo

    Arrow boys,may be too late for you,SPLM-IO already signed peace with government,or SPLM-IO in Western Equatoria are different function not under command of Riek,i knew western Equatoria well,it costs many lives when we liberated in 1990s from NIF regime,Arrow boys just wanted to spoiled their land and killed their own civilians no thing to be liberated again.

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    • 8 February 2016 08:57, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


      Close your mandibles. You know nothing about western equatorial. Leave the freedom fighters do the needful.

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      • 8 February 2016 09:29, by Kalo

        Jur-likang/ Nyagat,
        ’I know nothing about Western Equatoria’’hahaha,i ask you questions,when did the towns of Western Euatoria like Yambio,Maridi,Munduri,Anzara,Tumbura,Izo,etc liberated? by which Brigades of SPLA? such people like you were either in Khartoum or outside Sudan,you can,t tell me about S.Sudan history of liberation,l left S.Sudan after CPA this was the time when you came to S.Sudan.

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      • 8 February 2016 09:42, by Kalo

        Cont,Jur-Likang,so.called arrow boys were boda boda in Congo,CAR,Uganda when those areas liberated by SPLA commando of Intisar from 1990s,most of them were Nuba and Dinka,what kind of freedom they are looking for now? let me tell you,until Jesus come if S.Sudanese want to follow the ways of you as Nyagat ,S.Sudan will no longer exist as the nation stupid!!!ready to respond you.

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        • 8 February 2016 10:54, by Malakal county Simon


          Mr foreigner, can you leave South Sudan internal issues to its owners????
          You should focus on Sudan issues and how you should strategies to win the war over SAF... Why abandoning your struggles against SAF, and focus on little issues on South Sudan???? Is that how you going to win the war in Sudan?? Anyway, a just little piece of advice on how you shouldn’t concerns of non important issues..

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          • 8 February 2016 14:36, by Hardlinner

            Malakal, Kalo is more patriots than the followers of riek. to be sincere, nuba people should have dual citizenship and members of parliament in south Sudan. they fought more than any other tribe in south sudan but dinka. their kids deserve free education in south sudan.

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          • 8 February 2016 15:21, by Kalo

            Ngata/malakal county Simon,i will never be S.Sudanese we cannot stay with such people like you behave like animals we only to advise you, we are not in your problems ,we have our own problems,we will liberate Sudan like we did in S.Sudan and turn to see perpetrators like you at the borders,when we liberated your land you were against that as betray.

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          • 8 February 2016 15:26, by Kalo

            Malakal county Simon,to be honest just tell me what you did in South Sudan during struggling apart rebellions,going and coming back with fake ranks,teaching South Sudanese community how to killed each other,it was started by Riek from Nasir-Bor massacred in 1991.

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