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South Sudanese government accused of militarising Juba again


April 10, 2016 (JUBA) – In a serious violation of the agreement between rival parties to demilitarize the national capital, Juba, pending arrival of First Vice President designate, Riek Machar, and formation of transitional government of national unity with President Salva Kiir, the government has been accused of sneaking into Juba on Saturday evening thousands of armed youth from the ruling ethnic Dinka of Bahr el Ghazal region.

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South Sudanese soldiers sit on a truck at the airport in Juba on 12 June 2014 (Photo: AFP/Samir Bol)

Chairperson of the national committee for information and public relations in the armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), Mabior Garang de Mabior, said reliable information indicated that the Chief of General Staff of the South Sudan’s army, General Paul Malong Awan, brought to Juba last evening troops from his home region in violation of the deal.

‘The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA in opposition condemns in the strongest terms, the subversive activities of the Chief of General Staff (CoGS) of the Government of South Sudan Forces - Gen. Paul Malong Awan. It has come to the attention of leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (in opposition); that the CoGS, has again mobilized a force outside of the regular army. It has also come to the attention of the SPLM/SPLA leadership, that eight lorries of troops have arrived this evening in Juba, in violation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS),” Mabior said in a press statement extended to Sudan Tribune..

“In addition, the CoGS has commandeered several helicopter gunships and has been attacking cantonment areas of the SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) in Western Bhar el Gazal,” he added.

Other sources within the government’s military establishment also confirmed to Sudan Tribune that a militia force loyal to Paul Malong has been transported to the capital, but added that the intention of the army chief was not known.

This new development raises serious concerns about the fate of the peace agreement and fear of military confrontations between rival forces, particularly that the army chief utters comments against the peace agreement and top leadership of the SPLM-IO who is scheduled to return to Juba on 18 April.

General Awan has also ordered his troops in Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria regions to attack the SPLA-IO opposition forces in the areas, denying them the option to assemble in cantonment areas per the agreement.

The situation escalated after the arrival of over 1,000 SPLA-IO troops in the capital, Juba, with observers interpreting it to have caused panic among some government’s senior political and military leaders, including Awan.

General Awan reportedly played a great role in mobilizing ethnic Dinka armed youth in 2013 in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state when he was governor and helped trained and transported them to Juba, where they participated in the massacre of ethnic Nuer civilians from 15 December 2013.

Military sources also said government forces for the past few days have been taking up positions around Juba, blocking all routes, nearer to the capital than the agreed 25km away.

Mabior said should anything happen in Juba or anywhere, the opposition forces have the right to fight back in self-defense.

“The SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) finds this situation unacceptable and reserves the natural right of self-defense,” he warned.

“The Movement once more, takes this opportunity to call on President Salva Kiir Mayardit to rein in on all the hard-liners in and out of the government and give peace a chance. The ARCISS is currently the popular will of the people of South Sudan, and a few negative elements cannot be allowed to derail the peace process,” he said.

Mabior also decried the comment of General Awan against the First Vice President designate, that he would never become president unless on his dead body.

“The SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) also condemns the statements of the CoGS, condemning the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS); and, his vow never to accept the First Vice President Designate, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhourgon – acting as President in the absence of the President – Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. These statements and aggressive posturing by the CoGS are becoming a threat to the implementation of the ARCISS and are a threat to national security in the Republic of South Sudan,” Mabior pointed out.

He also informed the people of South Sudan, the region and the world of the opposition faction’s fear in light of the imminent return of their top leader, Machar, to Juba on 18 April.

The government also passed a resolution after a cabinet meeting chaired by President Kiir, rejecting a proposed meeting between President Kiir and opposition leader, Machar, upon his arrival in Juba on 18 April.

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), a body which oversees the implementation of the peace agreement, said it would facilitate a first face-to-face meeting between the two rival leaders before they could form a unity government.

Machar on his part said he was looking forward to meeting President Kiir. The two have not met in eight months since the signing of the peace agreement separately in Addis Ababa and in Juba in August last year.

The refusal by the government to meet Machar raises another concern of lack of commitment to reconcile.


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  • 10 April 2016 23:59, by Akol Liai Mager

    Mabior, please stop searching for excuses and tell your boss to turn up in Juba. People of South Sudan need peace and re-amendment of social fabric not provocation for political gains.

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    • 11 April 2016 04:36, by Akook

      CoGS is an illiterate man he does not understand his powers uttering destructive words in the face of implementation of ARCISS.
      Mabior, hold Malong Awan to his words. You are a son of our prideful John Garang. A matter of just little time for you soon to stop talking with nonsensical careless illiterate fools like Malong Awan Anei. He was a servant in his father’s kitchen not long ago

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      • 11 April 2016 08:57, by Awei-ngok

        Akook or Akok, stop fanning rebels. Are you sure Mabior is a prideful son of John Garang by heart? He is not. He was born a rebel and will die as such. Ask his brother Chol if he will recognise Mabior being his brother. Mabior Nyandeng is adopted and fostered by Riek Machar, his new father in his true entirety is Riek Machar Teny. He is called Mabior Riek Machar. Stop defaming our late Leader.

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        • 11 April 2016 15:13, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

          Mabior is already displacing the facts that his rebel leader won’t come. He’s just dodging the reality behind the reasons of Riak Machar’s arrival failures. How comes rebels are flown in % the other rebel expects total demilitarization of the govt’s seat town. Mabior must be conscious of realities.

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  • 11 April 2016 01:19, by Uncle J

    Why can’t mr. alien Mabior Garang first come to Juba and then report to the media what is on the ground? stop spreading rumours/allegations like asherati

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    • 11 April 2016 08:05, by Malakal county Simon

      It was not demilitarised in first place!!!! But straight bullet in the head of this illiterate guy called Awan (meaning Fox in English) can lead to speedy and smooth implementations of peace!!!!!!!

      Sick of him of for constantly disrespecting the president of the country in front of the world...... Shame-on him and his followers......

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      • 11 April 2016 08:35, by jubaone

        The South must first totally be destroyed to be reconstructed. Only when all communities arm themselves, fight to the last man, can there be peace. To hell with peace let each one arm him/herself. The winner takes it all period. Either it is the jieng or the rest. The choice is yours. I have mine.

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        • 11 April 2016 09:40, by Force 1

          Do you know that you wouldn’t be the last man standing when everyone one is armed?

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          • 11 April 2016 10:31, by jubaone

            Force 1,

            Then I would have fallen in honor. But one thing you must be sure, that you dont cross into my path, because I would kill you and urinate in your mouth. That´s how we get rid of our enemies. Good luck for you.

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            • 11 April 2016 14:45, by Khent


              Wow, what a warrior. LOL! When do you plan on joining an armed group? Because you Equatorians give lip-service to these sentiments but you leave our cousins (the Nuer) alone in the trenches. Riek’s rebellion is probably 95% Nuer - with the other 5% being from the noble and great Shilluk kingdom.

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              • 11 April 2016 16:10, by jubaone


                You´ve spent so much time in the diaspora and on social welfare and have lost all realities pertaining to the liberation struggle. You like it or not Equatoria is the way. Equatoria did not brag itself during the Anyanya 1 when most jienges worked for the jellaba and stayed in their luaks. So who were the warrios then? KMA! Think of developing your luaks and liberating your mind, ya jienge

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                • 11 April 2016 17:06, by Khent


                  LOL! Is that the best you can do? You actually need wit to properly insult someone. The Dinka were fighting the Arabs centuries before Anya-Nya was formed. We’ve been having wars with the Arabs since the 13th century, long before you people even became aware of their existence.

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                  • 11 April 2016 17:20, by jubaone


                    Oh what brave jieng warriors! Is it not that most jieng areas have now been taken over by the jellaba? Khartoum, Abyei, Panthou Ah? What happened? Now like frightened chicken they have all dashed to Equatoria, far away from their jellaba masters. Sadly, the jieng are a precursor for the jellaba re-arabization of the South, thanks to jienge complacency. Now thats double-trouble:master-slave

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                    • 11 April 2016 17:34, by Khent


                      Are you really going to assert that "most" Dinka areas are under occupation? LOL! Abyei and the unity triangle don’t even constitute 10% of our territory. You’re an idiot. The Arabs have NEVER been masters of the Dinka, in fact we took Renk, Melut and Baliet from the Arab subjects of the Funj and have been their biggest enemy in Sudan for centuries.

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                      • 11 April 2016 20:20, by Khent

                        ..The fact that Salva Kiir has failed to develop our military and ensure the territorial integrity of South Sudan is why I have consistently characterized Salva Kiir as a fool that deserves to die for failing to live up to his duties.

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              • 11 April 2016 16:17, by jubaone


                Now I see your cowardice, bootlicking the Nuer and calling them "our cousins". Purely jellaba-like. You embrace the Nuer at the same loath them, very unprincipled like a dog that licks up its own vomit, how disgusting! You talk of the great Shilluk kingdom yet you cynically appreciate jienge take-over of Malakal, how disgusting. Stand your ground, hate the Equatorians, Nuer and Shilluk.

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                • 11 April 2016 16:29, by Khent


                  You really are an idiot. You can feud bitterly with your cousin, but it doesn’t change the fact that you are still cousins. I didn’t "embrace" anyone - I merely stated a fact... the Nuer are in actuality just a derivative of the Dinka. They were Dinka at one point but declared their tribal independence and became the Nuer.

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                  • 11 April 2016 16:29, by Khent

                    The Nuer originated as an offshoot of the Dinkas and eventually became distinctive enough to be identified as a separate tribe. (Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, Elliott Sober)

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                  • 11 April 2016 17:10, by jubaone


                    Well, if you bitterly fued to the point to you massacre, rape with impunity, burn, bestially dissect wombs of pregnant women and still call yourselves cousins, then it is a Jienge-Nuer game I still have to understand. Well, you go ahead and what is left of you, we the Equatorians will get rid of.

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                    • 11 April 2016 18:04, by Khent


                      Ah, I see, you’ll finish us off once we’ve depleted ourselves fighting each other. LOL! It won’t happen, so come up with some other diabolical plan. I agree with you on one point: The Dinka and the Nuer are crazy and need someone to keep them in line with a great deal of force.

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  • 11 April 2016 08:32, by Awei-ngok

    Mabior,do not remain seated in Pagak and start warmongering rumours just to justify the continuous failures of Riek’s arrival to Juba every since the peace was signed last year. Taban was one of the architect of the current conflict but came to Juba and stayed unhurt in presence of Paul Malong Awan to date.Go away your monkey head and bul shit mouth.You are a no son of Garang Mabior.Damn rebels!!

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    • 11 April 2016 08:42, by Awei-ngok

      ...continued! In fact the chances of Riek becoming second Jonas Savimbi in South Sudan are high and imminent if he does not correct himself and his cohorts like you who believe in survival for the fittest strategy...that when you kill you acquire huge wealth at the expense of other peoples’ lives. This must stop and will only happen when Riek is exterminated in South Sudan.

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      • 11 April 2016 19:52, by choldit

        "... When Riek is exterminated..." are u really in ur reasonable state of mind comrade. Mabior Garang didn’t give the right info to the media regarding the figure. Malong came to juba with 13 trucks and 3 pick up trucks full of arms on Friday evening. They camped in Jamus military base in juba. This is a threat to both Kiir and Dr. Riek machar and south Sudanese in general.

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  • 11 April 2016 09:08, by Uncle J

    Riek will die in easy way just like Garang, nobody live forever that is the beauty of life.

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