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South Sudan’s top leaders call for calm after deadly clashes in Juba


July 7, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, and First Vice President, Riek Machar, have called on their military commanders in the national capital, Juba, to desist from escalating fighting in the capital.

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First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) and President Salva Kiir (R) listen to the national anthem following a ceremony during which Machar was sworn in on April 26, 2016. (Phot AFP/Samir Bol)

Media official of the opposition faction said the two leaders spoke on the phone shortly after the Thursday clashes and vowed to restrain their respective forces.

“The two Commanders-in-Chief, President Salva Kiir of SPLA and First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar of SPLA (IO) have agreed to order their army Generals not to escalate the situation,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, revealed to Sudan Tribune on Thursday evening.

“The two leaders spoke on the phone at around 8:50 pm shortly after the clashes,” he added.

He said calm had returned to the city and there were no more clashes during the night.


The two rival forces accused each other over who was responsible for the fighting which left at least four soldiers dead and three others wounded.

While the spokesperson of the SPLA forces loyal to President Kiir blamed the SPLA-IO for the confrontation, the SPLA-IO narrated how the clashes started, squarely blaming it on the SPLA.

“SPLA IO Responsible for Juba Clashes,” said Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, in a short message he posted on his Facebook page on Thursday evening after the clashes.

Koang did not elaborate on how the fighting started.

However, the SPLA-IO on the other side in an explanation claimed the SPLA started the fighting by attacking their soldiers travelling in a vehicle.

James Gatdet Dak said their soldiers who took food to their colleagues who have been guarding the office of the First Vice President at night in the town were attacked at 8:00 pm by SPLA forces on Gudele road while travelling in a vehicle on their way back to Jebel Kujur base.

He said the clashes started when their service vehicle was stopped by SPLA forces near Lou Clinic junction, adding that when the SPLA-IO soldiers asked the SPLA troops deployed on the road to release the vehicle, the SPLA officer in charge instead ordered his troops to arrest all the SPLA-IO soldiers.

“As the SPLA (IO) soldiers tried to withdraw to their vehicle in resisting the arrest, then the SPLA forces fired on them. This is how the clashes started,” Dak further said.

At least four of the SPLA soldiers were killed, one wounded. Two SPLA-IO soldiers were wounded.


In another incident on Thursday night at around 9:00 pm, a U.S. embassy bullet proof car with 7 diplomats travelling inside was attacked, sprayed with 50 rounds of bullets by suspected SPLA soldiers.

Officials said the incident occurred in the SPLA controlled residential area near the U.S. embassy in the town center, near the government headquarters.

The diplomats all survived as the car is armoured. No statement yet released by the U.S. embassy in Juba about the incident.


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  • 8 July 2016 08:27, by Akuma

    Riek Machar must be answerable in all the insecurity happening in Juba because his forces are caring guns illegally instead of keeping them in stores. They are just inconveniencing general public with their guns

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    • 8 July 2016 08:47, by Joseph Canada

      Answerable to what? To the SPLA Led Dinka war dogs?
      You must be kidding. Let the SPLA-io kill an intellagian Officer from the SPLA IG and we see the riaction from the DJEC?

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    • 8 July 2016 09:03, by jubaone


      That is just one of the most stupid and without-thought allegations. Juba is awash with all JEM-Darfuri terrorists, islamic jihadists from Khartoum, Ugandan criminals and prostitutes, jienge scoundrels and burglars who roam Juba without any control. Juba is another Babylon. This is when a country is run by monkeys and devils.

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      • 8 July 2016 15:17, by barbayo

        those want to fuel this you will get it, but Nuers are victims they can fight war when positions where keep out, now look how many Nuer in the this government in side rebels very few Nuer ,if so Nuer been used for get positions only ,there some elements want Nuer fight for them to get positions

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      • 8 July 2016 15:20, by barbayo

        jubaone or Jubatwo
        why are you not Juba now unknown gunman will visit you

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        • 8 July 2016 22:19, by jubaone


          Why an unknown gunman? Come face-to-face with me and dont come like a thief only coward jienges do that. Jienges like to kill in cold blood like the did to the innocent Nuers. But fear to face the Nuer headon.

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    • 8 July 2016 10:41, by Pojulu Prince

      Akuma, you need to understand what you write and analyse you comment bofore writing. blaming one side is not an inteligent thing for a humanbeing who claim to be civilized or living in a modern world. First of all thing through the situation and get more information from a reliable sources and then comment. The Situation was caused by Government as they do have intention.

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  • 8 July 2016 09:23, by Angelo Achuil

    I think the real trouble in our hand is having leaders (President Kiir & Vice President Riek)who apparently do not know or believe that it is their job to bring peace. May be they are waiting for America to come should bring peace back to South Sudan???

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  • 8 July 2016 09:30, by William Atak Garang.

    The international community specially UK,UN,US,TRIOKA,China,AU, IGAD and friends of South Sudan should urge SPLM and SPLM IO leaders for the implementation of compromise peace agreement before it is too late.The leaders are likely to derail peace in South Sudan.Our leaders has totally lost trust from both side neither IO and nor the SPLM is willing to work for the interests of nation.

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  • 8 July 2016 10:06, by doot

    South Sudan is a perfect environment for criminals.It is country run and lead by most notorious murderers,uncouth and criminals.People really feel sorry for South Sudan.There is no country in the world that has two armies and still called it one country.There is no country where army is divide along tribal line and still be called one country.In modern sense ,south sudan does not exist!!!

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  • 8 July 2016 16:03, by marie

    This situation is being provoked by the government soldiers. According to the sources in Juba, they started by looting shops at Suk Melisa in Munuki and put a checkpoint at Lou junction to loot more. They took cars of people who ran in the melee. Dinka is an occupying force in South Sudan not a government of people. Just watch what is happening all over the country. Evil in full force.

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    • 8 July 2016 22:25, by jubaone

      Jienges are a disorganised, anarchists and useless lot and other Southerners should expect nothing from them. The silent 63 tribes are the Problem and are to blame. They should rise up and kill these insects. The more they wait, the worse it will be for them.

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