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South Sudan armed opposition blocks major roads in Yei state


October 7, 2016 (JUBA) - Armed opposition forces allied to the former First Vice President, Riek Machar, have blocked major and key strategic roads to and from Yei town, the administrative headquarters of the newly created Yei River state, according to local and religious leaders in the area.

A batch of the SPLA-IO forces after arrival in Juba, 1 April, 2016 (ST Photo)

The move carried out by dissidents armed youth involved in a hit and run military activities has cut off the area from Kaya, one of the border towns linking South Sudan with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The blocked main road serves as one of the vital trading routes for South Sudan. It is significantly important for the armed opposition forces to sustain the pressure on government forces if they can maintain and avoid being recaptured by the government forces.

This new revelation comes after David Lokonga Moses, governor of the state, had asked religious leaders in the area to organise themselves and see how they could hold talks with armed dissidents to end hostilities.

“Life in Yei is not easy. There is no movement into and out of Yei for the last few days. Life has been complicated by the crisis. You cannot go beyond the parameters of the town. The Juba-Yei road is off, the same thing for Yei-Morobo road and Kaya –Yei road as well as Yei- Maridi road. These are the major supplying roads in the state. If they are affected by the insecurity like this, then life of the people is in danger,” Moses Duku, a local administrative officer in Yei town, told Sudan Tribune when asked about the situation in the area.

Episcopal church Bishop of Yei, Hilary Luate Adeba, also said in a separate interview with Sudan Tribune that the life in town was not normal, saying religious leaders are exerting efforts to build trust and promote an atmosphere of love.

Yei, according to Bishop Adeba, has been experiencing unusual insecurity situation. He acknowledged that governor Lokonga had asked religious leaders to reach out to the dissidents armed youth in the area for talks so that hostilities stop.

“As the church, we are talking to everybody to listen to the cry of the people and stop fighting. The people are suffering. The schools have been closed down, markets are not functioning normally, health centres in the villages and counties have ceased to operate, there are no people in the villages attending to crops which were planted. It is really a difficult situation and we appeal for a stop to hostilities. We appeal to all those involved in these hostilities to stop and listen to the people,” he pleaded.

Kaya, which is cut off from Yei, is located approximately 78 kilometers (48 miles) southeast of Yei and lies approximately 220 kilometers (140 miles) south of Juba, capital of South Sudan and largest town in the country.

Kaya sits directly across the border from Oroba in Uganda and situated close to Mbazi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It is believed that opposition forces are preparing for major assaults on government-controlled towns including Yei and Juba, the national capital, follow the collapse of the August 2015 peace agreement.


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  • 8 October 2016 07:48, by Midit Mitot

    Where are those thugs who use to claim that Taban and his idiots tail has forces in greater equatoria? can you read this wonderful message and warning @Yaaaahhh crooks?

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    • 8 October 2016 12:27, by Hardlinner

      mitdit, you know those bandits are only hurting their civil population in the area. civilians should coordinate with the government forces to flash out those murderers thieves.

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      • 8 October 2016 17:55, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Just wait and you will see. These thugs will empty when tanks and manpower. We are preparing right now. Tomorrow or next day will be different. Therefore, don’t sing a song of defeat right now because we are coming to rescue the citizens from these terrorists, bandits or thieves. Also don’t complaint when we come.

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  • 8 October 2016 07:51, by Mun Loal

    Viva Viva, victories is uncertain! Now way for government looters to have enjoying looting civilians properties, rapping young girls and women.

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  • 8 October 2016 08:09, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This should not occur in Yei alone. As I said before it should be a multi-pronged attack to wear down the brutality and animosity of rapists, thieves who have camouflaged to be statesmen. Torit, Yambio, Mundri, Magwi and Kapwoeta should follow suit. The people have now said no to rape, thievery, animosity loudly and they are using sticks to enforce the word NO. Now Equatoria must stand to enforce

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    • 8 October 2016 08:12, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      the Nyakuron Equatorian intellectual conferences resolutions that took place in Juba in the recent past. Anything short will have to answered with vigour.

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      • 8 October 2016 09:56, by Dijango

        Nuer in short do not want so called Dinkanized regime.
        Equatorians as well dreamed to purge so named MTN or Dinka in open(nicknamed: every where you go, Chickens and Charcoals.
        Undiscovered and misunderstood US’s puffing-in interest also becomes a Red Flag indicator to a certain point.

        My question is, if Nuer or Equatorians win it; where will Dinka be? will war stop?

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        • 8 October 2016 10:15, by Eastern


          So long as dinkas by the rule of equity and shade of their fallacy of "majority takes it all", the country we call South Sudan will be home to all of us and certainly war will stop.

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        • 8 October 2016 10:18, by Mopedi

          Your question is right, JCE with their lunatic vision should have answer this. But as far as my knowledge is concern,Dinka is going to migrate to Uganda and may be they will try to overthrow Uganda. with exceptional of some few Dinka Bor not the like of Kual Manyang will live safely and continue to enjoy the fruit of this nation

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        • 8 October 2016 12:34, by Hardlinner

          not on my watch. Riek is better dead than leading a country. those supporting Riek must be send to hell. there is no place for criminals in south sudan. corrupt Kiir and his groups will be voted out peaceful. any one wanting to take power by force must know that south sudan is not place for their activities.

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          • 8 October 2016 14:47, by Eastern

            Now where’s the geographical location of that place "hell"?

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    • 8 October 2016 10:45, by Dijango

      He who does smell one’s sweltering onion slices and disapproves its lusciousness before a taste, this one isn’t an expert cook, but a gluttony character or showy one, perhaps. However, he who receives undisclosed rhythms and offers a transformable ways for public’s better understanding, this one isn’t of human’s normal understanding on covert issue but of heavenly wisdom.

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  • 8 October 2016 12:29, by hunter boy

    The mentally traumatised sultan fi ta Haramiat kiir should never attempt to go out of the country. once he tried obiously he will find another thug on his position. His thugs used to detain people at giada, but for him is detained at his home. hahaha no more movement out of juba.the day he will surrender his cattle and buildings is when his urly face is dump into the coffin.

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  • 8 October 2016 15:04, by Equatoria1

    These lunatics, the MTNs are finally going to meet their fate. Yei division was successfully using what we Equatoria termed as ’Python killing style’. Wrapping your prey up before fulling the final killing note. No Jenge should get out alive in Equatoria land. Why start the most loving people in South Sudan????? Once again, "YOU CANNOT EAT & SHIT IN SAME PLATE" ya Jenge!!

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    • 8 October 2016 15:25, by Equatoria1

      Yei is a grave or a bet for the so called Anyoor if you like. Come on Malong, empty the Anyoors from the other parts of Equatoria to defend Yei so that our patient,long awaiting Rihnoes run down the remaining MTNs on those empty places!! This time Dr. Reik must only return to Juba to declare a new government not for the MTNs sickening so called Unity Gov or shit.

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      • 8 October 2016 18:11, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        Look at this shallow minded people! They’re separating propaganda, we don’t have iOS in Equatoria, its bandits, arrow boys and some criminal Nuers in the pocs in juba, so why are you always too stupid to read the line? Just wait, we are coming for you and I think u will complaint too much when we are there.

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        • 8 October 2016 22:29, by dinkdong

          You are missing ’not’ and some punctuations in your second and third sentences. Here is how that part would have sounded:
          "They’re [not] separating propaganda[.] [W]e don’t have iOS in Equatoria[.] [They are] bandits, arrow boys and some criminal Nuers in the pocs in juba, so why are you always too stupid to [not] read [between] the line?"
          You are welcome!

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  • 8 October 2016 22:51, by TruthTeller

    Looks like Sudan Tribune is the official spoke person for SPLMIO. Just spewing propaganda day and night SMH

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  • 9 October 2016 06:51, by Equatoria1

    Dinka Aliap Chawul & Truth/Lies Teller

    Continue living in your dreams that IO forces are not present in Equatoria. I can understand why you/MTNs are desperately disputing this fact simply because it will be nerve-racking truths for your Anyoors to know. Keep counseling yourselves & be ready because we will come to hand pick you from the hole you always sneak to type & post these nonsense.

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    • 9 October 2016 12:10, by Redeemer

      You will soon become like Midit who use to count down the remaining days since 2013 but he will not make that mistake in his life, Nuer will rest now as Equatorians have taken the war upon their head, you will see more suffering than joy, do you know the ratio of Dinkas to Equatorians who are suffering as a result of closing up the main roads to Yei

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      • 9 October 2016 12:20, by Redeemer

        Civilians will go back to MTN land and more Anyornyor will be sent and make your area a battle field, I now believe what Nuer were saying, that we will make other parts of the country feel what we felt before we stop the war

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