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South Sudan army controlling Maiwut town after clashes


Sudan People's Liberation Army soldiers walk along a road near Bor, on January 31, 2014 (AFP Photo)

July 27, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) said Thursday that it gained access to Maiwut town, the Maiwut state administrative headquarters, after days of fighting with rebel forces.

Multiple sources told Sudan Tribune that forces loyal to First-Vice President, Taban Deng Gai entered the area without facing any resistance.

“This morning July 27, 2017, the SPLA peace forces accompanying the governor of Maiwut state arrived at their destination as was the request of the people of Maiwut for their newly appointed governor to come to his headquarters, Maiwut. The same force proceeded to Pagak at the South Sudan Ethiopian border,” reads a statement the head South Sudan’s mission to the African Union, James Morgan Pitia issued on Thursday.

The people of Maiwut, it said, are now free from "anti-peace" rebels allied to rebel leader, Riek Machar and that South Sudan’s border with Ethiopia was now opened.

“This will make it possible for the Government in Juba and Maiwut to provide the most needed services to people in Maiwut,” it added.

Pitia, in the statement, further congratulated the governor and the people of the area on the successful access to the town situated near Pagak, the headquarters of the armed opposition faction allied to ex-First Vice President-turned rebel leader, Machar.

“We congratulate the governor of Maiwut, the people and the peace forces for their victory,” further noted the statement.

The spokesperson of the armed opposition faction loyal to Gai confirmed the capture of Maiwut town.

"SPLA-IO forces under command of Gen.Taban Deng Gai, the chairman and commander in chief have now taken full control of the town, maintaining law and restoring peace in the area," Dickson Gatluak said in an email.

Maiwut was carved out of Latjor state through a presidential order in 2016 after the numbers of states were increased from 28 to 32. This was to accommodate members of the faction of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) loyal to the country’s First Vice-President.

The town is located in the vicinity of Pagak, headquarters of the faction of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in opposition allied to the exiled former first vice president, Riek Machar.

The presence of the governor of the faction allied to the government in the area raises fears it could cause friction between rival forces, including possibilities of the Machar-led fighters regrouping themselves to reclaim the town or government forces extending control to the rebel stronghold.

Observers fear the action of either side could spark displacement of civilians living in the area to either refugee camps or to government-held areas.

South Sudan was plunged into conflict in December 2013 as the rivalry between Kiir and his then-Vice President, Riek Machar, turned into a civil war. The fighting, which has often been along ethnic lines, triggered Africa’s worst refugee crisis, with over three million people fleeing their homes.


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  • 28 July 2017 00:01, by Kush Natives

    Done deal! Forceful ND went well with the bandits. They’re running now seeking the refuge in an Ethiopian town of Gambella. Let rebels get that right!

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    • 28 July 2017 00:50, by South South

      Maiwut and Pagak one day, this shows that the exiled rebel leader, Riek Machar is very weak. Taban is a real leader to Nuer now, period.

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    • 28 July 2017 07:03, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Kush, We are taking care of business. I came to Maiwut last week and we are going to Pagak next week. We are tired of bandits of Machar. Job well done special forces.

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  • 28 July 2017 00:51, by Nairobimitot

    Wow, that is good news to capture Pagak and Maiwut. Those are SPLA historical towns. I congratulate the people of Maiwut and Pagak for they are not going to suffer any more under the Bandits of Riek Machar who do not know what to do. I am very happy that Maiwut and Pagak are captured because that is the beginning of South Sudan to see prosperity and development. The Maiwut and Pagak corridor will bring good and services and electricity from Ethiopia Dam to the people of Maiwut and South Sudan at large. Congratulation to the brave SPLA Soldiers who have fought the war tireless to liberate Pagak and Maiwut from thugs and crazy people of Riek Machar. Riek Machar who is always a problem to the Nuer people and the country of South Sudan is always a failure and had a lot of intention to destroy Nuer people. I hope this case of pagak and Maiwut is over soon so that the government of South Sudan can start their work of bringing all the children and women back home to their important areas and land.
    Long live SPLA and Long live the Unity of the people to achieve the most needed development that we have all been waiting for so many years.

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    • 28 July 2017 02:21, by Malakal county Simon

      Fake news!!!! Who are these food fighters and Who is Taban to Capture Maiwut? Leave a lone reaching pagak, You guys just celebrating empty lies because the enemy will never reach Maiwut Town.... Thanks to Sudan Tribune for the fake news!!!!

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      • 28 July 2017 02:25, by Malakal county Simon

        You can’t force leaders to rule people’s by force and Judas Taban need to give up on Nuer people’s..... we rejected him before, and we rejected him now....

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      • 28 July 2017 03:46, by Kush Natives

        Malakal county Simon,
        Those forces aren’t Taban’s forces, you need to listen straight, those are government forces period. Why making noises now, when we used to say just few days ago on this very forum, that ND is the only way forward for a peaceful to our country, but you rebels tend to be in different directions, now what’s the good of it? Pagak and Maiwut are gone now for good. Is it this what

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      • 28 July 2017 06:06, by South South

        Malakal county Simon,

        Come down please, Maiwut and Pagak are gone. This is not from Sudan Tribune only, but government of South Sudan announced this inside AU headquarters yesterday. You are releasing two conflicting messages, first you called the news as empty and fake, then you said Taban has been forced to Nuer to be a leader. Well, Taban’s governor is in Maiwut right now, just cry

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        • 28 July 2017 12:26, by jubaone

          South South,
          The jienge SPLAnyor has let it’s proxy nyagat do the dirty business of killing their own Nuer while they sit back and relax. Territorial gains means nothing cos that is jienge peace and not a peoples peace. The jienges are in Juba yet there’s no peace, no food and no security. So what? Just fulfilling jienge ego.

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          • 28 July 2017 13:20, by jubaone

            The Nuer wieuw or nyagat is his worst enemy. The jienge is a coward and smart whereas the Nuer nyagat is brave and stupid. Both need each other and the Equatorians are more like idle dummies that are shifted from place to place. Equatorians must just let these nyagats and jienges alone while we take our own path.

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            • 28 July 2017 15:44, by Khent


              You have legitimate grievances but this laughable assertion that the Dinka are cowards is completely contradicted by the many sources I have cited over the years. The Nuer only returned in 2006 - after decades of serving Khartoum in Greater Upper Nile.

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              • 28 July 2017 18:43, by jubaone

                What you cite is purely a personal expression of the events you think is true. It doesn’t necessarily imply or suggest the truth from my perspective. It’s military inconceivable that such a squalid army can operate effectively in such a wide terrain without involving proxies. The Nuer nyagats are doing the dirty job, while the jienges sit back.

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          • 28 July 2017 14:48, by South South


            You are running crazy bro, just calm down. Insulting Dinka and Nuer will do you no good. If you concern about food, please come to Juba, I will provide food for you. Take it easy.

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            • 28 July 2017 18:49, by jubaone

              South South,
              It turns out to be that the greatest problem is no longer the jienge, but the Nuer nyagateen who simply follow the calls of their stomachs and not their conscience. Only if these nyagateen stood as one, the jienge project would long be history. The Nuer is his own worst enemy.

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            • 28 July 2017 18:52, by jubaone

              South South,
              You think only about food, but I think about our country in it’s entirety. Animals think only about food and don’t have a conscience. You as a jienge aren’t any different?

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              • 28 July 2017 20:19, by South South


                You are talking like a baby. Is it because you are losing war? I was answering your call when you mentioned that there is no food in South Sudan. By the way, animals are much better than human being when we talk about food. All wars in the world are about food. Tell one single war right now in the world which is not about food. One day, you will come back to Juba with your head down bro.

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                • 28 July 2017 23:02, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  I follow your argument and understand that all jienges have literally fled to Juba/Equatoria for food others to their jellaba masters in Khartoum. Only if jienges were productive enough, they wouldn’t idle in Equatoria. But cos they are naturally lazy, they flock to areas with ready food. Why not Aweil or Gok Riyal?

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                  • 28 July 2017 23:44, by South South


                    You are broke and you have nothing to offer in term of discussion. Juba, Awei, Wau, Malakal and all the rest of cities in South Sudan are belong to all tribes of South Sudan. We liberated these places, but coward people like you think that they will own them alone. No, you are a coward and you cannot stand in front if us, period. Just continue crying like the way you are now.

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      • 28 July 2017 07:05, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Malakal, these are not fake news. I am in Maiwut as I speak to you.

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        • 28 July 2017 09:57, by Malakal county Simon

          Dinka defend food general

          When did you become part of Taban army?? After your King Paul dusted in the bin?? Please do not mislead South Sudanese when you don’t even know Maiwut direction leave a lone being in Maiwut....

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    • 28 July 2017 07:46, by quiz

      Nairobi, this is not a solution to south sudan problem. who told you that Citizen would be free if Ig force capture Maiwut. All things w/c being says by Dickson of IO taban are nonsense. No body like zes Taban gruop across nuer. Make sure you ,re celebrating thesuffering of Civilians as IG force entered Maiwut. Wait coming days, you ,ll see more suffering thisin country.Kiir & Tabanist ,re useless

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  • 28 July 2017 07:53, by john akeen


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  • 28 July 2017 08:14, by Mike Charlie MC

    South Sudan ,,, will not regain stability if the Government forces had captured Maiwut ,,, the fighting will be on and on ,,,

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    • 28 July 2017 08:32, by gatkhor Nueri

      Now I am in maiwut twon,they come yesterday at 7:45 Pm and they repul back to the area of Jetome and now we prepare ourselves to follow them where they come from.

      Cuare dear Kone thin Bia te mal!

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      • 28 July 2017 09:28, by Kush Natives

        gatkhor Nueri,
        Speak in English language, most of our commentators in this forum don’t know that nonsense. If you’re in Maiwut then why you run out of an internet? The way you’re commenting here is showing that, the area that you’re at has got no internet. Just go to Gambella for better service.

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        • 28 July 2017 09:50, by Malakal county Simon

          Listen all

          It’s never been true that’s Maiwut has been captured by the anti-peace of Taban, it’s work of few individual within Taban camp to sneak in through the bush to Maiwut and then announced its captured by them in order to tells the world that rejected Taban, is fully in control IO as he Taban not happy with the 2015 accord revitalization outcom....

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          • 28 July 2017 09:53, by Malakal county Simon


            This is a full story right now and there is no Taban Army in Maiwut full stop and let’s us not adapt this culture of lies, it’s can destroys South Sudan more than Somalia guys!!!!

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      • 28 July 2017 19:20, by Adok son

        You said it all brother,Taban has got no troops even to capture Maiwut county.
        I’m alerting all the readers to keep calm and wait for the fallen of Paloch oil fields this very now despite of Maiwut.
        Machar will be the president!!!

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