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Former Governor of South Sudan Central Bank Died in Kenya

Nairobi, October 30, 2014 (SSNA) -- Former Governor of South Sudan Central Bank (SSCB), Elijah Malok Aleng Deng, has passed away in Kenya. Deng died on October 30, 2014, in a Nairobi’s hospital where he was being treated for unspecified illness.

Sources close to the families of Late Deng disclosed that the Former Central Bank Chief was suffering from stroke and diabetes. However, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) could not independently verify the claims.

Brief Biography of Deng:

He was born on 28 November 1937 in Thianwong, a Pen village about five miles East of Baidit in Central Bor among the Angakuei clan. He attended Rialbek Bush School in 1949, where he passed at the end of the school academic year and he attended Malek Primary School (1950–1953), and then Juba Intermediate School and Juba Commercial Senior Secondary School, graduating He then atrtended Free University of the Congo, in the present Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and later got a scholarship to study in Fribourg Catholic University, Switzerland, from which he obtained a Masters degree in Economics in 1972 In 1975 he obtained another Masters in Development Studies and Economic Planning from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. He was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) representing Bor North territorial constituency in the regional parliament of Sudan in May 1982, a according to Paan Luel Wel’s blog, paanluelwel.com.

The ex-central bank Governor was also instrumental in shaping the guiding system of the SSCB.

Rebels Withdraw From Rupkoni: Spokesperson

Addis Ababa, October 30, 2014 (SSNA) -- Rebel forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in Opposition (SPLA-O) loyal to South Sudan's Former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, have withdrawn from Unity State’s main military barracks located in Rupkoni, Unity State.

The anti-government forces called the move ‘tactical’.

The Spokesman for the SPLA-in opposition, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, released a statement which he addressed to rebel supporters both in South Sudan and Diaspora. Mr. Koang also praised Major General Peter Gatdet Yak who commands all the rebel forces in the oil-rich Unity State.

“This is to inform our supporters at home and all over the world our Resistance Forces at 4:00pm embarked on Tactical Withdrawal from Rupkoni (Rubkona) main Military Barracks. This act was purely for military reasons deemed necessary by our brilliant Field Commander and Military Governor of Unity State, Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet Yak”, Gen. Koang declared.

Koang made it clear that South Sudanese rebels are in full control of Bentiu, the capital of the Unity State.

“…we are still in firm control of Bentiu town. Join me in congratulating our forces for having inflicted heavy casualties on Kiir's genocidal forces”, he announced.

This week, the South Sudan News Agency(SSNA) has reported a heavy fighting in Unity State leading to the capture of Bentiu by the rebels.

Rape of a Young Girl Ignites a 'Tribal War'

Nairobi, October 28, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s two largest tribes, the Nuer and Dinka have been fighting in a Kenyan-based Kakuma refugee camp for nearly two days. The camp is populated largely by South Sudanese who fled their homes in the war-torn South Sudan.

The fighting is the latest between the two tribes who for many decades have been involved in tribal rivalry.

Eyewitnesses told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that a little Nuer girl between ages 9-13 was raped by a Dinka man who lured her into an isolated location nearby a market where the rape took place.

“Now the Nuer and Dinka are stationed in two locations, Zones one and two respectively. People have been killed on both sides and the fighting could resume at any time”, a confidential source who works for the United Nations in Kakuma told the SSNA.

The source further added that the Kenyan police is trying its best to prevent another clash between the two groups.

After the act is committed, the Nuer selected a small group of men (mostly older men) and tasked them to try to solve the issue with the Dinka Community. After many attempts have failed, frustration grew among members of the Nuer community who believe the rights of the young girl have been dishonored, and the fighting exploded in areas populated mostly by the Nuer and Dinka tribes, according  to Eyewitnesses accounts obtained by the SSNA.

Kakuma refugee Camp is located in north-western part of Kenya.

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