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Ugandan Soldiers Killed in Upper Nile State

Addis Ababa, October 15, 2014 (SSNA) -- Rebel forces loyal to the South Sudanese Former Vice president Dr. Riek Machar have killed at least two Ugandan Tank Drivers, according to the military spokesman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in Opposition (SPLA-O), Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang.

Mr. Koang released a document which shows a graphic scene of the bodies of the Ugandan soldiers killed in action.
The South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) obtained pictures of the dead Ugandan soldiers but decided not to publish them, at least for now.

The name of Ugandan female soldier killed is Awori Verorine, according to the Identification card (ID) released to the media; she was killed in Zinc battle.

The ID appears to have been issued to the dead soldier by the Association of the Ugandan Community in Southern Sudan (AUCSS). The identification card also bears both flags of Uganda and South Sudan, with Ugandan flag on the right and South Sudanese flag on the left.

South Sudan’s rebels have last week accused Uganda of deploying its troops to all States of South Sudan, Kampala disputed the allegation.

The South Sudanese rebels’ military spokesperson, Koang, further stated that the anti-government forces have captured modern AKM-47 assault rifles, rocket propelled grenade launchers, among others.

Heavy fighting broke out late last week in the oil-rich Upper Nile State between forces of South Sudan’s warring factions with both side accusing the other of violating the January 2014 ceasefire.

SPLM factions in Tanzania for an ‘experience sharing’ summit

Addis Ababa, October 12, 2014 (SSNA) -- The ruling party of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), has invited the opposing groups of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the SPLM-Juba (SPLM-J), and the SPLM-in Opposition (SPLM-O) for what the opposition termed as “experience sharing visit”.

James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesperson for the chairman of the SPLM-in Opposition, released a press statement, a copy of which was obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA), announcing the departure of the opposition delegation to Tanzania. Mr. Dak specified that the rebel team is led by Professor Peter Adwok Nyaba. Dr. Nyaba is a Former Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

“SPLM delegation led by Comrade Professor Peter Adwok Nyaba is in Tanzania for talks on experience sharing with the Tanzanian ruling party, the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM)”, Dak said in a statement.

Mr. Dak also stated that the CCM extended its invitation to the SPLM’s contrasting sides. He further revealed that the meeting between the two rivals will focus mainly on transition and party unity.

“The visit comes in response to invitation extended to us and SPLM in government by CCM. Our delegation arrived on Sunday. The gathering will mainly center on the necessity for a strong political party in South Sudan. This is about SPLM unification and transition in order to unite the people and usher in development”, Dak added.

Fighting broke out in mid-December last year between different units of presidential guards after months of intense political crisis among senior leaders of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party.

Kiir accuses Former South Sudan’s Vice president Dr. Riek Machar, of planning a coup, Machar rejects the allegation saying Kiir premeditated the alleged coup in an attempt to get rid of his political opponents.

Nuer Community in Ethiopia to hold an election this month

By Mekonen Tefere

Addis Ababa, October 10, 2014 (SSNA) -- Speaking to Mekonen Teferi on Thursday, 09 October 2014, the Acting Chairperson of [for] Nuer Community in Ethiopia, Nhial Wal Dap, disclosed to the reporters that the general election is due to be held on Saturday, 25 October 2014.

South Sudan torn apart by man-made crisis in December 2013 and more than 188,000 Nuer are believed to be refugees in Western part of Gambella Region, Ethiopia.

In a separate interview, the Electoral Board Technical Assistant said that the event will be highly supervised and tight security will be put in place for safety of the voters.

Garwech Kewer Kong who is also a sound Engineer and Electoral Board Technical Assistant added that some helpful machines would be use during the event for security and safety while equipments such as video camera and projector will also be used for candidates’ presentation an hour before voting kick-off. 

Kewer urged the candidates to prepare for hard talk during the presentation and use their vision to unite Nuer around the World.

The Acting Chairperson Mr. Nhial Wal Dap added that the key positions to be elected are:

  • Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Secretary and
  • Finance

Chairperson will nominate the rest of the positions such as Information and others.

Kewer said that the Chairmanship is highly contested by several competent candidates, which he believes their numbers may raise up to three candidates. 

In another development, the Spoke person for Mekane Yesus Seminary Nuer Students Union and Fellowship (MYSNSUF), Mr. Kang Nhial Lual added that their term will expire down on Sunday, 26 October, 2014 and hold an election as well.

[South Sudan] warring parties have been negotiating the truce under IGAD in Ethiopia while some reports disclosed that the IGAD adjourned the deal until October 16 (next week).

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