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SPLA Soldiers Surround United Nations Compound in Juba, Rebels Raise Concern

Juba, February 10, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s government troops surrounded the Unitted Nations (UN) compound in Juba and took cars parked outside the gates. All the behicles they took were owned by the United Nations.

The move surprise UN troops as they watched South Sudanese government soldiers taking cars and destroying bath rooms outside the UN gate.

"The thoudands of internally displaced peoples (IDPs) taking refuge in a United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) camps in Juba are under siege by the government forces”, rebels’s negotiating team chief Gen. Taban Deng Gai said.

”Reports indicate that the hostile government forces are demanding that the IDPs be handed over to them with the claim that the IDPs are rebels and must be taken to government custody to account for their ‘crimes’” Gai added.

Gai recalls past brutalities committed by the governemnt soldiers in Jonglei State.

"It has happened before in the UNMISS compound in Bor when the regime’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Michael Makwei Lueth, was denied access into the compound, to which he issued stern threats against the United Nations on radio, TV and in a letter to Ms Hilde Johnson, the UN Special Representative to South Sudan”, Gai recalls.

"We fear the regime’s forces might storm any time into the UN compound, take the IDPs into custody and extrajudicially deal harshly with them!”, Gen. Gai warrned.

The motive behind SPLA’s move is yet to be determined, but, sources inside UNMISS told the South Sudan News Agency that the SPLA soldiers loyal to president kiir came and surrounded the entire compound, took all cars in the UN parking lots outside the gate, and broke bath rooms built by the UN for IDPs.

The sources believe that the incident is not a surprise since Kiir’s government has in the past accused the United nations of helping or sheltering the rebels, a claim fiercely denied by the world body.

SPLM/A Youth League in Opposition: Youth and Women Must Participate in the Upcoming Political Dialogue

Press release

February 8, 2014 (SSNA) -- The SPLM/SPLA Youth League (in opposition) wishes to add it's undivided and unwavering support to the leadership of the SPLM/SPLA ( in Opposition) and applaud the courage of the leadership and congratulated them on the continued involvement of the youth and women in decision making of the movement.

The SPLM/SPLA YL (in opposition) Is proud to have been a principled and active participant in all the major turns in our National Liberation Struggle, that shall culminate in to an overall and complete changes in both political and governance structures of our nation. As we enter into the second round of negotiations, it must be a commitment from every political party, civil society organization, churches, women group and every group that the future belong to the Youth and process should therefore be led by the youth themselves as it's the case in the SPLM/SPLA in (Opposition).    

It's our commitment that we must continue making SPLM/SPLA in (Opposition) the most constant presence in the lives of the people of South Sudan, we have been so for the last seven weeks and now we must move forward with our vision of leading South Sudan into a future of certainty and commitment to democracy and development that is meaningful for all the citizens of South Sudan.

We in the SPLM/SPLA YL in (Opposition) believes that our nation has taken a new path and to consolidate this new developmental path requires using democratic state power with the utmost determination and strategic discipline and its still our commitment that South Sudan belongs to all who live in it, be it a Nuer, Dinka, Bari or  Shilluk or any of the other sixty two tribes and that no government or president can justly claim authority like Kiir does, unless it is based on the will of all the people.  Given this theory, we should therefore agree that the legitimacy of Kiir is at stake and it shall be of a great benefit to both himself and his family if he could move a side before it's too late for him.

We in the SPLM/SPLA YL in (Opposition) pledge ourselves to strive together, sparing neither strength nor courage, until the democratic changes set out have been won by the movement. E.g, a free South Sudan that belong to all and governed by the rule of law. We also congratulated our gallant forces for the job well done by bringing down the UPDF helicopter and managing to fight both Uganda, JEM, SPLA North and the minority that remain with Kiir. We are behind you, we are proud of you and you will never die in vain but for the freedom of your people.

The last but not the least, the announcement of the two vacant post  by Kiir is rubbish and he has no legal ground to remove any body from the structure of the movement and he Kiir should have known that SPLM does not belong to him and he will never own it.

Long live SPLM/SPLA
Long live Cde. Dr. Riek Machar Teny
Long live the people struggle
Yours in the struggle
Cde. Puot Kang Chol
SPLM/SPLA YL (in opposition) Representative.

The Union of Jonglei Communities in the USA Wants Interim Government in South Sudan; Criticizes Ugandan Military Intervention

United States, February 7, 2014 (SSNA) -- The Union of Jonglei State Communities in the United States urged the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), African Union (AU), and the Troika countries (UK, Norway, and U.S.) to call for an interim administration in the Republic of South Sudan in the next round of peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“To this end and in order to have any chance of genuine peace, we are calling on the mediating IGAD, the AU, and the troika countries (US, Norway and UK) to call for an interim administration in South Sudan in the next round of talks as the only logical way forward until elections are held in 2015”, UJC-USA said in statement.

In a strongly worded statement signed by the Union of Jonglei Communities in the US and seen by the South Sudan News Agency, the joint union of greater Jonglei communities criticizes Kiir’s government for failing to provide security in South Sudan, particularly in Jonglei state for almost a decade. The block also said that the government repeatedly refuses to provide them a much needed protection in the state and questions why the government that failed its own citizens was able to bring in foreign troops in just few days when it sees a threat to its existence.

“It indeed had the capacity in Uganda! We have been bleeding for nine (9) good years and there was no capacity. Juba was under threat for one day and the government found capacity in an instant as it was occupied by Uganda in the name of providing security. In a twisted irony, the very same UPDF (Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces) that was purportedly brought in to provide security for the president and his colleagues bombed our state capital to ashes. Now our state – not to mention our country, is under foreign occupation”, the statement added.

The umbrella of Jonglei communities questions the reasons behind the invitation of Uganda’s soldiers in the young nation’s internal affairs and declared that the Republic of South Sudan has never been at peace since 2005.

“South Sudan, under the current leadership, has never been at peace since the signing of the CPA in 2005 – that is 9 years and counting. In that unfortunate reality, Jonglei state has been the dreadful symbol of the government’s inability to provide security for its citizens”, it recalled.

The group also warns the world not to allow the current South Sudanese government to reach 2015 as it will only add more tragedies.

“Leaving the current leadership in power until 2015 will be a recipe for further disaster beyond 2015. In the event of elections, there will be no fair, transparent and democratic elections as the leadership will simply stage another coup d’état against itself with the intention to send into exile or rebellion anyone who dares aspire to seek leadership. This cannot be allowed!”, it said.

The union also emphasizes that the people of South Sudan lost hope and trust in kiir’s administration.

“It is now clear beyond doubt that the current leadership has lost legitimacy after orchestrating and allowing ethnic-based massacres of various ethnic groups in Juba and greater Upper Nile region. We are also calling for lifting of the state of emergency so that aid organizations can save our dying citizens”, the statement continues”, it added.

The agency further asserted that South Sudanese president Salva Kiir’s own actions are the cause of the current conflict, saying the president uses “inflammatory and divisive political rhetoric”.

Kiir accuses his political adversaries of launching a coup attempt, but, the claim has been widely discredited in South Sudan and around the world. Most South Sudanese believe that the coup claim is a plan orchestrated by kiir in an attempt to try to get rid of his political rivals. The alleged coup has also been linked to the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni who is widely hated in South Sudan.

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