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Exclusive: Brig. General John Mabieh vows to take Malakal town by next month

Wedakona, February 19, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s rebel commander from the division seven has warned Lt. Gen. Johnson Gony Beliw to reverse his remarks about capturing Wedakona or face defeat in March. Wedakona is the administrative headquarters of Manyo County in the oil-rich Upper Nile State.

General John Mabieh Ghar who made various victories under the overall command of Brig. General Joseph Gai Gatluak was amongst the Generals who defected and Joint Dr Riek Machar’s rebellion after the Nuer Massacre in Juba.

The remarks came after Lt. Gen. Johnson Gony Beliu claim strongly to capture Manyo County’s headquarters by 9th of July this year.

In an exclusive interview on Thursday, the rebel General said government forces are not for peace, refering to a speech made by Lt. General Johnson Gony Biliw on the South Sudan Television (SSTV). Gony is the commanding General for the Government forces in Upper Nile State. General Mabieh also threatened to take Malakal by the second week of March.

“I am assuring the world and the IGAD that Salva Kiir’s officers are not for peace as you have heard from Johnson’s speeches on SSTV, for that matter if they come and attack our defensive positions in Fashoda, we will go and take the state capital Malakal not later than 9th March 2015,” Brig. Gen. Mabieh said in Wedakona.

General John Mabieh is the chief administrator and the deputy commander of the division seven under the Brig. General Joseph Gai Gatluak. The General joined the rebellion along with his colleague Brig. Gen. Thomas Tut Riek, shortly after the outbreak of violence in Juba.

The two warring parties have been engaging themselves for the whole week in Shiluk kingdom over the Aloub and Kaka towns which later resulted to the capture of heavy machine guns as shown above on the photo by the rebels in Manyo County’s head quarters, Wedakona.

Regional and international communities have threatened targeted punitive measures if the warring parties fail to reach a final peace agreement per the schedule.

The war erupted on 15 December 2013 when political debates on reforms within the leadership of the ruling Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) turned violent violence between president Kiir and his former vice-president Machar.

Tens of thousands have been killed; 2 million displaced internally to the neighboring countries of Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Sudan; while over 3 million others, mostly from Nuer tribe, are threatened by hunger and diseases.

SPLM-in opposition Canada statement on the defection of General Lul Ruai Koang

For Immediate Release
February 18th, 2015

Canada, February 18, 2 015 (SSNA) -- The SPLM/SPLA office in Canada would like to take this opportunity to clarify some misinformation in the light of comrade Gen. Lul Ruai Koang’s defection to the Government of South Sudan under Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit as of 18th of February 2015.

In this regard, the people of South Sudan and especially the supporters of the SPLM/SPLA –Resistance Movement and the gallant forces of the Freedom Fighters under the able leader Dr. Riek Machar ought to know nothing but truth.

Therefore, it’s unfortunate to the public that Gen. Lul Ruai Koang has surrendered to the government of Salva Kiir and did not form alleged new Armed Group. The claim that Mr. Lul has formed a new Armed Group was a purge to confuse the general public about Gen. Lul Ruai’s surrender to the genocidal government that has killed 20, 000 innocent Nuer civilians in cold blood.

At the time of writing this press release, our SPLM/SPLA office in Nairobi, Kenya has confirmed that Gen. Lul Ruai Koang has made the pronouncement of his defection to the government in a public briefing organized by the Government of South Sudan’s Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

While in the briefing, comrade Lul Ruai himself was accompanied by none other than Mr. Paul Malong Awan, the current Chief of General Staff in the Government of South Sudan, Mrs. Rachel Nyadak Paul, Deputy of Minister of Information and broadcasting in the Government of South Sudan, Gen. Philip Aguer Panyang, current Military spokesman in the government of South Sudan, Mr. Ghai Riam, former of Minister of Cabinet Affairs in Jonglei State and still with the government and Mr. Paul Bol who is also a staunch supporters of Salva Kiir Mayardit’s genocidal.  

Besides, the people of South Sudan should also ascertain Gen. Lul Ruai Koang’s cowardice surrender to the genocidal government of South Sudan under along these lines in his press release:

1.Cognizant that the ongoing civil war caused by December 15th, coup attempt has resulted to huge human losses of lives and properties;”

2.Mindful that Dr. Riek is soliciting support from the Government of the Republic of Sudan in order to continue to destabilizing the country and

3.Concerned that Dr. Riek Machar continues to obstruct peace by presenting impossible demands which in turn make it difficult to achieve peace in short time."

These statements and circumstance of which Lul Ruai made his pronouncement are serious indications and proved that comrade Gen. Lul Ruai Koang has surrender to the same ruthless regime that he once rightful criticized of being genocidal and authoritarian to the core.

In closing, we would like to urges our people to remind calm and inform our supporters that Gen. Lul Ruai Koang has surrendered to President Salva Kiir’s genocidal regime alone.

And above all else, your movement, the SPLM/SPLA will never betray people’s cause on short change. We are committed and determined to bring lasting peace to South Sudan by whatever mean necessary.

To bring this lasting peace to realization, the SPLM/A shall ensure that the root cause to the conflict is addresses amicably and culture of impunity completely discarded once and for all.

Victory is certain and we are committed to stay the course!

Signed by: The SPLM/SPLA office in Canada’s
PR office

Greater Akobo Community Downplays the Defection of Lul Ruai Koang

By Mekonen Tefere

Addis Ababa, February 18, 2015 (SSNA) -- In a panic move announced today by self-claim Young General, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, in the Kenyan Capital, Nairobi; Lul claimed that he has abandoned the rebel Movement under Dr. Riek Machar and formed his own faction, the South Sudan Resistance Movement/Army.

In a quick statement released on behalf of Greater Akobo, Commissioner Koang Rambang today elaborated “There comes a time that national interest becomes a priority to that of an individual.” Prof. George Saitoti.”, a statement he referred to the defection of self interest of Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai.

In exclusive interview, the current Bieh State’s Governor Col. Koang Gatkuoth Kerjiok hotly warned the entire Lou Nuer to remain calm and dishonor the self-claimed defector.

“I want to assure [the] Lou Nuer Community around the globe that the defection by Brig. Gen Lul Ruai Koang is nothing and is up to him [Lul] alone…it has nothing to do with us.” Col. Koang Gatkuoth Kerjiok added on the phone.

He mentioned that Lou Nuer around the World neither support him nor agreed with his move.

Thousands of Lou Nuer around the World condemn the move and termed it as self-fishiness instead of rebellion.

The Governor also recalls the Nuer civilians’ massacre which took place in Juba. “The blood of Nuer sons and daughters who perished in Juba must not be forgotten and we are not the best people to be dragged by individual interest.” Gov. Col. Koang Gatkuoth Kerjiok added. 

Meanwhile, Duany Thabach, a member of Lou Nuer Community in Nairobi, Kenya condemned the move. “Bravo, commissioner Koang Rambang and Simon Hoth Duol and Wany Juet Jock... we the Lou Nuer Community in Nairobi and worldwide are against the General Lul Ruai Koang’s move. We shall not support any move that can keep Kiir’s government in power.”

Finally, the rebel Chief of General Staff, Major General Simon Gatwech Dual, who hailed from Lou Nuer community, has not been reached for comment.

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