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South Sudan Rebels Seize Bentiu

Addis Ababa, October 29, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rebels have on Wednesday afternoon (South Sudan local time) seized the capital of the oil-rich unity state, Bentiu, from the government troops.

The fighting occurred more than ten months after war broke out in Juba.

Bentiu had changed hands numerous times since the war erupted in late December last year.

Rebels military Spokesman, Brig. General Lul Ruai Koang, confirmed the seizure of Bentiu saying opposition forces have liberated Bentiu after government soldiers attacked their positions for two days.

“Our Gallant Resistance Fighters under overall command of Gen.Peter Gatdet Yak this afternoon liberated Bentiu town from Kiir's genocidal forces. In the last two day; the enemy has been attacking us 5km north and 7km south of Bentiu forcing our forces to return a barrage of fires in self-defense leading to the fall of the town”, Gen. Koang said.

“Our forces are consolidating their gains and pursuing these tribal militias towards Mayom and Pareng”, he added.

Koang also stated that Juba is funding the war from Upper Nile oil, and warned that anti-government forces are capable of launching a crippling blow against oil facilities if deems necessary.

Meanwhile, SPLA Spokesperson, Philip Aguer, called the fall of Bentiu a “lie”. Aguer further asserted that government forces took full control of the town after four hours of fierce battle.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and at least 1.5 million have fled the country as the fighting raged.

Peace negotiations are continuing in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, with little success.

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.

Nuer community in Ethiopia adjourned an election for candidates’ debate

By Mekonen Tefere

Addis Ababa, October 26, 2014 (SSNA) -- In a four (4) hours video hot debate facilitated by electoral board and experts, the candidates faced hard talk from experts and audiences.

Denay Jock Chagor, a South Sudanese American facilitated the debate in a video connected event.

Mekonen Tefere, an independent journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, investigates candidates’ and audiences view after the debate.  

On Saturday, 25 October 2014, the Acting Chairperson of [for] Nuer Community in Ethiopia - Nhial Wal Dap admits that the general election is adjourning to be held on Saturday, 01 November 2014. The election will kick-off by 10:00am-04:00pm and the result will be announced right after the voting.

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 video is used for future practical experience for other Nuer around the globe. 

Mr. Garwech Kewer Kong who is also a sound Engineer and Electoral Board Technical Assistant added that the video would soon be release on the YouTube after election.

The debate was conducted in Nuer Language and two questions were purposely debated in English to test the candidate’s potential in Foreign Language.

John Jekow Doluoth, David Kew Mathiang and Gatwech Koak Nyuon were known to compete for the presidency.

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

  • Chairperson
  • Deputy Chairperson
  • Secretary and
  • Finance

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

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