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South Sudan’s rebels accuse government troops of fresh attack; warn of a ‘decisive response’

Pagak/Addis Ababa, November 23, 2015 (SSNA) -- The military command of armed opposition led by Former South Sudanese Vice president Dr. Riek Machar said government soldiers have attacked its positions in Eastern Equatoria State, saying Juba has on many occasions violated the power-sharing deal signed in August by the rival factions.

Rebels said Kiir must abide by the recently signed compromise peace agreement or they will respond decisively, warning that they are ‘running out of patience’.

In a statement released on Monday by rebel military command through the office of the SPLA-IO Spokesperson Col. William Gatjiath Deng, the SPLA-IO said Salva kiir’s has violated the peace agreement by continuously attacking its forces in Eastern Equatoria and other parts of the country and that government troops loot civilian properties and burned down houses.

“Yesterday [Sunday], government forces attacked our position around Pageri at a place called Opari area in Eastern Eguatoria. The SPLA/Juba faction is also planning to attack our forces in Northern Upper Nile,” the SPLA-IO military command says in the statement.

“Government forces are fond of looting civilian properties in the area, attacking them, and burning down their houses. These brutal acts from the government need to be stopped. This demonstrates that the government has declared full scale of war against SPLA/IO to violate the recent peace accord,” the statement added.

Johnson Wal Hoth, a provocative high ranking officer with the SPLA-IO demands that the international acts against what he called “puppet of Kampala,” adding dealing with Salva kiir is like dealing with a Mafia boss who runs a “Mafia business.”

“The SPLA-IO doesn’t understand why IGAD-Plus, African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) still believe in somebody who is being managed in Kampala. The world should know that dealing with puppet of Kampala who runs the country like a Mafia business is not an easy job,” Johnson told the SSNA in rebel headquarters, Pagak.

“South Sudan is not a state of Uganda and it will never become one. We will respond decisively,” he asserted.

It is not the first time Johnson labelled Kiir as puppet of Kampala.

In May 2015, the controversial officer made a similar comment after Juba-backed forces attacked the SPLA-IO’s forces in Unity, Jonglei, and Upper Nile States.

In the document, the SPLA-IO stated that recent attack in Eastern Equatoria forced civilians to run into the bush to take cover for fear lives.

The armed opposition also calls on the international community to take immediate action against Juba to stop government aggressions, warning that rebel high military command is currently discussing government repeated attacks against the SPLA-IO.

South Sudan’s warring factions have been trading accusations of ceasefire violations, despite the IGAD-Plus brokered peace pact.

IDPs in Bentiu PoCs Rejects Salva Kiir's "Establishment Order No 36" For the Creation of 28 States

Bentiu, November 18, 2015 (SSNA) -- We the internally displaced persons living under sub-human conditions in Unity State's main United Nations Manned Protection of Civilians site (PoCs) reject and condemn the unilateral, unconstitutional, dictatorial and un-called-for presidential degree which is refered to by president Salva Kiir and his cohorts in Juba as "Establishment Order No. 36/2015.

We have learned that Salva Kiir's tribal "Establisment Order" which creates ethnic enclaves for each tribe, particularly the Nuer, thereby separating and Isolating them from the rest of South Sudanese ethnic groups do not only jeopardize the recently signed peace deal with the armed Sudan people's Liberation Movement (The SPLM/A-IO), but an act of further polarization of the society into x and y. In addition, the "Establishment Order" plans the seeds of ethnic hatred not only Between the Nuer and the Dinka because certain lands of different tribes are due to be given and taken away by force of Salva Kiir's arms. For example, there is no historical recognized border among the two counties of what President Salva Kiir called Ruweng State. Parieng county lies hundreds of miles North-East of Rubkona. Likewise, Abiemnom lies hundreds of miles not only from Rubkona, but from Mayom.  Rubkona and Mayom counties lie between Panrieng and Abiemnom counties, with the two latest counties with no common or internal borders between themselves. This is not an act of responding to demand of the people at all, but a discourse of snatching away lands that do not belong to certain communities thereby creating anti-ethnic sentiments between the South Sudanese people. This is not the time of creating more states; this is time of constructing confidence, enhancing the social fabric of our polarized society.

Political hypocrisy, if not anything else, compelled Mr. Kiir to rush to the creation of the recently announced 28 states. If President Salva Kiir was sympathizing Federalism, as a popular demand of the people of South Sudan, he would have done this in early Janauary last year when the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement tabled it in the negotiation table instead of doing it at this time where a peace deal with his rivals as just been finalized based on the current constitutional ten states.

The two warrying parties, notably the SPLM/A-IO and SPLM-juba, accepted and signed the IGAD-Plus Compromise Pecae Agreement. However, despites assurance from the government in Juba, Salva Kiir put in place reservations among which is the ratio of power sharing in the three Upper Nile States of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

Paul Malong Awan, Kiir's army Chief said, "You should know that those who are in Al-Qaeda, Taliban, ISIL, Boko Haram, al-Shabab are human being like us, therefore we should follow their foot-steps than signing that fake peace” which means the destabilization of the country.

President Kiir said, ‘’ If this peace imposes on me, there will be more bloodshed in all South Sudan’’.

Salva Mathok, a die-heart member of the Jieng Council of Elders, urged all Dinka Youths to open recruitment centers and joint the army for more fighting.

As a result of all these, before he left for Addis Ababa in mid-August this year, president kiir dismissed the governor of Upper Nile State and appointed a Dinka ally to create confusion between the ordinary citizens of South Sudan.

As a surprise to the world, President Salva Kiir, while at the venue of the peacetalks in Addis Ababa, refused to sign the peace deal signed by his counterparts in the IO and FDs just to sign it in Juba on 26 August with unnamed reservations.

The IGAD-Plus, due to their sympathy towards the suffering of the South Sudanese people, were forced to follow President Salva Kiir in Juba and signs the Compromise peace deal with reservations nine (9) days later or 26 August 2015 after it was signed by Dr Riek Machar.

Finally, as a discourse of conspiracy to jeopardize the peace deal, President Kiir took unwise decision by creating 18 more States at the wrong time in the wrong place.

We do not know what happened to him whether someone is acting on behalf of him or what the problem is.

Therefore we, For the sack of our love for the peaceful co-existence of the people of South Sudan,will not be part of disintegrating South Sudan into pieces and totally reject the creation of more states at this critical time which will be a recipe for future violence. That decision must not be implemented at all cost even if President claims to be acting on behalf of the whole South Sudan. We calls upon the African Union, the IGAD, the Troika and the international community to hold respondsible the perpetrators of Juba massacre as identified in the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan as soon as possible so that the smooth implementation of the deal is guaranteed, and too to pressure those who are fearing losing their ministerial positions at the expend of the people of South Sudan.

We call upon president Salva Kiir to realizes the danger of the "Establisment order" and abolish it immediately and leave it for the people of South Sudan to decides the status of their country in a popular referendum vote.

Signed by the IDPs VOICE UNITY STATE-BENTIU, comprising of:

  • Advisory Council
  • Community High Committee
  • Women Group
  • Youth Association


Government of South Sudan
The Troika
The United Nations Security Council

Source: Ugandan troops still in South Sudan

Kampala, November 19, 2015 (SSNA) -- A Former Ugandan national security agent in the government of Uganda has revealed to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) has not left the young nation, saying Juba and Kampala have sealed a secret military pact and that the covert agreement was finalized on the 9th of October and signed on the 10th of October of 2015 in Ugandan capital, Kampala.

James Moises, a former operative in Ugandan security and intelligence spheres said the East African bloc IGAD, IGAD-Plus, African Union (AU), and the United Nations (UN) have no idea about what Kampala and Juba have been planning for more than eight months, warning “it will be the biggest mistake of the 21st century.” He disclosed that Kiir and Museveni started planning soon after IGAD-mediated peace talks collapsed in March.

James said the recent deal between the two men allows the presence of at least two Ugandan specialized battalions of the UPDF to remain in hidden sites in the violence-wracked country. He added that Presidents Kiir and Museveni were furious a day after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) told Museveni that he must leave the young republic alone, or the community of nations will take action against Uganda.

“UPDF left South Sudan from public eyes but not in reality. The truth is that more than 1400 troops from a Ugandan Special military division are still deep inside South Sudan. Museveni is not happy because he believes he failed to carry out what he is very good at,” James told the South Sudan News Agency from a secret location in Uganda.

“UPDF scattered its soldiers in an attempt to hide them from South Sudanese and confuse people. Some live in Juba pretending to be Ugandan civilians or business people and other units are with SPLA’s special divisions in the bushes,” he added.

James is blunt in his revelation. He proclaims that a plan to execute the elimination plan has already been finalized, warning the “world must not be fooled by a Ugandan bloody dictator."

“IGAD-Plus, African Union, and the United Nations must not fool themselves believing that everything is going to be Okay if rebels and government formed a unity government. It will be one of the biggest blunders of the 21st century,” he observed.

“My President Museveni and Kiir are very happy about the IGAD-Plus peace agreement because they believe they have an opportunity to execute what they failed to do for the last two years,” James asserted.

The disclosure came more than a month after Ugandan military announced last month that it will start withdrawing its troops from South Sudan starting October 12.

During the interview, James unveiled what could be a carefully planned scheme to lure in rebels and then start a war in Juba using a confusing trick. The Former Ugandan security agent also said the military pact between the two countries guarantees at least 1400 Ugandan soldiers to be housed in and around Juba.

James also states that Yoweri Museveni, who has been a staunch defender of Kiir has on the 8th of October asked Kiir to first agrees to shield locations of two UPDF’s battalions from the public because he is afraid of the international community, should the plan be discovered. Kiir quickly accepted Museveni’s demand.

More than eighteen (18) weeks before civil war broke out in Juba, James wrote an article which caused panic in East Africa and around the world. In his piece, which was published by the SSNA on July 27, 2013, he exposed Museveni and Kiir plan on how to get rid of Kiir’s political opponents in what appeared to be a well orchestrated scheme. James also admitted that he was sorry for whatever he had done against what he described as his South Sudanese brothers and sisters.

Fake business licenses issued to Uganda soldiers

According to James, Ugandan soldiers are given bogus business licenses by South Sudan’s government and instructed to dress in civilian clothes all the times and pretend like ordinary Ugandan business people to avoid public attention. The Former Ugandan intelligent officer said the deal further authorizes South Sudanese security and intelligence sectors to regularly monitor where Ugandan troops are assembled to minimize any risk that could arise.

Last month, Ugandan Chief of Defense Forces General Katumba Wamala announced that UPDF will withdraw from South Sudan starting October 12 and that all Ugandan soldiers will be out of the violence-ravaged nation by the first week of this month.

In the news conference, Gen. Katumba said Uganda believes South Sudanese national army (SPLA) is ready and can deal with any issue and that things will hold in South Sudan. Ugandan government added it helped stop what is described as a ‘would be worse genocide” in the young nation.

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