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South Sudanese rebel leader calls on his rival to resign, warns of uprising

Nairobi, July 8, 2015 (SSNA) -- The leader of South Sudan’s rebels on Wednesday issued a stern warning to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, saying, Kiir must either resign by mid-night Wednesday or the rebel forces with help from civilians will remove him from power.

The call comes hours before Kiir’s current presidential term ends today at Mid-night (South Sudan local time).

“The SPLM [In Opposition] would therefore like to categorically declare the government of Salva Kiir, the National Legislature and the State Government and the State Legislative Assemblies as unconstitutional and illegitimate as of midnight of July 8, 2015. The SPLM/SPLA appeals to President Salva Kiir to resign from office and dissolve his entire government,” Dr. Machar told reporters in Nairobi.

Machar, who announced the warning in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, said Kiir is not for peace and that Juba has violated previous peace agreements even before they were signed.

“We don't feel like we have a peace partner with Salva Kiir,” he said

“Should President Kiir remain adamant and refuse to hand over power back to the people, then the citizens have every right to rise up and overthrow his regime,” Machar warned.

In his speech, Dr. Machar repeatedly warned that if Kiir remains the president, refuses to leave the presidency to give the people of South Sudan a chance to choose their leaders through elections, then the armed opposition will use its military might to topple him, adding that the citizens of the violence-wracked nation are feed-up with kiir’s one-man rule.

South Sudanese rebels gain ‘full control’ of Unity state oilfields

Juba/Addis Ababa, June 5, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s rebel forces on Friday captured oilfields after three days of fierce battle with government troops in Unity State.

Rebel Spokesman James Gatdet Dak released a statement, saying the armed opposition, SPLA-IO, took full control of all oilfields in Unity State and threatened to target Adar and Paloch oilfield in the oil-rich Upper Nile State.

“On Friday morning our forces from Division 4 took full control of the whole Unity oilfields in the oil-producing Lich (Unity) state. Our next targets are Adar and Paloch oilfields in Upper Nile state. We will make sure the only two remaining oilfields cease to function as well,” Gatdet said in a strongly worded statement.

“The plan is to close down oil production in both Unity and Upper Nile states which are the only two oil producing states in South Sudan,” Gatdet revealed.

Gatdet slams Kiir’s government for using oil money to buy arms instead of helping vulnerable South Sudanese.

“This is to deny Salva Kiir’s regime from using the oil revenues to finance and perpetuate the war. He buys weapons and hires mercenaries to continue fighting the war in defence of tyranny while the suffering people of South Sudan have been dying of hunger, diseases and lack other basic services,” he said.

Gatdet also accuses government forces of launching what he described as “full scale offensive” against the SPLA-IO and added that the armed opposition has delivered a humiliating defeat to government troops.

The rebel Spokesman further stated that the SPLA-IO is well prepared and ready to strike and capture the remaining oilfields in Upper Nile State and “shut down their operations” with ultimate goal to deny Juba from using oil as a war indemnity.

Last month, South Sudan’s rebels warned that it has finished its military preparation and that it will attack Paloch oilfields at anytime to capture them from government troops.

South Sudan’s government expels UN humanitarian chief

Juba, June 1, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese government on Monday expelled United Nations’ Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer, who has recently been appointed to take up a new post in a few weeks.

The move comes as relations between UN and the violence-torn nation have increasingly become tense.

The United Nations strongly condemned the move and has called on Juba to immediately withdraw its decision. The world body also calls on South Sudanese government to respect international agreements and to fully cooperate with all UN’s agencies.

"The Secretary-General calls on the government of South Sudan to reverse its decision immediately," a UN statement reads in parts.

Lanzer, who also doubled as deputy head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan, has been applauded by the UN for his work in South Sudan.

“Mr Lanzer has been instrumental in addressing the increasing humanitarian needs of conflict-affected communities in the country and ensuring that life-saving humanitarian assistance reaches the most vulnerable," the statement added.

UN disclosed that Lanzer was not in the country when the decision to expel him was announced.

The abrupt dismissal of Lanzer has been widely interpreted as a result of his last month criticism against Juba after government forces committed massacre, raped women and young girls, and kidnapped young boys in the oil-rich Unity State.

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