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South Sudan army surveys eight withdrawal points outside Juba

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September 26, 2015 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army (SPLA) is conducting a survey to assess areas outside the national capital, Juba where it would relocate its troops in compliance with provisions of the security arrangement in the just-inalised peace accord.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) jump off the back of a truck while on patrol in the capital, Juba, following the December 2013 outbreak of violence (Photo: Reuters)

The agreement, which both president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed, demands demilitarisation and relocation of the forces from Juba as well as some other towns inhabited by the civilian population in the world’s youngest nation.

The army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan told the state-owned SSTV Thursday that
the military was ready to implement the agreement and move out of the town once the eight identified areas, 25 kilometers away from the town centre, have been marked.

Commander of the presidential forces, Marial Chanuong Yol, commander of presidential guards disclosed on Friday that they had completed conducting a survey in at least six points and the remaining two points would be completed by end of the week.

Yol is one of the few government officials facing United Nations imposed sanctions for his alleged role on the conflict that killed thousands and displaced millions of people.

The survey team, Yol said, visited and conducted surveys identifying 25 kilometers away from the town centre on Juba-Nimule road, Juba-Torit road and Juba-Kajo-kejo road.

The team also visited and conducted a similar exercise on the Juba-Yei road and would assess final areas yet to be identified along the Juba-Mundri and Juba-Terekeka roads

Relocation of the army from Juba town to these areas will reportedly be done when the camps for the troops have been established in other parts of the country with water facilities and camping areas for living.

“We are going to make a report to the SPLA general headquarter to direct our engineering team to start digging water and putting in place some of infrastructure such that people will live in,” the commander of the presidential guards further told SSTV.

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  • 27 September 2015 07:19, by Mi diit

    In the whole world, it is only in South Sudan that government allows thousands of soldiers to live and roam among civilians in the national capital.

    It is better for all of us to demilitarize Juba and other towns and move away all those soldiers from the civilian settlements.

    Police is the one to stay with civilians per their duty.

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    • 27 September 2015 07:34, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      That’s a good move! It also ensures adequate protection to Juba city as peripheral circumference of the city remains secured.

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    • 27 September 2015 10:00, by Khent

      Mi Diit:

      Lying really is second nature to you, isn’t it? Do you mean to tell me that no other army in the world stations troops in the capital when required? I suppose I was just seeing things when I saw French soldiers on the streets of Paris on my TV screen following the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks...

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    • 27 September 2015 20:04, by Force 1

      Midiit;
      Do you believe 25 km away from Juba is far enough to avoid taking down traitors who dodged the SPLM/A for almost three decades inside Juba? Remember; you don’t have to be in a military uniform to do a classify operation within Juba!

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    • 28 September 2015 06:06, by Ito

      The way the government intend to relocate forces is suspicious and will be rejected by UN and opposition because it is ambushed style. They put it in a way that makes them surround the capital by blocking all routes. What is the guarantee of security of our leaders, it means rebel forces should also be station opposite the same barracks. All soldiers should have been taken far to bar el gazal

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  • 27 September 2015 07:44, by Eastern

    Placing these disgruntled soldiers on the main arteries (routes) linking Juba to the outside world is going to be another nightmare to road travellers; the soldiers should have been placed away from civilians (towns, roads, etc). They will turn to intimidating travellers, extorting from them, etc.

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    • 27 September 2015 09:38, by Mi diit

      They chose the roads linking towns in Equatoria so that they can turn into bandits to loot commuters between these towns. This is another business of looting as usual calculated by Paul Malong Awan. Highway robberies will increase with the presence of Anyoors on these routes.

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      • 27 September 2015 09:46, by Eastern

        Mi diit,

        I couldn’t agree more, this is a calculated move.......Road travel to and from Juba would become nightmares!

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        • 27 September 2015 10:18, by Khent

          Eastern

          You’re being paranoid and Mi Diit is being his usual idiotic self. Do you really expect the army to avoid the very tarmacked roads that would enable it to deploy its forces quickly in the event of an emergency?

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          • 27 September 2015 10:57, by Eastern

            Khent/Clauswitz/Rommel,

            What emergency are you talking about? This arrangement of redeployment is to pave way for a foreign force that will be responsible for overseeing security in Juba. This force would not allow any response from either SPLA-Kiir or SPLA-Macher in case of any ’emergency’ that might arise in Juba of indeed any other South Sudanese towns!

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            • 27 September 2015 11:17, by Khent

              Eastern

              The Agreement specified that the army must be deployed 25 km away from Juba and this is precisely what it will do. The army has every right to deploy its troops in strategic points outside Juba. There is simply no way that the army is going to fully entrust East African powers with security matters, no matter what the Agreement says...

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              • 27 September 2015 11:25, by Khent

                ..Mobility and freedom of action is of tremendous importance to any military and roads enable an army to deploy as quickly as possible. I would prefer that the army deploys its forces away from civilian settlements but that doesn’t mean that it should avoid roads altogether, your paranoid ideations notwithstanding.

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                • 27 September 2015 12:04, by Khent

                  I hope you realise that the only reason I make use of multiple accounts is because I was locked out of my other accounts for responding in kind to tribal attacks on my people. The people who initiate these attacks never seem to be banned for whatever reason. I made these accounts years ago in anticipation that I would need them some day.

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                  • 27 September 2015 15:46, by Eastern

                    Khent,

                    Sure, we need you on the forum; your freedom of speach must be respected, deferences in views notwithstanding.

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                    • 28 September 2015 12:27, by Khent

                      Eastern

                      I respect you for adhering to Voltaire’s "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

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