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18 SPLA soldiers defect to rebels in W. Bhar el-Ghazal: official


March 18, 2017 (JUBA) – Dozens of South Sudan army (SPLA) soldiers led by Captain Lam Yuol Jok abandoned their positions and joined the armed opposition Brigadier Gen. Musa Dakumi in Raja area of Western Bhar el Gazal last Friday, a rebel spokesperson told Sudan Tribune Saturday.

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SPLA soldiers in Malakal, capital of the battleground oil-state of Upper Nile on 15 May 2014 (Photo AFP/Ivan Lieman)

Lt. Col. Lam Paul, a deputy rebel spokesperson, said pro-government camp in Raja and Western Bhar el Ghazal state joined ranks with their forces in the area to fight against the government.

He, however, said the soldiers defected after allegedly witnessing several mistreatment of civilians that include rape, tortures and extra-judicial killing of innocent children in Wau.

“They witnessed many atrocities ranging from gang rape of women and underage girls to kidnap and killing of innocent civilians by the untrained government Militias and so, they decided to join the mighty and disciplined SPLA-IO under the leadership of the Commander In Chief Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon,” Lam told Sudan Tribune.

The rebel official said they have welcomed all steps taken by the former government fighters, adding that their defection to the rebel movement remains a big blow to the Juba regime.

Lam has also disputed earlier reports that Col. Yien Mathew, a former fighter of the armed opposition faction in Upper Nile state defected to the government led by President Salva Kiir.

Yien, according to Lam, joined Lam Akol’s National Democratic Movement (NDM) and not a member of the armed opposition movement led by former First Vice President, Riek Machar.

“Late last year he [Yien] became a member of NDM Liberation Council. Yien Mathew was a beneficiary of Dr. Lam Akol’s NDM and did not rejoin the SPLA-IO completely, even secretly,” he said.

Sudan Tribune was unable to reach the SPLA spokesperson on the alleged defection.


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  • 19 March 2017 09:00, by Kush Natives

    Confused elements! Join this, join that, rebelled for this and for that! What’s the hell is this? Those who were in Raja camp were just living and enjoying their normal live. Now, they’re caused (IO) an havoc in the area that an innocence civilians pays the consequences of whatever you will name it? God help these innocence civil populations, who have no an idea of what Riek Machar’s all about!

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    • 20 March 2017 07:27, by hamil

      Kush Natives

      You have no idea what Kiir and the JCE are all about

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  • 19 March 2017 10:16, by Modongo Mundra

    it sounds so fun, people don’t know the direction of ths nation... move from here to there, and from there to here....for how long shall we keep on moving around the circle, ohhhh everyone is going to come back with a lot of fake ranks... i don’t think if i will salute them!!! long live junubi sudan

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  • 19 March 2017 16:33, by pabaak

    Cursed group always think that way because what they did way aginst people and nation will continue hunting them all these problems are thier made if nobody think that viloent could be way to solve problems then couldn’t have no these problems

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    • 19 March 2017 16:49, by pabaak

      I don’t think its not time again to fight becaue all problems could be resolved through negotiations because we have achievedour country.anyway fellow what you have chosen and the result will be devastating to now sudantribune find it sweet for them to find these nonsense news as thier routine internet over internet against south Sudan but all together will be loosers

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      • 19 March 2017 17:04, by pabaak

        I don’t think many people like way government is running county affairs but they have to be given credit for keep out those who want to go palace through barrel of gun not through election. The forward for current supposed to prepare the country for election next year and this need very transparent election commission and security system to be safeguard of democratic system. And what is very

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        • 19 March 2017 17:42, by pabaak

          Is the way we choose our leaders we need to learn from how other countries choose thier party representatives to the election for example primaries in united states for example is better way to give people thier choice from amongst many candidate un like choosing party representatives through show up hand as is done with SPLM. This system not democratic in nature and will not be sustainade

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          • 19 March 2017 17:57, by pabaak

            Sustainable for democratic system in south Sudan.so elections are best mechanism to fellow in order to keep the country development rolling and therfore keeping the country in development.this way will shunt out those who choose what they think is short cut for them to become leaders in the future and also keeping away those who want to hands in country affairs

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  • 19 March 2017 22:21, by Dinka-Defender-General

    18 soldiers are not "dozens." Dozens should be used in term of over thousands not 18 soldiers. Furthermore, these soldiers are confused and don’t know what to do. They are misled by the leaders who are looking for positions. They will be back within two months period after they find out Machar is prisoner 2281391 in South Sudan, nothing to eat, and no supplies to fight SPLA soldiers. Good luck...

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    • 20 March 2017 03:27, by Paul Ongee

      In essence, a dozen means 12 soldiers. Two dozens mean 24 soldiers. In this case of 18 retarded defectors, it should be reported that one dozen and half, not just dozens which is not specific. Does this worry anybody out there? I am not 100% worried because the same people will come back tomorrow begging for forgiveness as Riek Machar did in 2002 and the rest of militia warlords. Period.

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      • 20 March 2017 03:34, by Paul Ongee

        I simply wasted my time to read it although it’s intended for entertaining readers. Is defection a new political culture in South Sudan? No. WHy should we worry about it? Even the ST reporters are aware that defection is always there so long as an individual wants fake military ranks and employment opportunities in their imaginary government of Riek Machar and his cohorts.

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        • 20 March 2017 03:43, by Paul Ongee

          Defection from A to B or vice versa is no longer any news anymore in South Sudan but entertainment. to readers. SPLM/A has been and will remain popular party for generations to come because there is no any opposition forces interested in forming their own party-for-food since 2009 when SPLM-DC started, again SPLM-IO are still using the name to garner political support from its targeted supporters

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      • 20 March 2017 03:53, by junubi

        brother Ongee you are right to correct them
        and i know those soldiers are going for commission those 18 soldier will be 18 brigiers Generals soon because SPLA IO troops are all generals no private.

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  • 20 March 2017 06:35, by Kush Natives

    I am still don’t comprehends this poster, when his article reported the defectors as dozens! I think the poster have got some vocabulary issue here. If 18 soldiers means dozens, then how would we describes 1/2 of division? I am talking of 5,000 men? Mr. Paul Ongee, your analysis left every commentators here without doubt that rebellion in South Sudan become a recipe for a better foundation__

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  • 20 March 2017 06:55, by Kush Natives

    con___Therefore, that’s what I have been exactly calling for, the president of South Sudan since day one to shut off this door of common rebellion. But, sometimes third worlds leaders takes the media communication less seriously, otherwise, South Sudan wouldn’t be at this stage. The culture of rebellion, killings and none existing practices in South Sudan.

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