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S. Sudan to start re-integrating ex-rebels into national army


October 9, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government says it plans to start re-integrating former armed opposition fighters (SPLA-IO) in Northern Liech state into the country’s national army (SPLA).

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Colonel Dickson Gatluak (ST Photo)

The spokesperson for the SPLM-IO Juba faction, Col. Dickson Gatluak Jok said members of the armed opposition faction welcomed the order, which seeks to bring diversity within the national army.

“This re-integration exercise will also bring change in the warring communities and in military bases in the whole country,” said Jok.

He said as a partner in the coalition government, the SPLM-IO under the leadership of the country’s First Vice-President, Taban Deng Gai, regard the process as an important milestone in the country’s army.

“As stipulated in the transitional security arrangements (Chapter ll), it is the duty for warring parties to disseminate the provisions of this agreement to all their forces,” stressed Jok in the statement.

He emphasised the need for equal treatment within the national army.

Jok said members of the armed opposition infantry forces who will soon take part in a military parade after being re-integrated include, Lt. Gen. Peter Dor Manjur Gatluak, Major Gen. Karlo Kuol Ruai, Major Gen. William Gueh Duop, Major Gen. Micheal Makal Kuol Deng, Major Gen. David Joang Puk, Major Gen. Stephen Bol Puok Bur, Major Gen. Peter Toar Nyuel and Major Gen. Mayiel Thai Wuor Naam.


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  • 10 October 2017 10:55, by Eastern

    Pursuing futility....

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    • 10 October 2017 11:53, by jubaone

      These nyagateen are repeating the same shit allover in a desperate hope "two or more wrongs will make a right". Three things come here:

      1-Kiirminal is terribly weakened with Malong/nyors now docile, he needs Nuer boots on the ground.
      2-Taban is fighting for political survival ahead of Riak´s return.
      3-Perhaps nyagateen want to get back to SPLA, organize a takeover then merge with Riak??

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      • 10 October 2017 16:07, by padiit gaga

        That is right the need to government side because there must be No two I.o only one those STD must be integrated to govt the true must work under Dr Riek this peace excluded Fabian he need to chose one side either to be with Kirimnal or G12 he was already fire from I.o.

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      • 10 October 2017 16:42, by Newsudan

        STD has huge force
        1.former unity state: 30000
        2.Jonglei, Eastern Upper Nile: 10000
        3.equatoria region: 10000
        STD peace wing has around 50000 men,Riek Io witchcraft will be history soon.

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        • 10 October 2017 19:53, by padiit gaga

          No body care about STD army because his and govt are one wether the integrated or not is up to them, Now the world does not recognised STD I.O that is why he was excluded from this peace he has No more army his are Nuerwew and mathinganyor.

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  • 10 October 2017 11:07, by conservative

    Let be one army and one president we don’t want confusion to divide us enough game is enough time to move on we are not special people to be divided

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    • 10 October 2017 20:19, by Nairobimitot

      First of all, I would like to praise "Conservative" for his kind words. I will support your idea of moving on to the country. I agree that enough is enough. Also, I would like to message those who are still stuck with the tribal mind. What you are doing is not going to work, you are wasting people time including your time too. You know very well that the equatorial, Dinka, and Nuer will always live side by side no matter what their differences. This war is just a waste of time and you the followers of Riek Machar and Riek Machar himself cannot hold the people of South Sudan hostage. We are going to move on and walk the long road ahead. We are thinking ahead of time, and we are going to start the development of the country, reforming it with peace and love among all the people of South Sudan. You the followers of Riek Machar and Riek Machar himself can follow us later on since you guys are undecided. We cannot wait for people who are very slow in mind, and we will not have enough time to publish more books to educate you, we just do not have enough money to that slow minded situation of yours. We can teach you about the importance of unity and how we can all coexist together as one nation and one people under one flag and peace, but we do not have time. We are going to start walking, and in case you decide to wake up and follow your brother and sisters, we will leave you one book but make sure you read because the book will tell you were your brothers and sisters has gone, and their location. If you do not understand it, you will go down the wrong path and get lost for good. We want you guys to follow us the government because we love you.

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  • 11 October 2017 02:27, by Don-Don Malith Rual


    I can’t see any difference between our people behaviour towards the nations 🌍 and that of a person who burns his own 🏡 house because he has been eaten by an insect over nights that is hidden in the house,

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