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Unity State: Mayom County told to disarm or face military force


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

January 16, 2012 (BENTIU) - Forces from South Sudan’s army, Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), have begun a disarmament campaign in Unity state’s volatile Mayom County where rebels have been fighting the government.

’Seemingly new Chinese Type-54 heavy machine gun (copy of the DShK), seized in Jonglei state. The SPLA claimed to have seized several of these, but had redistributed all but one to its own forces.’ (Small Arms Survey)

The South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) began it’s rebellion early last year vowing to overthrow the Juba government because of its corruption, tribalism and nepotism.

On Monday Mayom’s Commissioner, Martin Machot Deng, warned citizens through state radio Bentiu FM 99 to handover their illegal arms to the SPLA. If weapons are not handed over peacefully, force would be applied in the areas affected by the rebels.

South Sudan is still awash with small arms following decades of civil war with north Sudan, which ended in the 2005 peace deal.

In July last year South Sudan gained independence but continued to accuse Khartoum of arming rebel groups in its territory.

He said that citizens should disarm to allow peace to return to the area so that development projects could take place. Last year the SSLA attacked Mayom town and has threatened to attack Bentui, the state capital.

The rebel group have also been accused of laying land mines in the area making it difficult for agencies to provide humanitarian assistance and restricting movement.

’Chinese-produced Type-80 machine gun (copy of the PKM), seized in Jonglei state. Identical machine guns were seized from Peter Gadet’s forces during the same period in Unity state.’ (Small Arms Survey)

Salva Kiir, South Sudan’s President has offered an amnesty to all of the new country’s rebels. The commissioner urged those with arms in the state to handover their guns.

Commissioner Deng warned citizens not to blame the government for the consequences if they did not disarm. He said that the SPLA had tried to use traditional networks of local chiefs but if that did not work the army would use force.

Unity State advisor for security, Michael Chieng Jiek Geay, and Mayom MPs have joined the commissioner in spreading awareness of the campaign in their constituencies.

"It is important to live without guns and your security will be handle by the government rather than using illegal arms to attack your neighborhood", said the state advisor.

South Sudan’s military say they have deployed three divisions around the borders of Mayom County to monitor the movement of those who may resist the exercise.


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  • 18 January 2012 06:41, by Gueth Bidok

    So when you respect the rule you’re the victim ha!! Why would Mayom be threatened when it didn’t attack any tribe. If the government really wants people to threat why not Murle and Lou who screw themselves up every hour.

    • 18 January 2012 08:34, by NUER ONE

      It is very good to disarm those in Mayom,let Jonglei trouble not reach that place.Much thanks and respect to those whom handed their guns than killing.

    • 18 January 2012 09:55, by John Bang

      Gueth, you are behind the news of South Sudan,Murle are naturally born theft and they know,they stoled children from Equatoria, Dinka,Anuak and Nuer plus other parts that I could not memtion.If you thinks critically,what idea can come out from your mind, just let these tribes do their part revenring their stollen cattles ,children and women.
      Look from the first time Murle does not kill children.

    • 18 January 2012 14:09, by SSLA/M Supporter

      Why are they not assassinating those useless SPLA/M traitors in the Jonglei, Sobat and unity state so as to put fear and terror in their hearts to stop them talking bullshits! All rebel groups in RoSS must consider this tactic to kill sinor SPLM members so that they watch out how they are behaving! War can be fought inn many ways and this new could help a lot because RoSS is a lawless country!

  • 18 January 2012 06:56, by E. Defense Forces

    Disarmament should be in jonglei state starting with Nuer and Dinka lastly Murle because they are minority tribe.

    • 18 January 2012 07:42, by Gueth Bidok

      Dude, Yes Murle are minority but they are the most unconscientious in the in the South if not in the world. Therefore, Murle should be disarmed first. Lou are already disarmed and murle were not!!

    • 18 January 2012 07:53, by Ruach

      Do ’ve dfense force apart from South Sudan Defense force?Do ’ve army in SPLA?Stop your hates towards Nuer & Dinka my friend.It will lead you to hell.Disarment was done in Nuer & Dinka,but Jebe/Jabbar/Murle were not touched.At this time it be started from Murle to see whether they are interesting to ’ve guns or not

      • 18 January 2012 08:35, by E. Defense Forces

        South Sudanese trust Murle more than Dinka and Nuer. Dinka and Nuer disarmed first, let Equatorians deal with their cousins Murle.

    • 18 January 2012 09:43, by John Bang

      You are BIG shit,E Depend Force, how may times disarment started in Nuer areas and Nuer went back to their guns because of your stupidity,killing people always in all parts of Jongle you the very small tribe who can be finished through one night by Lou alone as you witnesses.Murle needs a lesson again till their thieves banishes iinto the air.

      • 18 January 2012 10:10, by NUER ONE

        Ho is crying now,nuer,dinka or murlei?
        Tomorrow new one will be out.
        Hand your gun to SPLA south sudan and stop killing each others in one state.

        Go and attack arabs in Mayom and you will see.

      • 18 January 2012 18:32, by Gueth Bidok

        Yes you got it right John Bang but these two communities should be disarmed started with Murle then Lou-Nuer just for South Sudan’s sake.

    • 18 January 2012 14:18, by SSLA/M Supporter

      E defend forces

      Murle is minority yet! soon you will surprise how tiny they become! Encourage them even though you won’t be there to help them once they will be exterminated by Nuer and their Dinka cousins! The good news is that no one single tribe will ever rule South Sudan apart from Nuer and their Dinka cousins! Now, we realsie the game and thus we must deal with you only the way we know how!

      • 19 January 2012 01:42, by allan

        U guys should start ur disarm wit those animals call murle who doesnt liste because they are pool enought to realise that if dinka and nuer joing hand together and hung em down where they gonna go

  • 19 January 2012 23:34, by panom lualbil

    The Government should first make Murle’s Nuer’s and Dinka’S leaders aware before launching. And then if there any attack against whoever, then government should immediately begin disarming those attackers thoroghly before geting back’ and with help from leaders of attackers, as its their work to government point those criminals out and keep their community a safe place. Community know themselves.

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