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South Sudan commemorates SPLA day


May 16, 2012 (BOR/BENTUI) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) commemorated it’s 29th anniversary with events across South Sudan, celebrating the formation of the former rebel group - now the national army of independent South Sudan - on 16 May 1983.

SPLA soldiers celebrating May 16 Anniversary in Bor. 27 May 2011 (ST)

The founding of the SPLA triggered the second Sudanese civil war, which lasted for over two decades, killed over two million people and displaced four million but led to the independence of South Sudan last year as part of a 2005 peace deal.

At around 5am on 16 May 1983 a small group of troops from the Sudanese army’s 105 Garrison in Malualchat, five miles outside Jonglei’s capital Bor along Juba-Bor road headed by then major, Karbino Kuanyin Bol, mutinied and opened fire on northern troops stationed there.

This mutiny was followed by 104 garrisons in Ayod, Akobo and Pachalla later in the day. The defections dismantled the 1972 Addis Ababa agreement, which had been dishonoured by former Sudanese President Gaafar Neimeiry.

Colonel John Garang de Mabior, who had been sent to quell the rebellion, assumed leadership of the SPLA, becoming its Chairman until his death in 2005 after signing the landmark peace deal that allowed South Sudan to secede in 2011.

SPLA pledge to protect South Sudan

On 9 July 2011 the SPLA became South Sudan’s national army but still has a long way to go to become a modern national military.

In Juba, where the anniversary was attended by thousands of South Sudanese, SPLA leaders pledged to continue fighting for South Sudan’s dignity and equal rights of all South Sudan’s many ethnic groups.

SPLA spokesman, Colonel Philip Aguer Panyang told the celebrators that South Sudan moved away from the state of Sudan as Khartoum did not respect the equality of its people.

"This an important day because our people after all bitter struggle and the misery of war for 21 years, South Sudan moved away from the state that did not recognise the equal importance of its people," said Aguer.

“We have been fighting for equality rights and dignity of our people and that is the significance of this day”, he added.

He urged the youth to preserve the sovereignty of South Sudan to promote it economically.

“The next phase of liberation is positive peace; positive peace is economic development”, he said.

SPLA chief of staff, James Hoth Mai, said they are working hard to transform the SPLA into a professional and effective force. He said this week that within months antiaircraft missiles would be provided to the army so it could respond to cross-border bombings from the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF).

SPLA military hardware displayed in Bor during the SPLA anniversary. 16 May 2012 (ST)

Failure to resolve post-partition issues resulted in an intense border conflict over disputed oil-producing areas in April.

“We are committed to build the SPLA to a professional, affordable, accountable and operational effective military”, Mai said.

SPLA calls for peace in Jonglei

Speaking during the celebration in Bor, the head of the disarmament operation in Jonglei, General Kuol Deim Kuol, called upon the state’s communities to stick to the peace deal that was signed in the state on Saturday 6 May.

“Let me give thanks to the state’s citizen[s] for the little that was signed in Bor. Every problem has a solution and so the problem in Jonglei will come to an end”, said Kuol.

He said the was army committed to defending the civilian population from any attack.

“SPLA soldiers are ready to give up their lives in the course of defence against any attack”, said Kuol.

The state governor of Jonglei State, Kuol Manyang told those celebrating SPLA day that peace is the only way to end the current food insecurity and poor health conditions.

“In the conflict, we lost our people through fighting, others died of disease and hunger. The only way is accept peace so that we work for development”, Kuol said.

Jonglei inhabitants celebrate 29th anniversary day

Thousands gathered at the SPLA’s State General Secretariat headquarters to celebrate anniversary, which was attended by various levels of the state government and armed forces.

On midnight Tuesday random celebratory shooting into air occurred, apparently by the army and police services. Kuol publicly apologised to Jonglei State inhabitants for the unlawfully shooting and ordered an investigation.

“Nobody give orders for shooting – instead we are at stage austerity measures which one bullet cost 100 SSP - I apologised for this and I do hereby order immediate all organised forces to investigates act of shooting lawfully,” Kuol said.

South Sudan is cutting government spending as it has halted oil production over a fee dispute with Khartoum. Oil revenues had accounted for 98% of the budget.

Kuol Manyang Juuk, the Governor of Jonglei state urged residents to adopt a hard working lifestyle instead of being idol.

SPLA Day Celebrations in Unity State

Unity State governor Taban Deng Gai expresses his gratitude to the people of Republic of South Sudan while in remembering the SPLA’s struggle which brought South Sudan’s independence last year.

Unity State governor Taban Deng Gai speaking at the SPLA celebrate 16 May in Unity State 16 May 2012 (ST)

The 4th division of the SPLA, which is based in Unity State is sometimes referred to locally as the “Petrol SPLA” due to the location of oil fields in the state which borders Sudan.

Deng while addressing SPLA members and citizens in Unity state made it clear that South Sudanese should be proud of those who died in the conflict that led to secession.

"Today 16 May is very special day, this is the day when rebellion started in Bor, and this rebellion was not out of reasons, it was because so many reasons that created objectives reasons for rebellions to start, it is a special because this is the day that we have decided to fight it out so that we have to achieved objectives and democratic for our people."

He encouraged the women and children who lost their mothers and fathers during the war with various Khartoum governments to be proud of their relatives as they had brought freedom to the Republic of South Sudan.

“Was it not because of the blood of our heroes who die during struggle, we would not have a freedom at last as people of South Sudanese,” Deng added.

SPLA celebrate 16 May in Unity State. 16 May 2012 (ST)

Liah Puot a citizen of Unity state said that without the events if 16 May 1983 South Sudan would not now be an independent republic.

Angelina Nyakan Babuoth, a 23-year-old told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that young people were proud of the SPLA struggle that brought secession from Sudan.

Despite the recent fighting between Sudan and South Sudan over their undemarcated borders many appreciate the work done by the SPLA to defend South Sudan during the recent border conflict.

On Wednesday many citizens across the streets of Bentiu town waved SPLA flags to boost the moral of army by saying "SPLA Oyee!! SPLA Oyee!! SPLA Oyee!!", while dancing and yelling.


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  • 17 May 2012 07:44, by Kurnyel

    16 may is not a good day for South Sudan to dance, it is day when major Karbino Kunyin steal SAF money and then he run to bush but true hero Garang rescue him from hiding.So this day is a day South Sudanese shited their blood which indeed end in vain.

    • 17 May 2012 08:00, by Ayom Dor

      True 29th anniversary that our heroes joined us in celebrating the end to North rule in south Sudan, the day our brothers in north cried for separation of sudan and subsequent lost of oils explorations upto three-quarter of wealth to southerners! SPLA OYEE! our fallen heroes oyee!

    • 17 May 2012 08:02, by zulu

      SPLA Oye.
      SPLA Oye,\
      The husbands of NCP Oye. Kill them all, kill Beshit, Kill Mahmute Hamdu, Kill North Sudanese Somalis,
      We are alive, soon, we will liberate SN, SK, Darfur, Abyei and Panthou.

    • 17 May 2012 08:21, by Monye Jur

      Traitor Kurnyel,

      Read the sentence again and again, if you lack some reading or understanding capacity; then seek for help. The sentence goes; At around 5am on 16 May 1983 a small group of troops from the army’s 105 Garrison in Malualchat, five miles outside Jonglei’s capital Bor along Juba-Bor road headed by then major, Karbino Kuanyin Bol, mutinied and opened fire on northern troops.

    • 17 May 2012 12:00, by Jewish Ally

      Yes indeed it is not a good day because on this day your was mourning your uncles, and brothers killed by those who want equality, justice and freedom
      mean your mother labour on bed trying to deliver you was that day
      the whole of your family were cheating tears while we were enjoying the first move to liberty
      thank to our Heros and Heriones

    • 17 May 2012 17:32, by Ruach

      Kurnyel.Arabs are liars!Garang has not ever come into the minds of Arabs as a person that they like!Maybe u like him because is not here now and he is still fighting with Satan Bin Ladden and your damn Prophet Mohamed

  • 17 May 2012 07:44, by Northern Sudanese

    29th Anniversary of insects Movement :)

    • 17 May 2012 08:44, by Joseph Canada


    • 17 May 2012 11:01, by wang

      Northern Sudanese
      Weren’t the Insects that destroyed the area (Heglig) that was feeding your entirety population?
      Weren’t the insects that captured those thefts (SAF) and weaponries?
      Weren’t insects that forced you to expected a resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council(UNSC)to withdraw your forces from Abei otherwise the situation could have been get worse if

      • 17 May 2012 17:07, by Northern Sudanese

        Matur Angok

        When thousands of insects storm into your kitchen through the window while you weren’t ready,of course you need to leave all your food and stuff inside the kitchen and you would need to flee.

        you must flee, get anti insect spray and kill them! that is exactly what we did with these insects

        Happy insects anniversary enjoy :)

  • 17 May 2012 07:50, by South South

    Northern Sudanese,

    I want you to watch these hardwares of SPLA and start crying like a baby. How can you denied that your minister of defense was interviewed by Sudanese TV where he said that his army in Panthou was well equipped but still SPLA destroyed them. The program is called:?????? ?? ??????? ??????????

    Check that loser. South Sudan is waste than Israel.

    • 17 May 2012 08:32, by Northern Sudanese

      South South


      • 17 May 2012 08:53, by South South

        Northern Sudanese,

        Please stop beating bushes. The minister of defenese of SAF was a guest to the program called " Interface" in Sudanese TV host by Ahmed Albulal Tayed. It is a very well known program in Sudan. Are you really Sudanese ? Check the programs of your country TV rather than run around to make these empty questions to us. Panthou was a big hole to NCP party and the likes.

        • 17 May 2012 17:11, by Northern Sudanese

          South South

          there was no such interview my friend :) .......... you are just making up propaganda :D

          Our army spokesman had the same interview and he clearly explained how panthou got into your hands! SPLA entered with a large force and we all saw that on TV! no1 expected SPLA to invade Heglig as it wasn’t disputed.

          stop making up propaganda

          • 17 May 2012 21:26, by South South

            Northern Sudanese,

            You are just Mr. denial."SPLA entered with a large force and we all saw that on TV!"

            Iam so happy to read the quote above from you. By now you should know that SPLA can enter any part of Sudan if they want. This is what we are trying to tell you since yesterday that SPLA overrun SAF in Panthou. You can not deny it anymore. Enjoy your sweet defeat from Panthou.

  • 17 May 2012 08:32, by Madina Tonj

    Indeed, that pictures alone can talks to the world that, SPLA/M and the Southern Sudanese people who dies during 22 years didn’t died in vain but for the rightfulness. It is true also that, the 16th May will remain national holiday for Southern Sudanese people and plus July9. Yes, SPLA has long road to go and I am confidence on them, they will do it by all means.
    Thanks late Kerubino Kuanyin Bol

  • 17 May 2012 08:39, by Madina Tonj

    Indeed, that pictures alone can talks to the world that, SPLA/M and the Southern Sudanese people who dies during 22 years didn’t died in vain but for the rightfulness. It is true also that, the 16th May will remain national holiday for Southern Sudanese people and plus July9. Yes, SPLA has long road to go and I am confidence on them, they will do it by all means.
    Thanks late Kerubino Kuanyin Bol

  • 17 May 2012 08:51, by Madina Tonj

    We appreciated governor Taban Deng Gai for reminding South Sudanese citizens in Unity State. I was supporting you at that time when people were dseperate for leadership and I knew you will do well as you did exactly, because I know you are one of Southern Sudanese dependable man and I wish you will get relected to serve the interest for residents in Unity State and also play a role in South Sudan

  • 17 May 2012 08:53, by BM Bol

    Once an idiot is born an idiot, he is an idiot for good and you’re a proof of that. You’re what the Dinka refer to as “Ran Kuc Wel" – a childlike adult person who no matter what rehabilitation he goes through, he’s in for life. Your attempt to dilute and rewrite the history tells a lot of what kind of person you’re. The good news is you can’t and you will never do. Just get over it.

    • 17 May 2012 09:21, by Dinkawarrior

      16 Mayo will be change to be aCastration Day)!!!!

      After the Mighty SPLA Castrated Mrs. President Leech Bashit! She still wondering what happened to her! One of her friend told her if she suck Oil in Panthou, she might give birth to a son inorder for him to inheritage the looted billion of dollars! unfortunately, the Dinka Cow wouldn’t let him rest!

  • 17 May 2012 09:06, by Madina Tonj

    Just to reminds Southern Sudanese that, there will be some names that will never be change in South Sudan’s history and the following names are as follows:

    1. RSS will be the title name of South Sudan’s government
    2.SPLA/M will remain popular name unchangable to next generation
    3.GOSS another name for government seal.
    4.South Sudan defense force mean same thing as SPLA
    5.3 Parties only are needed

  • 17 May 2012 09:17, by E. Defense Forces
  • 17 May 2012 09:28, by Guandong

    Thanks to Gen. James Hoth for the good news of arrival of antAircraft to all divisions of the south sudan army to defense our terittorty, this is what we need not to sleep on the money in Juba n start praising SPLA to fight North withno weapon. I dont like those Gen. who are talking about this while they can’t provide service medicine, food, amunition and weapon to our soldier. act now like James.

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