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SPLA garrison opens in Central Equatoria

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July 24, 2012 (JUBA) - A new army garrison, the first in the region, has been opened in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria State’s Morobo County, located about 120 miles from the capital, Juba.

Ofeni Ngota, the commissioner of Morobo county in Central Equatoria state, March 04, 2012 (ST)

While speaking at its official opening, Ofeni Ngota, the county commissioner said the new army facility will help not only the border region, but the entire South Sudan in averting any possible external military aggression.

"In recent years, Morobo county was used by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) rebels, but we hope the new garrison will minimise their movement or any other rebel groups in the areas," the commissioner told a jubilant crowd of over 200 on Monday.

Security, he reiterated, is vital in achieving peace and making development progress in a new nation like South Sudan, which suffered decades of civil war, leading to massive destruction, loss of human lives and displacement of the population.

The commissioner, however, encouraged the army forces to fully utilise the fertile region by engaging in agricultural practices to produce food for consumption. Food security, he added, remains a priority in the country.

The new army base, sources told Sudan Tribune, has been earmarked to have an airstrip, playing ground, hospital and schools, amongst other facilities.

Meanwhile, Michael Kenyi, the landowner on whose plot the garrison currently sits appealed to the commissioner and government to ensure that residents, whose farming activities were affected by the creation of the facility, are fully compensated.

Morobo County last year came to the spotlight when an SPLA unit in the area killed renegade rebel leader, George Athor, after intelligence reports indicated he had started recruiting in the area.

Athor’s forces later issued a statement alleging their leader was killed by the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) army on his way to Kampala, a claim that was strongly disputed by the Ugandan government.

(ST)

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  • 26 July 2012 08:13, by Madina Tonj

    Look, I have been telling South Sudan’s media to make sure that, they understand what to report and what is not supposed to report just reandomly like this. How stupid are these reporter? Why are you mentioning Location for what reason? Such unprofessional journalist are not supposed to be hiring in the first place. Why are you mention 120 miles from Juba? Are you real a Southern Sudanese citizen?

    • 26 July 2012 08:40, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      You are very correct my friend,some of the things should not be deeply reported because our enemy will one day will attach the place.things like garison training places for our soldiers should be openly reported.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

    • 26 July 2012 09:50, by Fighter

      Nothing to be happy about. Jönközzzzziiinnya will come to that beautiful Morobo to fuck your women and young children, grab your land and name them with new fucken dinka names. They will steal your children, loot your wealth and spread AIDS

      • 26 July 2012 10:23, by Letigolight

        Fighter, we know you are the son of Athor, but he is gone - Condolence!
        Be informed Morobo and Central Equatoria at large is a land of civilised citizens, we are supporting the efforts of the government RSS to ensure fighting and abduction stops in Jongole. Instead of coming to fight, you will find abundant food and even forget everything, you and your people need to be exposed to new world order!

      • 26 July 2012 17:38, by Madiing Aweil

        you don,t know what are saying brother dinka are your liberators without them you will not talk like this dinka are not grabers of land even they don,t name the place that has been named already because mandukuru have given you a good name like suryal mafi, atla bare and vice versa it is a first time for you to be having military garisson in central equatoria so don,t reject it.

  • 26 July 2012 08:33, by marie

    The days of obscurity are gone my friend. Welcome to 21st century where satellite pinpoints any position on this Planet. Go to earth google and you would be able to see every single place in South Sudan including army barracks.

  • 26 July 2012 08:45, by Augustino Ambros

    Yep! that is a good decicions.
    If they are just train for LRA in order not to be used by the LRA.

    Keep it up!!!

  • 26 July 2012 17:01, by Kikiji longiro

    This is not a military garrason. This is another center of creating huge problem over those blind innocent citizens.These people don,t know how to dig farms, Why don,t you take them to the northern part to accompany cows with the cattle raiders.

    Morobo is a home of women,daughters & young boys to go to school, but not for creating a center of terrorist connected with Museven.

  • 26 July 2012 17:15, by Kikiji longiro

    Here,they are still looking for a place to bury the coming rebel leaders & all true people don,t know that to be a rebel is not because of ones selfishness made in Juba, but because of one seeing tears flowing innocently in other people eyes without being seen. What did Joseph O.get in the bush, if it was not the tears of the other innocents send him to the bush?

    kijiki

  • 26 July 2012 17:30, by Kikiji longiro

    PLEASE PEOPLE IN MOROBO BE CAREFUL.THESE PEOPLE HAVE MADE TOO MUCH CHILDERN IN THE NORTHERN SUDAN & THOSE CHILDERN BECOME MUSLIMS & THEY ARE THE ONE WHO DON,T LIKE SOMETHING TO BE CALLED SOUTH SUDAN WITHOUT THEM.

    IF SO $36 FOR TRANSITING A BARREL OVER THE SOUTH SUDANESE OIL WHICH IS EQUAL TO 50% + THE ONE IN HEGLIG & ABYEI.THE ARABS WANT MORE OIL, ASK BENGDIT SALVA KIIR TO SAY YES.HE WILL NOT SAY

  • 28 July 2012 14:15, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Commissioner Ofen Morobu needs tractors to the locals and not military tanks that is likely to cause land grabbing, hindrance to economic development by hampering agriculture by aliens of the locality. Open up your eyes you people of Ombaci, Yaribe, Kaya, Gulumbi and the rest of the area that make up Morobu council.



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