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South Sudan army denies possessing chemical weapons


September 19, 2014 (JUBA) – The spokesperson of South Sudan army (SPLA) has dismissed as "enemy propaganda" reports that it recently received chemical weapons.

The South Sudanese army (SPLA) spokesperson, Phillip Aguer (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

“Of course we are not surprised of these reports which are basically white lies. They are part of the usual activities of enemies of peace and stability of South Sudan. They are never happy if they have not fabricated something to tarnish the image of the SPLA and the country”, Col. Philip Aguer said on Friday.

“We do not have a factory for chemical weapons and we did not order it. So where does these reports that we have received it in Juba comes? It is just a usual propaganda of these enemies”, he added without further elaborating.

Those loyal to the Juba government have been critical of reports, which tend to portray president Salva Kiir’s regime in bad light given the conflict that has engulfed the nation.

South Sudan presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny also accused the Sudanese media of being hostile both to his government as well as the national army.

“The claim by the rebel through Al Intibaha Newspaper that chemical weapons have arrived in Juba is simply untrue. Our army functions like that of any democratic nation state with the purpose of protecting our citizens. We are in the process of building our nation, establishing defense and food security. Although we endeavor to reform our army to become professional army, we do not need chemical weapons," Ateny said.

"The peace process is our priority, not building an arsenal for war”, he added.

Recently, however, there has been widespread calls for arms embargo on South Sudan after it emerged that the young nation purchased military equipment from China in July.


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  • 20 September 2014 07:19, by Mike Mike

    SPLA has right to possess such kind of weapons for its defend against external enemies and it can’t use them with in this tradition local limit war of power struggling between someone with his brother. Khartoum should stop in fueling this issue of SS. SS has friends that can help it in addressing her affairs in rightful manner.

    • 20 September 2014 07:39, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      not a crime b’se we must 1st put safety our c’try be4 everything.
      People shd not think this rebellion can hamper dev’t of S. Sudan Army
      for protection of sovereignity & territory. Rebellion is temporary
      while Nation is permanent.

    • 20 September 2014 07:53, by Nguntap


      Right for SS Government to have those Ch. weapons but too bad to see SS Government is using them on his/her own people as they used Cluster bomb in Bor last year.
      Nuer whom you thinks the enemy of SS are still to come to Juba either through peace or capture the power from Juba. FYI, Khartoum is not de one fuelling this war but Uganda mercenaries of Kiir.

      • 20 September 2014 07:58, by Mi diit

        Ahahahaa....Desperate coward Nyankiir Museveni asked China for a atomic bomb to bomb the Nuer villages but China refused. He said the only way to defeat the Nuer and end the war is to use weapons of mass destruction, such as chemical weapons, atomic bombs and even nuclear bomb. Poor primitive Kiir is so desperate.

        • 20 September 2014 08:02, by Mi diit

          Last time Nyankiir asked for cluster bombs from UPDF of Uganda which they used against the rebels in Jonglei state. These illegal weapons which primitives in Juba do not know. What if rebels get such weapons and bomb Juba? Nyankiir would urinate for life.

          • 20 September 2014 08:24, by LL Reuben

            Mi diit:

            Riek’s rebellion has failed long ago.

            • 20 September 2014 09:42, by Frak Cho

              Mi dit,
              Even you turn he to she, his to her, he to it, will only indicate your stupidity. Talk logic like men. comment wisely for insults will never do you good. Since you are ignorance; you will always be ignored!

              • 20 September 2014 09:55, by Mi diit

                Frak Cho or whatever, when did you become civilized. I am using the language you deserve. You and LL Reuben will soon fled Juba, if you have not done so. We will soon capture Nyankiir Museveni alive. Just wait and see.

          • 20 September 2014 10:31, by Rommel

            Mi diit:

            Oh really... Salva actually requested that China hand over a nuclear bomb for Salva to use on his own soil!? That doesn’t make a lick of sense you brain dead, Ngundeng believing hick. When will you stop lying? It might have been cute as a child, but it smacks of desperation when you do it as an adult.

            • 20 September 2014 10:43, by Rommel

              Can you provide evidence for your claim regarding Salva’s apparent request for an atomic bomb? You have a tendency of making overwrought claims and when called on them, you back peddle into jive-talk mode, where you just make stuff up. You never even attempt to substantiate your ridiculous claims.

              • 20 September 2014 10:57, by Rommel

                People expect evidence at the immediate heels of a claim. You should know that you’re not speaking to your tribesmen. We don’t believe in Ngundeng. During the war, didn’t one of your many ’prophets’ tell you that you would be resurrected upon dying on the battlefields? No other collective in South Sudan would believe such hogwash.

                • 20 September 2014 11:02, by Rommel

                  You actually think that it’s actually possible for the rebels to acquire and deploy cluster munitions, don’t you? You are quite the simpleton if you think that. You cannot use cluster munitions without an air force. Aircraft are the only platforms that can be used to deploy cluster munitions. You didn’t know that, did you? Do South Sudan a favour... don’t produce. We have enough retards as it is

          • 20 September 2014 11:43, by michael coma

            Mii dit Amok

            Sudan has factories for manufacturing chemical weapons and these weapons were made for South Sudanese elimination with Darfuries.Why not bringing chemical weapons to South Sudan as our enemy have them? Ok,soon we will bring Iron Dome for Israel to intercept Rebels stones from killing civilians.

            • 20 September 2014 12:32, by Rommel

              michael coma:

              Sudan did not have or use chemical weapons. This was proven to be false. Al-Shifa was merely a pharmaceutical factory. Allegations of Khartoum’s use of chemical weapons have never been substantiated. Israel wouldn’t be able to sell South Sudan the iron dome system even if it wanted to. The system was funded by the United States and it has a great deal of American technology...

              • 20 September 2014 13:08, by michael coma


                Yeah Mr.Rommel.But this is the world of business.Israel can give it to us if we go for name of Arabs.

                • 20 September 2014 13:20, by Rommel

                  michael coma:

                  The decision to sell or not sell such a platform does not lie squarely with Israel. The United States will ultimately decide what country can purchase such a system, considering that it is they that funded it and worked in tandem with Israel on the project that resulted in the iron dome...

                  • 20 September 2014 13:24, by Rommel

                    ..The United States previously stopped Israel from upgrading the anti-radar Harpy drone that it had sold to China not long before that. Israel was also forced to cancel a $250 million contract to supply China with Phalcon AWACS. South Sudan has no chance of acquiring such weapons from the ’West’.

        • 20 September 2014 22:56, by George Bol

          I have been telling you stepping on President elect Salva Kiir Mayardit tail will caused you severely.Stupidity is what killing majority of naath.Better learn to be civilian that coup and rebellion and latter sounrunder to mighty SPLA.

        • 21 September 2014 07:26, by Hardlinner

          Miit, unless riek is your father otherwise neither he nor kiir have work hard enough to put food on table of every south sudanese. These two and their cronies whether in opposition or government are working hard to satisfy their own personal needs. It is due to backers like you otherwise these liabilities wouldn’t hv chosen their current path. We need rational thinking when dealing with ss problem

      • 20 September 2014 11:28, by chol

        Keep dreaming Mike if you think your dead white army will come back to life and captured Juba.

    • 20 September 2014 10:54, by choldit

      Mike man comeon! How ignorance could the ss pple be? Even we shld think pple like Kiir and Malong Awan shld have chemical weapon in their position and not use it against the Nuer. Why did they kill enocent nuer in juba last year if they can’t use chemical weapon against Nuer soldiers? We are really heading for a dead end ss. Why do u think Malong when to Paloch to fight CDR. Koang Chol?

      • 20 September 2014 11:14, by Rommel


        There are no avenues available for South Sudan to acquire chemical weapons. Any country foolish enough to provide South Sudan with these weapons, would suffer politically and economically. And if Salva Kiir did use these weapons, he could kiss his pathetic regime goodbye...

        • 20 September 2014 11:20, by Rommel

          .. The ’West’ regards Africans as children, infants — and I don’t think that they are all that wrong in that regards. There is no way that they would allow an African country to acquire and possess such weapons. For them it would be akin to giving a child matches > a bad mix.

          • 21 September 2014 06:28, by Hardlinner

            Rommel, the western labeling of africa as child was meant to justified their colonialism. Otherwise you may as well know that west is alway behind wars specially in countries with resources. Africa has smart and competitive people that can helped it climb out poverty if given the same chance like in the western countries. We are just too tribal that to realise the best of our abilities. Cont

          • 21 September 2014 06:41, by Hardlinner

            Tribal association and election of semi primitive/low iQ individuals is big killer of african development. Take case of kiir and riek, do u think these two would have any chance of being elected to the parliament if they were westerners. The answer is big No. South sudan need to elect people that are reasonable, civilized and educated not the like of kiir, riek or their governing associates.

          • 21 September 2014 06:57, by Hardlinner

            Knowing one’s place in the unverse is the most important aspect of life. Each of us enters and exits the universe as individual. The death of individual never translate to death of a tribe. Until we realise the values of our individual right, shall the reigns of baseless wars come to an end. The power of nation should be in hand of people not kiir or riek. They are mere representives.

            • 21 September 2014 15:22, by Rami Tot

              Philip Aguer
              can not denied because they these chemical weapons in 15 august 2014 we have a evidence for that weapons of mass destruction is available in the country brougt from syria.

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