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Former rebel official pushes for independent Akobo


February 26, 2015 (JUBA) – A former spokesperson for South Sudanese armed opposition faction, Lul Ruai Koang says separating Akobo county from Jonglei state will help improve the security situation within its neigbouring communities.

The map of Jonglei in red

Speaking at press briefing in Juba, Koang said the population in Akobo was enough for creation of a separate entity, and that the police would tackle cattle thefts and revenge attacks.

“Akobo has enough population to make a separate administrative area like Pibor. You know very well that creation of Greater Pibor Administrative Area has significantly reduced issues of insecurity and we are seeing the dividends of having a separate administration from greater Pibor administrative area,” he told reporters on Thursday.

“Before getting their own administration, there used to be a lot of security. There was insecurity was everywhere,” added Koang, citing insecurity cases that allegedly existed in Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria [state] as well as greater Bor and greater Lou Nuer areas.

He further explained that Pibor has its own area police force and was now very stable.

“All security operators at state level were given to them; the sense of ownership came in and they make sure that they cease insecurity with the neighbors,” Koang stressed.

The former rebel spokesperson announced his unexpected defection from the armed opposition forces at a news conference organised in Nairobi, Kenya last week.

He formed his own movement to negotiate for creation of Akobo state like Greater Pibor Administration Area, but government is yet to officially comment on his demand.

Currently, Akobo county remains under the control of the armed opposition faction.


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  • 27 February 2015 09:29, by Thokidine

    This is completely ridiculous, Lul and Riak Gai are fake money lover, how can u fight for a great something when you are given a state? moreover how can someone who declared to ve formed a faction and reported that they were many ask for support from another militia (Yau Yau)? I think Lul need to come back to his sense and learn from complain Yauyua is making coz his agreement was not honored.

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    • 27 February 2015 16:06, by Mayom County Boy

      Brigadier general Mr Lul Ruai Koang Rambang ,you are like some body who hanged him self over the tree,please be aware that your will,will not work,who will accept your useless decision of forming great Akobo administration ? Am sure no some things like that,to be allowed by dinka communities top ranking officials who are ruling this country,believe me gatdamaar.

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  • 27 February 2015 15:48, by Realist

    What about the real owners of Akobo, the Anyuak? What do they think about all these? What if they decided the leave the Nuer area and join GPAA or become independent? I think Mr. Lul needs to give a different name for the proposed administrative area, because Akobo may go with Anyuak. That is thier land and we all know it.

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  • 27 February 2015 21:42, by Paac

    I completely disagree with this idiot call koang, you first claimed Akobo which you should first define who’s land of Akobo belong to before you can make an adjustment. you can claim right and make it whatever you which for and at the end you will see yourself in others different greater land in Bentui.

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  • 2 March 2015 06:08, by Jonglie

    Lul Rui is day dreaming. Akobo state is the day dream of the year. Any way welcome to Juba.

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