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S. Sudan rebels claim capture of Mundri town, officials deny

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May 22, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The South Sudanese rebel faction led by former vice president, Riek Machar, claimed their forces have captured Mundri town in Western Equatoria state.

Western Equatoria’s information minister Charles Kisanga (ST/File photo)

“The spokesperson in the office of the chairman and commander-in-chief,SPLM/SPLA, do hereby announce the capture today [Friday] of Mundri town in Western Equatoria state by our gallant forces under the overall command of Major General Elias Lako Jada,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak said in a statement issued on Friday evening.

He said Mundri town, about 200km west of the country’s capital, was strategic since it links Juba to the state capital, Yambio.

“We congratulate our freedom fighters for the victory,” said Dak, adding that more details on the matter would follow later.

But Western Equatoria’s information minister, Charles Kisanga dismissed the rebels’ claims, saying the entire Mundri county remains under government control.

TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL KILLED

Meanwhile, a top state official was Friday killed after unknown gunmen opened fire at his convey as he returned from the scene of an earlier attack in Mundri West county.

Kisanga said the executive director for Mundri West, John Keliopa met his fate after visiting the scene where government troops traveling to Lakes state were attacked.

“The council [of ministers] agreed unanimously that this was another assassination of a top Western Equatoria official, condemned it in the strongest term possible and ordered thorough investigation into the killing”, Kisanga told Sudan Tribune Friday.

He said the council of state ministers, during their emergency meeting, further discussed the deteriorating security situation in the state, especially around Mundri.

“Since yesterday the security situation around Mundri was very fluid, particularly in the evening after some SPLA soldiers arrived in the area using Maridi roads junction and set camp for night on their way to Lakes state,” Kisanga disclosed.

The minister said an attack on SPLA soldiers occurred Friday night at about 2:00 am [local time], resulting into two fatalities and some injuries.

“In the morning, the commissioner plus the executive director, John Keliopa rushed to the scene to investigate the shooting and deaths and see how to take the bodies of the dead soldiers to Mundri. While at the scene, unknown gunman opened fire on the officials and resulting in fatal shooting of the executive director”, he explained.

DECEASED HAILED

State officials described the late Keliopa as a hero who stood for justice among citizens, citing his stand on insecurity caused by cattle keepers in Mundri last year.

The former executive director acted as the Mundri West commissioner when the latter resigned earlier this year and served until the current commissioner was appointed.

He reportedly faced several threats from various communities, but maintained steadfast.

(ST)

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  • 22 May 2015 23:07, by Ambago

    The major battle for the soul of Mundri took place right within the town itself before the freedom fighters finally overran the police and the Prison headquarters and headed straight for the government army barracks.
    And as of now, the military barracks is under siege by the people’s gallant forces who continue to control the inner town.

    • 22 May 2015 23:30, by Force 1

      Ambago
      I am please that you brought the fight to your doorstep and now we will both test the consequences of war. You guys never experience how bitter the war is since 1983 and I just can’t wait to see how good you guys can handle it!

      • 23 May 2015 04:57, by Akol Liai Mager

        Tribalist Ambago may never test the taste of war because he is enjoying Western’s Lifestyle in Britain. Anyone calling Riek’s rebels as Freedom fighters is a pro-return the Republic of South Sudan to North Sudan under NIF’ Genocidal regime. What a shame?

      • 23 May 2015 15:05, by Whortti Bor Manza

        Ya foolish Force1,
        WES was the only which remained firmly in the hands of the SPLA unlike Kiirs areas of Kuajok and Gogrial.

    • 23 May 2015 06:59, by bianaathling

      Mr.minister u re contridicting as u said the entire mundri county is fully controled by Gov’nt forces it means the entire county is calm.my question is that,why the official was killed as he returned from the scence or place which was attacked by rebels when Gov’nt are in full control of the county?

  • 23 May 2015 01:15, by Kenyang

    Our people in Central, East and West Equatoria very much like everywhere else across the country don’t need war nor exist that grievances which demand war. At the end, those firing shots will regret what they started.

  • 23 May 2015 07:00, by Thyinka

    Ambago, why are you applauding war while hiding in Britain or are you a typical intellectual cum politician who want to sacrifice the life of ordinary South Sudanese for political gain? Come and fight, asshole instead of applauding in safety. What a political scumbag!

  • 23 May 2015 08:51, by Redeemer

    The people of Mundri are deceiving themselves, they will not see anything positive in that war rather than destruction, it is a regrettable step.

  • 23 May 2015 12:24, by Alfredo christiani

    Stupid AMBIGO
    Fools do you have powers to fight government, we knew Western Equatoria guys are fifth columns element since you voted for independent candidates, Nyigat Bokosoro HIV positive in 2010, your land soon will remain empty. well known cowards to the world,

    • 23 May 2015 15:14, by Whortti Bor Manza

      The second Liberation, Dinkas will feed on their cow dungs for sustainability. If you claim to be brave, why do you flock to Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan? Brother wait and see for the coming few years.

  • 23 May 2015 16:58, by Alfredo christiani

    Manza
    Try to carry out your offensives against DINKA, DINKD will fuck your male and female within one week, the whole Western Equatoria will remain empty and you will run to Neighboring countries, currently most of your people are holding foreign nationality .if thing fall a parts you will run out .don’t put your innocent populations into unwanted situation.

  • 23 May 2015 19:28, by Ambago

    You guys stop making noise on this website. If you are men enough, come down from you hiding places in USA, Canada, and Australia and face the new generation of EQUATORIAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS.
    When Equatoria started the RESISTANCE against the Arabs
    in TORIT in 1955, most of your grandparents were mere houseboys with the Jallaba.

    • 24 May 2015 03:17, by Thyinka

      Ambago has reared his ugly head again! Damned warmonger.



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