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W. Equatoria youth group deny links with pro-Machar rebels


May 29, 2015 (JUBA) – The leader of a new resistance movement in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state has denied their alleged links to the armed opposition led by former vice-president, Riek Machar.

The map of Western Equatoria in red

Wesley Welebe Samson said his group, locally known as the Nyarango Boys, was not behind the recent insurgency in Mundri county.

He also dismissed claimed that his resistance movement was part of the Revolution Movement for National Salvation (REMNASSA) that also claimed responsibility for what occurred in Mundri.

A former lawmaker, Welebe said his groups of mainly area youth want to protect farmers in greater Mundri from the pastoralists who have invaded the area, continuously destroying farms in the area.

He described the pastoralists as “spoilers” of the peaceful coexistence among the various communities in Mundri county.

“I am not [part of the] SPLM/A-In-Opposition as claimed by the opposition”, the group’s leader told Sudan Tribune by phone Friday.

He said the Nyarango Boys movement was agitating for peace in the county.

Welebe lauded president Salva Kiir after the latter recently issued an executive order calling for the removal of cattle from their territory.

He claimed the recent killing of Mundri’s executive director was what temporarily sparked off chaos and instability in the county.

The former legislator, however, called on the people of greater Mundri to support the government of South Sudan and live in peace.

Our message to the government and president of the Republic of South Sudan Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit is that we are for peace and not against the government, the group’s leader assured on Friday.

He further disclosed that they were ready to dialogue with the government, but on condition that his boys would be fully protected.

“The boys are ready and will be handed over to the government and some of them to be recruited to the national army, police, national security and other organised forces in the country such that they are part of security that will protect people,” said Welebe.


He also called on the president to consider the proposal to establish Midwest state, which was tabled in his office some years ago, since the Yambio administration had “failed” to solve local problems.

He said his group would not in any way fight the national army or government.

The leader of Nyarango Boys further refuted allegations that his group is linked to one Lasuba and that they had no connection with his group, which only aims at protection the farmers in the area. He urged the government to treat his case differently.

He advocated that the army forces in Mundri be changed with disciplined ones who and understand needs of the local population.


The South Sudanese army spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer announced on Monday that a new rebellion had been formed in Mundri county of Western Equatoria state.

“There is a new rebel movement in Western Equatoria state. Security reported that somebody called Charles Balogore under Wesley Waluba” leads the rebellion”, he said.

But the state government dismissed reports of a rebellion as "not true" and “one sided”.

“I stand by our earlier story that it was local youth who reacted to the looting and destruction by SPLA unit in Mundri on Friday 22 May 2015 and took control. The youth were angry at the assassination of their executive director plus random gunfire perpetuated by the army then,” information minister, Charles Kisanga told Sudan Tribune.


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  • 29 May 2015 22:53, by marie

    Wesley, you fired only one bullet and start to put conditions for negotiations, you are not serious.

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    • 30 May 2015 01:17, by Ahmed Chol

      How many bullets have you fired? Stop whining girl!

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    • 30 May 2015 01:25, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Change, Charles, Bakasoro and let see what they are going to do.obviously, it seems like they want to know what chaos look like.

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    • 30 May 2015 04:59, by Force 1

      You think Wesley didn’t fire enough; well then go and try it!

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      • 30 May 2015 05:43, by Mi diit

        Ahahahaa...Wesley cannot fight any longer. He has to early redefect from SPLA-IO and put conditional surrender to the government to protect his Nyarango boys.

        I know it is not easy to fight the government.

        But know one thing Wesley, you have already provoked the government in the area and don’t ever think of easy surrender.

        So-called REMNASA rebels are also there in the area.

        Confusion in WES

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        • 30 May 2015 06:08, by Mi diit

          It looks like a federalized war where each son or daughter is sent to his or her own backyard to liberate it autonomously from Kiir’s ’most inner circles’ but with the same objective of the bigger picture to finally kick out the cowboy from Juba.

          I think I like that kind of payam level, county level, state level and national level kinds of rebellions!

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          • 30 May 2015 06:25, by Rommel

            Mi diit:

            There is no "federalized war". That’s merely your desperation and delusion coming to the fore, yet again. Riek simply isn’t popular enough for entire regions to fight on his behalf, under his historically disastrous pseudo-’leadership’. This is precisely why Johnson Olony opted to remain independent of Riek instead of declaring allegiance to a rat.

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    • 30 May 2015 06:20, by Rommel

      It’s clear that this isn’t a ’rebellion’. There are very real grievances that need to be addressed with tact and delicacy. One of the premier grievances is the issue of pastoralists coming in from Lakes State and destroying crops with their marauding cattle. This needs to stop. The ’government’ needs to find a way to satiate the needs of the pastoralists in their own environs.

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      • 30 May 2015 08:02, by Mi diit


        Watch that language of yours which is a language of street boy or nigga. When did Dr. Riek become a rat? You are so uncivlized in your emotions.

        You said Gen Olony chose to fight Kiir and defend Shilluk kindom (Fashoda state) separately from Riek. That is what I called ’federalized war.’

        And by the way, don’t even try to downplay the emerging rebellion in Western Equatoria.

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        • 30 May 2015 08:12, by Rommel

          Mi diit:

          Calling somebody a rat isn’t ’street language’, but using the N-word certainly is, you hapless sod. God, you’re pathetic. You don’t even know when you’re contradicting yourself. It is not a "federalized war" if it is exclusively concentrated in one region.

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          • 30 May 2015 09:11, by Rommel

            Why is it that you want to feign indigence regarding the use of the word rat when it is applied to Riek but have absolutely no problem with using the word against an entire tribe? Oh, that’s right... I have a very good memory. This is what you said: "How can rats arrest cats." Source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article44449

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            • 30 May 2015 09:51, by Rommel

              ..You said that in response to a Dinka discussant that suggested that certain Nuer Generals would be arrested. Again, you said this: "How can rats arrest cats. It takes a Nuer to arrest another Nuer."

              You now make it crystal clear that you are so utterly demented as to have no idea of what you are writing from one post to the next.

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              • 30 May 2015 10:34, by Koang

                The Desert Fox............When some one is doing the Right-Thing, it is rare to fail.

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              • 30 May 2015 11:03, by Mi diit


                I know you are so illiterate that you don’t even know the usage of idioms in language.

                Cats in relations to rats means a rat is always the victim of a cat. In other words, a weaker person cannot arrest a stronger person. That is what I mean. Educate yourself.

                Oh, you are talking of war in one region when Lakes, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Equatoria are having rebels. Be serious

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                • 30 May 2015 11:57, by Rommel

                  Mi diit:

                  I am far above you intellectually, and so you really shouldn’t embarrass yourself with these lame attempts at sounding lordly and intelligent. Rats are cowardly — they do not lose over a million of their own and carry on fighting, and so your analogy is laughably and misplaced...

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                  • 30 May 2015 12:06, by Rommel

                    ..The rat’ moniker fits a ’people’ that worked for Khartoum like slaves for decades on end... relying on their food relief, supplies, weapons and ammunition, and subsequently being discarded like dirty, overused prostitutes. I used rat as an insult because rats are almost universally considered dirty, scheming and criminal. How in the world is your analogy more applicable and legitimate?

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                    • 30 May 2015 12:13, by Rommel

                      ..The rebels are not present in any place in Bahr el Ghazal, other than the disputed territories on the border with Sudan. The recent and very isolated incident in Equatoria is not indicative of a rebellion. The people supposedly involved in the rebellion in Western Equatoria seem to be at pains to emphasize that they are not rebelling. Take your mindless prattle elsewhere, fool.

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                      • 30 May 2015 12:21, by Rommel

                        You should probably go back to your Nuer tribesmen and try to interpret Ngundeng’s supposedly prophetic songs. That is the level of your feeble intellect. You live in an inverted world in which stupidity is intelligence, treachery is loyalty and superstition is logical. Other than your Nuer tribesmen, everybody can see and will readily concede that I am intellectually far above you.

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                      • 30 May 2015 12:44, by Koang

                        The Desert Fox.........you are for sure well educated but this does not makes your

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    • 30 May 2015 10:40, by Koang

      ahahahah! I love that.....It means alot me personally.


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  • 30 May 2015 06:45, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Begging for Mid-west State is not the solution, Wesley. Re constitution of the Government of South Sudan with new leadership direction is the way. Tribalism, nepotism, and corruption should be made history. Join Lodoru to bring that change but remember no good change is cost-free.

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  • 30 May 2015 06:51, by Eastern

    I like the name of Wesley’s organisation: Nyarango boys, it shows that these boys are really crop farmers growing the vital Nyarango cereal in the community. We are likely to see bafura boys popping up anytime soon among the farming communities in Equatoria.

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    • 30 May 2015 15:12, by Ahmed Chol

      There is nothing boyish about Nyarango boys. They are actually behaving like girls because there is no boy thing they have done yet.

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  • 30 May 2015 11:40, by Hardlinner

    well it look like riek rebels premature claimed to rebellion in mundri have back fire. though being dinka my self, I know some our dinka soldiers show less respect to civilians. it is not only nondinka but even dinka civilians suffers from hands of those unprofessional soldiers. gov. should not rush thing but study the root of the problem. the cattle keepers shld also respect the host land.

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