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South Sudan army says containing ethnic unrest in Western Equatoria

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August 3, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese army (SPLA) claimed it has managed to contain an inter-ethnic fighting in Western Equatoria state, creating a buffer zone between two rival tribes involved in the conflict.

Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) jump off the back of a truck while on patrol in the capital, Juba, following the December 2013 outbreak of violence (Photo: Reuters)

Fighting erupted on Friday and Saturday between youth from Azande community and ethnic Dinka armed pastoralists backed by elements from the national army. The two-day clashes left dozens dead on both sides.

A senior military commander however said situation had come under control and that a buffer zone had been created between the two warring communities.

“There is no problem. Everything is under control. We have created a buffer zone and we are encouraging the leadership to engage in dialogue and tell the youth to control their emotions,” SPLA’s sixth division commander, Major General Johson Juma, told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

General Juma, who is the top commanding officer of the government soldiers in the area, called on politicians to not fuel the situation with what he described as “inflammatory statements.”

But while the commanding officer appeared to have downplayed the intensity of the security situation in the area, state officials stressed that the delegation dispatched to the area to calm down and diffuse the situation from spiralling out of control was unable to meet both the two warring sides.

JUBA CONSPIRACY

Western Equatoria state’s information minister, Charles Barnaba Kisanga, accused the national government in Juba of “conspiracy” to incite violence in the state in order to use it as a pretext to replace governor Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro.

He also said the delegation from Juba didn’t bother to meet the ethnic Dinka pastoralists and convince them to stop fighting, saying they were only lecturing youth from the state.

“The delegation as much as chief of staff concentrated on siding with the pastoralists because they only lectured Western Equatoria state youth and leaders, and none of them ventured to side of Dinka pastoralists who are well armed to tell them terms of peace,” said state minister Kisanga.

“I made this clear today in my South Sudan Television talk that peace must involve talking to all sides,” he said in a statement.

He claimed that the conspirators wanted South Sudanese president Salva Kiir to use his constitutional powers empowering him to remove state governor and dissolve even state legislative assembly in the event that an internal insecurity becomes a national security threat.

“It is clear the delegation was put in place by those orchestrating violence as a way they could remove Western Equatoria state governor and install their new governor without reference to the suffering of Western Equatoria people,” minister Kisanga added.

The state official said if there was urge to remove the governor, the best way was to make consultations with the people in order to come up with a new candidate for the governorship.

“The delegation condoned the order by chief of staff that only one side, the Western Equatoria state youth, must be shot to kill and massacred. Conflict among people cannot be solved by ordering the killing and annihilating of one side,” he added.

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  • 4 August 2015 03:58, by Akook

    Remove Bakasoro and Western Equatoria descend into chaos and anarchy like Lakes state. The worst thing Kiir is only capable of doing!
    Nuers had liberated themselves from the worst ruler ever come up in the history of South Sudan! Nuer will never allow his dirty hands to mess up upper Nile again when peace return

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    • 4 August 2015 07:30, by Son of Ngundeng

      Akook:
      Thank for your words, God create Nuer as free people we couldn’t accept tribalism colonization within the country which belong to us, and we belong to it !!
      Dinka who will remain in upper Nile they make sure when peace returned home automatically they will be our slaves, unless they will lead their ways to Warrap.

      Son of prophet
      currently in front
      line Pathay Jonglei
      STATE.

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      • 4 August 2015 12:40, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

        "Tit for Tat" is not a fair. It doesn’t sense for South Sudanese to enslave themselves, because the existence of the 64 Tribes in South Sudan is by our supreme being(God)grace and not a mistake. Regards

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  • 4 August 2015 13:08, by Ayuen deng

    I think our people should understand what unity is to them,politician should stay way ! ! !

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    • 4 August 2015 15:02, by Koang

      I think our country is going finishing itself part by part, people by people.........ratifying it will take a very long time, lot of efforts and good thinkings.

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  • 4 August 2015 14:48, by Bazinguaboy

    "Dinka armed pastoralists backed by elements from the national army" worry me. The national army is not supposed to take sides in a domestic quarrel. Furthermore, whatever happened to the disarmament programmes and what is this about armed Dinka pastoralists who always seem to have the backing of the army and have the exclusive right to "shoot to kill"? Are we not all South Sudanese?

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    • 4 August 2015 14:57, by Bazinguaboy

      We all are South Sudanese. I hate to have a discussion with my Dinka friends (very good people) because I feel bad telling them that wherever the modern Dinka goes, killing goes along. I really would like to call you, my Dinka friend, "brother" but can’t you see you are making it difficult for me because your people are killing mine? Stay blessed anyway and let’s hope you will come to your senses

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  • 4 August 2015 15:47, by Hardlinner

    My fellow dinka, it time that we should limit our pastoralist culture. Our population have increased and land is dwindling for each of as to keep large number of cattle. Our host tribes do not approve our cattle in their land. Therefore the alternative is to engage on modern agriculture where we would use our land wisely without any need of venturing to neighboring land.

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  • 5 August 2015 01:56, by Eyez

    Since the Dinkas want to learn things the hard way, then, probably an upper rising of the non Dinka tribes is eminent and overdue, in order to curb their stupidity. The Jienge need a ’Nuer-like-rebellion’ kind of retaliation from the people of Equatoria, coz, they think the guns they have will silence everyone and the non violence stand, that, Equatoria belives in, won’t work with these idiots!
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