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S. Sudan’s Otuho rebels unveil objectives for armed struggle

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December 4, 2015 (JUBA) - A new South Sudanese rebel faction predominantly member of the Latuka ethnic group which locally identifies itself as Otuho in Eastern Equatoria state has unveiled objectives for taking up arms against the government of president Salva Kiir, saying the government has lost historical vision for the people.

Rebel fighters protect civilians from the Nuer ethnic group (not seen) walk through flooded areas to reach a camp in UNMISS base in Bentiu, Sept. 20, 2014 (Photo AP/Matthew Abbott)

An army officer who identified himself as Major General Anthony Ongwaja, and claimed to be the chairman of the South Sudan Federal Democratic Party (SSFDP) and the commander-in-chief of the South Sudan Armed Forces (SSAF), said during an interview with Sudan Tribune on Friday that because the country’s leadership had deprived people of the core principles of the cause of the liberation struggle for independence since 1947, they were rebelling to set it right.

He said they would fight to ensure that a federal democratic system of governance is established in South Sudan.

“The objectives of the inception of South Sudan armed forces as a military wing of South Sudan Federal Democratic Party is: establishment of South Sudan as federal democratic country on the basis of equality, rule of law, democratic system and a country where the right of each and every citizen regardless of tribe, region or gender is respected and upheld,” said Ongwaja.

The official said his movement also advocates for establishment of a multi-party system in which multiple political parties across the political spectrum run for national election with equal chance of gaining control of government offices, separately or in coalition government.

His forces on Thursday took control of a police post, 35km outside Torit, the state capital, and threatened to match towards the state capital.

The group seems to be echoing the demands of the armed opposition faction led by former vice president, Riek Machar, who demanded federal system of governance and democracy in the country.

The new rebel group has also copied the would be constitutional name of the South Sudanese army, which is to be named the South Sudan Armed Forces (SSAF) in accordance with the current transitional constitution, 2011, but which has not yet been implemented, pending transformation of the army.

(ST)

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  • 5 December 2015 07:08, by Eastern

    JCE’s toying with South Sudan is gonna become costly! Kiir and Riek signed a peace agreement meant to bring peace in the country but the dinka outfit is hellbent on persuading the president to renegade on what he signed. South Sudan goes up in flames and disintegrate, thanks to JCE machinations!!!

    • 5 December 2015 12:27, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      All arms forces are belonging to Riek Machar movement of SPLM/A-iO.
      Just a matter of times to be crushed.

    • 6 December 2015 08:16, by Gabriel Ajak

      U all unknown where to be seen, ur comment and the communities that u belong to, where were u during the Arab colonialism ? I can say that looking after position by killing ur own blind community is a serious violation of life before God n make sure that u shall deserve the consequences whether u like or not.

  • 5 December 2015 08:05, by Augustino

    That’s not a war but longing for leadership. They copy it from Nuer but will soon kneel down. Currently we have 28 States what do they need

    • 5 December 2015 12:11, by Gatkuoth

      Augustino, you are either don’t understand federalism or you are misleading others. Creation of 28 states means more powers taken from the people to your uncle Kiir who will appoint Governors and people wouldn’t have any say. That’s not federalism, it is centralization!

  • 5 December 2015 08:14, by Augustino

    Federal government has been completed and your family can run for leadership in Torit now. Dinka has become your toilet paper but Arab is coming back again and there will be no Uganda and Kenya any more for cowards and you ask Dinka to fight for you again.

  • 5 December 2015 09:24, by Dinka-Defender-General

    First, ask Machar and his fighters when they tried to march to Juba. Why they went back to their headquarter. We are on the way to your place so wait for us. You’re nothing more than bandits, looters, and position angers. Who will support you financially, politically, and militarily.

  • 5 December 2015 09:35, by Kenyang

    Another selfish garbage worth only insecurity towards clanmen.

  • 5 December 2015 11:36, by Kalo

    If federalism introduce will be rejected like 28 states,Junubeen,if you are not comfortable to run your own government,better to reunited the country back Sudan like German of 1991 but why did you take up the armed for 21 years? it seem every community want to show the power,to rule South Sudan which is impossible now even if through election.

  • 5 December 2015 14:19, by Hardlinner

    Well it seem like rebellion hv become quick fix for scoring positions. Even dinka will soon rebelled if they feel their rightful quotas hv been given away. As far as I know, rebellion is not the solution but hard work. The current and former system in juba can well be correction through awareness not rebellions. The tribal rebellions r causing alot of disunity among people.

    • 5 December 2015 14:40, by Kenyang

      Hardliner,
      Thk u for pointing that out. Once news of tribal rebellion reach Dinka youth, many will run for their life while kiir & gangs remain winners.



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