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S. Sudanese rally in protest against regional troops


July 20, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese took to the street to protest against the planned deployment of additional foreign troops to back the fighting and protection capacity of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which has a 12,000-strong force.

A demonstration in Juba in support of South Sudan government (ST/FILE)

The protest, organized by the country’s ruling party (SPLM) secretariat, saw hundreds march through Juba streets to UNMISS base next to Juba airport.

They also marched to the African Union office and the American Embassy where they presented their memos. They carried placards with writings against foreign military intervention in Juba.

The presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny said any foreign troop coming to the country without government’s approval would not be accepted, claiming it would be seen as an “invasion force”.

“The approval of extra foreign troops by the African Union, in conjunction with IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] to be deployed in South Sudan is exceedingly impinging on our sovereignty - and therefore is not acceptable comes what”, Ateny said in a statement.

“Any foreign troops coming to South Sudan without government approval will not be welcomed, but seen as an invading force”, he added.

Ateny blamed IGAD, which mediated the peace to end more than 21 months conflict in the country, for failing to devise better conflict resolution mechanisms by accepting two armed forces in the deal.

“The failure of IGAD and AU to device better conflict- resolution mechanism in South Sudan is to blame. The intelligent behind the creation of two armies instead of amalgamation of forces under one command after pre-interim period is the cause of mess. It is not how many foreign soldiers that would solve the problem,” stressed Ateny.

“But, South Sudanese can better forge their own political rapprochement”, he added.

But while government opposes the deployment of the additional foreign troops from countries bordering the young nation, activists and peace advocates say such a stance was a demonstration of commitment to derail the peace accord by anti-peace elements.

A similar demonstration also took place in Bor, the Jonglei state capital, where defense minister Kuol Manyang, and his information and broadcasting counterpart, Michael Makuei Lueth hail from. The two powerful ministers are close allies of President Salva Kiir and were among those ostensibly opposed to the establishment of cantonment sites for the country’s armed opposition (SPLM-IO) forces.

There have, however, been no confirmed reports of preparations for organized demonstrations to be carried out in none ethnic Dinka inhabited states and counties in the country. Wednesday’s demonstration in Juba was carried out largely by members of ethnic Dinka because the town is shared by the state and the central government.


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  • 21 July 2016 07:33, by Joseph Canada

    To those who are reading this. This is a forced protest by the Dinka communities whose their lives is not in danger. Most of those in the streets are mobilized by force or threatened. We need those troops in Juba. There’s a lot of intimidation in this country by the SPLA/M under the JCE.

    • 21 July 2016 13:14, by Akuma

      Joseph Canada,

      If Dinka tribe can fight for 22 years to liberate South Sudan without surrender like some of you did including your primitve leader Riek Machar then expect no more retreat for that. When we say yes, we mean it

  • 21 July 2016 07:49, by Joseph Canada
    • 21 July 2016 14:43, by Southern Boy

      joseph Canda

      you talk like kids, what is your benefit in coming of African troops to south Sudan? you need your country to looted like Livia and Iraq? so you have to thing back and thing again for your children not now, UN when African to look themselves while they loot our resource in our country so let as thing back as we youth of today for the future rather then now,

  • 21 July 2016 10:44, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Dinka declares war against Africa and the world at large. We shall see who will be the winner. The port of Mombasa must be closed to them and so is the ports of Tanga and Dar el Saalam. The stand of Africans has made Jieng to fear the outcome of the war of second liberation of South Sudanese under Jieng imperialism. Their colonial dynasty is at the verge of extinction. No wonder they are sleepless

    • 21 July 2016 16:10, by Hardlinner

      jur, keep singing your song. but fact will always prevail. remember what leader of Burundi told AU forces. Burundi is by far weaker that south sudan but they did scare AU forces. Kenyatta should be warn. else south sudan have potential to invade kenya and get rid of kenyatta.

      • 21 July 2016 17:38, by Lango2010

        jur likang
        there is nothing impossible in this world, if you think AU, EAC, IGAD or US is your god father to be feared than, you will see one time. tell me how many marine survive in Somalia in 1993 - 1994? your like are the one selling our beloved nation. Israel have live up to now in the heart of Arabs countries. let them called of all the aids to South Sudan, we will still make it out.

        • 21 July 2016 20:57, by Mohamed

          Very Funny????????????

        • 21 July 2016 21:00, by Mohamed

          Israel only stayed because of US support.
          You want to challenge the US....???
          Good luck mighty Dinka warrior...

      • 22 July 2016 08:55, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        You keep on daydreaming. I can assure you your imperial power is about to be extinguished due to your brutality, uncouth behaviour and lack of civilisation. Wait and see. You beg the world in the name of South Sudan and use South Sudan resources to maim, rape and kill south Sudanese and think the civilised world will stay cross-armed. It just a matter of time you get your medicine.

        • 23 July 2016 14:09, by Mohamed

          We gave you a brand new country with no Debt and a daily income of US$20,000,000
          more than the income of North Sudan.
          And where are you now?????
          We are the imperialists ...ok ...but what are you?

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