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South Sudan’s top leadership ordered recent fighting in Juba: UN report


September 9, 2016 (JUBA) – A United Nations confidential report has revealed that the recent renewed fighting in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, from 8 July was ordered by both President Salva Kiir and army chief, Paul Malong Awan.

President Salva Kiir, (L), accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan, (R), waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, on July 9, 2015 (Photo AP)

The report also revealed that President Kiir’s army brought truckloads of ammunitions from the neighbouring Uganda in June, days or weeks before the fighting started in the first week of July at the Presidential palace.

The United Nations panel of investigation also said the opposition faction led by the former First Vice President, Riek Machar, did not buy ammunitions before the clashes.

The UN panel of experts report quoted by The Associated Press says President Kiir and army chief of staff, Malong, directed the fighting in Juba that killed hundreds, using MI-24 helicopters that only they had the authority to deploy. It cites "numerous reports" from South Sudanese senior military personnel and politicians.

The world body’s report also said Kiir and Malong have been focusing on procuring new weapons and ammunition, including the apparent acquisition of two L-39 fighter jets.

South Sudan’s civilians are "bearing the brunt of the resulting harm" as weapons continue to be procured, the report says. "By the government’s own account, the vast majority of government revenue ... has funded security expenses and the war effort, including the procurement of weapons, rather than social services," AP quoted from the document.

There were conflicting arguments over which side was responsible for the fighting which erupted at the presidential palace as the two top rival leaders were in a meeting to resolve on an earlier incident a day before.

While President Kiir said he did not know what had happened in a press statement on the day of the fighting, he weeks later on said it was a coup attempt by Machar. The opposition leader dismissed the accusation, saying the fighting was a plan by President Kiir and his group to kill him.

Over 300 soldiers, mainly bodyguards, were killed on both sides and the fighting continued a day later into the residence of Machar. He was dislodged and hunted down in the bushes until he crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo several weeks later.

The UN Security Council has threatened to impose an arms embargo if South Sudan’s government doesn’t comply with a plan to deploy an extra 4,000 peacekeepers to protect civilians.

"The findings of the South Sudan panel of experts show the absurdity of waiting even one more day to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan," said Louis Charbonneau, UN director at Human Rights Watch.

The report also said officials have focused on "mobilizing their respective tribes," which has worsened ethnic tensions. The government and rebels’ "arming of communities based on tribal affiliation continues to fuel widespread violence," it says.

The revelation comes just days after the Security Council visited South Sudan to pressure the government to allow in the 4,000 additional peacekeepers. A joint communique by the council and the government said South Sudan accepted their deployment, but just after the diplomats left, government officials announced conditions including prior approval of troop contributors and what weapons they carry.

The visiting diplomats also pressed South Sudan’s government to hold accountable soldiers who have been accused of rampaging through a hotel compound popular with foreigners in the July chaos.

The new report says 80 to 100 soldiers overran the Terrain compound and "raped and gang-raped at least five international aid workers and an unknown number of staff working at the compound. They also executed John Gatluak, a Nuer employee of the NGO Internews in front of his colleagues in an "ethnically targeted killing."

South Sudan’s civil war began in December 2013 between supporters of Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and former Vice President Machar, an ethnic Nuer.

The UN report added: "This attack was well coordinated and cannot be considered as an opportunistic act of violence and robbery."


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  • 9 September 2016 22:00, by Mr Point

    Is anyone surprised that an independent objective investigation found that this was yet another fake coup and that Kiir and Malong had been planning the first strike for months before?

    It was obvious all along that Malong and Kiir were murdering the constitution and civil society.

    What forces are there to cut back their monopoly of power?

    • 9 September 2016 22:15, by South South

      This is a very, very poor report from so called independent investigation by UN. The conflict in Juba in July did not start with bombing at J1. Anyone who wants to write a good report must find out what trigger the fighting at J1 before you jump to bombing. UN is so quick to come out with these poor reports. This is the same UN which transported Riek’s chief of staff to Congo in their plane.

      • 9 September 2016 22:19, by South South

        Riek’s chief of staff is under UN banned, but still UN transported him in their plane.

      • 10 September 2016 03:54, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        UN is becoming a war sponsoring agent whose survival depends on war existence. I’m extremely surprised by this biased false irrelevant report. All of us anticipatorily know 2 armies proposed by UN-led Igad was just the next stage of war. Still now, UN compound hosts armed men who fatally attack by-passing people & run back into PoCs. What can a neutral organization anticipate fro this situation?

        • 10 September 2016 08:00, by Eastern


          Kiir invited all the mess on him! Why did he sign the ARCISS with Dr Machar if indeed he is "a president" of a sovereign country; Paul Malong vowed not to accept Dr Machar set foot in Juba. Kiir did not rebuke Malong for that; Michael Makuei remains a loose canon and Kiir doesn’t rebuke him. Shadrack, face the consequences of your intrigues in Juba!!!

      • 10 September 2016 12:51, by Force 1

        How would it make any sense that the government order the SPLA-IO to attack presidential palace while the president was having a meeting with his cabinets?
        When you guys crafted highly irrational propaganda headlines like these; it automatically make you unintelligible.

        • 10 September 2016 13:12, by Force 1

          Here is something that we South Sudanese need to understand, UN workers make between 5 to 15 thousands US dollars a month in South Sudan. Do you guys think that the UN workers can make that kind of money in Europe or in America working at Mcdonald for 7 dollars an hour? Absolutely not this is why they doing saying anything for the conflict to continue in South Sudan.

          • 10 September 2016 13:28, by Force 1

            Most of us in South Sudan seems to be not smart enough to read between the lines. The one as simple as the headline of this article don’t need any more intelligent to know that it doesn’t make any sense that the government order an attack to attack it own president while having a meeting in the presidential Palace. I just can’t believe that any one with brain think it makes sense.

          • 10 September 2016 18:45, by Eastern


            It’s you the Dinka that make 7 dollars an hour; it’s even those who can stand the heat in the kitchen! Most "Sudanese" can’t work in a place for long; they just quite citing numerous personal problems - laziness!

            • 10 September 2016 18:46, by Eastern

              Let the "monkey eaters" from Congo, Nigeria, etc make money in South Sudan because they are "educated!"

  • 9 September 2016 22:26, by DHARCHEP

    It is obvious that the people who are now deteriorating the peace in South Sudan are UNMISS, USA, and UK. Salva Kiir need to watch out on these western political campaigns. Now it show that Riek Machar is done and he is defeated.

    • 10 September 2016 01:13, by allan

      Mr point I don’t really care where your family from coz such people like you are not even exist in dinka society so I don’t have a word for traitor or keep general malong name off ur mouth

  • 10 September 2016 03:47, by Dinka-Defender-General

    biases, garbage, and propaganda. Who ordered attack and at what time? UN always look for a way to manipulate the government of South Sudan at any cause. Where were you when the attack was plan by so-called top officials? UN is the enemy of South Sudan people since the civil war, but John Garang was aware about UN activities.

  • 10 September 2016 05:57, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    United Nations UN is published a wrong reports.
    The government doesn’t have a plan to fight with army militias forces movement of Riek Machar, it is the movement of Riek Machar decided to kill president Kiir Mayardit in order to get leadership.

  • 10 September 2016 06:01, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The fact is clear. If our trees and animals could talk, they would have pointed out a conspiracy to eliminate Riek Machar and the organisation he heads in South Sudan is Salva Kiir and his jieng council of elders including King terrorist Malong.

  • 10 September 2016 06:02, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The last month fight was arranged by UNSC and UNMISS collaborated with Riek Machar, to kill president Kiir,

    • 10 September 2016 07:20, by Mohamed

      UNSC and UNMISS?

      • 10 September 2016 13:23, by Mr Point

        Expect a child to reason like a child, and to invent facts for a completely unsupported argument.

        It’s what Kiir does all the time.

  • 10 September 2016 06:06, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    UNMISS must refrain from such rubbish report they shouldn’t make them selves as a wise in a crime acted.

  • 10 September 2016 07:28, by Mohamed

    UNSC and UNMISS?

  • 10 September 2016 07:50, by Eastern

    I reside at Rock City suburb of Juba. I have video footages and photos of events during the clashes in Juba. I have a video footage of the looting of WFP warehouse just next to my residence. All these will be used to prosecute the Dinka men who are trying to run South Sudan as their cattlecamp!!!!!

    • 10 September 2016 10:21, by Redeemer

      If the reports is based on truth, that Kiir planned the clear and clean exit of Machar than he is smart he knows how to deal with his enemy, that shows he has plans A,B,C to Y if not Z. the plan A was to work with Machar but when he proved not to be cooperating than the plan B was to make his legs swell only without killing him

      • 10 September 2016 11:28, by Eastern

        The swelling in Dr Machar’s legs is causing Kiir and Malong pain in the arse; Dr Machar is over 1,000 km from Juba relaxing in his residence in Khartoum while Kiir’s intresigence is causin more problems to innocent South Sudanese in Yei, Juba-Nimule road, within Juba, etc. Redeemer, please enjoy the music!!!

        • 10 September 2016 11:42, by Akook

          Funny enough is the fact that most of my Dinka boys assume the rest in our region and the world at large totally do not know or understand anything of our own affairs since long now.
          We continue to assume and proclaim unbelievable version even when truth is openly known like a sun.
          Reik was planed to be killed in Juba since before Kiir decided to sign peace with him

          • 10 September 2016 11:48, by Akook

            what my Dinkas don’t ask themselves is what next? After you start to terrorise every other peaceful 63rd tribes in the country? What are you standing to gain by supporting and protecting uncles Kiir Mayardit and Malong Awan in their quest for total unending war with the rest? Nothing but starvation, disease, robbery, illiteracy etc to all especially Dinkas get affected more than others.

  • 10 September 2016 11:45, by Mr Point

    Why did Garang form the SPLA?
    Did he create it so that:-
    Inflation would rise to 660%
    The country would be led by a violent gang of thieves
    20% of civilians would be homeless
    40% of civilians would starve while the government tried physical elimination of political dissent
    The army would commit atrocities against civilians

    • 10 September 2016 12:05, by Akook

      Mr Point,

      Those are not team Dr Garang. They are lazy corrupt violent and womanisers dudes from Northern Bhar el Ghazal. This team in power led by Kiir defected against Dr Garang in 2002.
      This is the real team Garang if you like, Mabior Garang, James Hoth Mai Oyay Deng, Gier, Majak Agot, Nhial Deng, George Athor, pagan..

      Dr Garang would commit suicide if he sees today how Salva messed us

  • 10 September 2016 11:56, by Gabriel KK

    Bias as usual!

  • 10 September 2016 12:27, by Mr. Right

    We are doomed..! An army full of idiots and uncivilized bunch of lunatics. If Riek is your enemy, why the hell on earth should you targeted and raped international aid workers and innocent Junubins’ women???

    It’s terribly mortifying being a south Sudanese when travelling around the globe of late.Your time is overdue, very soon, you’ll rot and burnt in hell, you mammoth of shits!!

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