Breaking News: The Chief of Staff and The Chief of Military Intilligent Fired!

The former Chief of Staff, James Hoth Mai at an interview in 2011 (Photo: Sodere.com)

The former Chief of Staff, James Hoth Mai at an interview in 2011 (Photo: Sodere.com)

April 23, 2014(Juba) — The Chief of General Staff of the armed forces, Gen. James Hoth Mai, has been decreed by the Commander -in Chief, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. The president has also relieved the Chief of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Mac Paul and replaced him with Maj. Gen. Marial Nuor.

The decree, read on the national television, has not cited any legitimate reason for the major shift, however, sources believe that it is linked to the poor performance of the army. More than 70% of the army has defected to Machar and the government is losing control of Greater Upper Nile comprising of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

Chief of General staff:

The Chief of Staff Gen. Hoth Mai, a Nuer by ethnicity is succeeded by Governor Malong Awan, a Dinka from Northern Barh el Ghazal state.

Gen. Hoth, a graduate with Masters Degree in Public Administration, is a Nuer from Nasir, the current headquarters of the SPLM/A in opposition.

Gen. Hoth has fallen out with Salva Kiir on several occasions, mostly on military and political related issues. However, the differences were buried due to political differences between the president and his political rival, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the former vice president.

Gen. Hoth opposed the illegal recruitment of tribal militia, without his knowledge, in September and also urged the army to stay away from political influence. The tribal militia, approximated at 15, 000, were recruited by Gen. Malong Awan, the incoming Chief of Staff.

Gen. Malong has tirelessly recruited young men and women from his Barh el Ghazal region, before and during the conflict, to defend the president and the major towns in the country.

Kiir admitted in his speech in February that the newly recruited forces are the ones fighting the war in most part of Upper Nile region:

“Now when this thing happened, who are those fighting now in the Unity State, who are those fighting in Upper Nile and who are those fighting now in Jonglei. De nas minu? De yau nas de. Ana ma ligitu dowla bidun reserve army [Who are those people? Those are the same people.” Kiir rhetorically asserted.

Although it has been rumored that James Hoth would be relived, the current sacking coincides with a major shift in the battlefield. With the current conflict moving away from Hoth’s home town of Nasir, to Gen. Malong and president Kiir’s home towns, it is expected that the president would use anything in his disposal to strengthen his defense.

General Paul Malong Awan Anei was appointed the governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal in March 2008 and won elections in April 2010. He is now succeeded by Kuel Aguer.

Gen. James Hoth Mai, formerly the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations replaced Gen. Oyai Deng Ajak in 2009. Oyai is currently under detention on coup allegations. He was also accused of plotting a coup to install Mama Rebecca Nyandeng earlier.

Chief of Military Intelligence:

The Chief of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Mac Paul, has recently testified against the coup claims in the special court in Juba. Gen. Mac described the incident as just a misunderstanding in the presidential guards. He believes that the conflict escalated because of how it was poorly handled.

Mac, who was brought in to testify on the side of the government, also failed to link the political detainees to the coup incitement as claimed. Instead he was only suspicious of a phone call made by Gen. Taban Deng to inquire about a soldier that was arrested in connection to ammunition store’s keys.

Mac has been succeeded by a familiar colleague in the army, Maj Gen. Marial Nuor Jok, the former Director of Public Security and Criminal Investigation.

The two SPLA senior generals were implicated in late July 2012, for plotting a coup against the government of Salva Kiir, a report that James Hoth Mai later denied. They were taken to prison in Yei.

Maj. Gen. Marial Nuor, the then Director of Public Security and Criminal Investigation was accused in 2011 of torture, bribery, extra-judicial killings and creation of illegal detentions in the country. He was charged with the following crimes :

  1. The disappearance of Engineer John Luis in April 2011.
  2. Arming his tribesmen with guns to perpetuate tribal and sectional disputes in Yirol West and East counties in Lakes State and elsewhere
  3. The illegal incorporation of active Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) officers and other ranks who are not police personnel and who have not obtained official release from their parent units to join any institutions
  4. Accepting bribes for assets such as houses, shops, plots in return for bribes in form of cash, shops in Konyokonyo.
  5. Permitting the arbitrary arrest of civilians in illegally created public security detention facilities, extortion of money from families of citizens.

General Mariel Nuor Jok, was given medical leave to Nairobi when he was on trial for disappearance of engineer John Luis Silvio, but he did not return.

This brings the SPLA leadership under Salva Kiir to the following:

  • Commander in Chief: Salva Kiir Mayardit
  • General Chief of Staff : Paul Malong Awan
  • Chief of Military Intelligence: Marial Nuor Jok
  • SPLA Spokesperson: Philip Aguer
  • Commander of Presidential Guards: Marial Cinduong Yol
  • Presidential spokesperson: Ateny Wek Ateny

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South Sudan: UN says surging violence claimed lives of children, worsened malnutrition among survivors

Children wounded

Displaced South Sudanese people at a hospital in Upper Nile state, where there has been heavy fighting. The UN says there is mounting evidence people have been targeted for their ethnicity (Photo: Samir Bol/AFP/Getty Images)

22 April 2014(UN) – Confirming that children were killed in South Sudan during recent brutal attacks on displaced civilians or as a result of being recruited by armed groups, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the surging violence is exacerbating an already “very dangerous” malnutrition crisis.

The children were among the dozens of internally displaced persons (IDPs) attacked by gunmen on 17 April while sheltering at a UN site in the central South Sudanese town of Bor, capital of strife-torn Jonglei state, UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac told reporters in Geneva.

“The exact numbers are currently being verified,” he said, adding that up to 23,000 people are currently sheltering at the UN base in Bentiu. Some of the children were killed either in direct attacks or as a result of being caught in the crossfire.

Over the past two months, thousands of people are believed to have been killed by fighting that began in mid-December 2013 as a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy president, Riek Machar. Since last Thursday, as fresh violence has swept towns in the northern and central parts of the country, clashes and reprisal attacks have forced thousands of people to seek refuge at the bases of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

“This is fierce, brutal infantry fighting – children must not be instruments of this conflict,” UNICEF’s Jonathan Veitch said earlier of the most recent violence. “Those in positions of command and leadership have a duty to keep children out of harm’s way and take all necessary measures to prevent children being part of armed groups and forces.”

Meanwhile, UNMISS has strongly condemned the violence, in which hundreds of civilians are thought to have been killed or injured, and which is believed to have been motivated by ethnicity and nationality. The fighting is also linked to a series of attacks in Bentiu town on hundreds of people in who hid in a hospital, mosque and church, and a UN World Food Programme (WFP) compound. The Mission is sheltering some 75,000 civilians throughout the country.

According to a UN spokesperson, the Mission reported today that many dead bodies remain by the side of the main road between Bentiu and Rubkona – and that the Rubkona market has been repeatedly looted.

UNMISS also says that on last Thursday, four rockets were directed at the Mission’s base in Bentiu including two that exploded within the compound and one just outside. Two civilians that had been seeking shelter inside were injured.

Elsewhere in Unity State, the Mission has received reports that after fighting over the weekend, Opposition forces are in control of Mayom town, which is some 70 kilometres east of Bentiu.

As for Jonglei state, the Mission reports that the situation in Bor is tense. Yesterday, UN staff met with community leaders from the protection site to discuss security in light of Thursday’s attack, and explained measures taken, including enhancements to the berm wall.

In Upper Nile State, the Mission also reports artillery explosions in Renk yesterday. Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and Opposition forces clashed in Renk over the weekend, and shells landed close to the base, wounding two UN contractors on Saturday.

“The Mission strongly condemns the fighting close to its premises where it continues to protect tens of thousands of civilians” said the spokesperson, adding that the UN once again reiterates the necessity for all parties to respect the inviolability of UN premises and assets, and to respect the life-saving work done by the United Nations in South Sudan.

In related news, UN Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani today warned that the deliberate ethnic targeting is further eroding protection for the displaced civilians.

“The safety and security of the displaced populations must be the absolute priority for the United Nations to safeguard,” stressed the independent expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise on the human rights of IDPs worldwide.

He urged all parties to the conflict to abstain from violence against IDPs and other civilians, and also called for communities to stop hate speech which are increasingly being heard over the airwaves, some calling on men from one community to commit vengeful sexual violence against women from another community.

This latest spate of killings is also worsening an already precarious food and water situation, making malnutrition increasingly likely for some 50,000 children under five years of age who could die by the end of the year without urgent action.

A quarter of a million children would suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of the year, UNICEF announced today.

UNICEF’s immediate goal is to reach 150,000 children under five years old currently suffering from malnutrition, “partly through rapid response teams that would deliver ready to use therapeutic foods, micronutrients among others,” Mr. Boulierac said.

Access to clean water is also a concern at the UN base in Bentiu, where there are currently only one or two bottles for each person per day. UNICEF staff are attempting to drill boreholes to provide more drinking water to the camps to balance out the “inadequate” water access.

The agency is calling for $38 million to meet nutrition needs in the country. That is in addition to a $1.3 billion appeal which is now just 38 per cent funded, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

South Sudan Resistance Army Matching to Bor at a “Lightening Speed”!!

SPLA|M resistance army matching toward Bor in Jonglie state, 22-04-2014 ....

SPLA resistance army, under overral command of Maj. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, matching toward Bor in Jonglie state, 22-04-2014 (Photo credit: Yuer Dang|Nyamilepedia)

April 22, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The SPLA resistance army, triggered by the recent Bor massacre, are matching towards the city of Bor, Jonglei, state capital. Brig. Gen Lul Ruach Koang emphasized that the freedom fighters are matching at a “lightening speed”.

Hundred of civilians were massacred on 17 April, 2014  by heavily armed assailants believed to have been mandated by some government officials. The deadly unprovoked attack has triggered outcry from many oppositions parties in the country, including the former detainees, the international community and the Nuer community worldwide.

Although the United Nations has described the onslaught as a “war crime”, there is very little hope for the perpetrators to be held accountable in accordance with the Geneva protocol on war crimes and crimes against humanity. Instead government officials declared their support for the massacre of the helpless Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs), terming the unarmed civilians as “rebels” who should not be tolerated.

“In other words, anybody who celebrates successful operations being conducted by the rebels against the government… is a rebel, and we cannot continue to accommodate rebels inside UNMISS compounds and allow them to celebrate or do whatever they want,” Makuei Lueth, South Sudan Information Minister.

This statement has been reinforced through immediate deployment of more loyal troops to the town of Bor, on Friday, to encounter the Thursday deployment of UN peacekeepers and to prepare for any retaliatory attack by the white army.

In a report released by the SudanTribune on April 20th, the energized  “well-armed youth”  have furthered threatened to conduct another “peaceful demonstration”, within 72 hours, against the traumatized IDPs, who are still burying and mourning their loved ones.

“If UN does not evacuate the IDPs within 72 hours, we will do another peacefully demonstration.”Ayuen Guet, a spokesperson for the demonstrators warned.

Despite quoting the Geneva’s protocol on war crime, Ban -Ki Moon and the UNMISS have shifted the attention to Bentiu incident, committed prior to the Bor incident.

The armed resistance, in their report, believes that the peacekeepers are outnumbered and unable to protect the innocent civilians who are seeking protection in Bor. The opposition further believes that UNMISS are dwelling on Bentiu attack to please Juba, which threatens to trash the UNMISS mandate that expires in July.

Maj. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual has reportedly taken it upon himself to liberate the civilians and to hold the Juba government accountable for the massacre.

In a report released by Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang this morning, the SPLA/M resistance forces have overran Mareng, the government administrative headquarters in Duk county and are now advancing to Twic East county on their way to Bor.

Capt. Nyapouch celebrating the victory of her notorious white army contigents overrunning the heavily armed government and Ugandans troops in Duk and Pareang county. She is now in full control of the area, April 22, 2014 (Photo: Nyalieny|Nyamilepedia)

Capt. Nyapouch celebrating the victory of her white army contingents which overran a heavily armed government and Ugandans troops in Duk and Pareang counties, April 22, 2014 (Photo: Nyalieny|Nyamilepedia)

“SPLA/SPLM Forces under overall Command of Maj. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual this morning liberated Mareng, Administrative HQs of Duk County along with several Government Military Outposts of Pajut, Duk Deng, Patuo-Noy and Poktap,” said Koang.

The report also confirms that the government troops are retreating towards Twic East County as the white army take the lead to liberate their relatives in the town of Bor and its outskirts.

“Government forces are retreating towards Twic East County. Our Regular Forces and Volunteer Fighters from Lou-Nuer White Army conducted joint operations against government forces. The combined forces are moving with lightening speed in order to go and rescue survivors of Bor Massacre of last week,” Brig. Gen. Koang affirmed.

Nearly 150 people, including 2 UN peacekeepers and 2 IRC workers were killed instantly, while over 270 civilians sustained wounds. The unarmed 5000 civilians, mostly Nuer ethenic group, broke the fence and were chased either to the bush or to the other camps, populated by the Dinka Ethnic group.

It is not clear why the UN has not explored the inhuman attack on its base in Bor but critics believes that it is due to pressure imposed on the international body by the officials in Juba.

SPLA/M Resistance Army warns:

The SPLA resistance army, which denies the recent UN report on targeting civilians in Bentiu town, further reinstated that civilians in the contested towns including Bor must seek refuge in the UNMISS camps to avoid being caught up between the guns of the battling soldiers.

Maj. Gen. Koang Chuol, reinstated in Bentiu that civilians left the contested town in January and only government troops and Darfur rebels were slain in Bentiu town.

“By the time we came in Bentiu for this second time there were no Sudanese civilians or traders still in Bentiu who we were aware of as they all fled in the early weeks of January 2014 when violence erupted in Bentiu,” Gen Koang explained

The conflict started with targeted killing of the Nuer Ethnic group in the capital, Juba, by the presidential guards. As the war escalate to the Greater Upper Nile region, similar targeting were reported in the town of Bor, Malakal and Bentiu.

However, it is not clear what the civilians wait in Churches and Mosques, despite the present of protection camps in the towns.

SPLA resistance army in Bentiu believes that the defeated government troops ran to hide in the churches, hospital and Mosques as they could not access the UNMISS compounds while armed.

Ugandan army warns SPA-Resistance:

On hearing the looming attack and the consequences incurred by the mercenaries in Bentiu, Unity state, the Ugandan forces, who are currently protecting Bor, have sent out a warning to the resistance army. The UPDF spokesperson, Paddy Ankunda, believes that it is paramount for the SPLA/M forces to stay away from Bor town.

UPDF spokesperson Paddy Ankunda threatens that the SPLA resistance army should only step foot in Bor at their own peril.

“Should anyone dare attack Bor town, they will do it at their own peril” Ankunda twitted.

“We are waiting for them[SPLA]. We have warned them that we are well prepared to receive them,”  the concerned Ankunda further added.

Uganda army was constructed in December,  following an undercover deal sealed in January 2013, to quilt the rebellion in the shortest time possible. Museveni believed that his guerilla-hardened UPDF could capture Dr. Machar if he doesn’t “surrender in four days”. However, the war has dragged on for four months and Dr. Machar is now threatening to match his forces over the UPDF in Bor to Juba.

The UPDF hoped that the IGAD would have deployed forces to help protect Juba and strategic towns like Bor, Bentiu, Malakal and oilfields, before they withdraw, however, Machar has declared it unnecessary for the Eastern African bloc to intervene militarily.

Akunda 01 2014-04-22 at 1.01.15 PMUPDF, which were expected to withdraw in the mid of this month, have reported being attacked by “dead soldiers”, whom Ankunda believes to be rebels.

The scared Paddy Ankunda twitted his misery on his twitter account alleging that “Bor town back to life but the dead are not dead”, but little did he know his forces would battle live rebels in the town within the same month.

The hard working Paddy Ankunda has twitted his disappointment, claiming that the UPDF is protecting the civilians despite the recent onslaught under their watch.

Ankunda believes that  if “Truth be told, UPDF save the UN camp in Bor from being overrun by attackers.” However, it is not clear when and who the attackers were. It is yet to be verified whether the attackers are the “dead rebels” or the “armed youth”.

Although Ankunda claims that the UPDF is protecting the civilians at the UNMISS camps, the spokesman did not response or condemn the attack until three days later when the UPDF were accused by the SPA-resistance army of being part of the assailants that attack civilians.

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Bor Civilians Set Up by Government Officials

Dr.John Garang and Dr. Riek, 2003 in Rumbek, at SPLM Leadership Council Meeting (Photo credits: Mabior Garang)

Dr.John Garang and Dr. Riek, 2003 in Rumbek, at SPLM Leadership Council Meeting (Photo credits: Mabior Garang)

April 22, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Many South Sudanese, including the incumbent president Salva Kiir Mayardiit,  believe that the Bor civilians are being set up by some elements in the government. However, it is not clear whether the conspiracy is being engineered only by [some] Bor officials, and whether it originates from Bor or Juba..

The commander in chief of the armed forces, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, asks of where the “armed Bor youth” recently came from despite that his government spent millions of dollars on the Ugandans mercenaries to recapture and defend the strategic town of Bor from the white army.

“Where were they (Bor youth) when White army invaded Bor town? Bor leaders are going to tell me and I am going to get anyone behind this” His Excellency Kiir Mayardit threatens the perpetrators.

Kiir understands that the responsibility of defending Bor town lies on his shoulders, not the “armed youth”. Despite that it is quiet challenging, his regime has to control and defend the strategic city of Bor for the capital city to be secure. SPLA army lost its top Generals, especially the sons of Bor, in January in fruitless attempts to recapture the town from Maj. Gen. Gatdek Yaka. Gatdet later claims to have withdrawn due to the influx of Ugandan mercenaries, whom his forces were not prepared to battle, despite he battled the battalions from Lake, Central, Western and East Equatoria states.

Such a conspiracy could as well be aimed to threaten the leadership of Salva Kiir Mayardiit and not necessarly the civilians.

Mabior Garang, Dr. Riek Machar and Deng Mading Chuai at the historic Nasir Conference 15 -18 April, 2014 (Photo: Mading and Mabior)

Mabior Garang, Dr. Riek Machar and Deng Mading Chuai at the historic Nasir Conference 15 -18 April, 2014 (Photo: Mading and Mabior)

Although Mabior Garang de Mabior, hardly agrees with president Salva Kiir, he had similar feelings about the incident.

“it was not Bor Youth that Attacked the IDP’s…it was criminals that are on government payroll…where would “Bor Youth” get rocket propelled grenades? And not to mention some of them where in uniform” Mabior wrote on his Facebook page.

Mabior further stated that the incident was used to set up the Bor civilians for another attack.

“this is being done to incite the White Army in order for them to attack civilians in Bor…it is the same idea that motivated the Juba Massacre…but the people of South Sudan have seen through the governments underhanded plan…and the liberation of South Sudan is in full swing…and shall soon engulf the whole nation…we shall take this tragedy created by a clique of criminals in Juba…and transform it in to an opportunity to change our country” Mabior continued.

Mabior Facebook 2014-04-22 at 2.28.30 PM

It is yet to be investigated if the Bor officials intended to revenge on the Nuer civilians or just wanted to set up the local population for unknown interests.

Similar conspiracies have dominated debates among the Twic East and Duk community since the beginning of this conflict. Officials like Micheal Makuei Lueth have been at the center of such discussions for utterly believing that Duk and Twic East populations are rebels because their civilians were not targeted by the armed opposition.

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BOR YOUTH CONDEMNS UNWARRANTED PROVOCATION BY THE UNMISS SOLDIERS IN BOR

A section of Bor County Youth Association youth during the campaign in 2013. [Jacob Achiek Jok]

A section of Bor County Youth Association youth during the campaign in 2013. [Jacob Achiek Jok]

April 22, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — It is our utmost concern that, once again, more lives of innocent South Sudanese were lost on the 14th of April, 2014 in the historically renowned town of Bor. This time, however, these killings were prompted by unwarranted provocations by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which is a direct contravention to the UN charter and the mandate of the UNMISS in South Sudan.

On the 14th of April, a group of youth from the Greater Bor were marching in a peaceful procession to deliver a petition letter to the office of the UNMISS, the office of the Governor of Jonglei state, and to other stakeholders in the government of Jonglei state. In the petition letter, the youth demanded the following:

•    Either the UNMISS removes the rebels hiding among the IDPs sheltering within the camp
•    Or relocates the camp from Bor altogether because the presence of the rebels within the UNMISS’s premise is a serious threat to peace and harmony in Bor.
These demands were precipitated by the actions of the rebels within the UNMISS compound such as:
•    The rebels have been known to throw stones at anybody passing by the UNMISS compound.
•    When the Governor of Jonglei State visited the IDPs in the camp, ostensibly to convince them to come out of the camp and return to their homes, he was greeted hostilely by the rebels masquerading as IDPs within the camp. Stones were thrown at him and his entourage, and songs phrasing Riek Machar were sung in his presence. Simply, these rebels in the compound almost lynch the Governor and the members of the cabinet who accompanied him.
•    The rebels have been making anonymous phone calls to the town residents, telling them to leave ahead of a potential ‘White Army’ invasion. This has created an atmosphere of fear and panic among the town-folks.
•    Recently, when the rebels triumphed in Bentiu, their comrades in arms within the UNMISS camp became elated and celebrated quite openly in glaring view of the town-folks.

While all these were happening, the UNMISS’s staff did not take any appropriate steps to control the rebels masquerading as IDPs in the camp. These provocative undertakings continued unabated in the full knowledge of the UNMISS compound management.

It is to be recalled that when the violent incident, which plunged the country into the raging civil war, started in Juba, the combined full force of the defecting Nuer under the command of Gen. Gatdet and the Nuer residents in Bor Town descended upon unarmed Dinka Bor civilians and slaughtered them in their hundreds. In this killing spree, they were later joined by their armed youth of Lou Nuer known as the ‘White Army.’ These Nuer rebels carried out what amounts to a blatant genocide against the Dinka Bor people.

When the SPLA wrestled Bor Town from their murderous grip, some of these white army elements fled to the UNMISS compound together with their civilians. Under the protection of the UNMISS, they have been mocking the host community whose right they’ve recently violated without any shred of remorse. While the host community was burying and mourning her deads, these remorseless rebels continued to rough the salt into that fresh wound by dancing joyously, celebrating every murderous feat pulled by their comrades in the battlefields of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States.

These actions, which are unbecoming of people who are seeking protection among the people whom they have wronged, were the basis of the Greater Bor youth’s peaceful procession which ended rather horribly, thanks to the UNMISS’s lack of appropriate mechanisms to keep peace. When the protesting youth arrived at the UNMISS compound with their letter of petition, they came under fire from the machine gun nests within the UNMISS compound. This resulted in the death of seven (7) youth and the wounding of fourteen (14) more; some of them innocent young boys and girls and defenseless women.

In self-defense, some of the armed youth shot back into the camp, and this also resulted in an inadvertent slaying of some IDPs within the UNMISS compound. These unfortunate deaths and injuries were completely avoidable, had the staff of the UNMISS acted responsibly as the custodians of peace and order in this country. Hadn’t the staff of the UNMISS provoked the youth by firing at them, the youth would have delivered their petition as planned, and the IDPs would have never been hurt.

Although it is not our desire to continue to be at a loggerhead with the UNMISS since we don’t have any axe to grind with this UN body, our demands, as stated in the petition and herein, still stand. The dynamics of co-existence between the host community and IDPs have been changed by the recent and previous events; it is therefore imperative for the UNMISS to act with a fierce urgency in addressing our demands. It is our sincere hope that the UNMISS will pay a listening ear to our call and does what is honorable to avoid further unfortunate incidents of this kind in the future.

Best regards,

Bor Community Youth Association (BCYA)
Bor County, Jonglei State, Republic of South Sudan
bcya13012@gmai.com

TENNESSEE Declares it Support To SPLM In Opposition

South Sudanese youth celebration the independent of South Sudan (Photo: Equatoriansun)

South Sudanese youth celebration the independent of South Sudan (Photo: Equatoriansun)

April 22, (Nyamilepedia) — Tennesee state of the United States of America has overwhelmingly declared their loyalty to the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar, the former vice president, who is currently leading the SPLA/M Resistance Army.

Dr. Machar, who was unanimously endorsed in the democratic SPLM forum in Nasir for the position of chairmanship and commander-in-chief of the SPLM -Resistance army, has won support from the South Sudanese diaspora in the western states of U.S.A and Canada. Nebraska, U.S.A, and Calgary, Canda are among the most active states that constantly send their supports to  the SPLM-IO and “Freedom fighters”, and as well condemn the massacres of unarmed civilians in the conflict.

The following declaration, signed by the newly elected leadership of TN Chapter, pledges to give the chapter’s full support to the SPLM [in opposition]

Begin the report ….

TENNESSEE STATE SPLM IN OPPOSITION DECLARATION

We the SPLM members of Tennessee State of United States of America due hereby declaring ourselves and the State of Tennessee in large to the support of SPLM/A in opposition.

South Sudanese members of SPLM of Tennessee, have prostrated to the policies of genocidal regime of Salva Kiir in Juba for the continuation of Killing innocence unarms vulnerable civilians particularly women and Kids that had nothing to do with massive killing going on in South Sudan.

President Kiir and his mercenaries have exhausted the patients of the entirely population of South Sudanese and created an enormous chaos that could almost turn the country apart.

Therefore, we the SPLM members in the State of Tennessee have absolutely submitted our full support to the SPLM/A in opposition led by the former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar in every capacity in term of manpower and other necessary manner.

The following are the elected members of the SPLM/A office of TN Chapter.

 

1-    Simon Tongyik Dahel

2-    Gatchang Chuol Dach

3-    Wal Rambang Chuol

4-    John Kuma

5-    Gatluak Lual Hothnyang

6-    William Deng Wuor

7-    Nyater Timothy Tutlam

Long lives the Tennessee members

Long lives SPLM/A in opposition

Thank

The Logical decision we all need to make to solve South Sudan Crisis and bring a lasting peace.

By Bol Ring

Dr. Riek Machar, the former vice president, and his former boss, president Salva Kiir, at deadbolt to democratically transform the new state, South Sudan (Photo: Nyamilepedia files)

Dr. Riek Machar, the former vice president, and his former boss, president Salva Kiir, at deadbolt to democratically transform the new state, South Sudan (Photo: Waakhe Simon Wudu )

April 22, 2014(Nyamilepedia) —  In any problem, before we can fix it we must agree or accept that it exists. Further, we must trace it back to its origin to solve it properly. What is the problem? Before the crisis and fog of war, majority of South Sudanese agreed that Kirr failed as a leader. Even if there were few who believed thatKirr leadership was good, we can rely on statistics to draw an accurate conclusion.

Here goes the facts: Economically South Sudan is not thriving. Militarily South Sudanese soldier lack proper training and payment. Socially, South Sudanese are more divide now more than anytime in history. Globally, South Sudan rank third most fail State, and fourth most corrupt state. We can go on with the problems. As a head of state for nine years, people have the right to blame Kirr for all those problems. So what are the alternatives to solve the problem?

Before we pick anyone to replace Kirr, we must revisit what happened to those who opposed Kirr leadership in the past.

First, Dr. Lam Akol tried. On the election time, his campaign team were arrested, beaten and intimidated. He did not have enough weight behind him so he was harassed and forced into an exile for over two years

Second, George Athor learned from Dr. Lam mistake and tried different alternative. Again, he did not have enough support to challenge Kirr militarily. He ended up dead.

Third alternative, Pagan Amun realized the problem and tried to fix it within the SPLM Party. Again Kirr release his force on him and was put in an house arrest without justification and is now in jail.

Fourth, Some activists tried to use the democratic means to point out Kirr bad leadership. In form of writing, they express their opposition against Kirr openly. Like the other Kirr opponents, they were met by force. They were tortured or murdered. Example, the case of Isaiah Abraham, Ngor Garang and others.

Considering the past events, we reach the conclusion of who can effectively challenge Kirr. When we look at all the alternatives, Dr. Riek is the only one that can be able to take the heat in case Kirr decide to use violent. And surely like previous times, Kirr opted for violence releasing his body guards ,the Tiger Battalion, to capture or kill the oppositions.

With those lesson learned, how will peace come to South Sudan?

Peace will come when Kirr realize that the violence as a mean to get rid of his opponents is no longer doable. That’s when the real PEACE talk will start.

How can an individual like you and me help bring peace? Best way is to put our weight behind Dr. Riek and the rest of the Freedom Fighters. If for some reason you are against Dr. Riek, It is best for you to stay neutral unless you truly believe that Kirr has better future to offer despite his last nine years records.

Bol Ring is a concerned South Sudanese who lives in Ft. Sill Oklahoma, USA. He can be reached at boljock95@gmail.com.

South Sudan Blew up Bridge in Unity State

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Abiemnom Bridge, South Sudan (photo: supplied)

April 21, 2014(Nyamilepedia)  — Latest reports from Abiemnom, Unity state, allege that SPLA troops loyal to Juba administration blew up Abiemnom bridge. The strategic bridge, which links Unity to Warrap state, has been among the main targets in the past, including during the 2012 Heglig war between the neighboring Sudans.

However, according to the International Law, it is a war crime to “attack willfully anything that is not a legitimate military target”.

SPLA soldiers disguised as peaceful demonstrator attacked a UN base in Bor, Jonglei state, last week, killing over 100 unarmed civilians in custody of UNMISS, a terrorist act that provoked the international community. The United Nations has condemned the attack as a war crime.

SPLA soldiers deserted Unity state in the last one week as the anti-government troops extend their grasp of the oil rich greater Upper Nile region. Following their last defeat at Mayom county this morning, the SPLA troops retreating from the neighboring Abiemnom county, have reportedly destroyed the civilians infrastructure citing fear of growing panic in the neighboring Warrap state.

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Map of biemnom county, location circled in red ….

Abiemnom is in the extreme northeast of Unity state, South Sudan. It borders Abyei, Warrap state to the Northwest and Sudan’s Southern Kordofan to the North. The town is inhabited by the Nuer majority with Dinka minority.

Following the split of division 4 in December, Abiemnom was used as a base by the loyal SPLA forces under Lt. Gen Jok Riak, who broke ranks with Maj. Gen James Koang Chuol in December.

Lt. Gen. Jok massed his reinforcing troops from Division 3 and Division 5 in Abiemnom in late December. He later moved his centers to Bentiu town after it was recaptured by the allied forces comprising of JEM, SSLA, SPLA and SPLA-North.

Lt. Gen Jok Riak and other SPLA generals were narrowly rescued by Gen. Mathew Puljang, the SSLA rebel commander backing the government. Some were airlifted to Juba while others retreated to Warrap state.

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Rebels call for federal state in South Sudan

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Former vice president, Riek Machar, the chairperson and commander-in-chief of the new movement – SPLM armed resistance.(Photo: Past file)

April 21, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels allied to the former vice president, Riek Machar, have officially launched the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/SPLA) “armed resistance” and called for restructuring of all public sectors in the state of South Sudan to conform to the federal system of governance.

The leadership of SPLM/SPLA and representatives of other political parties, faith based groups, civil society organizations, youth and women groups, traditional leaders, church leaders and eminent personalities, met from April 15th-18th, 2014 in Nasir, Upper Nile State, South Sudan, in a consultative conference which resolved on various matters in the newly launched armed struggle.

The conference “resolved to establish in South Sudan a democratic, just, transparent and people-driven political system-Federalism,” reads one of its resolutions.

The conference further agreed that a future interim government shall be based on a comprehensive peace agreement which shall address the structuring of the state on the basis of an interim federal constitution.

It also resolved to transform and sensitise the regular forces as well as ensure the transformation of the volunteer fighters into discipline soldiers under SPLA command and control.

The conference also endorsed the former vice president, Riek Machar, as the chairperson and commander-in-chief of the new movement.

It also declared president Salva Kiir as “an illegitimate leader given his deeds” that have dragged the country into the current political, security and humanitarian crisis, and further called on the international community to do the same.

The rebel movement formed a provisional leadership structure with eight specialised committees, each to be headed by a chairperson. He or she will be deputised by a deputy and secretary, three of whom shall be appointed by the chairperson of the movement from able and competent members of the movement.

Each committee shall comprise of 15 members and assisted by a secretariat.

The conference resolved that such committees shall include peace and national reconciliation committee; political mobilisation committee; foreign affairs committees; justice and human rights committee; finance and resources mobilization committee; information and public relations committee; humanitarian and social services committee; and women and youth empowerment committee.

The conference reiterated the call for withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country, such as UPDF of Uganda, that are fighting alongside Salva Kiir’s government.

It also renewed commitment to the peace processes mediated by the regional bloc –IGAD, but warned to intensify the war into Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal regions to remove Salva Kiir from power should the government in Juba not talk peace in good faith.

Courtesy of Sudantribune.

Spiritless slaughter of human being and disobeying globe call a pompous for Salva Kiir regime.

Winston Churchill: Of this I’ m quite sure that if we open a quarrel between the past and the presence, we shall find that we have lost the future

By Gariay Gile

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Photo of Kiir with handkerchief ‘destroying the image of South Sudan’Ateny Wek (photo: UAH web files)

April 21, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Since the outbreak of war that started on 15 December 2013, as rivalry disputes within the Ruling party SPLM leadership and defiance to party democratic reform. Thousands of people were direct forcefully killed, most of them including children, women, and elders, young were killed and even animals and valuable properties got lose and destroyed.

The citizens of south Sudan who still dragged into genocidal practices by the president kiir’s order, the president who enmity closed his eyes on one tribe in the country simple because he has ignorance to cultural diversification and democratic reform, are still not safe. Thanks God the regime will not escapes his culpable defeat economically and militarily both internally and externally.

An ugly onslaught by SPLA army on Nuer civilians sheltering at UNMISS camp in Bor killed about 130 people, created a new ugly image on The SPLA-kiir lead government. Shooting dead in an execution style the innocent and unarmed victims whom had no chance to escape is strongly legally and humanity unacceptable and condemned. Happiness was scaring my lovely vulnerable IDPs in the camp, indeed people do celebrate when you again a victory, Why not celebrating the fall of Bentiu wherever you are?

This cheap cowardly killing of innocent Nuer IDPs seeking protection in UN is a direct ‘’war crime ‘’as usual by kiir regime. They were massacre as did to their lovely relatives, students, Medical doctors, Lawyers, engineers, laborers and Nuer civil officers on 15 December 2013 in Juba. And I hope they died proudly because they are truly ‘’nei ti naath ‘’ (Nuer).

Freedom Fighters will too, bravely revenge you in double, with not only unarmy civilians, but full army ones because they are fighting a ‘’just war’’ against dictatorial genocidal regime.

Those who match to Bor UN compound and massacred the Nuer IDPs were:

      • The same drunkard commanders and their SPLA Soldiers who gun downed and eliminating Nuer in juba while government uses to nick name it as ‘’sporadic shooting’’ in juba every night and day by indiscipline army elements.
      • They are the same soldiers who killed Nuer‘s kiir loyalists in Commando Units on 5th March 2014, when malaak Ayuen called it ‘’indiscipline soldiers’’ because they were denied to their rightful salaries.
      • They are the same SPLA who killed people in Church, including late former Presbyterian moderator Pastor Daniel Giel Pal in malakal.
      • They are the same tribal presenters on SSTV, the only national tribal preaching Television in the globe, in which kiir government use to blindfold those who still listen to the propagandas, singing fake Dinka songs. Telling the world the truth of tribal war they commence in juba on15 Dec 2013.If they go wrong they say ‘’we are going well’’ and if they go well, the statement is the same.

Of course, Democratic forces under the leadership of Dr. Riek are fighting a just war, with no violations. For instance, we keep POW alive, this is a victory.

Salva Kiir was elected, but What does elected president mean? Yes he was elected not to kill his recent voters. And I think the same people you enjoyed their support during general election in 2010, and you slaughtered in 2013 and you still exterminating them, will not only make your leadership term short, but even your life and your personal image too.

Nuer IDPs in all UNMISS camps are there because their fellow countrymen who were armed in order to protect the sovereignty of this country fall short on their duties, then turn to those they supposed to protect. The training they gone through, the speech they listened to, the morals and orientations they got, the doctrines, the mandate they were taught with, the person they were told to protect and trust most become kiir not the country.

The place they know during the training and even tradition name and traditional identity they know and recognize all are Gokrialism thought against building the nation free of tribalism. These brainwashed private Gogrial (Gelweng) armies were recruited to destroy the rich diversification the South Sudanese dreaming about.

Challenges to our security are many. And it is not just our safety, cohesion and prosperity in the here and now that is threatened, but also our future, for no country can be prosperous and free if its people fear for their lives or property.

Going back to struggle of our people that neglected by Juba Regime .the sacrificed we did during our liberation, would it be possible to forget our historical contribution, and simply, introducing ethnicity division in the country?

Of course things would not go wrong, if Salva Kiir regime did not forget the liberators and freedom figures in south Sudan History. Would it be easy to forget the nationalism of Late Dr John Garang,Late Nyacigak Nyaciluk,Late Samuel Gai Tut, Late Stephen Duol Chol,Late William Nyuon Bany and late Abdala Chuol Deng.forgeting such alive visionary martyrs is a permanent insecurity curse to Kiir Regime.mr President your nightmares will not stop forever.

Of course, things would not go wrong, if the president Salva Kiir did not dishonor his constitutional oath’s quotation, as he was reading;

“ I…Salva Kiir., do hereby swear by the Almighty God/ solemnly affirm,

That as the President of the Government of Southern Sudan, I shall be faithful and

Bear true allegiance to Southern Sudan.. ..……; and that I shall protect and promote the unity of the people of South Sudan and consolidate the democratic decentralized system of government and

Preserve the integrity and dignity of the people of South Sudan; so help me

God/ and God is my witness”.

Now you’re joking with God, how can God be witness while your regime is doing opposite? Too, would it be easy to deny historical part of Cdrs in your illegally prisons? The Nation pokes fun at the genocidal regime at large.

The 15-18 Dec.2013 massacre and 17 April Bor UNMISS IDPs massacre are well documented, not only International community, Human Right watchs and UN, but also God.The darkest places on earth are reserved for those who remain silent with truth or who give false testimony in time of crisis.

My Culture and tradition is my natural lifestyle.

It’s noticeable that most of Nuer, who died during this war, were murdered because of their human creation known as ethnicity. Kiir technique of war is to eliminate Nuer ethnic out from South Sudan, and future presidency aspiration in the nation cheaply because the democratic reformists and echoers are headed by a Nuer, Dr Riek Machar, and the charismatic democratic leader of the people of South Sudan. For sure, Democratic is a natural system culturally in this movement.

The attack on Nuer civilians is the first deadly onslaught by the government forces in Bor. however, if it’s in that way, is it a mistake or wrong to died in the name of your tribe or culture? Emphatically, NO!

On the other hand, any tribe or group of organized society has a culture and traditions. Culture include all that man made in the form of tools,weapons,shelter,and other material goods and processes, all that elaborated in the way of attitudes and beliefs, ideas and judgement,codes and institutions etc. in such away,Kiir Regime is so against cultural diversifications richness in the State, cheering a war crime, globally witnessed.

Oh dear! My lovely Nuer IDPs exterminated in Bor UNMISS Camp, May God rest your souls in his eternal peace.. You have not died in vain. You are killed by internationally now known criminals while you were innocents.Kiir and his team are held account for their decisions, actions, or omissions. Lamently,I urge the UN and the International Community to put the human rights records they have in immediate action.

Gariay Gile is a concern south Sudanese, He is living inside the country. he can be reach him via ggyual@gmail.com and ggyualkon@yahoo.com