South Sudan’s army chief in Cairo for treatment

April 15, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army chief of staff, General James Mawut Ajonga is recovering following a Kidney operation conducted in a Cairo-based hospital, relatives told Sudan Tribune.
Ubeer Mawut, a brother to the army chief, said they opted for Egypt via Israel after the army chief was denied an entry visa to Germany.
The general was scheduled to fly to Germany for medical attention.
Medical examinations, he said, showed that the South Sudanese army chief of general staff (…)


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S. Sudan NGO boss arrested over illegal gun possession

April 10, 2018 (KAMPALA) – Police in the northern Ugandan district of Lira are reporting holding staff of a South Sudanese non-governmental organization over illegal possession of firearms.
Morris Okwir, Daily Monitor reported, has been working as programmes director for John Dau Foundation (JDF) in South Sudan.
Okwir, 39, was reportedly arrested by police Sunday night following a tip-off by a concerned resident that he was in possession of a rifle.
During interrogation, Okwir reportedly (…)


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S. Sudan rebels say repulsed army attacks in Upper Nile state

April 1, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan rebels say they repulsed an attack by pro-government forces in the areas of Ketbek and Padanyang in the Upper Nile state region on Saturday and Sunday morning.
The rebels’ deputy spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel told Sudan Tribune that the attackers were repulsed with “heavy defeat”. “The regime’s forces left their position in Wechyaradiw and attacked the SPLA-IO [the armed opposition faction] controlled areas of Ketbek and Padanyang. However, the SPLA-IO (…)


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South Sudanese rival forces clash in multiple locations

March 25, 2018 (JUBA) – Rival South Sudanese forces have issued statements in which each side blames the other of initiating new clashes in violation of the ceasefire in multiple places in the country, raising doubts over the commitment of the parties to ending war.
The spokesman of the army, Lul Ruai Koang told a news conference over the weekend that rebel forces allied to the exiled former first vice president Riek Machar and other armed opposition carried out attacks in the Upper Nile, (…)


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S. Sudan rebels deny recruiting foreigners to their ranks

March 15, 2018 (JUBA/KAMPALA) – South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) have denied allegations that they are recruiting Ugandan youth into their ranks.
Ugandan media had reported on Tuesday that security operatives have arrested a preacher in the northern district of Lira for allegedly conscripting Ugandan youth into the South Sudanese rebel movement that is fighting to topple the government of President Salva Kiir.
Lam Gabriel, SPLA-IO deputy military spokesperson, said in a (…)


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Uganda army tightens surveillance on S. Sudan border

March 13, 2018 (MOYO/JUBA) – The Uganda army (UPDF) has heavily deployed along its border with South Sudan and intensified surveillance, a day after a soldier died during a raid by gunmen.
Private Ibrahim Congo, attached to Gbari army detach, died of gunshot wounds sustained in shoot-out with the armed men who drove away more than 800 cattle, security officials told Daily Monitor.
“It is unfortunate that one of our soldiers got injured and died after during the time they were pursing the (…)


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South Sudanese rebels accuse Juba government of propaganda

February 11, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese rebels have accused the Juba regime of spreading negative propaganda, yet it continues to attack its positions in violation of the various cessation of hostilities agreements.
Garang Mabior, armed opposition’s external relations director, cited the May 2017 unilateral ceasefire Kiir declared, but “immediately” attacked rebel bases in Pagak and Maiwut.
“The SPLM/SPLA(IO) also takes this opportunity to denounce the negative propaganda being fabricated (…)


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Rights body welcomes arms restrictions on S. Sudan

February 3, 2018 (KAMPALA) –The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ), a South Sudanese human rights body, has welcomed the United States decision to impose arms restrictions on South Sudan, calling on the United Nations Security Council to back the move.
On Friday, in response to the repeated violations of a cessation of hostilities reached last December, the US administration established a weapons embargo on South Sudan pointing to continued violence and brutality against civilians and (…)


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S. Sudan, South Africa’s defence ministers to sign agreement

January 29, 2018 (KAMPALA) – The defense ministers of South Africa and the Republic of South Sudan are expected to sign an agreement in the capital, Juba.
The South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was expected in the South Sudanese capital, Juba on Monday to meet her South Sudanese counterpart, Kuol Manyang Juuk.
The two ministers, News24 reported, are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on co-operation in the field of defence (…)


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South Sudan rebels say released 15 prisoners of war

January 28, 2018 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese armed opposition official said they released 15 prisoners of war and handed them over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Sunday.
The deputy rebel spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel said the war prisoners were airlifted from Kolopach airstrip at New Fangak in South Sudan’s Phow state by the ICRC to the South Sudan capital, Juba.
He, however, said those freed declined to go to Juba for fear of “repercussions” that could arise (…)


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S. Sudan rebels accuse gov’t troops of executing civilians

January 23, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s armed in opposition faction allied to the country’s former first vice president, Riek Machar have accused government forces of allegedly executing innocent civilians who crossed into different territories around Yei River state.
During a meeting with members of the Ceasefire Transitional Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM), the armed opposition’s deputy spokesperson, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, released a recorded video allegedly showing pro-government troops (…)


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South Sudan army denies report on ceasefire violation

January 17, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan army (SPLA) has denied reports from peace monitors that it was responsible for ceasefire violation, pushing blame on the armed opposition faction, which it said attempted truce as a way to mobilise and carry out activities.
“The reports you are talking about did not look at the context of what they are saying. Our forces have received clear instructions and orders from chief of defence force and these orders and instructions have been observed. It is (…)


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S. Sudan’s ex-army chief did not set condition for talks: official

January 14, 2018 (JUBA) – A member of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders has dismissed reports that former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan set conditions and demands for President Salva Kiir’s government to meet before entering into talks with the Juba regime. In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Sunday, the co-chair of the Jieng Council of Elders, Joshua Dau said he was unaware of conditions and demands Awan allegedly placed. “Gen Paul Malong was receptive and cooperative in our (…)


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S. Sudan’s 5th infantry division alert for imminent attacks

January 9, 2018 (WAU) – The commander of South Sudan army’s 5th infantry division in Wau state, Maj. General, Michael Majur Alier has instructed his forces to remain alert incase armed men loyal to ex-army chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan decide to attack.
In a military parade conducted at Gerintii military headquarters in Wau, Alier said any army officer who misbehaves will be dealt with.
“Today, I have paraded you to listen to the update instructions from your headquarters in (…)


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S. Sudan government accuses rebels of violating ceasefire

January 4, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan army (SPLA) has accused the armed opposition forces of violating the ceasefire signed on 21 December 2017.
The SPLA spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, said fighters loyal to former vice president, Riek Machar and ex-deputy chief of staff for logistics Thomas Cirilo carried out coordinated out attacks in several places in the country.
The military, he said, recorded eight violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement from different parts of (…)


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S. Sudan army says associates of ex-army chief fled to Sudan

January 1, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) admitted on Monday that associates of General Paul Malong Awan, the former army staff of staff fled the country to neigbouring Sudan.
Lieutenant General Santino Deng Wol, commander of the ground forces told Sudan Tribune that the former Aweil North county commissioner and his Madhol county counterpart fled the country.
The two former officials, according to the army officer, were still in active list in the army with ranks of colonel (…)


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South Sudan army deploys former rebel commander in new reshuffle

December 28, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has deployed General Dau Aturjong, a former rebel commander, to head its third infantry division in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region.
The division oversees and provides security protection to Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states, two of South Sudan’s former states expanded into Twic, Aweil East, Aweil and parts of Lol, Gogrial and Tonj states.
The third infantry division under Aturjong also extends military support to the (…)


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18 dead in clashes between South Sudan army, rebels

December 17, 2017 (JUBA) – At least 18 people were killed in clashes between South Sudanese government troops and rebels loyal to the country’s former First Vice-President, Riek Machar, officials from the two rival forces, said.
The attack, according to the South Sudanese military spokesperson, occurred on Saturday night in the north state of Upper Nile.
“The raid on the army base in Latjor state left eight soldiers and 10 attackers dead,” deputy military spokesman Santo Domic Chol said. (…)


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