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 (…)
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 (…)
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 (…)
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 (…)
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 (…)
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 (…)
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. (…)
November 27, 2017 (JUBA) – Rival forces in South Sudan on Monday issues statements in which each side accused the other of initiating military offensives to either regain or retain control Pagak, a town initially controlled by the armed opposition forces on South Sudan’s border with Ethiopia.
Maiwut state governor, Bol Ruach Rom told Sudan Tribune that government forces in Pagak came under attack from rebels loyal to former First Vice President, Riek Machar but their attempts were (…)
November 25, 2017 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese rebels have called for investigations into the killing of civilians in Kajo-Keji and Mundri, following the recent clashes in the area between the rival forces. The deputy rebel spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel claimed government forces targeted civilians in operations against the armed opposition troops. “The SPLA-IO [Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In-Opposition] condemns these atrocities committed by the government towards civilians. We are (…)
November 23, 2017 (JUBA)- At least 25 people were killed in fresh clashes between government forces and rebels in South Sudan’s South Southern Liech state, officials said Thursday.
The state information minister, Peter Makouth Malual said clashes erupted Tuesday between government forces the armed opposition forces loyal to the country’s ex-First Vice President Riek Machar and continued until Wednesday.
Malual said at least 20 rebels and five government soldiers were killed in the fighting, (…)
November 16, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Thursday announced the official release from house arrest of General Paul Malong Awan, the country’s former chief of staff, who had been confined in his home since he was sacked in May this year.
The move ends weeks of tension and standoff between government and Awan after its attempts to disarm the latter’s guards failed.
Speaking at an occasion he organized for elders and church leaders who mediated between the Juba government (…)
November 14, 2017 (KAMPALA) – South Sudan’s former head of militarily intelligence General Paul Mach has denied meeting rebel groups in Uganda, dispelling reports he intends to rebel against government.
Last week, unconfirmed reports indicated that Mach groups in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, saying such reports were “fabricated”. “I am stating categorically that I am not aware of such a meeting, nor involved in it. It is a constructed lie peddled by those seeking to further their agenda by (…)
November 13, 2017 (JUBA) – Elders and church leaders involved in the negotiations to break the standoff that existed between the government and former military chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan have praised the decision President Salva Kiir took to allow the former travel out of the country for medical reasons.
The head of the elders described the decision as an exhibition of leadership. “This is a very important step to end tension and renewing confidence between of the president (…)
November 13, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has assured the country’s former army chief of safety, reducing panic and tension generated by the deployment of government troops around the latter’s home.
Elders and church leaders involved in negotiations to break the standoff between government and General Paul Malong Awan said the latter was now free to move and live anywhere in the country.
“The discussions we have had with the president have been encouraging. He is a man of (…)
November 12, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government announced it has withdrawn armed personnel initially deployed to guard the home of former military chief of staff, General Paul Malong.
A spokesperson for South Sudan army said the decision follows the “peaceful” resolution of misunderstandings between government and Malong.
“Armoured Personnel Carriers and security forces initially deployed around the residence of Gen Paul Malong have been withdrawn,” said Lul Ruai Koang, adding (…)
November 11, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered for a decisive action to maintain security in the country, an attempt aimed at deflecting and allaying fears and panic generated by the standoff with former army chief, General Paul Malong and the defection of officers and soldiers from government.
President Kiir, according to South Sudan’s minister for interior, gave the orders during the meeting of the security committee, which was held Friday under his chairmanship (…)
November 8, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese military officer, who recently defected with over 200 soldiers to the country’s main rebel group, has called for a united opposition to topple the government led by President Salva Kiir.
Lt. Col. Chan Garang, an ally of South Sudan’s former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan, openly declared his defection to the rebel faction led by the country’s former first vice-president, Riek Machar.
“The unity of all the forces is very important. [President] (…)
November 7, 2017 (JUBA) – The government of South Sudan has announced the extension of a unilateral ceasefire with the various armed opposition movements operating in the East African country.
The country’s information minister, Michael Makuei said the council of ministers, at a meeting chaired by the President Salva Kiir, agreed on the unilateral ceasefire declaration to support peace revitalization process initiated by the East African regional bloc (IGAD).
He said rebels fighting the (…)