Government Says New Islamic Rebellion Has Emerged

South Sudan government has said that the new Islamic rebellion movement led by a South Sudanese politician by the name Ali Tamim Fartak has emerged in the country.

Government Says New Islamic Rebellion Has Emerged
Michael Makuei Lueth, Speaking to the press in Juba [Photo by Jok Mayom]
By Jok P Mayom
JUBA, 29 June 2016 [Gurtong]-Michael Makuei Lueth, Government spokesperson said on Tuesday while addressing reporters on the security situation in the country that an Islamic rebellion movement was involved in the fighting that broke out in Wau State.
 
“This Islamic movement of Ali Tamim Fartak, there had never been religious wars in South Sudan so with Ali Tamim introducing such element is very dangerous to the people of South Sudan” said Makuei.
 
He said that the people of South Sudan have never lived on religious divisions.
 
“We have been living together whether they are Christians, Muslims or none of the above nevertheless they have been living under one shade and doing one and the same thing but each and everyone pray according to his/her religion” he describe.
 
Of course this situation is there but we don’t want to talk about it now but as soon as we get the report from there (Wau), the government will decide on the way forward. 
 
"These are some of the elements that we don’t need to recognize because this is a very serious and dangerous element being introduced into South Sudan. We are not here to encourage fundamentalism whether it is Islamic, Christian or any other" Makuei stated.
 
“The fact that this Islamic rebellion of Ali Tamim is there, definitely we cannot just talk about it being established without support of someone so there are people who are in support of that and we will reveal them when time comes.”
 
Ali Tamim Ahmed Fartak born in 1946 from Bahr el Ghazal region, Tamim is a South Sudanese politician,  holds a B.A. from the University of Khartoum was a Minister of Youth and Sports from 1977 to 1979.
 
He was subsequently appointed as Commissioner of Bahr El Ghazal Province. He was Advisor of the President of High Executive Council of Southern Sudan (1980 – 1983), and Commissioner of Western Bahr El Ghazal Province (1983 – 1985). 
 
In 1986, he was elected Member of the National Constituent Assembly and in 1987; he was Minister of Health of Southern Sudan Council.
 
From 1992 to 1993 he was Leader of the National Assembly and in 1994, he was subsequently appointed as Governor of Western Bahr El Ghazal State.
 
He served from 2000 to 2001 as Minister of State at the Ministry of Industry and Investment and later in 2001; he took up the post of Minister of Education.
 
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