Security Under Check: SPLA

The security situation in South Sudan is under control, the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army (SPLA) has said.

Security Under Check: SPLA
SPLA spokesperson General Kuol Diem Kuol addressing the media.[©Gurtong]

By Juma John Stephen

JUBA, 27 August 2010 (Gurtong) – The SPLA spokesperson General Kuol Diem Kuol told a media briefing this week that security was good in almost all the states in the semi-autonomous region and added that disarmament was going on peacefully in Warrap State.

“The security situation is under control in Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap, Central Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria states and there is also an ongoing disarmament and I am glad that the people are surrendering illegal arms peacefully”, said General Kuol.

He said that a similar exercise was going on in Lakes State, adding that cattle rustling was being brought under control by the security forces.

He at the same time said that two girls who had been abducted by the Ugandan Lords Resistance Army (LRA) in Western Bahr El Ghazal State were rescued and are now receiving trauma treatment in Western Equatoria State after which they will be re-united with their families.

“The SPLA is making intensive patrols at the North-South border, in areas where the LRA operate and at the Central African Republic (CAR) border.However,the SPLA soldiers are not allowed by the governments of CAR and the Democratic Republic of Congo to patrol deep into their areas to pursue the rebels”,  General Kuol said.

He, however, admitted that the security situation in Unity State is still unstable owing to the presence of militia activities allegedly perpetuated by the Khartoum government.

“We have learnt that Colonel Michael Kur Char is the new commander destabilising the South and is now hiding in Gero in Unity state”, said the SPLM spokesman.

He said Upper Nile State remains peaceful save for scanty attacks from a militia group led by Gwang Robert but who has since surrendered to the Chollo Kingdom and is now in Pashoda.

General Kuol said the SPLA is committed to ending the atrocities being committed by a rebel soldier, George Athor, who mounted attacks after losing in the Jonglei State gubernatorial race in the April polls.

The Undersecretary in the Ministry of SPLA Affairs General Bior Ajang who was also present echoed General Kuol’s sentiments and said the SPLA recently captured a Sudanese aircraft that used to land in areas occupied by the LRA in Western Equatoria State.

“The helicopter belongs to Sudan Airways and was hired by the Military Intelligence. The captured plane had two Russians, a rebel soldier belonging to Athor’s group by the name James Yor Chol and eight others who were arrested by the Joint Integrated Units (JIUs). The plane will be brought to Juba this week.

The GoSS Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin stressed that the SPLA should not be branded as a rebel army.

“Don’t call the SPLA a rebel army since it is a national army with clear polices stated in the white paper”, he said.

He added that the Ministry of SPLA Affairs is working on a pension scheme for the army.

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29/08/2010, 8:22 AM
 - Posted by Ajak johnson
Dear readers
The captured helicopter in Paloj airport is a great evidence that the Sudan government is the cause of all atrocities,killing and so many militia in South.
the company in Sudan are not working for the benefit of the country but collaborate with government to destroy south Sudan.

The helicopter should remain in Juba as for the government of south Sudan and for SPLA army.
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