South Sudan governor denies rebel captured Maiwut town

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Rebels protect civilians from the Nuer ethnic group (not seen) walking
through flooded areas to reach a camp in UNMISS base in Bentiu, Sept.
20, 2014 (Photo AP/Matthew Abbott)
August 8, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese governor of Maiwut state
denied on Tuesday that rebel fighters allied to the exiled former
First Vice President Riek Machar have gained control of Maiwut town,
the administrative headquarters of Maiwut state.

Governor Bol Ruach told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that he was now in
Pagak town, the former rebel headquarters located at South
Sudan-Ethiopia border to seal it off for rebel activities and to
deploy custom officers and immigration officials to resume movement of
goods and services between the two countries.

“That is not true. The rebels have not captured Maiwut, instead, I am
speaking to you now in Pagak, which as you know was their headquarters
but our forces took it from them on Sunday and I came here to talk to
the people, especially the civil population,” said governor Ruach when
reached on Tuesday.

The governor was reacting to several reports from government officials
claiming Maiwut town came under attack by the fighters allied to
Machar on Monday afternoon, leading to a brief takeover.

“There is a funny thing here. The government forces captured Pagak the
HQ of Riek Machar which was a good news indeed but they made a big
mistake, they left Maiwut town when they were going to Pagak and
Maiwut was seized by Riek Machar militia,” a top state official told
Sudan Tribune on Monday.

State Parliament Speaker Choul Dep Kiir did not deny or confirm the
state headquarters was overrun by the rebels. Instead, he said
government forces have gone to Pagak to close down the border with
Ethiopia. He did not deny or confirm the recapture of the town by the

Another official said rebels briefly took control of the town on
Monday afternoon before later withdrawing to the outskirts.

The military spokesman of the faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation
Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) loyal to the First Vice President Taban
Deng Gai denied the rebel had gained access to the town.

“This is not true. We are still maintaining our defensive lines both
in Maiwut and Pagak,” said Dickson Gatluak Jock when reached for
comments regarding the development on Tuesday.


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    8 August 21:48, by jubaone

    Now this war is turning into a purely Nuer intra-fratricide war.
The cowardly jienges have successfully outsourced this war and the
stupid nyagateen can brutally kill themselves. Sure, the jienges are
simply waiting to do the final finishing where they stopped in 2013 in
Juba. Can Nuers ever learn?

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        8 August 22:30, by South South


        Please stop this useless language. You don’t know anything
about war. Why did you run away from South Sudan?

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            8 August 22:51, by Newsudan

            there are two misleading websites of Riek io rebels:
Nyamile and South Sudan News agency, what they usually posted is
merely nonsense and propaganda,pathetic

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            8 August 23:04, by jubaone

            South South,
            Hopeless jienge, war and battles are not a tribal monopoly
and jienges can’t brag to be real fighters. When our Equatorian Corps
started the struggles in Torit in Aug 1955, you were running naked
after your cows and completely ignorant of any independence struggles.
Let us see how far you get on this time, ya wisik jienge Abyei.

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                8 August 23:44, by South South


                That why I love your stupidity very much, you are
against tribalism war and at the same time you love your Equatorian
Corps, stupid. When war started in 1955 Dinka never questioned their
brothers from Equatotria who started it. Dinka never formed militia to
fight along side with Arabs, never happened and history is there to
tell us. Instead, Dinka joined Anya-Nya one in big numbers.

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                9 August 00:02, by Kush Natives

                You’re completely an ignorant animal! If Jieeng were
running naked in 1955, who were the commanding officers in Anya-nya I
& II? Check with Joseph Lako, he will exactly feed you with the useful
information. Being naked doesn’t prevent you from fighting. Have you
ever gone to the Murlei land? They’re still naked as we’re speaking
and they fight well.

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                9 August 02:30, by Khent


                The Dinka have been at war with the Arabs since the
13th Century. The Dinka fought the Arabs and even conquered territory
from them. The lands we currently have in what was Upper Nile State
were taken from the Arab subjects of the Funj. We’ve been having wars
with Arabs long before you people were aware of their existence.

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        8 August 23:47, by john akeen

        so now you’re talking shit about Nuer and calling them stupid,
okay, you know Nuer of Riek Machar are coming after you and Thomas
Cirillo right, don’t talk shit about Riek Machar’s Nuer, is better for
you to talk about Jienges because they’re nice people and they don’t
have any problem with anybody that’s hot them, but if you fuck with
Riek Nuer that mean you don’t want to be alive

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            9 August 00:03, by john akeen

            anyways, let me ask you same, what is your problem with
Dinka? and please answer my question wisely and you might need to tell
some little story that make you hot Dinka. Thank you

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            9 August 00:11, by Kush Natives

            john akeen,
            This female called herself Jubaone is completely going
under excessive force or order. He has nothing left with him, because
he was depending on Riek Machar’s terrorists organizations. Now, Riek
is officially dismantled, that’s why you see Jubaone running around
naked like a confused donkey. FYI, we’re now going to clean up an
Equatorian jungles in few days.

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            9 August 01:08, by pabaak

            I told you several times that leave this guy called
JubaOne alone either is under influence or is ruining out of mind you
shouldn’t waste time responsing to his inputs he is already has mind
lockup against jiengs or Dinka he is out of context or he doesn’t know
what he is doing.

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        9 August 02:56, by Khent

        The Dinka lost over a million people fighting the Arabs, when
Khartoum was arming and supporting the Equatorian Defence Force in
addition to dozens of other armed groups in Equatoria. The Nuer were
even worse — they were Khartoum’s favorite little play things - easily
fooled and manipulated...

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    9 August 00:19, by pabaak

    The IOS writers are making propaganda over internet by lie after
like war has never become a real. They think they only knew to fight
nobody else. And this beginning of lasting ending of another era the
Riek Machar quest for power and will mark another era of peace and
stability in the Country. And should be lesson to those still hiding
in bushes of S .Sudan 3ither surrender in to government

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        9 August 00:39, by pabaak

        Or faced the consequences of it. Those small pockets should be
clear out soon so no more criminals should be hiding in bushes in name
fighting regime in Juba and the next thing on line is general
disarmament to collect unauthorized guns from hand civilians for and
lastly go for elections. we need our Army to rest because they have
been at wars for many years. They have exhausted in wars.

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    9 August 00:52, by john locke

    For all of you kiir cheerleaders, pagak and maiwut are both under
io control. Youre forces loysl to kiir ran to the ethiopian border and
were disarmed by the ethiopian military. They where chased from maiwut
to pagak where they than ran across the border with barely any
weapons. Ethiopian forces disarmed them and bused them to juba. But
once again, believe what kiir and taban tell you.. haha

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        9 August 02:13, by john akeen

        Hahaha, just read this losers comments. Rebels or trash, I
tell you what, just surrender to us and will make you our SSudanese
brother again or else you will never stop running from us just like in
the bushes when deers see lion or tiger. So I tell you what you need
to give up or we will not going to hunting you down like lion hunting
deers, so is up to you either you smart or be stupid to die

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            9 August 02:34, by john akeen

            Just read this losers comments. Rebels or trash, I tell
you what, just surrender to us and will make you our SSese brother
again or else you will never stop running from us just like deers in
the bushes when they see a lion or a tiger. So I tell you, you need to
give up or we will not going to stop hunting you down like lion
hunting deers, so you either be smart or be stupid to die

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    9 August 02:31, by Sunday Junup

    Denying will never change the fact on ground. Just enjoy your
wound and I hope you are preparing for funeral of Nhial Batoang

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    9 August 02:37, by john locke

    Kiirs followers love to deny the truth.. just prepare to bury one
of youre commanders. We chased your coward soldiers to the border of
Ethiopia. Go ask them what happened. Or better yet why is nhial dead?
Or did he just die of excitement from taking pagak?

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        9 August 07:38, by Newsudan

        John Locke
        you are using English in so disgusting way,better you speak
Thok Naas instead of pidgin a mixed of little English and Nuera.FYI
Both Maiwut and Pagak have fell to SPLA and STD peace wing forces.

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    9 August 07:48, by Lenin Bull

    Gatjaak, Riek’s rebellion for leadership greed is dead, failed and
defeated. Don’t waste the precious lives of your young men fighting
back and forth in Maiwut and Pagak. Riek is now considered a war
criminal by the region and the international community who has not
only endangered the security and safety of South Sudan as a young
country but even that of the Nuer nation.

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    9 August 07:58, by Lenin Bull

    Gatjaak will fight and fight more this time wasting the lives of
its young men of Gatjaak but will give up like Gatjook in Nasir just
like Lou-Nuer and Gawaar-Nuer have now given up in Greater Akobo and
Ayod. Some numskull Nuer internet fighters were hysterically bossing
that SPLA of Jaang will never step foot in the mighty Lou-Nuerland the
holy land of NGUNDAENG. But where is SPLA now? In louland

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    9 August 08:05, by Lenin Bull

    GOD of heaven and earth will not allow Riek to get blind and die
peacefully there in South Africa. He should die with a hot arika
bullet lodged in his damned stupid head for endangering the security
and safety/stability of the young country so soon after its

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