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New rebel group formed in WES

Author : | Published: Monday, May 25, 2015

There is a new rebel movement in Western Equatoria State, the SPLA spokesperson has said.

Colonel Philip Aguer said the unnamed group is being led by a former member of parliament who lost election in 2010.

Phillip Aguer said the rebellion, which was formed to drive away cattle keepers from the state, is now fighting the government.

“Security reported that somebody called Charles Balogore under Wesley Waluba,” Col Aguer explained.

“[Mr] Wesley was a former honorable member of parliament of Western Equatoria but lost election in 2010 and formed a rebellion to chase away the cattle camps from western Equatoria.

“Now the cattle camps are not any longer in western Equatoria and he turned against the government.”

Colonel Aguer said the group is using weapons allegedly used by the Sudan Army.

“They are using new weapons – AK47 that you can fold and they are using the machine guns called 42 that is being used now by Sudan Armed Forces.”

Colonel Aguer added that the security is investigating on the size of the army.

Last week, authorities there reported what they described as ‘random shooting’ in Mundri. The gunfire followed killing of Mundri West County executive director.

As a result, several residents fled the town. Some of them are seeking refuge in the neighboring Yei River County.


Malakal retaken by gov’t forces

Meanwhile, Colonel Aguer also said government forces have taken over Malakal town this morning.

He said the forces took over the town this morning without casualties.

“The operation on Malakal was completed without much loses; the SPLA forces are now in control of Malakal since 8:30,” he stated.

“The deputy chief of general staff for operation lieutenant general James Ajongo Mawut has ordered hot pursuit to track down the rebels where ever they may be heading from Malakal.”

The SPLM in Opposition could not be reached for comments on the matter.

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