Tuesday June 27, 2017

SPLMIO: No single general defected to Kiir regime in Pagak. Just street gangs camouflaging as soldiers making statements online

Pagak/Upper Nile – South Sudan’s SPLMIO dismissed recent reports of defection in their stronghold area of Pagak as fake and media propaganda. The movement said the story was made up by few people who use internet and social media to stir up stories.
“The guy whose name was written as Mut Bach Thoch is actually Mun Bach, a criminal dismissed by the movement long time ago. He never held any military rank. He was arrested here in Pagak in 2015 due to his criminal activities and sent to prison. He was released then and went to Gambella. He has never been given any rank of anything. where does he get all these titles from? We dont reward criminals. Another guy they said was a captain by the name Thiol Kier. That guy often loiters between Pagak , Itang and Gambella. He’s in fact an Ethiopian because all his family and himself were born and raised in Ethiopia. They said he used to be a bus driver between Gambella and Itang then. We have nothing with him if the regime of Salva Kiir want to take him because he has nothing to do with us” – Bol Khor, an army officer in Pagak told this paper on saturday.
IO’s deputy military spokesperson, Major Dickson Gatluak Jock also said that there was no any defectors in the movement in the area of Pagak leave alone Generals.
“No physical act of Defection in Pagak Military base.

The leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) would like to inform the people of South Sudan and the world at large that none of the generals from SPLA/IO in Pagak defected to Taban affiliated group. This is a groundless report with no evident. In fact, we in the SPLA-IO were surprised to learn through Sudan Tribune online publication that three generals from SPLA/IO Joint Taban Deng’s group. To be categorical, it is for this reason that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA-IO) would also like to inform the public that there was absolutely no one defected from Pagak military base and I hope Taban’s faction was not consulted well on the content of the report.

The claimed officers including Michael Paul Dak, Mun Bach Thoch and Dobuol Wuor Diew are not even known in our military camps or assigned in Pagak GHQs.” – Major Dickson said on his Facebook page. 

Military officers in the area of Pagak also dismissed the existence of the defected men in division 5, rubbishing it as propaganda and an initiative by Taban groups to incite a Nuer-nuer war. 

A colonel in Bouth (the border area between Sudan) who refused to be identified called on the Taban group to stop politics aimed at “dividing Nuer for selfish games” “they should cease all these if they really meant to be leaders of South Sudan and Nuer community in particular. There will never a time when Nuer fight among themselves. If they are planning to divide us, its not going to happen. We will defeat them along with their comrades of Jieng Council of Elders (JCE)” – A colonel who gave his first name as James said.
THE UPPER NILE TIMES

Bith Jonathan
Bith Jonathan is an award-winning journalist and columnist. He holds a bachelor's degree in mass media and journalism from the prestigious kenyan school of mass media.
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