South Sudan: Rebels Accuse the Government of Planting More Landmines!

Press Release no, 4

After its formation in October 2010, MAG's Small Arms and Light Weapons Team in South Sudan removed 250,000 items of SALW and unexploded ordnance that were left from the previous wars. Now South Sudan government is accused by the rebels of repeating the same mistake (Photo: MAG)

After its formation in October 2010, MAG’s Small Arms and Light Weapons Team in South Sudan removed 250,000 items of SALW and unexploded ordnance that were left from the previous wars. Now South Sudan government is accused by the rebels of repeating the same mistake (Photo: MAG)

March 23, 2015 (Nyamilepedia)—--The newly appointed Spokesman for SPLA –IO Col. Lony T. Ngundeng Issued a press release saying the SPLA in opposition have learned that the government of South Sudan is supplying its military bases with all forms of Landmines imported from Uganda which come in two varieties: anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines.

The spokesman told our press team that they have gathered more information from their military correspondents in all war-fronts, adding that they have also confirmed that the SPLA –Juba faction has placed much anti-personnel mines under grounds in Nasir, Ayod, Renk and Alekha northern part of Renk and that have caused great suffering in the past two weeks to civilians inhabiting those areas.

Col. Lony T. Ngundeng was quoted on Phone by Nyamilepedia press team putting a blame on SPLA-Juba forces, saying it’s not wise for the government forces to Use landmine in the civilian’s populated areas.

“This is a clear sign that The Government of South Sudan and its allies are now violating the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBM) instead of working for a world free of anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions, where mine and cluster munitions survivors see their rights respected and can lead fulfilling lives” said Col. Ngundeng.

By using Anti-personnel landmines which are prohibited under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction adopted in 1997, Colonel Lony Ngundeng stated that Juba regime is clear of violating the international treaties.

“The Government of South Sudan has taken the war into different ways of brutalities by using the banded weapons. Last year from the beginning of the current conflict then, the pro-government forces with help from Ugandan Air defense force or UPDF had used the cluster bombs along Juba-Bor road where they clashed with our forces which resulted with heavy casualties” He said

The Spokesman also revealed to Nyamilepedia press team that some victims died in different hospitals due to the ban weapons while some land mines victims who are pure civilians are currently under treatment in Addis Ababa.

The SPLA spokesman asserted that; if weapons like UXos will continue to exist, than there will be more lives at risks, many casualties, among civilian population, humanitarian aid workers, it will also hinders agricultural activities, animal grazing as well as wildlife in general, it could also denies citizens access to water, food, care and trade and they pose a threat to the safety of civilians during conflicts and long afterwards.

“The office of spokesperson from the SPLA-IO would like to inform the world and the UN bodies about the great atrocities committed by the government forces and take quick respond to stop Juba faction from making further destruction and indiscriminately killing on civilians, aid workers, and soldiers alike” Said Col. Lony T. Ngungdeng.

Col. Ngundeng told Nyamilepedia Press team that his office have received more information, death of people and those who lose their limbs from stepping on a landmine in the affected areas of the conflicts Mostly in Greater Upper Nile and the majority of victims are civilians.

“In the last two days the government forces placed more anti-personnel mines trying to fence-out our forces in the surrounding area of Nasir town where the local population is grazing animals and fetching water for their consumption. However, this resulted in a big loss of cattle being killed, women, children and elderly people remained as victims since they use to walk for miles to fetch some water in the River” Said the Spokesman.

Hundreds have been killed and some remained as victims since the beginning of the conflicts in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states.

  11 comments for “South Sudan: Rebels Accuse the Government of Planting More Landmines!

  1. March 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    S.Sudan now in hand of destruction man.Just get another one plant on Juba Nimule road,Juba Yei road and Juba Mundri road


  2. March 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    It is up to Nuer because SPLM-IO are liar,even Jonas Savimbi had done that,but he didn’t success at all.


  3. March 23, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    The rebellion has to take this blame even though both sides are doing it, the rebels leader has to admitted that because if he did not run away then, there wasn’t another land mines to put around towns.Any nation does that when there is a war and the soldiers have the rights to protects them special at night time and this is why any government troops put land mines around out post military. The former vice president was fear for nothing, being a politician some time you have to be jail but does not mean this is the end of your life good example, Dr. Trubi had been going jail and then, but he is still alive and the second example, you can see G10 known as the political detainees were jails and they are free.Dr. Lam Akol was been accused for the coup attempted last time but he run away and later he came back this is how the politician use his knowledge to apply unlikely the Idea of former vice president always calling Nuers to fights for his political problems but people who supporting him don’t gets it that, they are being use for political interest.

    Please keep singing about blaming one side having puts lands mines under the ground path ways of the innocents civilians, but in reality I strongly belief that, both sides are qualified for blamed. How that sound answerable to you rebels spokesman?


    • March 23, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      Well, it is true soldiers have to protect themselves from any harm


    • GatNor
      March 24, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Assassination attempt that was carried out against former VP and the rest of Nuers included demolishing the former VP’s residential compound with everything in it, human beings too. How stupid does one has to be to wait for his death lying down. Until I see you Maggot wait for your own death lying down, I supposed you do not expect others to do such a thing. How many cowards SPLA troopers been reported to have abandoned their posts when the Jelaba was launching attacks on South Sudan territories. The former VP was not armed during Dec of 2013 when he fled. Now that he is armed it seems quite difficult for Juba and Uganda to deliver the promises they made to their citizens of crushing any rebellion. Juba is only good at bullying and intimidating unarm citizens.


  4. March 23, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Terrorist Juba Militia will every thing they want to protect their food


  5. March 24, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Mind you Mr. Mawien Magol.

    You blamed the rebel leader for running away, right? Do you want Riek Machar to have waited for him to be slaughtered like the rest of his bodyguards and thousands
    other innocent Nuers? Is that your wish? If that is so, please check your integrity, and I want to say that you are wrong. Me I don’t wish that Sava Kiir be killed because I know his men have also engulf the into civil war like what is happening now.


  6. March 24, 2015 at 3:19 am

    You talk as if you are Salva yourself. Please your comment express much about yourself. Because your own words reflects your negative feeling against the Nuer nation and that will take you nowhere please because without Nuer in this nation, south Sudan wouldn’t have gotten it’s independent from Sudan . Please you need to embrace peace with Nuer for the stability of our nation


  7. March 24, 2015 at 6:43 am

    South Sudan has turned away from it position ,because of leadership iam confused now as a citizen of s Sudan i do not know where my life are going to stable , 2 years conflicts it seemed to be more bad than 21 years long war in Sudan, today is the time to politically not by arm again.


  8. Deng Dut Parek Dut
    March 24, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Useless rebellion


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