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Six SPLA Brigadier Generals Defects to Join Rebel Forces

Explosions and sustained heavy gunfire were heard in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state capital of Wau on Saturday (26) after senior government military officers and troops have defected and fled into the bush to join rebel forces led by Riek Machar. 

Nuer generals began to defect in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states in response to alleged ethnic-based killings in the capital.
Nuer generals began to defect in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states in response to alleged ethnic-based killings in the capital. However, several Nuer generals and troops have remained loyal to president Kiir and are in charge of military units in the South Sudanese army (SPLA), which is fighting against rebels.

By Sudan Tribune,

SENIOR army officers who mutinied on Saturday in Western Bahr el Ghazal state capital Wau said their defection to opposition forces led by former vice-president, Riek Machar came after they were targeted based on their ethnicity in the aftermath of an alleged massacre in which 192 unarmed Nuer trainee soldiers were killed in Mapel, east of Wau town.

In an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune on Sunday, Brigadier General Gatwech Gach Makuach, one of the generals who defected, said government forces had attacked residents in Wau following the Mapel incident, prompting them to defend themselves, after which they marched out of town.  Continue reading Six SPLA Brigadier Generals Defects to Join Rebel Forces

Eritrea Denies Backing Insurgents in South Sudan

“The ‘preposterous lies’ behind Eritrea’s alleged support to South Sudan rebels are deliberately peddled for two reasons: to portray Eritrea as a”regional spoiler” in order to maintain the unlawful sanctions and the other is for the relentless defamation campaign to keep Eritrea “constantly on the defensive” and thereby eclipse the issue of occupation.” – Yemane Gebremeskel, Director of Eritrean President Office

South Sudan deeply thanked Eritrea for its support to the people and Government of South Sudan during the current crisis in the country. Yet, Eritrea’s avowed enemies are busy disseminating preposterous lies accusing Eritrea for supporting”rebels” in a proxy war in the region.

By The Economist,

Event: Eritrea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied allegations that it has been militarily supporting South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar.

Analysis: The suggestion that the Eritrean government was backing the rebel movement led by South Sudan’s former vice‑president, Mr Machar, was dismissed as a “preposterous lie” by the foreign ministry in a statement released on March 10th.  Continue reading Eritrea Denies Backing Insurgents in South Sudan

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s Confused Statements

PM Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia is a man of faith but serving the unfaithful TPLF cliques. That puts him in awkward position to constantly made inconsistent statements that lack principles, direction and strategy. He is getting confused.

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

On February 10, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia gave reporters access and conducted a press conference. The statements of Hailemariam are fraught with inconsistencies and telling that there is a serious leadership vacuum and lack of direction in Ethiopia. The statements lack principle, direction and strategy. The messages are inconsistent and contradictory to previous statements.  Continue reading Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s Confused Statements