South Sudanese rebels rip alleged $2.5 million ransom claim

SPLA-IO Spokesman Col. William Gatjiath. Photo: File
SPLA-IO Spokesman Col. William Gatjiath. Photo: File

Juba/Pagak, December 6, 2016 (SSNA) — The military command of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) has refuted claims by South Sudan national army (SPLA) spokesman Lul Ruai Koang on social media that the rebel forces who captured Commissioner of Kangapo County of Yei River State Juluce Tabule over the weekend now demand that the government pays a $2.5 million ransom in exchange for the detained commissioner.

The SPLA Spokesperson posted a comment on his Facebook profile today.

“This is to inform the people of South Sudan, region and the international community that armed terrorists affiliated to Warmonger Riek Mach[ar] have demanded $2.5Million USD in order to release Mr. Julius-Tabule Commissioner of Kangapo- County in Yei River State whom they abducted over the weekends with his three bodyguards,” Koang wrote today.

In response, the SPLA-IO blasted Koang for calling the armed opposition “terrorists,” adding that the claim of the ransom is nothing but part of government outrageous propaganda it has been feeding the people of South Sudan and the international community for years.

In the statement, the SPLA-IO says South Sudanese and the international community should know that the armed opposition is fighting for a cause and that the claim of ransom is false, adding that Tabule is being treated like any other prisoners in Upper Nile, Jonglei, and Unity States.

“We refute these unfounded allegations, we have never asked for any ransom since the war broke out, we are fighting for a cause, and we will never ask for a ransom,” a senior rebel officer said.

“This is just one of government dirty propagandas. The people of South Sudan and the world know exactly how Juba talks,” he asserted.

The armed opposition calls the accusations “misleading” and warned that the detained government official would soon declare his defection to the SPLM/A-IO.

“The claim by the government of South Sudan is a misleading nature or propaganda and we would like to inform the general public that the captive is in a good care, healthy and being kept in safe-conduct by the administration of the SPLA/IO. It would be his decision to join the SPLA/IO and announce his defection to the people movement in the coming few days,” the statement added.

The office of the rebel military spokesperson described Mr. Koang as “somebody who can lie even if he knows what he is saying is a pure lie.”

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  • Akasa Dominic
    December 6, 2016 9:23 pm

    Comment * south sudanese peoples need peace not war and propaganda enforcing both on the media and its own citizens;
    God bless my country and the suffering of south sudanese citizens in exile

  • Longera peter carstic lope
    December 6, 2016 10:45 pm

    i pray 4 our nation south sudan 2 get peace not always war

  • for me i need the gov’t of south sudan to first sit down and think what cause the innocent yei river state Youths and retired SPLA elders for joining SPLA IO again. people leave their children to be like orphans, their b/ness

  • I want to tell my people in south Sudan that there is a time for and there is a time for your are now killing why don’t we tell truth do we think that if we tell world truth they can’t calls us south Sudanese those who are now killing themselves they are south Sudanese then we stopped killing or self who is not going to be south Sudanese batter we get free money to enjoyed well thanks

    • Robert gatgiey
      February 7, 2017 8:50 pm

      Comment *ur absolutely right brother they don’t know what they are doing.
      they need to think twice.

  • I want to tell my people in south Sudan that there is a time for money and there is a time for your people which are now killing themselves for nothing why don’t we tell truth to world if we tell truth to the world do we think that they can’t calls us south Sudanese those who are now killing themselves they are south Sudanese then if we stopped killing or self who is not going to be south Sudanese batter we get free money to enjoyed well what s.Sudanese themselves are the one to stop this war because in this world every one wanted to make is own money let us forgot everything to bring peace back to the country.

  • how come you deny that you need ransom for the release of the commissioner? and why do you resort to kidnapping if SPLA/IO is the people’s movement? you better leave people to joint freely instead, for sure your movement is becoming a terrorist organisation like Bokoharam of Nigeria

  • Either side incubates lies to the higher standards. Be it IO or IG none is to my satisfaction to side with any. I am down to earth for peace and anyone with promising deeds is my friend. We need patriots not greedy leaders like these South Sudanese of the era.

  • SPLM-IO is a Revolutionary Movement that will lead us to the Promised Land… The “KIIR GOV’T” is killing civilians.

  • Butii Hii Lotimi Marik Thugumi
    December 7, 2016 4:21 am

    Trading accusations in social media when South Sudanese are perishing everyday is the lunacy of the highest order.

  • We are not for entertaining propaganda whatsoever is a benefit to those individual, the movement should continue pursuing their strategic principles of Governance for the RSS. Thanks God bless SOuth Sudan.

  • Remember that’s easier to start war than to end it and not easy to determine the winner of the war but only lost of lives. God should panish our leaders.

  • Lakony Francis otim
    December 7, 2016 9:28 am

    It is big very shameful to me as south sudanese hearing people who has no vision for the country claiming they are fighting to protect the citizen. Your time has gone.give has time build the nation

  • If we all preach peace, it should come soon. We may not like Kiir or Riek but actually we all have very limited options:
    Produce our a peace while ambush culprits at ballot box or continue to unnecessary suffer.
    Blaming certain tribe or region is even worse.

  • Thondoor ukulu
    December 7, 2016 10:07 pm

    waw,waw!, region leaders should know now that, SPLA 10 are and their cases will affect the whole regions.

  • Regarding from what is going on between our leaders of South Sudan government and Rebels ,and I believe they are playing games ,but believe me or not all men in South Sudan are failures Let we give chance of leadership to our womens to try South Sudan leadership , because almost a hundred years men in South Sudan are fighting themselves ,in chance for south sudan to become a great country from team self selfishness or tribe selfish. But I believe our women’s can bring the change. because the know us very well ,we men in south Sudan was raise womens.

  • Manasseh Democracy Imbe.
    December 8, 2016 10:58 am

    We Must Accept Our Sins And Repent Inorder To Allow God To Intervene In Our Country. We Must Stop Blaming Brother Slava And Machar Coz Thy Are Implementing The Plans Of Satan Who Is Angry With The Godly Plans For The Young Nation. My Prayer Goes To God For Our Leaders To Give Chance To Other People To Lead The Country. Amen Amen Amen Amen.

  • NHIAL Athian Bol
    January 12, 2017 9:25 pm

    you people asking your self why your
    country will suffering the war


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