South Sudan

Exclusive: Gen Kiir, Machar Clashed At Top Council Meeting

more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Sources have told Chimpreports that by Monday morning, the mutineers who are said to be loyal to sacked Vice President, Riek Machar and Rebecca Garang, were advancing towards the Ministry of defence headquarters at Bilbam.

“The mutineers who intend to topple President Kiir want to take charge of the armory at Bilbam. But they are now meeting stiff resistance from the Dinka section of the Presidential Brigade,” a source told this reporter on Monday morning.

It remains unclear if the insurrectionists managed to seize the armoury at the old military barracks, a scene of the night bloody clashes.

Sources said violence broke out on Sunday night following a heated argument between Machar and Kiir at the end of the three-day National Liberation Council meeting in Juba.

“Machar and Kiir had a bitter quarrel during the meeting. Kiir blasted his former Vice President that he was a traitor who joined the enemy government of President Omar Bashir in 1991,” the source added.


“Kiir told off Machar that he has never ever betrayed his people and has always stood with them at all challenging times unlike Machar, who was a coward.”

It is reported that Machar immediately stormed out of the meeting after which gunfire broke out.

Kiir had strategically put command of key areas under the Dinka commanders in preparation for such an eventuality.

The development underpins the growing levels of instability following the dissolution of Cabinet by Kiir a couple of months ago in which top ministers, senior police and army commanders were fired.

The army has since appealed to civilians to stay at home it battles mutineers.

Flights cancelled

By 9:00am, Air Uganda and Kenya Airways had cancelled all flights to Juba over security concerns.

United States issued a statement today morning, denying reports that Machar had sought refuge at its embassy in Juba.

“The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to the Republic of South Sudan and strongly recommends U.S. citizens pay careful attention to existing in-country conditions when planning to visit. This replaces the Travel Warning dated March 29, 2013, and updates information on services to U.S. citizens in the Republic of South Sudan.”

The statement further read: “The Department of State strongly recommends that you avoid all travel to the states in the border region between Sudan and South Sudan (Upper Nile, Unity, and Western Bahr el Ghazal states in South Sudan; Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan; and the Abyei Special Administrative District). Although fighting between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has declined since spring 2012, the potential for troop build-ups along the border and renewed fighting remains.”

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