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Claims of New Rebel Group in South Sudan

A former director of research at South Sudan's ministry of defense said Wednesday there is a new rebel group in the conflict-weary country.

Major Lasuba Lodoru Wongo told South Sudan in Focus from an undisclosed location that the new group is made up of more than 200 soldiers who left the army because they were disappointed with how President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar are handling peace talks for South Sudan.

Lodoru said the new group goes by the name the National Revolutionary Movement for the Salvation of South Sudan. He said his group is independent of other rebel groups, including the one allied to former vice president Machar.

According to Lodoru, a unit of the new rebel group was attacked by government forces in Maridi County, in Western Equatoria state, late Tuesday. Civilians in Maridi said two people were killed in clashes on Tuesday night but insisted that the fighting was between cattle keepers and rustlers, not renegade soldiers and the SPLA.

South Sudan in Focus has been unable to reach the Maridi County commissioner for details about the fighting.

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    John Tanza

    John Tanza works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters and is the managing editor and host of the  South Sudan In Focus radio program.
    Before joining VOA, John worked in Nairobi, Kenya where he established the first independent radio station (Sudan Radio Service) for the people of Sudan. He has covered several civil wars both in Sudan and South Sudan and has been engaged in the production of civic education materials for creating awareness about post conflict issues facing Sudanese and South Sudanese. John has interviewed South Sudan President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar, Vice President Wani Igga, leader of Sudan’s Umma Party Sadiq Al Mahdi in addition to other senior United Nations and U.S government officials in South Sudan and Washington. His travels have taken him across to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, DRC Congo and parts East Africa where he reported on the South Sudanese diaspora and the challenges facing them.
    A South Sudanese national, John enjoys listening to music from all over the world, reads academic books, watches documentaries and listens to various radio stations on the internet.  You can follow John on Twitter at @Abusukon

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