Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Africa News .

Fighting breaks out in South Sudan army barracks
by Staff Writers
Juba (AFP) March 05, 2014

Ex-general takes charge of Nigeria defence ministry
Abuja (AFP) March 05, 2014 - Ex-army general Mohammed Gusau formally took charge of Nigeria's defence ministry on Wednesday, a choice analysts said may lead to a change in strategy in the raging battle against Boko Haram.

The defence post had been vacant since June 2012, when President Goodluck Jonathan sacked Mohammed Bello following a spate of deadly attacks by the Islamist insurgents.

Gusau, a former chief of army staff, has twice served as Nigeria's national security advisor, including from 1999 to 2006.

He was reappointed as NSA in 2010 but later quit to challenge Jonathan for the ruling party's nomination ahead of 2011 elections.

While his relationship with the president was said to be strained, analysts suggested Jonathan selected Gusau because his intelligence expertise was needed in reshaping strategy to defeat the Islamist rebels who have already killed 500 this year.

"What we have seen is that the Nigerian military cannot defeat Boko Haram with just force," Professor Dapo Thomas, of Lagos State University told AFP. "It is all about intelligence now.

"Because of (Gusau's) background, I cannot think of a better candidate for the defence post," the political and security expert said.

Jonathan replaced his entire military top brass in January and the military has issued statements promising various new strategies to combat the Islamists.

But the violence has continued at a relentless pace.

Secondary school students and other civilians have been slaughtered in a range of attacks this year blamed on Boko Haram.

Nigeria's former ambassador to China, Aminu Wali, has meanwhile taken charge of the foreign ministry, replacing Olugbenga Ashiru who was removed last year.

Five soldiers died when heavy fighting broke out in the main military barracks in war-torn South Sudan's capital Juba on Wednesday, underscoring serious tensions within the national army as it battles a rebel uprising.

Fierce gunfire lasting two hours was heard coming from the main barracks near Juba University, home to the presidential guards and other elite troops, from 9:30 am (0630 GMT).

The government played down the violence as resulting from a "misunderstanding" over pay. Army spokesman Malak Ayuen told AFP five soldiers had been killed and that those found responsible would face a court martial.

"It's unfortunate that this morning fighting ensued among the commandos themselves over salary," he said.

"What happened was a misunderstanding among the commandos and it ended in their unit."

According to independent Tamazuj radio, the fighting started after soldiers argued with a military pay committee. Other local media carried unconfirmed reports that the fighting broke out between guards loyal to President Salva Kiir and a commando unit under top general Gatwech Gai.

The US embassy in Juba issued a statement advising people to stay indoors as hundreds of terrified residents flooded the main church in Juba, fearing a major outbreak of violence.

"When the fighting started we immediately ran to the church for protection," said Annet Sitima, a local woman.

The conflict in South Sudan started in the capital Juba under similar circumstances nearly three months ago amid tensions within the ruling party between President Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar.

The December 15 clashes, which spilt the army along ethnic lines, quickly spread across the country.

Since the initial week of fighting in Juba, the capital has been largely calm and key installations have been guarded by Ugandan troops, who intervened in the conflict in support of President Kiir.

Fighting between the national army and the rebels -- made up of defectors and ethnic militia -- has been centred around the towns of Bor, Malakal and Bentiu further north.

The unrest in South Sudan, the world's newest nation which won independence from Khartoum in 2011, has left thousands dead and has displaced close to 900,000 people, including tens of thousands who have crammed into UN bases in fear of ethnic attacks.

The government and rebels signed a ceasefire on January 23, but the truce has seen frequent violations -- including a rebel assault on Malakal.

In neighbouring Ethiopia, regional bloc IGAD, which has been trying to broker peace talks aimed at addressing the root causes of the conflict, said efforts to resolve the conflict were making progress, albeit very marginal.

"What has been going on for the last two weeks was in short can be characterised as talks about talks," IGAD special envoy Seyoum Mesfin told reporters.

On Tuesday IGAD said the government and rebels would be taking a two-week break from the negotiations, with the peace talks scheduled to resume on March 20.


Related Links
Africa News - Resources, Health, Food

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

What sculpted Africa's margin?
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 05, 2014
Break-up of the supercontinent Gondwana about 130 Million years ago could have lead to a completely different shape of the African and South American continent with an ocean south of today's Sahara desert, as geoscientists from the University of Sydney and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences have shown through the use of sophisticated plate tectonic and three-dimensional numerical mod ... read more

Homogeneity of food has serious implications for farming and nutrition

Bison ready for new pastures?

New invasive species breakthrough sparks interest around the world

Food production in the northeastern US may need to change if climate does

Global warming felt to deepest reaches of ocean

We want to save water, but do we know how?

The surface of the sea is a sink for nitrogen oxides at night

A "shark's eye" view: Witnessing the life of a top predator

EU environment ministers to debate 2030 climate framework

No warming hiatus for extreme hot temperatures

Climate Engineering: minor potential, major side effects

Drought forces water rationing on millions of Malaysians

US moves ahead on massive Africa power bid

Renewable Generation up 30% Last Week as Gas Consumption Plummets 35%

US moves ahead on massive Africa power bid

Simple and Elegant Building Energy Modeling for All-A Technology Transfer Tale

Entomologists update definitions to tackle resistance to biotech crops and pesticides

Plants convert energy at lightning speed

Methane leaks from palm oil wastewater are a climate concern

Newly discovered catalyst could lead to the low-cost production of clean methanol

UN report sees $1.45 tn global warming cost: media

Corpses still being found in Philippine typhoon zone

Tunisian navy 'rescues 98 sub-Saharan migrants'

Nepal government to set up contact office at Mt. Qomolangma base camp

Jailed Sochi ecologist sent to far-flung colony: group

Nepal to force Everest climbers to collect rubbish

Reforms slow in Bangladesh's toxic tanneries

Haze-hit Indonesian province declares emergency

Outside View: Corporate tax reform plan is step in right direction

NATO chief says 'peace at risk' as Russia faces G8 sanction

Using stolen computer processing cycles to mine Bitcoin

Japan factory output jumps on demand rush before tax hike

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.