Losing South Sudan Territories Amid Civil War, The Case of Nadapal!!

Kenyan Defense Force deploying troops in Nadapal, Kapoeta, South Sudan(Photo: Peter Ochieng)

Kenyan Defense Force deploying troops in Nadapal, Kapoeta, South Sudan(Photo: Peter Ochieng)

March 29, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — A South Sudanese territory, Nadapal, which has been occupied by Kenyan army, KDF, this month is now a contested region between South Sudan and Kenya.

After a South Sudanese delegation visited the area and confirmed the present of KDF in Nadapal, the Minister of Information and Government Spokesman, Michael Makuei Lueth, advises that his government will seek other avenues to address the issues to avoid “escalation”.

“…from the team which was sent to Nadapal to go and look into issues of the borders, according to the report, yes, the Kenyan Authority, the Kenyan army is there but so far the situation has a little bit subsided” the government spokesman, Michael Makuei Lueth, said.

“Now it is decided that we should avoid escalating anything, instead we should go into contact with Kenyan authority so that these issues are resolved amicably”. Makuei continues.

Nadapal:

NadapalNadapal is a village in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state bordering Turkana District of Kenya to the South. The Nadapadal belt, which is approximately 25 kilometers (16 miles), lies on the road between Narus in South Sudan and Lokichongo of Kenya.

Nadapal, which has been rocked by violence and cattle raids between the Toposa pastoralists of South Sudan and the Turkana of Kenya, is inhabited mostly by the Toposa community.

According to the June 2009 assessment by the UNHCR, over 90% of the people living in Nadapal were Toposa. The other 10% was dominated mostly by the IDPs from Jonglei state and other nationalities.

In the assessment, Nadapal was identified as a village in Narus payam of Kapoeta East County of South Sudan.

The village chief at the time, 2009, estimated the population of Nadapal at approximately 3,500 people, including the returnees from the neighboring Kakuma Refugees camp, Kenya.

Although it is yet to be verified, the current invasion of Nadapal by the Kenyan army is believed to have connection with the newly discovered oil in the nearby Turkana District.

Other Border Towns

South Sudan is contesting most of its oil-rich northern border towns with Sudan. Within the last few weeks, Sudanese president, Omar Hassan el Bashir, has declared Abyei has a Sudanese territory and promised to campaign in the area for his re-election in April this year.

While Juba has officially extended the stay of Ugandan army for another four months in February this year, Uganda has reportedly deployed extra troops at Uganda-South Sudan border as tension built up between the warring factions earlier this year.

In the East, Ethiopia, which has forces in Abyei under the mandates of the United Nations, is believed to have deployed extra forces in Upper Nile region claiming to pursue its rebels in the country.

The war-torn South Sudan also accommodates four different factions of Sudanese rebels in Unity and Upper Nile State, fighting alongside president Kiir’s SPLA faction.

11 comments

  • let the dictator kirr face the consequence of external aggressors while the country is in war.

  • let Kenya annex Nadapal as long as it’s not for us Dinkas & Nuers let equatorians fight for theirs while we r fighting to save Abyei. u Nuer also must fight for Gambela hahaha

    • Gambella is Ethiopian land.It dose NOT need nuer to fight for it.o

      • God is good all the time mean while at this moment many people are not telling the rule.
        if your a judge what do you think about a such person ! that is corruption, why done you make your foundation to igone the liar people let think in future to unit out self to avoid pinching word .

    • Riek Koang

      Ya fool king of Cow: Equatorians will negotiate peacefully because they are the only civilized society in South Sudan not like Nuers of fool Riek and Dinkas who think like cows, Cow mentality will not take you any where in the current world where human beings are valued more than animals, here in South Sudan, Dinka and Nuer value the life of a cow to that of human being. they will soon finish themselves because of cows, the current war stem from passed bitterness over cattle raiding and will continue unabatted not untill Dinka and Nuer finished themselves in South Sudan.

  • GatNor

    Commander Matep Nhial would turn with rage from his grave upon hearing how much of South Sudan’s land and territories being occupied by our neighbors from all corners of South Sudan. Sadly though, the good ones always have to go before the useless ones.

  • latdieu2008

    Kiir seeks his neighboried countried to be assisted for cleansing ethnicity of Nuer tribe yet he retirated. The requested nations had awarded their loses by grabing in South Sudan which the drunkard president didn’t calculate.

  • Let the polish Equatorials get the consequences of being together with Kii’s government,because their land has sales to the Kenyan government politically by Salva Kiir to get help from Kenyan army to fight Nuer.

  • Please do not think of all this things abiey or whatever nadapal

  • South Sudan is nothing other than a war booty. Khartoum is taking ist chunk of Hufrat el Nahas, Kafia Kingi, Abyei while Kenya is taking the Ilemi Triangle. Uganda goes out with parts of Kajo Keji and Nimule. Who can defend the South Sudan? All These territories have already been compromised by first Dr. Garang and now by Kiir for a handful of guns and bottles of tusker beer. Kiir has been told to shut up otherwise he forfeits UPDF or Kenyan military and moral support. South Sudan is too weak to put up a military and diplomatic offensive to recover these areas. God forbid, we may see Jellabas, Ugandans, Kenyans wanting to own us as slaves since they own our lands. Who can help South Sudan????

    • Jiet Awom

      John,
      Who can help South Sudan? Good question John, you appear to be happy seeing South Sudan going through these dark times but wait…The answer is God! He made all nations and has destiny for each. Yes, South Sudan is weakened by wars within as a result of power struggles, tribal hatred and without by vultures who are interested in its resources. It won’t be easy a time but all will be ok some day.

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