Rumbek, 12 June 2020: Government forces in former Lakes state capital Rumbek, South Sudan have clashed with 7 October new rebel group led by South Sudanese businessman, Kerbino Wol, according to a reliable source the division commander of SSPDF in Rumbek was killed in the fighting. Also, the source revealed that in the clashes which last for several hours on Thursday between Kerbino and government forces at least five women were among the causalities.
Kerbino Wol who was sentenced to 10 years in jail for allegedly leading a riot and hunger strike at the HQs of National Security service, in capital Juba on October 7, 2018. He was, however, released under President’s pardon, it remains unclear how Kerbino fled the capital to form a new rebel group. Some speculations indicated that there could be discontented soldiers and army generals are among his October 7 rebel movement.
Last week while speaking to Voice of America, South Sudan in focus with John Tanger, Kerbino Wol said his new group, the October 7th Movement, which he named after the day he rioted in detention, will fight the government of South Sudan to bring change in the country.
“It is a new movement that is launched in South Sudan. This is a very, very historical day, and I would like to greet my fellow citizens.” He told VOA news South Sudan in Focus program.
Kerbino further said memberships of his new 7 October Movement group are made of young South Sudanese yearning for change.
“The young people of South Sudan are finally awakened by the suppression and the injustices and the failure of the leadership in the country. So, they have taken the lead to liberate themselves from the oppression and failed leadership in the country.” Said Kerbino.
Kerbino Wol hails from Dinka tribe just like President Kiir, the source who spoke exclusively to SSLN, said huge armed rebel groups are moving towards Rumbek with a mission to liberate it from government forces, this, however, could not independently be verified by SSLN.
Simon Kur Peter