Exclusive Interview With the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of SPLM/SPLA,

By Fred Oluoch

The East African,

Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon leader of SPLM-IO [Photo supplies Ali Ngethi]

Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon leader of SPLM-IO [Photo supplies Ali Ngethi]

March 16, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — In an exclusive Interview with East African, Machar clarifies his stands on many critical issues in South Sudan’s conflict. Despite its dreadfulness, the conflict that has claimed many lives and continues to risk thousands of lives, has turn into a blame game between the main political rivals.

In one of his responses, Machar reminds the readers that he never ask to be Salva Kiir’s vice president, and he would never wish to be one but instead to address the root causes of the conflict [genocides] and other failures of leadership in the country since the time of Comprehensive Peace Agreement that led to South Sudan’s Independent.

Read the full interview below:

Q: Why is it so difficult for you and President Salva Kiir to agree on a peaceful settlement after 14 months of talks?

A: It is not about the two of us but the issues that have been affecting the country since Independence. For instance, we have basically raised the issues of reforms and restructuring in government to meet our diversity.
To that end, we are advocating federalism. We have also suggested arrangements that would assure the people of South Sudan of their security. But the government is opposed to these proposals.

Q: Igad has postponed the South Sudan talks indefinitely. What is your take?

A: I understand that they are recommending a new mechanism to include other regions of Africa. We welcome it because some of the Igad countries have direct interests in South Sudan. For example, Uganda interfered physically in South Sudan, deploying troops to fight us. So it is best to include other regional blocs because they may look at things differently, which could bring peace.

Q: President Kiir has categorically stated that he is not ready to work with you as the First Vice-President.

A: I did not ask to be his vice president, nor do I wish to be one. Our position is that Salva Kiir’s government committed genocide in Juba. What happened in Juba after December 15, 2013, was ethnic cleansing and we don’t want this to be repeated. So Kiir should just resign and give way to another person.

Q: You have also been accused by human-rights organisations of having massacred civilians, especially in Bentiu?

A: This was on April 15, 2014. The government was being supported by four groups of Sudanese rebels, one of them being JEM (Justice and Equality Movement). When we dislodged them from Bentiu, a lot of them died but also a lot of them ran to the mosque. There was a battle in the mosque and a good number of people died.

However, we also investigated through our own machinery and it is not true that all of those who died in the mosque were civilians. The majority of them were armed soldiers, even though some civilians died.

Q: Then, are you in favour of the Obasanjo commission report that lists those who committed atrocities?

A: We have requested the AU to make this report public because it is important for the whole world to know what happened. If there are issues where anybody would be asked to account, then it should be a transparent process. I am disappointed that the AU Peace and Security Council did not discuss this report during the January Summit.

Q: The leaked version of that report calls for the exclusion of both you and President Kiir from the transitional government. Why are they trying to balance the blame?

A: I am the victim here. Why would I not be allowed to participate in the transitional government while I was forced into the current situation? The person who planned the genocide should shoulder the responsibility.

Q: The president says you had planned a coup but when it failed you turned it into an insurgency.

A: I planned no coup. He arrested and tried some of my colleagues who participated in the December 6, 2013 press conference calling for reforms within the SPLM. But they were acquitted by the court and the charges that they planned a coup, including me in absentia, were dropped. In fact, he stage-managed a coup against himself.

Q: At that press conference, you called for internal party reforms because SPLM had lost its vision. Could you explain that?

A: It is true the party has lost its original vision and that is why we believe in the reform of SPLM to go back to its original vision and that is why we signed the Arusha Accord of January 21, which addressed the causes of the conflict within the SPLM.

In the vision, we wanted to create a united South Sudan as a democratic and prosperous country. But what Salva Kiir is running is a disunited country riddled with insecurity, corruption and exclusivity.

Q: Do you have the moral standing to talk about corruption, when you were the vice-president when corruption took root?

A: Well, you can be a vice-president and yet things can be done without your knowledge. Look at the Dura Saga in which the government paid nearly $1 million for cereals that were never delivered.

At one time, the president issued a “List of Shame” naming 75 personalities involved in corruption but when parliament challenged him to take these people to court, he threatened to dissolve it.

Q: You are portrayed by the government as a serial rebel, having done it in 1991 and now in 2013.

A: [Laughs loudly]. 1991 was a split in the movement over differences in ideas on what to fight for. I called for the right of self-determination, while others like Dr John Garang wanted a reformed, united Sudan.

In the end, my idea of self-determination became the overriding objective of the struggle. You can now see we are independent and it is I who have won the ideological debate.

In 2013, I was forced into the current situation and that is why we are demanding the restructuring of the state by applying the new system of governance, which is federalism, to address our diversity. This is not rebellion.

Q: Still, some people accuse you of betraying Dr John Garang in 1991.

A: Dr Garang and I were contemporaries. My objective was self-determination, which has now been realised. How then did I betray the struggle if Dr Garang later signed the CPA that contained the provisions of self-determination?

Q: But you entered into a deal with President Omar al-Bashir, whom the Southerners were fighting. Was that not betrayal?

A: On the contrary, my move was to further the concept of self-determination. For the first time, Khartoum put self-determination in the Constitution in 1998 as a result of our Khartoum Peace Agreement. I had the courage to negotiate with Khartoum and force them to accept self-determination.

But when they could not implement it in four years, I went back to the bush and re-joined Dr Garang. In the end, the CPA benefited from the Khartoum agreement which ensured that self-determination will be exercised by the people of South Sudan.

Q: The same CPA had provided a six-year interim period for Khartoum to make unity attractive. Suppose they did, what would have happened to your vision?

A: Had the people of South Sudan chosen unity, my vision would have died. But my vision did not die because those who wanted unity with Khartoum were given six years to advocate for it. But it failed when we went to a referendum with two options of secession and unity, and the secessionists won. I am therefore exonerated!

Q: Some of your critics describe you as a man with undying ambition and that you will stop at nothing to get the presidency.

A: Well, my main ambition is to build a state that can be a proud member of the community of nations. I led the drive for self-determination, creating a federal, democratic and yet united state at the national level. If this is what you call undying ambition, so let be it because according to me, I have a vision to create such a state.

Q: Critics say that you should not complain because during the interim period when President Kiir was the first vice-president of the larger Sudan, you were actually the man in charge of the Southern sections and could have made changes.

A: That is the biggest lie I have been hearing. Initially, I thought it was just propaganda from his sycophants, but when I heard it from the president himself in the last Igad session, I confronted him and told him not to rewrite history.

He was in the South most of the time and in fact it was I who was shuttling between Khartoum and Juba as the one charged with the implementation of the CPA. I used to spend three or four days in Khartoum but I always made sure that I attended the Council of Ministers meetings on Friday. In short, he was never in Khartoum, after he left in 2006. He is now selling this view because he does not want to accept the responsibility of what has gone wrong in South Sudan.

Q: President Kiir said that Khartoum is supplying you with weapons and offering moral support.

A: Where is his proof? I get my arms from him. On the contrary, he is the one who buys arms and ammunition from Khartoum and we capture them on the ground whenever we overrun their stations.

Q: Are you saying you don’t have external weapons suppliers?

A: I wish I did. If I get, I will definitely go for it but it is very difficult to get arms from abroad and therefore we have to look internally. As you know, it is a war situation and everybody needs arms.

Q: What, according to you, is ailing South Sudan?

A: It is simply an issue of bad governance. The institutions of governance and accountability are weak. We all tried to strengthen these institutions but it all boils down to leadership. If the ruling party SPLM is working at cross-purposes with government, then things will definitely go wrong.

Q: Should you be given a chance to rule the country, what would you do differently?

A: First of all, South Sudan will be a federal, democratic state with multi-party democracy. We will fight corruption and strengthen institutions of governance, at national, state and county level.

We will introduce new blood into governance at every level; the party will be rejuvenated. So we will be a forward-looking state capable of competing with our neigbours and also taking advantage of the talents and experiences available among our neighbours to build the country in the shortest possible time.

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  30 comments for “Exclusive Interview With the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of SPLM/SPLA,

  1. GatNor
    March 16, 2015 at 5:47 am

    My favorite part of the interview:

    Q: President Kiir said that Khartoum is supplying you with weapons and offering moral support.

    A: Where is his proof? I get my arms from him. On the contrary, he is the one who buys arms and ammunition from Khartoum and we capture them on the ground whenever we overrun their stations.

    Q: Are you saying you don’t have external weapons suppliers?

    A: I wish I did. If I get, I will definitely go for it but it is very difficult to get arms from abroad and therefore we have to look internally. As you know, it is a war situation and everybody needs arms.

    Machar said he wishes he had external weapons supplier(s)

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    • March 16, 2015 at 8:02 am

      He can not accept coup,otherwise consequence,first of all he had liar to all of you.

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      • GatNor
        March 16, 2015 at 1:11 pm

        South Sudan court did not accept the coup story. So it really does not matter what you anymore move on and find another story to bark about. What the court failed to do was arrest those who stage the so called coup and James Hoth Mai failed the people of South Sudan and the constitution in this regard. He would be an international hereo by now had he arrested Salva Kiir and the leader of Guelweng Terrorist Militia.

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      • GatNor
        March 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm

        South Sudan court did not accept the coup story. So it really does not matter what you think anymore so move on and find another story to bark about.

        What the court failed to do was arrest those who staged the so called coup and James Hoth Mai failed the people of South Sudan and the constitution in this regard. He would be an international hereo by now had he arrested Salva Kiir and the leader of Guelweng Terrorist Militia

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        • March 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm

          I could believe that you are the same BeakDit / Mi Diit

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    • GatNor
      March 16, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Investors of all sorts should approach Machar for profit in the next face of government and their investment will be more secure as compare to those who invested in the unstable ethnic regime that probably had so much losses. I wish I have a few millions or even thousands to contact Machar for investment in agricultures residential developments.

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  2. Cde.nyanghindit
    March 16, 2015 at 7:36 am

    If khartoum government was supporting SPLA -IO, it wouldn’t have been possible for salva kiir to stay in power.

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  3. March 16, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I think Machar popularity is shifting,he will not be the same again.

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    • GatNor
      March 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      You are right on that, Machar is more popular than you and all those crooks in Juba combined and you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

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      • March 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm

        Popular of HACKING everybody who are not even the in government including poor people.

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  4. Malek Auger
    March 16, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Stupid and ignorant leader, power thirsty dog, go to hell

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    • Bentiu Ramaran
      March 16, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Malek Auger,

      You and Kiir are the devils, and evil, talk evil, and think evil and you are the ones who will to hell. Dr. Machar is a patriot, selfless, brave, caring, and self-determination leader. All south Sudanese are badly need him right now.

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      • Malek Auger
        March 16, 2015 at 6:01 pm

        what Patriot you are talking about, Mr. Bantiu ,your ignorant Dr is a betrayer since he was born, and it might be Nuer patriot but not southern Sudan one, is a killer, and we will oust him out , he will never see that VP or any government position ever again, mark my word Foolish Bantiu, you guys are all the same no brain people.

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      • Thoon
        March 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

        Repeating your cheap chores of Machar was patriot, selfless, brave, caring etc., why not embrace him being Nyagat, spiritual deity, baby, mothers & older people killer. Scorching his disgruntle blood thirst followers like cheap grass of Sudd region.
        Wake up from your illusion of Dr. Machar ruling this country one day.
        Because Millions of Mathiang- Anyor are still worming up for you chaps.

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  5. March 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Dr. Machar made himself so clear to those who always do not understands the issue of1991 disagreement (btn him and Late Dr. Garang), and wanted to mis-write the history of self-detemination.
    So, many thanks to Dr. Machar for always being the vioce of the vioceless when they citizens have no access to decise for themselves or when the citizens are denied their rights by tyranny Salva Kiir for example.

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  6. Madong Kuoth
    March 16, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I do love this interview from Dr. Machar’s this quoted.

    Q: Still, some people accuse you of betraying Dr John Garang in 1991.

    A: Dr Garang and I were contemporaries. My objective was self-determination, which has now been realised. How then did I betray the struggle if Dr Garang later signed the CPA that contained the provisions of self-determination?

    Q: But you entered into a deal with President Omar al-Bashir, whom the Southerners were fighting. Was that not betrayal?

    A: On the contrary, my move was to further the concept of self-determination. For the first time, Khartoum put self-determination in the Constitution in 1998 as a result of our Khartoum Peace Agreement. I had the courage to negotiate with Khartoum and force them to accept self-determination.

    But when they could not implement it in four years, I went back to the bush and re-joined Dr Garang. In the end, the CPA benefited from the Khartoum agreement which ensured that self-determination will be exercised by the people of South Sudan.

    Q: The same CPA had provided a six-year interim period for Khartoum to make unity attractive. Suppose they did, what would have happened to your vision?

    A: Had the people of South Sudan chosen unity, my vision would have died. But my vision did not die because those who wanted unity with Khartoum were given six years to advocate for it. But it failed when we went to a referendum with two options of secession and unity, and the secessionists won. I am therefore exonerated!

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    • GatNor
      March 16, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Madong, the former Ethiopian leader Mengistu the man who helped support SPLA/M up until the 90th said in his interview with Jaang Radio in Australia said that Dr. Garang wanted a United Secular Sudan and that Dr. Garang did not want to separate South from Sudan at all. How many of these Jaang leaders does Machar have to arm wrestled in order to aligned themselves with ideologies aspiring to South Sudaneses.

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    • Goikuach
      March 16, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Supposed the SPLA under Dr John Garang was defeated by Riek Machar and Bashir NIF forces. What would this idiotic devil worshipper be claiming now? Self determination was NEVER Riek Machar’s idea. It was what John Garang fought for under Mzee Joseph Lagu’s SSLM. The smart way of achieving it was what John Garang called the New Sudan Vision. Mathiang Anyor/Dutku Beny or whatever their name is should have silence this fool once and for all to spare us of his constant noise about self determination. How dare the traitor keep claiming other people’s successes? The only legacy Riek Machar is and will be remembered for is his backstabbing of a liberation struggle that was very powerful and closed to clearing Southern Sudan of Islamic forces. He can not have it both ways.

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      • Eastern
        March 16, 2015 at 10:08 pm

        Gaikuach,

        Slimy lier! Garang and his dinka hencmen have ver admitted to have been ‘under Mzee Joseph LAGU’, where did you get that information from. You seem to be one of the many people who continue to belive that Garang was the author of South Sudan. You are dead wrong: Garang wanted to sit in Khartoum to lord it over a secular United Sudan; eventually claiming dinka ownership of Khartoum from where Dinkas were chased eons ago.

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      • Eastern
        March 16, 2015 at 10:41 pm

        Gaikuach,

        Slimy lier! Garang and his dinka hencmen have never admitted to have been ‘under Mzee Joseph LAGU’, where did you get that information from. You seem to be one of the many people who continue to belive that Garang was the author of South Sudan. You are dead wrong: Garang wanted to sit in Khartoum to lord it over a secular United Sudan; eventually claiming dinka ownership of Khartoum from where Dinkas were chased eons ago.

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        • Goikuach
          March 16, 2015 at 11:48 pm

          Eastern
          I don’t debate with ignorant people. Go educate yourself about Anya nya I first. FYI SSLM/A was essentially the launching pad for SPLA/M as battalions 104 and 105 were basically Anya nya forces. John Garang was a captain in the SSLM / A. Keep your ignorance and stupidity to yourself.

          There is no way Ngungdeng worshipper will be allowed to claim what he vowed to destroyed. Self determination exercise would have been conducted in the 1990s as SPLA forces were poised to take Juba, Wau and Malakal by 1991/2. But out of nowhere the traitor showed up and rock the boat from within which gave Jalaba a huge advantage and nearly wiped out the liberation struggle but a strong and intelligent John Garang stood his ground. So, my ignorant nyam nyam friend, spare me of your shallow understanding of South Sudan liberation struggles.

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          • Eastern
            March 17, 2015 at 4:55 am

            Goikuach,

            The sooner slimy jenges like you come to the realisation of their negative actions in South Sudan the better.

            You are incompetent to educate me on the liberation history of South Sudan.

            Anya Nya 1 with a strong rooting in Equatoria was vouching for total independence of South from the North, a jenge in the person of Abel Alier jeopardised that realisation.

            When anya nya 2 wanted to continue with what their predessesor started, another jenge in the person of John Garang showed up with the current messy SPLA. Anya nya 2 dreams were not realised.

            Along the otherwise futile attempt of SPLA to get their dreams come to (secular United Sudan), Riek Macher tried to put some sense into Garang in 1991 by jolting the movement to redirect its course – this is what led to self determination producing the country South Sudan which you jenges want run the cattle camp style. This is unacceptable and will be resisted!

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      • GatNor
        March 16, 2015 at 11:28 pm

        If Jaang were born to rule. how did Joseph Lago managed these born to rule including idiots that were following him. Sudan got its independence in 1956. was it a Jang that ruled it up until 2011. South sudan got its independence in 2011 if Jaang were born to rule why is it that the kingdom they claim to be ruling is crumbling in less than a few years. How is it that Jaang claims to rule but can not manage protecting such claims or prove its validity beyond a shadow of a doubt so that they the Jaang are convincing in this born to rule crap.

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  7. Mayom Riak
    March 16, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    He is a power thirsty, and a great killer

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  8. Ayuen De Mach Wel
    March 16, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Riek is stupid man with no vision but destruction of properties and human lives
    Icc should give him arrest warrant to take away from young nation without him south sudan will still flourish
    I vow mr traitor will not be president in ss

    May God take him away from ss

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  9. Raan De Panaruudit
    March 17, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Read the full interview below:
    Q: Why is it so difficult for you and
    President Salva Kiir to agree on a peaceful
    settlement after 14 months of talks?
    A: It is not about the two of us but the
    issues that have been affecting the country
    since Independence. For instance, we have
    basically raised the issues of reforms and
    restructuring in government to meet our
    diversity.
    To that end, we are advocating federalism.
    We have also suggested arrangements that
    would assure the people of South Sudan of
    their security. But the government is
    opposed to these proposals.
    Q: Igad has postponed the South Sudan
    talks indefinitely. What is your take?
    A: I understand that they are recommending
    a new mechanism to include other regions
    of Africa. We welcome it because some of
    the Igad countries have direct interests in
    South Sudan. For example, Uganda
    interfered physically in South Sudan,
    deploying troops to fight us. So it is best to
    include other regional blocs because they
    may look at things differently, which could
    bring peace.
    Q: President Kiir has categorically stated
    that he is not ready to work with you as the
    First Vice-President.
    A: I did not ask to be his vice president, nor
    do I wish to be one. Our position is that
    Salva Kiir’s government committed genocide
    in Juba. What happened in Juba after
    December 15, 2013, was ethnic cleansing
    and we don’t want this to be repeated. So
    Kiir should just resign and give way to
    another person.
    Q: You have also been accused by human-
    rights organisations of having massacred
    civilians, especially in Bentiu?
    A: This was on April 15, 2014. The
    government was being supported by four
    groups of Sudanese rebels, one of them
    being JEM (Justice and Equality Movement).
    When we dislodged them from Bentiu, a lot
    of them died but also a lot of them ran to
    the mosque. There was a battle in the
    mosque and a good number of people died.
    However, we also investigated through our
    own machinery and it is not true that all of
    those who died in the mosque were
    civilians. The majority of them were armed
    soldiers, even though some civilians died.
    Q: Then, are you in favour of the Obasanjo
    commission report that lists those who
    committed atrocities?
    A: We have requested the AU to make this
    report public because it is important for the
    whole world to know what happened. If
    there are issues where anybody would be
    asked to account, then it should be a
    transparent process. I am disappointed that
    the AU Peace and Security Council did not
    discuss this report during the January
    Summit.
    Q: The leaked version of that report calls for
    the exclusion of both you and President Kiir
    from the transitional government. Why are
    they trying to balance the blame?
    A: I am the victim here. Why would I not be
    allowed to participate in the transitional
    government while I was forced into the
    current situation? The person who planned
    the genocide should shoulder the
    responsibility.
    Q: The president says you had planned a
    coup but when it failed you turned it into an
    insurgency.
    A: I planned no coup. He arrested and tried
    some of my colleagues who participated in
    the December 6, 2013 press conference
    calling for reforms within the SPLM. But they
    were acquitted by the court and the charges
    that they planned a coup, including me in
    absentia, were dropped. In fact, he stage-
    managed a coup against himself.
    Q: At that press conference, you called for
    internal party reforms because SPLM had
    lost its vision. Could you explain that?
    A: It is true the party has lost its original
    vision and that is why we believe in the
    reform of SPLM to go back to its original
    vision and that is why we signed the Arusha
    Accord of January 21, which addressed the
    causes of the conflict within the SPLM.
    In the vision, we wanted to create a united
    South Sudan as a democratic and
    prosperous country. But what Salva Kiir is
    running is a disunited country riddled with
    insecurity, corruption and exclusivity.
    Q: Do you have the moral standing to talk
    about corruption, when you were the vice-
    president when corruption took root?
    A: Well, you can be a vice-president and yet
    things can be done without your knowledge.
    Look at the Dura Saga in which the
    government paid nearly $1 million for
    cereals that were never delivered.
    At one time, the president issued a “List of
    Shame” naming 75 personalities involved in
    corruption but when parliament challenged
    him to take these people to court, he
    threatened to dissolve it.
    Q: You are portrayed by the government as
    a serial rebel, having done it in 1991 and
    now in 2013.
    A: [Laughs loudly]. 1991 was a split in the
    movement over differences in ideas on what
    to fight for. I called for the right of self-
    determination, while others like Dr John
    Garang wanted a reformed, united Sudan.
    In the end, my idea of self-determination
    became the overriding objective of the
    struggle. You can now see we are
    independent and it is I who have won the
    ideological debate.
    In 2013, I was forced into the current
    situation and that is why we are demanding
    the restructuring of the state by applying the
    new system of governance, which is
    federalism, to address our diversity. This is
    not rebellion.
    Q: Still, some people accuse you of
    betraying Dr John Garang in 1991.
    A: Dr Garang and I were contemporaries. My
    objective was self-determination, which has
    now been realised. How then did I betray the
    struggle if Dr Garang later signed the CPA
    that contained the provisions of self-
    determination?
    Q: But you entered into a deal with
    President Omar al-Bashir, whom the
    Southerners were fighting. Was that not
    betrayal?
    A: On the contrary, my move was to further
    the concept of self-determination. For the
    first time, Khartoum put self-determination
    in the Constitution in 1998 as a result of our
    Khartoum Peace Agreement. I had the
    courage to negotiate with Khartoum and
    force them to accept self-determination.
    But when they could not implement it in four
    years, I went back to the bush and re-joined
    Dr Garang. In the end, the CPA benefited
    from the Khartoum agreement which
    ensured that self-determination will be
    exercised by the people of South Sudan.
    Q: The same CPA had provided a six-year
    interim period for Khartoum to make unity
    attractive. Suppose they did, what would
    have happened to your vision?
    A: Had the people of South Sudan chosen
    unity, my vision would have died. But my
    vision did not die because those who
    wanted unity with Khartoum were given six
    years to advocate for it. But it failed when
    we went to a referendum with two options of
    secession and unity, and the secessionists
    won. I am therefore exonerated!
    Q: Some of your critics describe you as a
    man with undying ambition and that you will
    stop at nothing to get the presidency.
    A: Well, my main ambition is to build a state
    that can be a proud member of the
    community of nations. I led the drive for
    self-determination, creating a federal,
    democratic and yet united state at the
    national level. If this is what you call
    undying ambition, so let be it because
    according to me, I have a vision to create
    such a state.
    Q: Critics say that you should not complain
    because during the interim period when
    President Kiir was the first vice-president of
    the larger Sudan, you were actually the man
    in charge of the Southern sections and
    could have made changes.
    A: That is the biggest lie I have been
    hearing. Initially, I thought it was just
    propaganda from his sycophants, but when I
    heard it from the president himself in the
    last Igad session, I confronted him and told
    him not to rewrite history.
    He was in the South most of the time and in
    fact it was I who was shuttling between
    Khartoum and Juba as the one charged with
    the implementation of the CPA. I used to
    spend three or four days in Khartoum but I
    always made sure that I attended the
    Council of Ministers meetings on Friday. In
    short, he was never in Khartoum, after he
    left in 2006. He is now selling this view
    because he does not want to accept the
    responsibility of what has gone wrong in
    South Sudan.
    Q: President Kiir said that Khartoum is
    supplying you with weapons and offering
    moral support.
    A: Where is his proof? I get my arms from
    him. On the contrary, he is the one who
    buys arms and ammunition from Khartoum
    and we capture them on the ground
    whenever we overrun their stations.
    Q: Are you saying you don’t have external
    weapons suppliers?
    A: I wish I did. If I get, I will definitely go for
    it but it is very difficult to get arms from
    abroad and therefore we have to look
    internally. As you know, it is a war situation
    and everybody needs arms.
    Q: What, according to you, is ailing South
    Sudan?
    A: It is simply an issue of bad governance.
    The institutions of governance and
    accountability are weak. We all tried to
    strengthen these institutions but it all boils
    down to leadership. If the ruling party SPLM
    is working at cross-purposes with
    government, then things will definitely go
    wrong.
    Q: Should you be given a chance to rule the
    country, what would you do differently?
    A: First of all, South Sudan will be a federal,
    democratic state with multi-party
    democracy. We will fight corruption and
    strengthen institutions of governance, at
    national, state and county level.
    We will introduce new blood into governance
    at every level; the party will be rejuvenated.
    So we will be a forward-looking state
    capable of competing with our neigbours
    and also taking advantage of the talents and
    experiences available among our neighbours
    to build the country in the shortest possible
    time.
    The best responder to this lie answers is Dr. John garang.

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  10. March 17, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Dr. Riek Machar supporters

    Self-interest leads to self-deception and death. For so long, Mr. Riek personal ambitions, first to want to lead SPLA/M in the bush over Dr. Garang and second to want to rule South Sudan over President Kiir, has threaten the very existence of the State itself. But the most relevant and logical questions South Sudanese must ask themselves is, WHY EVERY TIME, RIEK WANT TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM INNOCENT POEPLE MUST DIE? IS HE AWARE OF THIS? OR DOES HIS QUEST TO BECOME THE LEADER OVER RIDE EVERY HUMAN RIGHT AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY HE HAS OVER POEPLE?

    His followers must get his objectives, for when they failed, like the case in December 15, 2013, the consequences are immense and fatal. They suffer, we suffer, and the nation fail.

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    • Eastern
      March 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Dump warrior,

      Do not blame Dr. Macher for what is bedevilling South Sudan, rather blame South Sudanese for being so willing to be led without asking the right questions. John Garan borrowed the Jalaba ways of doing things in the bush – he employed taalimat, orders, to achieve what he wanted done. How do you expect a Ph.D fellow in strategic mangement to do? To act like the thousands villagers Garang led to their death.

      Dr. Macher must be praised for his desenting views in 1991 and 2013. South Sudan must not be the land of ‘yes people’. We have to give our views.

      Garang was not the panacea of our problem; there were many options as they are many options now to realise a vibrant South Sudan. I hate midiocraty to the core!

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  11. pajok tut
    March 17, 2015 at 8:16 am

    where is stupid nyakiir, if can be nyakiir was interview, I believe there will be innu ,inu in her answer, look Dr machar the greatest man in this planet he answer all the question, a man who fight tireless for the stupid regime.

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  12. From the people that cannot easily be up roote.
    March 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Great dreams Mr Riek but chances of reaching there are every narrow and only way you gonna become a president is if Nuers are the only people left in south Sudan which will never happen in this life or the next one.

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