Opinion: What do we know about Riek Macher’s interest in Ruweng Administrative Area?

By Santino Aniek,

Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the first vice preisdent of South Sudan who returns to bush to fight for democracy after Self-determination(Photo: file)

Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the first vice preisdent of South Sudan who returns to bush to fight for democracy after Self-determination(Photo: file)

April 2, 2020(SSNN) — The wondering of Riek’s interest in Ruweng Administrative Area is the enquiry of the moment, and all the moments that have led up to now, and the ones that are sure to follow. Accordingly, many South Sudanese worldwide are asking this enquiry with wondering and contortions of disgust, why Riek as a leader of SPLM IO is still after Ruweng, and what is the most troubling him about this particular area or especially great interest in Ruweng. Well, this Ruweng and the Riek has generated more discussions among South Sudanese academia, it is the most debated topic on social media, and in my own mind as well, I’m still having this disturbing lingering question what is really exceptional about Ruweng Administrator Area that is driving Riek outrageous everyday. As the wheels of negotiation wobble and spin into greater surreal dangers, between the government and the oppositions about who will own which states or Administrative Area, for South Sudanese there is a struggle to turn outrage into action.

The truth about Riek’s interest in Ruweng is more nuanced; it is true that when Ruweng became independent from Unity State, Riek felt like part of him has disappeared into a thin air. Rather than annexation of Ruweng back to Unity State, Riek’s initial goal in Ruweng is to secure oil in the entire region because power and money are in Riek’s fundamental and distinctive characteristic. As always the case, Riek interested in the things with distinct and independent existence, power and money are the driving force of his struggle started in 1991 until today.  Riek then believe securing Ruweng Administrative Area will give him upper hand to use these resources in building himself into power including his close culprits who have been supporting him every step of the way, which would effectively made him a powerful man in the country, with money, that allows him to identified long-term or overall interests, and the means of achieving his arousing pity goals in South Sudan.

However, most of the South Sudanese think what they are seeing is a conflict between two versions of Riek Macher and they are those who believe that the real Riek is the leader of SPLM IO that they think they know is the guy who fought Chairman John Garang and President Kiir in many battles started in 1991 to 2016. This phony view of Riek has been validated by the publicizes a particular SPLM IO organization supporters on social media and it is this fraudulent version that won him to be recognized in South Sudan politics. The other version of Riek that his supporters kept ignoring is the chronically incompetent leader with deep ties to organized crime through many rebellions. It is the same guy who rebelled three times and formed a bogus SPLM IO as a scam to conned his supporters while at the end converted the party into family business. In fact, the majority of South Sudanese believe that Riek’s supporters don’t understand that they have been had, they have been played for chumps and if we have time to asked Gordon Kongchol the former leader of Anyanya II, he will tell us that Riek is not a leader. Then again many Riek’s supporters still rebuff to believe that they were played for chumps by their leader, and remain desperately to believe he is still a good leader even if it means making excuses and ignoring his actions or lack thereof. It is worth considering what it would take to make Riek’s supporters to realize he is not the same guy they thought they were getting when he come the FVP and we can get a sense for how hard it will be to win over his supporters. Again, South Sudanese think the answer is to acknowledge that there are two Riek and that what we are facing as a country is the very significant question of which is the real Riek Macher they are dealing with.

Most importantly, the need to control Ruweng Administrative Area also has important roots in Riek’s historical memory, and his movement since 1991 to 2013. The interest of poor Riek Macher in Ruweng hits panic buttons, he thought to himself that for President Kiir allowing Ruweng to be independent area is a threat to all what he is doing in South Sudan, and to what he is planning to do in the future, because the people of Ruweng has destabilized Riek’s movement more than once. Perhaps the best way to explain Riek’s paranoia about the break away of Ruweng from Unity State and covetousness toward Ruweng now has to do with both oil and the independent of Ruweng. In my humble opinion, what we are seeing is a conflict between two versions of Riek and they are those who believe that the real Riek the leader of SPLM IO that they think they know is the guy who fought Garang and President Kiir in many battles. The particular IO organization’s supporters on social media have validated this fake view of Riek and it is this fraudulent version that won him to be recognized in South Sudan politics.

Nevertheless, when Riek appointed his son in law as a Minister of petroleum, his wife as a Minister of Defense, and the appointment of the Minister of Health, has appeared to run afoul of anti-nepotism statute. As it is known, the nepotism statute in the world specifies that the prohibition against employing family members in the government and that son in law, his wife is family members. Given the even closer proximity of the relationship between these three appointees, Riek has recently appointed seems to be an even more apparent violation of nepotism. This appointment of Riek’s family members into government key positions concluding that, based on nepotism, he Riek is not exempt from the statute when appointing the National Ministers or anyone else and this make him dangerously allow him to acquire Ruweng Administrative Area.

Moreover, serving the entire key Ministers to a close family member raises a larger and more serious question about Riek Macher’s leadership and whether his son in law or his wife’s primary allegiance is to the bylaws of SPLM IO. In a dictatorship world, these interests of Riek may be one and the same, but not necessarily in a democracy SPLM IO have been singing all these years. Riek’s nepotism is especially concerning given to his request that Ruweng Administrative Area should be assigned to SPLM IO. Nonetheless, the SPLM IO as a party has already failed to take significant disciplinary action for a clear ethics violations by Riek of appointing his family members into key positions, and it is not known whether Riek has made an appropriate consultation before the appointment took place. Based on this track record of SPLM IO, it is even less likely Riek’s own family members would be held accountable of nepotism in the future. This appointment of Riek’s wife as Minister of Defense, his son in law as Minister of petroleum, and the Minister of Health, all has cause more concerning because of the high risk that they carry their own significant conflicts of interest.

Although Riek has not taken some steps to reduce possible conflicts of interest, he is still looking for ways of getting more States including Ruweng Administrative Area in order to employ his relatives as Governors or as Chief Administrators because what he has done is not enough and this explains to the entire world that he is not a leader, but a family leader. In addition, the fact that most of the SPLM IO Ministers appointees are related to Riek Macher that complicates the risks; under the applicable criminal statute they share any conflicts of interest that arise, and that conflict arises explain who is really Riek Macher is.

The fact that Riek’s financial interests overlap in some cases with this position he was dying to get during the negotiation with the government (the Ministry of Petroleum) further complicates the web of conflicts he may face since he may have duplicative and reinforcing to advance his interest by trying to asked the government to add Ruweng Administrative Area into his column. To avoid conflicts arising from these holding key positions by his relatives, Riek should recuse himself from a wide variety of issues likely to be addressed by SPLM IO as a party, and he needs to drop Ruweng now one and for all. If such conflicts of interest arise, which seems certain to happen given his wide spheres of influence of getting what he wants from the government, Riek may subordinate South Sudanese’s interests to his own and even open himself to criminal prosecution.

But however, I’m not saying that the appointment of family members into the government positions has never been done before, but what I’m trying to say is this, SPLM IO has a limited positions and if those key positions are given to one family as we have witnessed when the Transitional Government of National Unity was formed, no position was left to the SPLM IO as a Party. This make it very clear that Riek is not interested in selecting the most qualified candidates rather then family members, and also may violation of universal ethics. For example, both Riek’s wife, son in law, the Minister of Health have little experience in their expanding portfolio of assigned areas of responsibilities in the government. These appointments also are likely to prevent the ability of other government appointees to give candid opinions about policy proposals and personnel matters for fear of alienating Riek’s family members.

The concern that Riek’s financial interests in Ruweng and his official position in the government as Vice President where he can appointed Chief Administrator that will satisfy his needs is a well calculated. The appointment of his son in law, his wife, and others who seem to be related to him highlights the significant conflicts of interest he and his relatives will face and his susceptibility to potential violation of nepotism. Moreover, the public does not know the full extent of the possible conflicts of interest Riek has, his wife, and son in law and it is the very reason why few of his powerful Generals have defeated couple of weeks ago to the government side.

To conclude, I must confess the Ruweng people are humbly touched that so many of you have sought out the reflections of Riek Macher as an existence Nuer advocate instead of being the leader of the opposition. And therefore, Ruweng people are happy with President Kiir for hearing their voices and they are so proud of all the South Sudanese who support President for making Ruweng Administrative Area. It fills them with hope at the basic goodness and decency of their fellow citizens and the citizens of the larger world. I’m not an ancient Greece, philosopher, but just a simple citizen who happens to know Riek’s hidden agenda about Ruweng people and Ruweng Administrative Area. Whatever passes for knowledge, I can dispense is mostly a product of age and circumstance. I have seen Riek Macher in moments of pain and I firmly believe that forming visible of the future is still lies in our hands and for President Kiir to deny Riek of acquiring Ruweng Administrative Area will be a victory to the Ruweng people.

Santino Aniek is a concern South Sudanese lived in Upstate New York, U.S.A. He can be reached at santino.aniek5@gmail.com or santino.aniek@snhu.edu Find me on Facebook, Santino_Aniek, and on twitter @saniek

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Files of Bodies Arrive At Juba Hospital, Fresh Dusk To Dawn Curfews Imposed In Juba!

Updated at 7:50 Am, July 1, 2014.

An SPLA soldier, shot in Malakal clusters earlier this year, dragged by his colleagues to safety.(Photo: past files)

An SPLA soldier at the front line dragged by his colleagues to safety.(Photo: past files)

June 30, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Trucks loaded with bodies, soaked in blood, have allegedly arrived at the Juba technical hospital on 30th June, 2014.

The three trucks were reportedly loaded with wounded soldiers from a fresh heavy fighting at the neighboring Terekeka, the home town of Central Equatoria State Governor, Clement Wani Konga. Sources from within Juba reported hearing heavy gunshots towards Juba from 10pm in the direction of Terekeka. The gunshots allegedly subsided at around midnight.

Similar fighting has been reported by fleeing residents in Yei. Hundreds of the local population are fleeing Yei town as gunshots approach a town that has been relatively calmed for the last three months.

According to Dawar Bol, a resident of Yei, the security status in Yei town is very volatile as residents fear an attack any time.

“We are not save here, I have to go. the town is almost empty. Many people are escaping now because of fighting in the army barrack. Government soldiers are fighting with Equatorians here. We don’t know why” Said Dawar Bol, a resident of Yei.

It is not clear what prompted the heavy fighting within the loyal forces, however, security situation in most parts of Greater Equatoria region has been rapidly deteriorating in the last two weeks as the Juba government attempts to silence the people of Greater Equatoria.

The three governors of Greater Equatoria, who stand with their people on federalism, a call being championed by the rebels, are reportedly managing intense relations with the government. President Salva Kiir has directly criticized the people of Greater Equatoria last Monday and warned them to stop calling for federalism, a system of governance that is seen as a threat by Salva Kiir’s home region, the Greater Bahr el Ghazal.

Although it is yet to be verified, a meeting reportedly held last Thursday by president Salva Kiir and his recently appointed Chief of Staff, Gen. Malong Awan, has produced an extensive “hit list”, which contains the names of suspected generals, mostly the Equatorain sons and daughters, who would be “closely monitored” by the government agents in an attempt to silence federalism demands in the region.

The government has also ordered the local media to refrain from publishing articles that advocate for federalism in the country. Editors in Juba are reporting media house searches and strict in-person warnings from the security officials.

“This is unbecoming; we cannot be intimidated,” Alfred Taban, deputy chairman of South Sudan’s Media Development Association, said.

“This [gag order] opens the door for a new war on media,” Taban, who is also chief editor of the Juba Monitor, a South Sudanese daily, told attendees at the Editors’ Forum, an event organized in the South Sudanese capital in reaction to the recent security directive.

Dusk to Dawn Curfew in Juba

In December, the government imposed curfews in Juba, with an attempt to impose similar curfews in Bor, Malakal and Bentiu when the conflict intensified, however, those curfews were later relaxed to between 11pm-6am.  This time, the government has imposed tighter curfews from 6pm to 6am, contrarily when the peace should be returning to Juba.

The government recently distributed over 400 millions SSP to the ten states for the independent day celebration, however, the recently announced fresh curfews, road blocks and gun searches have sent shock-waves across the country. US Embassy and NGOs have warned their citizens of the deteriorating security in South Sudan and evacuated some of their staffs in the last few months.

The government has not clarify why curfews have to be imposed now, only in the capital city; however, sporadic fighting around the Central Equatoria State Governor house on Friday, in what an insider believes was an attempt to assassinate the charismatic governor, was attributed to “drunk soldiers”.

More drunk soldiers have fired gunshots around Gumbo and Gundele over the weekend as the government silences the media on publishing information related to these developments and federalism.

Updates on Central Equatoria Governor, Clement Wani Konga:

CES Governor Wani KongaEarlier reports indicate that the CES governor has fled the country to Uganda without taking any permission from the president, however, his Deputy, who is apparently the “acting governor”, believes that governor Konga has gone to Uganda to “visit his family”.

While responding to our recent publication on the alleged assassination attempt, the government’s Information Minister Michael Makuei has reiterated that the allegation “is a mere lie, a story that is concocted”. Makuei, however, did not brief the public on the safety of governor Konga or what promoted the shooting.

The acting governor of Central Equatoria State, Manase Lomole in an interview with Gurtong, has dismissed the reports but confirms that the CES governor, Clement Wani Konga, has left the country by road to Uganda.

“I want to state categorically clear here that all that has been said in the social media is not true, that there is no assassination attempt on any of the Governors that I know and that there is no assassination attempt on my Governor, His Excellency Clement Wani Konga. All these are rumors, lies and propaganda from enemies of peace aimed at causing confusion and panic among our people,” Manase Lomole  said.

Although the governor of Western Equatoria State, Joseph Bakasoro, has responded on the alleged assassination attempts on his counterpart, he couldn’t guarantee neither his own safety nor the safety of his other two counterparts but insisted that they are in “good terms” with the government. Bakosoro, however, insisted that the government should not intimidate the people of Equatoria for demanding federalism.

“We have killed each other up to this moment – let us stop plotting killing each other, let us try to discuss our issues and have amicable solution. As South Sudanese we need to love our country by telling positively about it and if there are mistakes, let us articulate in a manner that will not destroy the country.” said the WES governor, Joseph Bakasoro, who has traveled to Juba to encounter the unfortunate development.

South Sudan Security officials have reported arresting “local and foreign gangs” in connection to the shooting that displaced governor Konga from his house, however, they believe that the shooting was an attempted robbery. The officials, however, failed to address who and what was being robbed around the governor house.

The Central Equatoria governor, Clement Wani Konga, who has fled the country is yet to respond to this hastily changing security development in his state.

Senior Generals And Politicians From Greater Barh el Ghazal Region Join South Sudan’s Dr. Machar

Gen. Dau Aturjong Nyuol, from Norther Barh el Ghazal state, joins Dr. Machar(Photo: via Salem-News.com

Gen. Dau Aturjong Nyuol, from Norther Barh el Ghazal state, joins Dr. Machar(Photo: via Salem-News.com

May 30, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Sources from Nairobi, Kenya, confirm that senior SPLM cadres from the presidency region of South Sudan have joined the liberation movement under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon.

According to Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, a renowned army general, Gen. Dau Aturjong and colleagues have joined the resistance movement, SPLM/A.

“A renowned army general, Dau Aturjong, has just declared joining our resistance movement, SPLM/A. He declared his decision today in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Gen Aturjong joined the movement along with other army officers and politicians, some who are former members of parliament from Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.” Dak stated.

Similar report was echoed earlier by the deputy spokesperson, Cde. Mabior Garang de Mabior, on his social media, however, he didn’t reveal the names of the heavy weights joining the armed opposition.

“…more South Sudanese senior Army Generals and Politicians abandon Salva the Terrible…and join the forces for democratic change in the country…more to follow after messages from your local IP Address…” Mabior said.

The renowned army general, Gen. Dau Aturjong Nyuol, reigns from Salva Kiir’s home region, specifically from Gok-machar Village, Aweil North County of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

The well educated general has fought for democracy and well being of his fellow citizens for decades within his country until he was forced to exile shortly before South Sudan independent.

“My people deserve democracy and education. Those that have prayed on our children and families, have struck hearts with fear and marginalized should be held accountable to fullest”. Gen. Dau was quoted by Salem News reporter after an interview in 2010.

“Stop the marginalization; it is time for freedom, I will not accept this, and command our people to stand against this. I would like to work with CSI (Christian Solidarity International) and others to carry out the redemption of slaves and help prevent the returning of this inhumane practice by working with the International community to prosecute those that have continued to prey and conduct these acts”. Dau continued.

Gen. Dau spoke out from exile following the 2010 election, in which he ran for governorship, but denied the chance to lead his people and a chance to present himself in a court of law saying “The SPLM and NCP, they are playing a game with me and the people.”

Gen. Dau, who ran as an independent candidate, believes that his votes were rigged by the SPLM leadership in favor of  Lt. General Paul Malong Awan, the current Chief of Staff.

“I am not happy about the elections that took place my people asked me to help bring them democracy, they voted for me as Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal. The elections was looted and stolen from us all and the positive result was given to a false winner. I chose to self exile, I do not want violence, no bloodshed! This is the first time they are being asked to govern themselves, should be celebrated but it was refused by our controlling government.” Dau told Salem New in July 2010.

The 2010 election disadvantaged most of the independent candidates in the ten states. Notorious generals like George Athor Deng and Col. Gatluak Gai, who resisted Salva Kiir’s dictatorial tendencies, after the election crisis later met controversial deaths during peace talks with Juba.

Machar’s Powerful Meetings

Machar's advanced delegation taking a group photo with president Uhuru Kenyatta

Machar’s advanced delegation taking a group photo with president Uhuru Kenyatta, at the State house,Nairobi(Photo credit: State House)

Machar’s Nairobi meetings have strengthened the party, politically and regionally. While a private meeting with Salva Kiir was cancelled, Machar and his deputy Lt. Gen. Alfred Lado Gore convened a successful meeting with intellectuals and leaders from Greater Equatoria region. Among the elders and intellectuals that attended the grand receptions and meetings include Dr. Richard Kenyi and other intellectuals, who strongly applause the resistance movement.

Machar will fly to Khartoum shortly after finalizing his meetings with the Kenyan officials. Although this visit may has similar political impacts, South Sudanese regime, through its ministry of foreign affairs, has shown discomfort citing possible military dealing with the Northern neighbor.

Such discomfort was taken to another level in the neighboring Uganda.

Ugandan State Minister for International Cooperation, Henry Okello Oryem – See more at: http://chimpreports.com/index.php/regional-news/s-sudan/20581-machar-khartoum-trip-angers-uganda-south-sudan.html#sthash.01EIzfvY.dpuf

The country’s minister for International Cooperation, Henry Okello Oryem, was quoted threatening that Machar will lose and “shall be viewed as a rebel forever” if he continues to ignore his country.

“Let him to Khartoum and ignore us; we shall view him as rebel forever and he is the one going to lose,” – See more at: http://chimpreports.com/index.php/regional-news/s-sudan/20581-machar-khartoum-trip-angers-uganda-south-sudan.html#sthash.01EIzfvY.dpuf
“Let him to Khartoum and ignore us; we shall view him as rebel forever and he is the one going to lose,” – See more at: http://chimpreports.com/index.php/regional-news/s-sudan/20581-machar-khartoum-trip-angers-uganda-south-sudan.html#sthash.01EIzfvY.dpuf

“Let him to Khartoum and ignore us; we shall view him as rebel forever and he is the one going to lose,” said Oryem.

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Religion And Rebellion, The New Synonyms In South Sudan!

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir (L), and rebel leader Riek Machar (R) shake hands and pray before signing a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending conflict in the country in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 9 May 2014 (Photo: AP/Elias Asmare)

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir (L), and rebel leader Riek Machar (R) shake hands and pray before signing a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending conflict in the country in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 9 May 2014 (Photo: AP/Elias Asmare)

May 26, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — While some government officials can tolerate defamatory remarks from Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, they can’t tolerate some prayers from the country’s religious leaders. Juba officials reportedly turned against the religious leaders, who are working hard to restore peace in the country, in an attempt to publicly defame their spiritual mission.

Makuei Lueth, the minister of information, believes that the religious leaders have been supporting Machar, and now they are rebels by virtue of their prayers, especially the supposedly influential prayers that were offered during the ceasefire agreement between Machar and Kiir in Addis Ababa.

The religious leaders prayed hard between Dr. Machar and Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa for the two leaders to sign an agreement and bring peace to the suffering population back home and in the neighboring countries. Kiir returned to Juba later, leaving Machar in Addis Ababa, to announce that he was threatened to sign the agreement. At least, Mayardiit took heart to spare the religious leaders but not the Ethiopian premier, Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn.

However, that didn’t settle well with the country’s minister of information, lawyer Michael Makuei Lueth, who spared to describe the Ethiopian Prime Minister as a rebel, at least this time. Instead Makuei was quick to realize that the rebels are, in fact, the priests and archbishops, who prayed to reconcile Machar and Kiir. Makuei believes that they are rebels because their behaviors are rebellious, which he put as “they behave like rebels”.

Makuei did not elaborate how religious rebels behaves, however, president Salva Kiir physically demonstrated it in front of the regional leaders. As if that wasn’t enough, the president forcefully demanded that “he MUST always remain the leader of that country”. On his return to Juba Kiir attempted to justify how he must remain the president of that country by announcing unbinding adjournment of the  2015 election, as he would please. However, the president later felt short of ideas and started accusing another group of rebels, the United States government officials, for forcing the South Sudanese president into such temptation. Other rebels in the regions, the IGAD members that include Kenyatta and Museveni, were not pleased by Kiir’s unilateral decision. They had to force our president to swallow his bitter words. Today, Salva Kiir the president is left with no words but to just watch Machar does his regional campaign.

That campaign interest many rebels in Juba city, including the country’s vice president, Wani Igga who is also competing with Machar on federalism. Perhaps, only God knows what would happen next, maybe more peace but not defections.

Makuei, a former SPLA/M rebel, has reported labelled the UN, US, media and any other South Sudanese as rebels. Those who disagree with the Juba government deserve the trademark, Makuei would argue. Saddly, all South Sudanese were and are rebels. The main difference is that there are rebels in the bush, some in hotels in Ethiopia, others in diaspora, other exist virtually online while others enjoy foreign troops protection on the street of Juba, the capital.

Although the term is losing its dictionary meaning, the religious leaders did not tolerate the dark painting on their collars. According to Sudan Tribune the leaders have anonymously conveyed their disappointments with the remarks.

“We are disappointed by these unfounded remarks. We have not joined either side in the conflict. However, as humans and citizens of this country and in the course of bridging the gaps between the parties we have the obligation to express what we think is right to bring back peace to this beloved country of ours,” said the spiritual leader on condition of anonymity.

Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, who led the prayers between Machar and Kiir is a dinka from the same section as Makuei, collectively referred as Dinka Bor.

Archbishop Bul has been tasked by Salva Kiir with a number of reconciliations and peace talks including the National Peace and Reconciliation in the past. The Nation Peace and Reconciliation, which was organized by Dr. Riek Machar before May 2013, has however collapsed.

Although Bul “was {also} accused by the Murle community of allegedly siding with the Dinka Bor” in the past, he has been calling on both the government and the anti-government sides to restore peace in the country.

South Sudan government officials, including Ayendit, Salva Kiir’s first lady and and the country’s vice president, Wanni Igga seeks prayers and other spiritual helps from Nigeria’s multimillionaire televangelist, phophet T.B. Joshua of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN).  The demoted vice president, Wanni Igga, was showcased in a you tube video in March, busy on his knees, while being prayed for by Prophet T.B. Joshua, the man of God from Nigeria, in an attempt to revert Ngundeng Bong’s widely resided prophesies.

On his return to Juba, Igga proudly reported that “the rebels have prophet Ngundeng on their side, now we have T.B Joshua on ours”. But to Makuei there is more to that. The priests and pastors are also rebels. However, the officials seemingly override the notorious spiritual leader, Dak Kueth, who blesses the white army at front line, a real threat to government that only counts his massive victories against the combined governments troops!

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Riek Machar, adopt Nuer egalitarianism as your manifesto & watch your popularity skyrocket!


The senior SPLM Leaders, Dr. Riek Machar Teny and Lt. Gen. Alfred Lado Gore (photo credit: Nyamilepedia)

The senior SPLM Leaders, Dr. Riek Machar Teny and Lt. Gen. Alfred Lado Gore (photo credit: designed by Nyamile)

May 14, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, espouse Nuer egalitarianism as your official manifesto for the new South Sudan and watch your popularity skyrocket locally and globally! Continue to be a champion for actual Democracy and you will automatically become the People’s hero. That means allying with the people of South Sudan who must largely comprise of political parties, civil society and faith-based leaders in “the negotiation of a transitional government of national unity, in order to ensure broad ownership of the agreed outcomes” and gaining their consensus on the way forward for South Sudan in relation to “the permanent constitution, and any other items that concern the political future of the country and reconciliation of South Sudanese communities”, as outlined in the agreement you signed in Addis Ababa on May 9, 2014.

Your appeal for calm after Salvatore Kiir Mayardit dishonoured your 2010 “gentlemen agreement” and your refusal to dignify his self-aggrandizing, reckless and uncalled for cock-a-doodle-doo “I am the president of South Sudan, and I must always remain in that position as the president. The leader of that country” with a response during the somber occasion of signing the agreement to halt the carnage in South Sudan in Addis Ababa on May 9, 2014 distinguished you as the superior statesman!

READ: Machar calls for calm, commends army for restraint


READ: What Does the IGAD Peace Agreement Means to South Sudan?

READ: Transcript: Kiir and Machar speeches at South Sudan ceasefire signing

Even though you would have offered a lucid response to Salvatore Kiir Mayardit’s attempt to “ruffle your feathers” in spite of the fact that you have effectively “clipped his wings” by forcing him as an incumbent president to negotiate with you, your self-discipline to stay silent speaks volumes about your ability to resist the temptation to be jerked into a foolish power struggle at the expense of the people of South Sudan! You did extremely well by refusing to dignify Salvatore Kiir Mayardit’s deflated and sacrilegious “cock crowing” about being the president of the country he has desecrated with a response because as a higher-class statesman, you understood and discerned that it was a glum occasion resulting from death and destruction. Consequently, the haughtiness Salvatore Kiir Mayardit exhibited would be out of place. That was why you earned a warm welcome in Ethiopia instead.

READ: Dr. Machar Was Not Threatened In Addis Ababa, He Was Warmly Welcomed!

You remain tight-lipped about what transpired in Ethiopia behind “closed doors” in relation to allegedly being “blackmailed” byEthiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn into signing the agreement to halt the bloodbath in South Sudan as a wise statesman ought to because you understood that any “persuasion” by the Prime Minister was intended for the good of the people of South Sudan. However, Salvatore Kiir Mayardit flippantly “broadcast” it on “hilltops” and continued to lay bare the lack of discipline that caused South Sudan to plummet into a lawless country in the first place! You did well not to “blubber” and allege duress as Salvatore Kiir Mayardit has done because Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s “persuasion” was not duress but a duty to ensure that the suffering masses of South Sudan can stop being executed in cold blood!

READ: We signed peace deal under duress, Kiir claims

The Proverb “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall(Proverbs 16:18)” is playing itself out right before the eyes of the world and Salvatore Kiir Mayardit only has himself to blame for the looming humiliating tumble that will result from his ill advised “cock crowing” in Ethiopia and “loose talk” before an entire world that is watching the two of you very closely. Take your caliber to an unparalleled level by trumpeting an interim government of the people, by the people, for the people which bears close resemblance to your Nuer egalitarianism after all and your popularity will skyrocket locally and globally!

Salvatore Kiir Mayardit started off the agreement to halt the massacre in South Sudan in bad faith but you don’t have to follow in his footsteps. His are the murmurings of an undiscerning wannabe “king” who wants to impose a warped “kingdom” called South Sudan onto “subjects” who actually despise him now because of the way he morphed into a tyrant instead of remaining a “freedom fighter”! It is obvious that Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and his cronies are completely ignorant about the fact that his so-called “democratic election” was actually a plebiscite and not a Presidential Election! A simple explanation by an incorruptible and intelligent lawyer with the aptitude to understand that the people of South Sudan can actually “dethrone” Salvatore Kiir Mayardit from his self-styled “kingship” legally would have wiped off the smirk preceding the cock-a-doodle-doo “I am the president of South Sudan, and I must always remain in that position as the president. The leader of that country” from his face!

However, why bother continuing to sound like a “broken record” to try and explain this high-level legal detail to “deaf” ears anyway when the People now have an immediate opportunity to turn a new leaf and forge forward with an actual Democracy? Why bother prolonging the suffering of South Sudanese by “dragging” Salvatore Kiir Mayardit through the dysfunctional judiciary and “kangaroo courts” he has instituted in South Sudan to try to “unseat him” legally when the people can now move forward without the brutality he and his cronies have meted on them for almost a decade?

Suffice it to say that despite assuming power without the correct process and mandate from the people of South Sudan, Salvatore Kiir Mayardit has grossly let down the People and abrogated his implicit duty to foster the country and prevent every South Sudanese from being harmed. Consequently he and his supporters need to stop the absurdity of enunciating that he should serve his full presidential term because there was no such term!

The people of South Sudan have had enough mortification to last a life time. It is time for them to heal from their unfathomable wounds and recover from being a laughing-stock after enduring the humiliating high jinks of a so-called President who is clueless about the importance and workings of the United Nations system.

WATCH: South Sudan President Salva Kiir told UN of acting like a parallel government JAN 20, 2014

The only reason Salvatore Kiir Mayardit continued as President of South Sudan is the tyranny that has precipitated the mass murder of South Sudanese from your Nuer tribe and his Dinka tribe but there is now an opportunity for new beginnings which you as a superior statesman should safeguard by allying with the political parties, civil society and faith-based leaders and obtaining their consensus about what the transitional government of national unity ought to be. Salvatore Kiir Mayardit has proved that he is incapable of redeeming himself, which puts the onus on you,Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon as a more sophisticated statesman in the harmful game of “Russian Roulette” that has severely injured the people of South Sudan and ravaged the country beyond recognition to work with the people of South Sudan in championing their aspirations for an interim government. Such a government needs to be sanctioned by the People without intimidation.

The interim government is temporary, interventional and preparatory in nature but critical for the survival of the South Sudan you yourself risked your life for. It will be a critical bridge between the bloodbath in which you and your cronies participated and a Democratic South Sudan that is the envy of all African countries. It will usher in much needed healing and pave the way for resolving the six key challenges that you highlighted during the meeting you had with members of the South Sudan politburo on March 5, 2013, which included but were not limited to the rampant corruption, tribalism, economic problems, insecurity, poor international relations and the loss of vision and direction by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement that led to Salvatore Kiir Mayardit’s decision to eject you from the vice presidency of South Sudan after you attempted to offer him “constructive criticism”.

The bloodletting that has brought South Sudan to this point of utter despair has devastated individuals, communities and the country at large but the extreme injury cannot be reversed. However, the people can try to heal only if peace is reinstated. You can bring about that peace by continuing your call to action and the “fundamental change” that is also supported by your brother from Equatoria, Lieutenant General Ladu Gore while supporting the People’s aspirations to constitute an interim government.

Make your fight for Democracy about restitution for the devastated people of South Sudan, not you or Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and watch how high the global community exalts you. You have already ushered in South Sudan’s much needed “truth and reconciliation” by taking full responsibility for your role in the Bor massacre of 1991 and I am confident that you will make another unprecedented “U Turn” by taking full responsibility for your role in the current bloodbath while morphing into the People’s fervent protector and defender! Find a way to reach out to members of the White Army and the other Nuer people who are still out to avenge the senseless murder of Nuer people. Impress upon them that two wrongs don’t make a right and revenge will never bring back their loved ones but the restitution the interim government could also be tasked with might aid in the healing.

READ: Riek Machar in tears as he admits to 1991 Bor massacres

Ally with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Protect the people of South Sudan from Salvatore Kiir Mayardit and his cronies because unlike Salvatore Kiir Mayardit, you are capable of being remorseful for your actions and making a total “U Turn”. Above all, listen to the wise counsel of the people of South Sudan in their aspirations for an interim government. Be open to instruction, “constructive criticism” and correction starting with the instruction and appeal by your sisters at the South Sudan Women Cry for Peace.

READ: South Sudan Women Cry for Peace’s Position Paper on the Way Forward for South Sudan


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Breaking News: South Sudan Rebels Capture Egyptians and Ugandans in Ayod, Jonglei State.


EgyptianSoldiers Egyptian Army Soldiers at El Omayed, Egypt (BRIGHT STAR 01/02 – SRA D. Myles Cullen, USAF)

May 02, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The Gawaar-Nuer white army have reported a major victory in the town of Ayod. The latest reports from Ayod allege that the Gawaar white army, backed by a reinforcement from Duk, have captured 12 Egyptians and 2 Ugandans after defeating the allied forces in Ayod town.

The 12 Egyptians and 2 Ugandans captured would be transferred to headquarters in Fangak county, where they will be kept as prisoners of war. The names of the 12 Egyptians, read from their badges are:

  1. Aches Ahmed Gou
  2. Cpt. Abaur Ahmose
  3. Amran Saleh
  4. Amun Thori
  5. Abduraman Petei
  6. Salatis Omar
  7. Osman Gosh
  8. Abdulahi Said
  9. Mohamed Raad
  10. Yusuf Abdu
  11. Cpt. Ali Semut
  12. Shemstedin Tihrak

Their Ugandans counterparts are:

  1. Akiki Lutalo
  2. Samuel Munyiga

The white army has reported counting over 400 dead bodies of government soldiers, comprising of Egyptians, Ugandans and South Sudanese in Ayod. The youth battled the troops in Kuechdeng for nearly a week before the outnumbered youth pulled out of Kuechdeng to Ayod for further reinforcements.

Both the government and SPLA spokespersons have not release their estimates of casualties, but the white army estimated between 500- 700 have been killed on both sides.

The youth, fighting with light guns and limited ammunition, have reported fighting approximately 2 battalions of soldiers allied to Juba Government for the last 10 consecutive days in Ayod and Kuachdeng.

The government troops captured the strategic town of Ayod on April 27, with intentions to advance to the neighboring Uror county. However, the government troops were overwhelmed by the white army reinforcing each other from the five payams of Ayod county.

Ayod has been a major targets since December, however, the youths have defeated the government and Ugandans troops in Kuachdeng on March 12, killing the Ugandan commanding brigadier general.

“To you the family and friends of the late Brig Geoffrey Kakama: our thoughts are with you – UPDF”  sends his condolences to the family of the late on March 12.

Ayod was reportedly surrounded by the armed youth, with aim to push the troops out of Ayod towards Canal and River Nile until yesterday when they forced the allied troops into the nearby sudd Swam . It is not yet verified if the government troops would make attempts to fight back for Ayod or try to penetrate through Uror to Bor. Most of their exit routs to Bor are blocked by rebels and Lou-Nuer white army.

Sources from Ayod state that the white army has lost nearly 90 fighters in the battlefields and rushed 28 wounded soldiers to Lankien hospital.

Last month the minister of information, Dr. Marial Benjamin reported that Egypt would send troops to help Juba defends the oilfields and important installations, however, Egypt prepared troops to South Sudan as peacekeepers.

It is not yet clear if the Egyptians peacekeepers are part of the Egyptians troops captured in Ayod, however, the rebels have fought Ugandans army and Sudan rebels in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Bentiu state. Egypt would be the latest African country to fight alongside Savla Kiir’s forces if the peace deal succeeds.

The government, which has burnt down Ayod and Kuachdeng, led this operation in violation of ceasefire agreement, signed in January, despite the present of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, the UN Special Envoy for Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng and US secretary of state John Kerry in the country.

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US: South Sudan Killings Show Unbelievable Cruelty


Slaint loyal soldiers near Bor, Jonglei state

Bodies of government loyal soldiers lying next to a mounted truck destroyed by the SPLA soldiers allied to the armed opposition in attempts to recapture Bor in December 2013 from Maj. Gen. Gatdet Yaka, the commanding officer of division 8 who defected to Machar after targeted killing of civilians in Juba (Photo: Reuters, 29-12-2013)

May 02, 2014 [ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia] — Stopping short of describing deadly fighting in South Sudan as genocide, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday blasted the new nation’s ethnic and political leaders as creating the same kind of violence their people sought to escape when they voted three years ago to break away from Sudan.

Kerry came to Africa in large part to broker an agreement among the African Union — and eastern Africa states in particular — to send peacekeepers to South Sudan as quickly as possible to stanch the brutal killings that have largely broken down along ethnic lines and threaten to throw the country into outright civil war. It’s estimated that thousands of people have been killed since the fighting began nearly six months ago, and about 1 million others have fled their homes.

But it remained unclear, despite Kerry’s lobbying, whether the AU would send enough troops to South Sudan to help United Nations forces quell the violence.

He blamed the brutalities on a vicious rivalry between President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and former Vice President-turned-rebel Riek Machar, a Nuer. The two ethnic tribes have feuded for generations.

“Leadership is needed,” Kerry told reporters at a news conference Thursday in the Ethiopian capital.

If the fighting continues to target civilians along ethnic and tribal lines, Kerry said, they “could really present a very serious challenge to the international community with respect to the question of genocide.”

“It is our hope that that could be avoided,” Kerry said.

He said he also hoped that “in these next days, literally, we can move more rapidly to put people on the ground who can make a difference.”

U.S. officials believe the AU is willing to deploy at least 5,000 troops to South Sudan. But that may not be enough to help create calm in the nation of 11 million people.

By comparison, the U.N. has stationed nearly 14,000 peacekeeping troops and police officials in South Sudan in recent months.

Uganda already has troops inside South Sudan in support of the Kiir government in Juba, but that has raised regional concerns since both sides of the conflict are accused of killing civilians. The U.S. has said it wants Uganda to withdraw from South Sudan.

After meeting with Kerry, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said he joined diplomats from Kenya and Uganda in agreeing that a fast solution is necessary. “There is an agreement that we have to be as aggressive as possible in order to have an impact on the ground in South Sudan,” Adhanom told reporters. But he did not offer details, and neither did Kerry.

Earlier this week, U.N. envoy Adama Dieng warned that South Sudan could descend into genocide if the brutality continues. And U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navy Pillay said the nation faces another major threat — famine — as a result of farmers who have had to abandon their homes and crops to escape the fighting.

UNICEF is warning that up to 50,000 children could die of malnutrition this year.

After a decades-long fight for independence, South Sudan peacefully broke away from Sudan in 2011. Relations between the two countries have been strained since the split and both countries have suffered from instability and sporadic violence.

Kerry demanded that Kiir and Machar hold accountable those who have directed or organized the killings, and threatened anew to impose financial and travel sanctions against officials who are believed to be involved. U.S. officials have not ruled out the possibility of sanctioning Kiir and Machar themselves, and Kerry said Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda also are willing to impose penalties on perpetrators.

In a letter Thursday to President Barack Obama, nine U.S. senators, including Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., called for targeted U.S. sanctions on militants and additional penalties by the U.N. Security Council. They also demanded Kiir and Machar be held personally accountable for shepherding through a peace agreement.

“The South Sudanese government has an obligation to ensure that the lives of their people and future of their young country are not marred by further violence,” the senators wrote.

The fighting began in December, when Kiir accused Machar of trying to stage a coup and wrest control of the government. The U.S. has not embraced that view, although Kerry on Thursday drew a clear distinction between Kiir, as the constitutionally elected president of South Sudan, and Machar, whom he accused of trying to “take power with force.”

But he said both leaders needed to do more to end the conflict.

“Acts of violence against civilians on both sides in South Sudan are a reminder of the unbelievable capacity for cruelty on this planet,” Kerry said. “This is precisely the kind of violence that the people of South Sudan fought so hard for so long to try to escape.”

While in Ethiopia, Kerry also urged authorities to protect journalists following the arrest and detention of at least nine journalists and bloggers. He said their work “makes societies stronger and vibrant.”

Rights groups had urged Kerry to speak out in support of the Ethiopian journalists who were jailed just days ahead of Kerry’s visit. They are accused of inciting public violence and collaborating with foreign activist groups.

Leslie Lefkow of Human Rights Watch, which has urged the journalists’ unconditional release, said the arrests signaled that “anyone who criticizes the Ethiopian government will be silenced.”


Associated Press writer Elias Meseret in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, contributed to this report.

Nasir, An Eminent Target In South Sudan Civil War

Ayod-Ulang SouthSudanMay 01, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Despite the strong warnings and threats of war crimes by the United Nations representatives and the threats of sanctions by the United States to avert genocides, South Sudan civil war has intensified in five of the ten states within the last one week.

The latest offensives, led by the government troops, are ongoing in the town of Ulang in Upper Nile state and Ayod in Jonglei state.

Report from Ulang and Nasir allege that the  South Sudan government has burnt down Doma, Langnom, Muon, Joklita, Ying, Uriang and Unpieu.

As of late, the local source reports a major offensive in Ulang targeting Nasir. The war in Ulang is reportedly intensifying and continuing.

In Ayod county, Jonglei state, the Gawaar-Nuer white army have allegedly contained two battalions from advancing to the neighboring Uror county.

Sources on the ground believe that the government and Ugandan troops, equipped with more than 7 tanks, heavy artillery and a full convoy, have ran out of supply and are expecting further reinforcements from Juba.

The youth from Ayod have fought the government troops for 10 consecutive days from Kuechdeng to Ayod, with very little reinforcement from the opposition . Sources from Lankien hospital have reported a growing number of wounded patients from Ayod battles in the last two days.

enggonocideAlthough none of the warring parties has release a clear estimate of casualties, sources from Ayod county are reporting deadly clashes, with estimates of between 500 – 700 killed from both sides. One government tank was reportedly destroyed over the weekend.

Ayod was captured on 27 April by a major offensive led by several generals, loyal to South Sudan and Ugandan governments. The exhausted allied troops are seeking a safe exit from Ayod after youth claim to have surrounded the town. However, the closest safe havens in Duk county are occupied by rebel forces, led by Maj. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual to the south and by the Lou-Nuer white army to the South East.

The Gawaar-Nuer white army, coming mostly from Wau and Mogok Payams, north of Ayod have reported deadly battles with the government troops at the North East of Ayod in Palith suburbs, leaving the only safe exit to the west, toward Canal and river Nile.

The government troops are, however, threatening to match to the neighboring Uror county. Uror is a viable target to weaken the oppositions, however, it is not clear if the allied troops would advance past Uror if they penetrate Ayod with their current force.

These latest violations of the ceasefire agreements, in Ulang, Ayod and Rupbuot by the government came before the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay and the UN Special Envoy for Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng left Juba.

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South Sudan: Shooting in Wau!

Division five SPLA soldiers matching in Wau, on 14 April in a peaceful procession(Photo: Gurtong, cropped by Nyamile)

Division five SPLA soldiers matching in Wau, on 14 April in a peaceful procession(Photo: Gurtong, cropped by Nyamile)

April 26, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Sources from Wau confirm that a group of unidentified gunmen fired shots in Wau, causing panic and fear, in a town that has been relatively calm.  The source believes that the attackers are soldiers loyal to Dr. Riek Machar.

The unidentified gunmen entered the town from the west through Grinti, also known as Bilpam by the local residents. The gunmen “shot bullets to the air in random causing fear and panic to the civilians who are in full alert of evacuating the town anytime the rebel storm the town”, read part of the report delivered to Nyamilepedia.

The situation has relatively calmed down, however, the residents fear that a fighting could erupt anytime.

“We don’t know what will happen latter at 4:30 am” continued the report.

Due to poor network, further calls to Wau were not well intercepted, but the residents have partially resumed their sleep.

After the government soldiers launched an attack on trainees in the town of Mapel, near Wau, a big number of unarmed trainees were dispersed in different directions into the nearby bushes, yesterday. It is yet to be verified whether the disgruntled trainees are linked to the recent gunshots in Wau.

The SPLA division five in Wau has diverse forces, including some from the Nuer and Equatorians tribes, however, only a fraction defected when parts of the battalion were sent to reinforce troops in Bor and Malakal.

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Government Massacres Own Unarmed Ex-officers, NCOs and Trainees

Ex-combatantsdistributing business tool-kits to 92 ex-combatants who graduated in Mapel town receiving agricultural tool-kits in Wau. [James Deng Dimo]

Members of 92 ex-combatants, who recently graduated in Mapel town,  receive agricultural tool-kits in Wau, Nov 2013. (Photo credits: James Deng Dimo)

April 26, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Some media outlets have reported a heavy fighting broke out at the training center in Mapel, Western Bahr el Ghazal state. However, the latest reports confirm that the incident was not a mutiny, as alleged, but an onslaught of disarmed, former SPLA soldiers.

Mapel training facility was established in 2012 by the UNMISS and the government’s disarmament commission to train the SPLA ex-soldiers, in order, to boost their skills and confident to return to civilians life.

The facility was built on a 1.2-kilometre-square piece of land, donated by the state government to Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) in appreciation to former liberators, the SPLA ex-combatants.

The facility, which started with 500 ex-combatants in April 2012, was expected to boost socioeconomic status of the local populations and the vulnerable ex-soldiers who were to be trained with various skills and offered psychosocial counseling at the center.

The center, built by the UNMISS Chinese Engineering Company, was not intended to rearm but to disarm the former soldiers. Thus, it would be unfortunate that the unarmed ex-combatants could stage a mutiny as reported by some media outlets.

Report from the SPLA/M [in opposition] spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, confirms that about 220 trainees have been killed by the loyal forces at the orders of Sector One Commander, Lt. Gen. Jok Riak, who was promoted and deployed to the area in 2013.

Lt. Gen. Jok Riak was allegedly rescued by the SSLA commander, Gen. Mathew Puljang, a nuer by ethnicity, in the recent recapture of Bentiu town by the SPLA in opposition. Jok was expected to relaunch an attack on Bentiu to reclaim the oil hub state.

The SPLA headquarters in Wau and Juba, are yet to release their full report on this attack.

The following report, from the opposition, fears that the number of casualties could possibly rise.

Begin the report ….

Press Release N0.54

SPLA Forces acting on orders of Sector One Commander, Lt. Gen. Jok Riak executed 220 unarmed Nuer Officers, NCOs and Trainees at Mapel Military Training Centre in Western Bahr El Ghazal State. This number is expected to shoot up significantly since some of the survivors who fled to the bushes are still being hunted down.

These unarmed Nuer servicemen/women who were massacred while still loyal to Kiir were taken to Mapel some years back to be trained as part of SPLA’s Mechanized Division. It’s not true that they had staged unsuccessful mutiny as reported in various media outlets but the truth is that they were killed in cold blood because the hometown ( Duk County in Jonglei State) of their direct Commander, Maj. Gen. Malual Majok was liberated by our forces this week.

The SPLA/SPLM calls on the International Community and relatives of victims to personally hold responsible Lt. Gen. Jok Riak, Sector One Commander, Maj. Gen. Malual Majok, Commander of Mechanized Division and Maj. Gen. Manyok Barach, Commander of 5th Division. These are well known personalities from Greater Bor of Jonglei State with ill intentions and are bound to cause more problems and fun flames of tribal hatred if not sacked and tried.

Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang,
Military Spokesperson for SPLA/SPLM in Opposition

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Deng Elijah contributed to this article, he can be reached through Nyamilepedia.

Is Uganda Giving Up On Its Rescue Mission?

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April 25, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The Ugandan People Defence Force(UPDF) intervened in South Sudanese conflict in December to rescue president Salva Kiir from being overthrown by mutinied troops loyal to Machar.

Although the intervention was not initially approved by either the African Union or the Inter-Governmental Authority Development (IGAD), Museveni hoped his well equipped UPDF could capture the rebel leader, Dr. Machar in “four days”. However, the latest report from the Uganda military bears some frustrations citing the flattering security in the country.

Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the Ugandan military spokesperson, blames the international community for being slow to stop the ongoing bloodshed in South Sudan. Ankunda has as well blamed the South Sudan waring factions and the United Nations for being insensitive.

“The warring parties are being insensitive to the people’s wishes. We expect them to be engaging in a political process in Addis Ababa, and this is not what they are doing,” Ankunda said on Thursday.

Ankunda, who reported two weeks ago that Uganda will not help the trouble Juba government fights the insurgents in the oil rich Bentiu, has further reports that the Ugandan troops will not expands their mission beyond Bor, Juba and “Nisitu”.

“We have no intention at all, we have no intentions whatsoever to move beyond the positions that we occupy. Our forces are in defensive positions in Bor town, Juba city and Nisitu. We have no mandate whatsoever to move beyond those positions,” Ankunda said.

This will be a big blow to South Sudan government. UPDF helped the loyal troops recapture the strategic towns of Bor, Malakal and Bentiu in January from the anti-government forces. Uganda warplanes have further bombed villages in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states, killing civilians and cattle in pursuit of Dr. Riek.

Uganda deploys thousands troops, equipped with modern warplanes and heavy artilleries with hope to crush Machar’s rebellion in December, however, the Ugandans have lost heavily within the last 4 months as the rebellion continues to strengthens.

With the rainy season approaching there is little for the Ugandans to rescue, given the poor road network and airstrips in South Sudan.

Ankunda expressed his concerns for the killings of civilians and Darfur mercenaries in Bentiu and warns the white army to only attack Bor at their own perils.

“We have read that rebels moved into Bentiu and killed hundreds of civilians. That is not what they should be doing. They should be talking.” Ankunda said.

“We are equally concerned for the areas where we are, for example Bor, Nisitu, Juba, we have told these rebels if they dare attack, should they dare attack these positions where UPDF is, they will do it at their own peril,” Ankunda added.

Bor became a major target for the white army after an unprovoked attack at the UN base on 17 April, killing over hundred unarmed civilians at the watch of the Ugandan People Defense Force.

The opposition forces have reported matching towards Bor this week on a “rescue mission”, which has captured Dukpadit and neighboring towns North of Bor on Thursday.

Ankunda emphasizes withdrawing of the UPDF, however, the Ugandan army fears the fates of the South Sudanese government.

“We cannot leave a vacuum and that is very clear. We cannot withdraw or pull out and leave a vacuum that can be taken advantage of by these militia killing people” the spokesman said.

The Ugandan army expected IGAD to deploy its troops this month to protect oilfields and strategic towns, however, Machar has opposed the proposal. Machar is consolidating his military might to seize Paloich’s oilfields, the only oilfields under government control in the country.

Uganda troops arrived in the country shortly after war broke out, among the presidential guards, between troops loyal to Machar against those loyal to Salva Kiir.

Salva Kiir accused his former deputy, Riek Machar and his 15 senior colleagues for “plotting a coup” to overthrow him, however, the high profile politicians have all denied the accusation, some in the court of law.

13 politicians who were arrested and charged with treason and incitement of masses have been found not guilty by the special court. Seven politicians were released into Kenyan custody in January while the last four together with Dr. Adwok Nyaba remain under house arrest in Juba.

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SPLA closing in on Paloich Oil Fields and Bor as Military Leadership Unravels

splaslogonDirectorate of Information & Moral Orientation

Office of Military Spokesperson for SPLA in Opposition

Press Release N0.52

Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, Military Spokesperson for SPLA in Opposition(Photo: Lul|Nyamilepedia)

Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, Military Spokesperson for SPLA in Opposition(Photo: Lul|Nyamilepedia)

April 24, 2014(Addis Ababa) — The Gallant SPLA Forces under direct command of Brig. Gen. Chegai Gatluak and under overall command of Maj. Gen. Gabriel Tangiye finally took full control of Administrative HQs of Renk County, in Upper Nile State.

Our forces triumphantly marched on Renk town on 23-4-2014 after overcoming little resistance. The fall of Renk, the bread basket of Upper Nile State and the gateway to neighboring Republic of Sudan leaves government troops trapped in Malakal with no supply & escape routes and paves the way for our Forces to capture Paloich Oil Fields within days.

The SPLA/SPLM once again renews calls for oil companies to stop production and evacuate staff/employees to avoid being caught in crossfire.

Still in Upper Nile State, Kiir’s Forces suffered heavy material losses on 21-4-2014 after their futile attempts to advance on our positions at Dolief Hills in Panyikang County were foiled. The following equipment and armaments were captured:

  1. Six RPGs
  2. One   82MM
  3. Forty Seven PKM light machine guns
  4. One Toyota Land cruiser mounted with 12.7 and one Urol mounted with Zu 23 and
  5. Four Lorries.

In Jonglei State, our forces under direct command of Maj. Gen. Dor Manjur and under overall command of Maj. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual continue to make territorial gains as they match on Bor.

On 23-4-2014, our forces overran Werenyol in Twic East County after successfully defeating government troops and UPDF units that were attempting to regain control of Duk County.   The attacking forces fled in disarray after losing 238 servicemen and 220 different types of weapons including the latest CQ5.56MM automatic rifle.

While our forces are making steady military gains with political leadership getting strengthened on daily basis, Kiir’s Military Leadership is unraveling. The removal of Chief of General Staff, Gen. James Hoth Mai and Director of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Mac Paul and their subsequent replacements by Lt. Gen. Paul Malong Awan and Maj. Gen. Marial Nuor, the architects of Salva’s private militia and masterminds of Juba Massacre marks the beginning of an imminent bloodbath, escalation and regionalization of the conflict( perfectly pitting Greater Bahr El Ghazal against Greater Upper Nile State).

By removing Generals James and Mac, Kiir has finally Unplugged the last safety valve and glue that had partially kept together his faltering regime in the last four months.

Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang,

Military Spokesperson for SPLA/SPLM in Opposition.