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January 1, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese leader of the rebel SPLM-In-Opposition, Riek Machar, has appointed top military generals to reorganize, command and control their fighters against president Salva Kiir’s government.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar attends the 28th extraordinary summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for heads of state and government in Addis Ababa on 6 November 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

In the order released on Thursday, Machar has appointed Major General Simon Gatwech Dual as Chief of General Staff for the rebel forces.

“Pursuant to December 6-12, 2014 Pagak conference resolutions, I, Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, Chairman and Commander-in-Chief, SPLM/SPLA, hereby appoint Major General Simon Gatwech Dual as Chief of General Staff,” reads the 21 December 2014 order seen by Sudan Tribune.

General Gatwech who attended Juba University previously served as deputy director in charge of production department at the army headquarters of Bilpam in the capital, Juba. He later on fell out with president Kiir in 2012, and was arrested and detained for a year. He was released in 2013 without charges.

Before his new assignment he was the opposition’s military governor for Jonglei state, in which his forces control much of the South Sudan’s largest state.

Other top commanders appointed include Major General Peter Gatdet Yaka as deputy chief of general staff for military operations, Major General Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang, deputy chief of general staff for logistics and Major General Gabriel Gatwech Chan, (aka Gabriel Tanginye), as Inspector-General for SPLA.

Also some more commanders are yet to be appointed as deputies to take charge for administration, training and moral and orientation.

APPOINTED GOVERNORS

The rebel leader also appointed governors for some of the 21 newly created federal states for South Sudan.

These include Major General Chayuot Manyang Wuor, governor of Adar (North East Upper Nile) state, Major General Duop Lam, governer of Phou state, Major General Mabor Marier Makol, governor of Rumbek state, Brig General Ruai Kuol Jal, governor of Lich state, Duer Chuol Kur for Sobat state, Tingo Peter Rogbigo Limgbo, governor of Wau state and Marko Lokidor Lochipio, governor of Kapoeta state.

NEW COUNTIES

Machar restructured the newly created Sobat state, re-establishing its 8 counties to include Nasir, Kewer, Thorow, Wanding, Malou, Ulang, Baliet and Akoka.

He appointed Colonel Kang Guoch Deng, as commissioner of the newly created Malou county, Luke Mok Kueth for Nasir county, Colonel Nhial Puoch Jak for Kewer county, John Wiyual Kuach Bithou as commissioner of Thorow county and Isaac Tor for Wanding county.

Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune that consultations were ongoing for appointments of the other “14 governors and creation of additional counties in the other 20 states as necessary as well as appointment of more commissioners.”

He defended the creation of 21 federal states and more counties, saying it was in line of the principle of taking towns closer to the people for better delivery of services and collective decision-making.

Dak further added that the newly appointed officials will organise and establish their respective administrations in the liberated areas, saying their appointments was an important step.

“The appointments of state governors and commissioners is an important step in order to mobilise the people in support of our cause even in government-controlled areas and provide security for the populations in areas under our control,” he said.

“They will also effectively coordinate humanitarian interventions in alleviating the suffering of the affected populations in the country,” stressed the rebel spokesperson.

Observers say the recent political and military measures taken by the two warring factions of the SPLM, show that with the stalemate of the IGAD brokered peace talks the both sides are preparing for a long war ahead.

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  • 2 January 2015 05:09, by Chol A.

    Hahaaa, Dr hopeless is very funny with his Nuersim ideas Good luck on your tribalist cammanders. You don’t feel shame of yourself about such structure? Where in the world can one tribe against state and succeed? I know you are too blind to take Northern Uganda as example because Acholi in Ugamda will not try that deadly mistake.

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    • 2 January 2015 05:39, by jijury

      Bravo Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon and congratulations to the appointees. They are the right people at the right place. Chol A, stop the madness if you need a post quit Salva Kiir and join us, but make sure you can fight.

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      • 2 January 2015 06:56, by Chol A.

        Jijury if you really have human brain think of that structure, is that right direction Dr hopeless claim? You will soon face internal opposition within you not from none Nuersim. Please I am not after post and I too not fool to rebels against my own people because of post. We left such behaviour to people like Nyariek and Alam Akol whom foolishly aim above anyone but they can’t see their weakness

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      • 2 January 2015 14:17, by Jonglie

        hahahahahahah, Dr Riek is the comedian of the year.

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      • 2 January 2015 23:25, by Paul

        Jijury,

        To my surprise, I do not see Lado Gore and CDR Kong Chuol in the fantasy list of Ministers/governors.....Would you happen to know anything about them? please respond.

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    • 2 January 2015 06:57, by Amantiel Kem

      I have got to know something about Dr. Riek I couldn’t know all this time on the current appointment of its leadership. I believe today that he has no intellectual ability to change this dictatorship in the Republic of South Sudan despite of his PHD. How can he nuerize military leadership like that and there are few others who joined them from different communities? He should use them to make his

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      • 2 January 2015 07:04, by Amantiel Kem

        To make his rebellion meaningful even if they were junior officers or few in numbers. Some thought that it was a war against dictatorship but it has turned out to be tribal stuff. I call upon all those who want to fight dictatorship to begin new rebellion and quit nuer war with immediate effect.

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        • 2 January 2015 07:15, by Chol A.

          Kem you are right brother and that was how he is!!

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      • 2 January 2015 09:46, by Wicdail

        Amantiel Kem likes,

        What sort of military doctrine you are talking? Putting junior officers into high rank protocol of leadership for the accommodation? Why don’t you do it in Juba where Dinkas are controlling all the important military assignments? How do you know those junior officers from other tribes were not assigned to other strategic areas, if there are any? You guys are so hateful.

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        • 2 January 2015 09:48, by Wicdail

          Yes the war is against the dictatorship and your hateful nature. It will never stop until Kirr and his fascist rule is no more.

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        • 2 January 2015 16:16, by Amantiel Kem

          Wicdial or witchcraft,
          You are putting me in a side which I don’t belong but remember James Hoth wasn’t a dinka and James Wani is not a dinka thought i don’t like to talk about tribes. Kiir himself is a dictator yes and your chicken brain will make him to dictate for long. Stop generalisations.

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    • 2 January 2015 08:04, by Rami Tot

      Chol A

      you are the one who actually talk for the sack of talk even don,t feel shame, who the general chief of staffs in tribal government now tell sin,t it a primitive paul malong awan? you are very fool people who think could mobilize the people like before fool you are, you are cheating yourselves no body else fool go on with your fools no body care with your stupidities.

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    • 2 January 2015 08:26, by Ayuen deng

      He is wasting his time in the bush instate to come back to Juba and begins his campaigns for coming elections.

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    • 2 January 2015 09:16, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Riek Machar, is Joking and he us dreaming.
      don’t worry

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      • 2 January 2015 14:14, by Jonglie

        hahahahahahah, Dr Riek is the comedian of the year.

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      • 2 January 2015 14:14, by Jonglie

        hahahahahahah, Dr Riek is the comedian of the year.

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    • 2 January 2015 14:16, by Jonglie

      hahahahahahah, Dr Riek is the comedian of the year.

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  • 2 January 2015 05:32, by Kur William

    Dr Riek is really damaging his slim chances to become a future leader in South Sudan in 2018.This proposal of 21 States is very disgusting,so worthless to spend time on it.If he,ave no other ways to tackle Kiir and then it’s better to return to Juba and lay himself to SS to decide his fate rather than divided people,he is more then wrong on this proposition you can’t create the State randomly.

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    • 2 January 2015 05:57, by Robot

      Funny indeed!, it doesn’t look only weird but absurd, for goodness sake how can this nonsense bring peace??.

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      • 2 January 2015 09:24, by Kur William

        Robot,
        Dr Riek is far away from working to bring peace!what he been creating especially of these 21 States is deviating people ability from focusing on how to attain transquility of the nation in this choatic despite he meant just to draw the public minds for another purpose.

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  • 2 January 2015 06:19, by Foxtail

    I think Dr. Riek Machar is mad, sincerely speaking this man is crazy. even John Garang never tried such a move in anyway. This shows that this foul is just power-hungry and he is acting on assumption that, if he for real become president in South Sudan then this is how he will run the country. i mean on tribal line and divide south sudan in to smaller units possible. shame on you mister

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  • 2 January 2015 08:36, by BBCs

    Nuer Government will not work on this nation.

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    • 2 January 2015 08:50, by Rami Tot

      BBC
      we will get chance of exit out the uganda m7 out of south sudan you are now talking like this because you are shielding yourself with those food lovers udanda people

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      • 2 January 2015 08:52, by Rami Tot

        i know how much feel cowardice without getting any helps from somewhere else, dinka can,t fight for their own unless they shielded them with some people from out side the country ofcourse uganda m7 will get exit you will that changd your attitudes for sure because you are known of being cowardice

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  • 2 January 2015 08:58, by Dukdal

    How can you appoint governors for even the areas that government controls? Dr. Garang didn’t appoint Kosti Governor!

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    • 2 January 2015 14:15, by Jonglie

      hahahahahahah, Dr Riek is the comedian of the year.

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    • 2 January 2015 14:16, by Jonglie

      hahahahahahah, Dr Riek is the comedian of the year.

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  • 2 January 2015 09:19, by Redeemer

    This the right time for those who don’t know this laughing machine, he has proved it beyond doubt that he is the problem in SSudan

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    • 2 January 2015 11:59, by Ambago

      People don’t rebel to get jobs. Military appointments are governed by military principles and seniority. You have to be there first to get the top positions. Stop this tribally motivated campaign for a minute and leave the rebels to organize themselves the way they see fit. No supporter of Kiir has the right to suggest how the rebels structure their ranks. You have to join them to advice them!

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      • 2 January 2015 14:26, by Hardlinner

        There is no logic in all of these rubbish. Nuer can not impose their barbaric characteristics on people of south sudan. How could riek create states that are unsustainable and bias?. I don’t support kiir, but I would wish him to kill all the backers of nuer rebellion. Your nuer unpopular war will only remian in nuer land.

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    • 2 January 2015 18:00, by Peacocktail

      shame and lack of communities awareness. if late Garang initiates his Gorillas without other tribes in the command, SPLA, /SPLM. could by now be history. no where a tribe lead the. State into civil war. Nuer mentality is in Question. rebellion had collapse

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  • 2 January 2015 14:13, by Jonglie

    hahahahahahah, Dr Riek is the comedian of the year.

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  • 2 January 2015 15:51, by Augustino

    Chaaaaaaaii, Nuer people should be shame of this formation of Nuer government. Where are people of other tribes who did joined them? Now Riek Machar is a triblaistic in mind and heart. I doubt this government will break into more rebels fighting groups against others while our government forces continue stay in Nuer Land and marriage Nuer Ladies and Nuer kids will never see schools and good health

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  • 2 January 2015 16:27, by Kim Deng

    Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai, Nyam-Nyam...),

    For your info, this war, which was imposed on Nuer nation is not about to free other coward Jurs, but Nuer. Therefore, you have right to form your own defend forces as Nuer has done it. Thereafter, all those forces would come together and form a gov’t for all. Dr. Riek’s interest and that of Nuer Nation might not be the same as you may assume.

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