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S. Sudan government still rejects "big number" of SPLM-IO’s advance team


December 7, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government under the leadership of president Salva Kiir has reiterated its rejection to the expected return to Juba of hundreds of members of the advance team from the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of former vice-president and first vice-president designate, Riek Machar, for the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August between the warring parties.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar, center, greets unidentified participants after lengthy peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, Aug. 17, 2015 (Photo AP/Mulugeta Ayene)

Earlier, officials of the opposition group told Sudan Tribune that the advance team per the list submitted by the SPLM-IO would start to travel to Juba on Friday, 11 December, according to the arrangements made through the East African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

However, the government seemed not to have yet approved the return of the whole team, citing the big number.

In a live interview on Monday with the Juba-based United Nations-run Radio Miraya which interviewed both the government’s presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny, and the opposition leader’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, president Kiir’s press secretary, Ateny, raised complaint about the close to 600 members of the opposition’s advance team, saying the government was yet to accept it.

Ateny cited “security and logistical” concerns as reasons for the government’s disapproval of the number of the SPLM-IO officials, but did not explain what sort of specific security concerns government was worried about.

He however said the matter would be tackled by the top leadership whether or not to allow the nearly 600 members of the opposition’s advance team to return to Juba.

On his part, Machar’s spokesman, Dak, said the number was necessary for the implementation of the peace agreement, arguing that majority members of the advance team are representing local constituencies across the country.

Dak further said the whole of the advance team will not be stationed in Juba, but will spread out to their respective “states, counties, payams and even to bumas” in dissemination of the peace agreement to the populations and mobilize support for its full implementation.

He said according to the current arrangement, 262 members would fly to Juba on 11 December while the rest of 339 would follow a week later on 18, 21, and 22 December, respectively.

He challenged that the implementation of the peace agreement needed “everybody” and therefore there was need for the officials to return and play their respective roles in their local constituencies for the success of the agreement.

It however remains unclear whether or not the government will agree with the whole team to return to Juba or further raise objections through IGAD to reduce it which may further delay the return of the team.


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  • 8 December 2015 02:36, by Akol Liai Mager

    No common sense would accommodate the rebels’ desire for such a huge membership that oversizes the government. People need peace not the show of muscles.

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    • 8 December 2015 04:15, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Let the rebels reverse its huge number of advance team, if they intended for peace to enrolled amongst the people of South Sudan.

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    • 8 December 2015 04:50, by Son of Ngundeng

      Good morning yaa balaad jinub.

      Government fear us for sure and we are only few numbers which including more politicians, for us to accept peace we are just considering the poor citizens of South Sudan to stay in peace, if not we can see this useless government elements where they can heading to.

      Son of Prophet
      New location front line.

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      • 8 December 2015 06:33, by Mi diit


        Your Nyankiir, wife of Museveni, fed thousands of UPDF soldiers for two years to kill Nuer people and now says he cannot feed only 600 for few weeks who come to implement peace and restore stability to the country.

        You are so useless Dinka people.

        UN and other donors agreed to accommodate and transport them. So be free to eat your food alone in Juba, "Akul baraw tribe."

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        • 8 December 2015 09:25, by Agutthon

          Nuer are coming to gang-rape the people/economy of South Sudan in daylight.To them salvation is in great numbers, attacks in large numbers, and or peace in large numbers.

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    • 8 December 2015 09:33, by chuol

      Dinka like it or not, we are traveling to Juba on 11/December at 7:00 local time. ....
      Lieelmuorikun Jaaaang

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  • 8 December 2015 04:46, by Dinka-Defender-General

    The number is not a problem, but who will fund these huge numbers? Example, hotel, transportation, their security, food, and many other things they will ask for. Personally, I am against huge number because my paycheck is going to be reduced. Therefore, Machar should reduce the number if he needs to come back to Juba soon. No way out Nyagat.

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    • 8 December 2015 04:56, by Son of Ngundeng

      Dinka defend food general.

      We know and we are understanding your problem you Dinka its only food, if we came with our own accommodation you can accepted our coming teams since the beginning, because no Dinka government need the peace for this poor citizens, your calculation always focusing on food.


      Son of Prophet
      New location front line.

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      • 8 December 2015 05:10, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Son of Evil, you’re pure professional liar like your leader Machar. Why did Machar send ask the government to fund your advance team than? I know you grown up between Khartoum and unity state so you don’t know the different in your head.

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        • 8 December 2015 07:03, by Son of Ngundeng

          Dinka Defender Food General:

          You don’t need our advance team to come while your economic in the death city growing up every minute, our coming its focusing on peace process not to come and eat your food, because we know food was the only main problem between you and others tribes of South Sudan.
          Stay safe no one will use your salary Mr. general.

          Son of prophet
          New location front line.

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