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S. Sudan government accepts to clear SPLA-IO army chief, troops


April 20, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan government has now accepted troops of the armed opposition faction (SPLA-IO) to travel to Juba from the Ethiopian town of Gambella the rebel’s chief of general staff, ending days of a stalemate and delays over the matter.

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S Sudan’s FVP designate Riek Machar, arrives in his General Headquarters, Pagak. He was received by SPLA-IO’s Chief of General Staff, 1st Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, 12 April, 2016 (courtesy photo of SPLM-IO)

The troops will travel to the South Sudan capital with the armed opposition’s chief of general staff, General Simon Gatwech Dual ahead of rebel leader, Riek Machar.

Juba government had earlier refused to allow nearly 200 armed opposition soldiers, resulting into delays in the arrival of the first vice president designate, Machar, when a plane to carry them to Juba was denied landing permission on Monday and Tuesday.

“We have received reports today [Wednesday] that the government has finally agreed that 195 troops would accompany to Juba the chief of general staff of the SPLA-IO, General Simon Gatwech Dual,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune.

The troops and the army chief were stranded at Gambella airport with their weapons.

Dak said if the troops and their weapons were now allowed into Juba, then the armed opposition leader will follow, hinting Machar could travel to Juba on Thursday morning.

The United States administration on Tuesday criticised the armed opposition leader of lacking commitment to the implementation to a peace agreement signed in August 2015.


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  • 20 April 2016 16:02, by chuol

    We’re for Peace and government deserved to do the same commitment.

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  • 20 April 2016 16:53, by Kerem

    South Sudan is a Country where the government does have a say in her Country’s affairs because of the too much pressure they receive from the West which has its own selfish interests. Machar has not understood that but one day, he will regret when they move out from his back

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  • 20 April 2016 16:55, by Wed-wau

    In USA there is saying: “don’t bring a knife in gun’s fight”. But Kiir’s government says: “is OK to bring knife because we already have our guns”. I’m not for war, but for PEACE. The truth is:
    Kiir’s governments are not stupid. Whatever number of soldiers/ any kinds of weapons Machar wants to bring to Juba will not overcome what government has. I thanks government for continue reconsidering peace

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  • 20 April 2016 17:47, by hellonearth

    Dinka time is over. very soon you will see what i mean Dinka

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    • 20 April 2016 17:59, by Hardlinner

      hellonearth, it is easy to talk rubbish. but reality have already shown itself at battle field. remember not a single state capital is under Riek rebels. so where would get your strength from. peace is your best choices. whether riek fought for life time, he will never win any battle. Nuer better live their lives away from Riek madness. learn from his cowardness to return to Juba.

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  • 20 April 2016 20:56, by Eastern

    That’s after ensuring the latest batch of matiang anyor overwhelms SPLA-IO by 100:1 or better!!! Watch out folks!!

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  • 21 April 2016 09:38, by Redeemer

    hell on earth
    Your name can tell how frustrated you are. For the sake of the nation, you are still useful, come back and say I was wrong, there is nothing like overcoming Dinka overnight for sure there is time for Dinka to go but not the way Nuer want them to go. ask mi-diit and will tell you the truth

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  • 21 April 2016 09:38, by The rock

    Government is ready for both peace and war if there is any hidden intention, otherwise the weapons that are coming with Riak belongs to government coz Riak himself belongs to RRC government. ...believe that

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