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S. Sudan rebel leader appoints new press secretary


January 11, 2017 (JUBA) – The chairman of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), Riek Machar has appointed Lam John Kuei Lam as press secretary in his office.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda’s capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

Lam replaces Machar’s long-serving press secretary, James Gatdet Dak, currently being detained in the capital, Juba, having been deported from neighbouring Kenya last year.

“Pursuant to the resolutions of the SPLM Political Bureau September 23, 2016 and SPLM (IO) constitution, I Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, Chairman and Commander-in-Chief, SPLM/SPLA (IO), do hereby appoint Cde Lam John Kuei Lam as Press Secretary in the Office of the Chairman with effect from 11 January 2017,” Machar’s 11 January 2017 letter reads in part.

Lam’s appointment ends months of speculation about Dak’s possible successor.


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  • 12 January 2017 08:50, by Midit Mitot

    Million congratulation to comrade Lam Kuei Lam for his being appointed as press secretary, Gatyiel, I knew your potentiality, do what James Gatdet Dak did in the past.

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    • 12 January 2017 09:00, by Mun Loal

      Congratulations for the appointment of the Press Secretary for Dr. Riek, keep moving the change is at hands.

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    • 12 January 2017 09:01, by Mayom County Troops

      Let Lam resume to get incentive from Dr Riek Machar private pocket services ,I hope this is how chance can be achieved by innocent person like Lam, otherwise SPLA will work hard to capture Lam like James Gatdet Dak ,where ever he is hiding

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      • 12 January 2017 17:38, by Naath

        Mayom County Women,

        God created you as Nuer men but you all become Dinka women, licking Dinka dicks 24 hour a day seven day week. 500 Bul Nuer were killed in Juba on the first day of Nuer Massacred but you afraid to fight for them instead you went a head and killed Nuer women in Unity State to make your husbands Kiir and Malong happy. Shame on you traitors.

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        • 13 January 2017 05:58, by Gatluak jal

          Naath, it will not get you no where by criticizes Bull Nuer. But I can blame you because you don’t know what you talking about. There was no Bull Killed in Juba because we didn’t joint Dr. Rick this time around and I think we mad a very wise choices not to follow brainless. Dr Rick was misled by white people by saying to him that, we gonna help you, than sent him to SF for refugees asylum.

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    • 12 January 2017 09:30, by Akuma

      Hope Lam Kuei will not feed world with fall information about SPLM-IO propaganda war or involved himself in his host country politics like what Gatdet Dak in Kenya otherwise he will be deported back again and end up in blue house. Soon Riek and Lam will soon join their cde Gatdet Dak if they are not abandon war and join South Sudanese people with peace and dev’t

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      • 12 January 2017 09:40, by Midit Mitot

        that,s a dream which will not happen again, Lam Kuei Lam will air-out any information that would favor SPLA-IO leadership without fear.

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        • 12 January 2017 10:27, by Akuma

          We are waiting his first statement as IO press secretary whether it will hold water

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      • 12 January 2017 11:08, by Lokoli

        Akuma. You sound educated but all you have been posting is not reflecting your knowledge at all. please stop supporting what you see and you know is not right like the semi-educate.

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  • 12 January 2017 09:27, by Son of Nuer

    Zillion congratulations to you Cde John Kuei Lam for your new position as press Secretary to our chairman and God will bless you

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  • 12 January 2017 09:36, by gakthon

    Those who congratulated Lam for his appointment, they wish him miserable life because he (lam)is going to be detained soon. Riak is targeting another innocent person while he knows James is already in blue house. There’s no room for him to play his harmful political in this region.

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    • 12 January 2017 11:26, by jubaone

      If our forefathers were so cowardly and fearful like you, fearing to continue struggle for justice and freedom, you would not be where you are today. Just relax and let the rest do their job. After all not all must carry the gun. Those like you simply reap and enjoy the toils of the rest. That borders parasitism. So just shut up.

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      • 12 January 2017 12:01, by South South


        Please tell us your contributions to South Sudan history of struggle. Tell us here what you did in 1955-1972, 1983-2005
        I am waiting.

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  • 12 January 2017 12:28, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    While demanding contribution of liberation history of Jubaone, what are your own contributions in the first place? I know, all Dinka claims to be participants in liberation struggle, evem youngones as 15 years today claim that they fought! Stupid mindset. 1955-1972, Dinka were Arab slaves and wouldn’t even bath in River Nile with uncircumcised fellow Equatoria.

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    • 12 January 2017 12:46, by South South

      Fair Man,

      I wish you know what you are talking about, but you don’t. Dinka were majority in Anyanya 1, but still they elected Joseph Lago. Hating Dinka as a tribe is very dangerous to South Sudan. Think twice before you pour out your hatred toward Dinka. There are bad and good Dinka. Let Jubaone answer my question and I will put out my contribution to our struggle.

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    • 12 January 2017 12:59, by PEACE FOR ALL

      Appointing press secretary while under house arrest, so funy

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  • 12 January 2017 12:31, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    It was kokora that made the Dinka to go to their hometowns, becoming jobless and hence beginning to fight the Equatorians in the first case and Arabs later. There was no problems by then as long as Abel Alier brought cattle keepers and dressed them in uniform as policemen and prison wardens before Kokora was declared. You never stayed in your land comfortably.

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    • 12 January 2017 13:45, by South South

      That’s fake news about the war between Dinka and Equatorians before Arabs. We do not have a single tribe called Equatorian in South Sudan.

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  • 12 January 2017 13:55, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    Equatoria is not a tribe but a combination of many tribes that can easily form a nation unlike yours where the whole county is occupied by relatives. You never accepted interaction and that is why remain behind. Your silly attempts to create different names of so-new states in Equatoria region was aimed at distorting the memory but have written boxes will take millions years to clear.

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    • 12 January 2017 15:12, by Redeemer

      Fair Man
      when Dinka left Yei last year you started parking too, it was funny while they were just less than 3,000 according to what was witnessed

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    • 12 January 2017 15:29, by South South

      Fair Man,

      You are very desperate to find a ground to air your fake news here. As human being we live together to be called human. In USA towns and cities are occupied by one people. Examples: France live in one town or city, Italian live in another. Norwegian live in one two or city and so on. This is in USA and they are ruling the world. New states are made and nothing will change them.

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      • 12 January 2017 15:34, by South South

        Fair Man,

        The creation of new states is very sweet and you need to swallow it like that or you will live terrible life until you die. This current war was caused by people who think the oil is in their land and they must rule South Sudan, now we know the facts, the oil is not in their land. Oil is in Dinka land.

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        • 13 January 2017 06:55, by jubaone

          South South,
          Oil for jienges, yes. Drink it, smear yourselves with it or swim in it, that is your jienge business. Who cares? what matters is just get out of Equatoria and leave us alone

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    • 13 January 2017 05:04, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      You’re a real fair man. You took the words right out of my mind. We shall still go for Kokora doesn’t matter what.

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  • 12 January 2017 15:20, by Fair Man

    Dinka left, in anticipated massacre that would follow. Guess after they evacuated their families, they started slaughtering innocent Equatorians. But they have created more problems that will not allow them to settle freely in Yambio, Maridi, Torit etc or generally in Equatoria, even after the peace!! The silent war will continue with them if they return to Equatoria areas. We are ok_U.

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    • 12 January 2017 18:15, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Fair man, you are a traitor, shallow minded, and cat brain. Example, during civil war, majority of Equatorians left country and took Refugee in foreign countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Northern Sudan, and Western countries. Now, you pretend to be men and killed innocent Dinkas. You will never win against Dinkas. I highly respect Nuer people because they fight like men. Except some Nuers are spoil

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      • 13 January 2017 15:10, by jubaone

        Jienge Defender General,
        That is jienge crap. Who made up the the lost-boys? When people like Aldo Ajo Deng were friends with Bashir, now they claim to have fought? In 2008-2009, about 80% Equatorians who were in Shakoush Battalion under John Koang/Peter Cirilo after liberating Kaya, Yei, Kenyi, Loka fighting till 45km to Juba were demobilized in Lainya under Salva Mathok, and replaced by jienges.

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        • 13 January 2017 15:52, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Jubaone, Lost Boys were up of all South Sudan boys from all the 64 tribes. During my childhood, I had seen Nubian, Equatorian, and many other tribes. Also, not all the Dinkas were fighting the Arabs during the civil war. There were hands full of Dinkas who supported Arabs during the civil war. We, the intellectual Dinkas don’t deny that. Everybody knew that. However, majority of Dinkas were fight.

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          • 13 January 2017 15:58, by Dinka-Defender-General

            jubaone, Lost Boys were made up of all South Sudan 64 tribes including your tribe. Also, not all Dinkas were fighting Arabs during the civil war. There were Dinkas who were fighting alongside of Khartoum government. We, the intellectual Dinkas people don’t deny that fact. As I told you guys before, I grew up here in Equatoria areas fighting Arabs.

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  • 12 January 2017 16:35, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    It is the evil plot of Salva Kiir to annex fertile and mineral rich lands of other communities to his Dinka community. The mess is a rejection of democracy by Kiir, and claims coups when he was the one that refused elections. He rejoices in extended and but should not think of honoured coz his term has expired and everything he does, is illegal.Dinka is cursed and here by error of God.

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    • 12 January 2017 18:30, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Fair Man, I have question for you? How old were you during the civil war? Where did you get your education? Where were your families or relatives? Where were Arrow Boys during the civil war or Equatoria Defense Forces? Did Arrow Boys or Equatoria Defense Forces ally with SPLA soldiers during the civil war? Please give us facts with dates, times, and so forth...

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      • 13 January 2017 06:06, by jubaone

        Jienge Defender General
        The entire 21yrs struggle was carried on the shoulders of Equatorians while no single battles were fought in jiengeland. Most jienges had melted away as lost boys, ended up in the streets of Khartoum as street thugs or in Kakuma. Now claiming to have fought c’mon. Jienge crap.Tell us just one battle in jiengeland?

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        • 13 January 2017 16:12, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Jubaone, one of the reason why the civil war was fought in the Equatoria area was to clear the supplies roads to transport guns and food to soldiers. Remember, all our supplies used to come from Uganda and Ethiopia. Therefore, clearing Buma, Pachella, Bor, Torit, Kapoeta, Kaya, Lokochi, Yambio, and many other important cities in Equatoria. Second reason was to cut off Khartoum supplies from coming

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  • 12 January 2017 18:22, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Riek Machar appointment is not valid because he is jail in South Africa. How can a prisoner appointed leaders? Machar is playing with Nuer people.

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  • 13 January 2017 00:22, by Jieng Nephew

    Fair Man,
    You made me laughed am terribly tired.I don’t infact i didnt want to comment. But i feel sorry for the like of Akuma and the rest who support kiir govt.YOU ALL ARE ILLEGAL IN MANY WAYS.

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    • 13 January 2017 08:39, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      who cares! lets him start talking lies like his former colleague Gadet by being a propogandist and a liar that does not cares of the image of his country no matter whatsoever,he will be brought here again because what brought gadet will still brings hims,just watchout.Country is a country and we never fought for this lands in 22 years to be given to the West in a silver plate as Riak wishes,period

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  • 13 January 2017 10:29, by Fair Man

    Dinka Defender General
    I am not here to state my contributions to you bastards. You betrayed the course of liberation by theft. Some of you had been mismanaging the food from IDPs camp of Lobone, Mugali that were destined for combatants at Jebelene frontlines. You been selling out guns and marry wives. Which did you fight? Most Dinka were businessmen.

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    • 13 January 2017 15:38, by Chang Kuony

      Congratulations C in C for appointed right man in right place. Lam is competent and fit the Press Secretary of Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. Congratulations my former colleague from University of Khartoum Lam for winning the hearts of SPLM IO leadership. We hope to do more like our Comrade James Gatdet Dak Lampuor who was deported by Kenyan Authorities on 4th November to his enemies in Juba.

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    • 13 January 2017 16:19, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Fair Man, why are you a shame of stating your "contribution" to South Sudan. Are you a shame you did not contribute or are you too weak to state it? I guess you are a shame because you was supporting Khartoum government during the civil war. I don’t blame you. Just come out closet. Also, we don’t deny there were great Equatorian fighters during the civil war.

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  • 14 January 2017 08:58, by Fair Man

    Dinka-Defender General
    I was with the SPLM/A from 1989 upto February,2011. I personally headed one of the referendum centres and attended independence day on 9th July, 2011. But stupidity and madness came out from Dinka’s Salva Kiir and his cowards Generals,2013 and again in 2016, I rejected that political madness and vowed not to reconcile once and for all.

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