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S. Sudan rebel official warns supporters over social media


August 10, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan rebel chief of general staff, Gen. Gatwech Dual has warned the armed opposition movement supporters against posting on social media information relating to their operations without seeking prior approval from the military spokesperson’s office.

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Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, the chief of staff of the SPLA-IO, talks to the press at a rebel military site in Juba on April 25, 2016 (Photo AFP/Charles Lomodong)

Dual said posting such information on social media could endanger their lives and strategies of their armed forces operating in the fields.

“I am therefore directing you the SPLA (IO) military spokesperson and deputy spokesperson military spokesperson and all the SPLA (IO) sectors, division and brigade media communication officers to strictly adhere to the SPLA (IO) reporting and publication protocals by channeling all military reports and communication directly to the office of the SPLA (IO) military spokesperson and I must be saved with copy before being disseminated and release to any media and the public,” partly reads the statement Sudan Tribune obtained on Thursday.

Dual appealed to SPLM-IO members, supporters and their sympathizers to safeguard the security and safety of the armed opposition forces by not exposing activities on social media forums.

He said posting such information could allow the enemy forces use those details to counter their plans and future operation activities.

“As of now, the office of Brig. Gen William Gatjiath Deng will be the one and only authority responsible for disseminating and releasing the SPLA (IO) military affairs to the media and public,” he stressed.

The warning comes in the wake of the numerous reports that have been circulating on social media from supporters, which detail activities of the rebel movement.

The South Sudanese civil War is a conflict in South Sudan between forces of the government and opposition forces. In December 2013, President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar and ten others of attempting a coup d’état.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced in the country’s worst-ever outbreak of violence since the young nation seceded from Sudan in 2011.


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  • 11 August 2017 10:30, by Lenin Bull

    It is funny. Simon Gatwech Dual is illiterate and cannot read or write in neither english nor Arabic. How will he know what is being exposed in the media. Now headquarters where all these activities. SPLA-IO is in serious chaos and is crumbling. The military operations in the fields are as chaotic as the internet war being waged by half-illiterate coward internet fighters hiding in safe places

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    • 11 August 2017 11:00, by Mi diit

      Lenin Bul,

      You actually are a congenital lair. Chief Gatdual is a bachelor degree holder from University of Juba, College of Social and Economic Studies.
      Where did you get that void biography of Gen Gatwech Dual?

      You want to bring him down to the level of incompetent Kiir such that he’s beaten with the experience of illiteracy by the lsenior illiterate Kiir.

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    • 11 August 2017 11:18, by Newsudan

      congratulations ya wen Adit, your uncles thought you are dead,by the way, you should overthrow your boss Gatmachar and installed yourself in power as chairman of SPLM io, Riek languished in S.A prison

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  • 11 August 2017 10:36, by Lenin Bull

    in the Western World( USA, Canada, Australia), East Africa, and Khartoum. SPLA-IO has no headquarters to coordinate military operations/military information. Simon Gatwech Dual is only a scare-crow. He is not there at all.Someone is pretending him folks. Why was he not present in Pagak the Headquaters of IO when the brave SPLA of President Salva were approaching?

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    • 11 August 2017 18:47, by Mi diit

      Lenin Bul,
      Now you have exposed Dinka’s secret at last on how you fear Chuanchiengjaak Aka Gen. Gatwech Dual when you leveled him as a scarecrow to frightening you.
      You guys are birds in human forms. Why would you need a scarecrow if you weren’t humans who don’t fear us?😅😅😅😅

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  • 11 August 2017 10:42, by Lenin Bull

    Real Chiefs of Staff anywhere in the world fight in the last battle that threaten their Headquarters. Try to go to Bilpam whether Gen.James Ajongo Mawut will miss in that battle. Or are you indirectly telling us that Simon Gatwech Dual is a coward who abstained and excused himself when he saw serious fighting coming towards damned Pagak and fled to Khartoum?

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    • 12 August 2017 07:20, by gatkhor Nueri

      Try to call Nyibol Ruach Rom and Nhial Batoang if they are still in Maiwut and Pagak yaa jena haram inta.

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  • 11 August 2017 10:53, by Lenin Bull

    It is the same villager called Simon Gatwech Dual who ruined SPLA-IO chances of military successes by only applying Nuer village war strategies crude massive village mobilization of Nuer fighting forces across Nuerland in 2013 to 2014 and plunged them into fire-fighting danger without military training and tactics. The Nuer fighting power got depleted right away at the beginning of the war in 2013

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  • 11 August 2017 10:58, by Lenin Bull

    and 2014. Another blunder by the poor Chief of Staff Simon Gatwech was scorched earth tactics, unrestrained looting of civilian properties by SPLA-IO village soldiers called white army, pure brutality towards any innocent Dinka civilians and soldiers. Mind you any revolutionary that fights to correct the situation should be more superior in tactics and moral standard than its opponents.

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    • 12 August 2017 07:22, by gatkhor Nueri

      Lenin Bull
      You will never be a Chief of General Staff till end of the world. yaa jena sharmuz inta.

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  • 11 August 2017 11:03, by Lenin Bull

    all which SPLA-IO lacks and SPLA-Io became even worse than the government it was fighting to overthrow. Recall Peter Gadet messes in Bor, James Koang Chol primitivity in Bentiu, and Gathoth Gatkuoth’s madness typical of a Nuer villager in Malakal.All these foolish poor SPLA-IO tactics made many people in South Sudan as well as the region and the world over to conclude that the SPLA-IO

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  • 11 August 2017 11:07, by Lenin Bull

    to conclude that the SPLA-IO was a threat to modern civlization because its sheer brutality towards civilians, POWs, and physical infrastructure of the country. How does a rebel movement fighting to capture the country burn down ministries, government offices, and kill civilians, and foreign caught by fighting in cities? Poor NGUNDAENG movement was failed by village tactics.

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    • 11 August 2017 13:59, by Redeemer

      The meaning of this warning is clear, all their reporters are surrendering in Wau, Yambio, Central Equatoria and the liar Gatjith is on the run and they have nothing to report but defeats

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