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South Sudan ex-rebel leader awaits integration of over 4,000 fighters into SPLA


May 27, 2012 (JUBA) - The leader of the former rebel group, the South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SSPLM/A), Tong Lual Ayat, said on Sunday that arrangements to integrate over 4,000 of his troops will be completed within days.

Former SSPLA rebels, May 28, 2012 (ST)

This would make the SSPLA as large as South Sudan’s largest non-state militia, the Nuer White Army, which the Small Arms Survey’s April report estimated to be 4,000 strong.

It would also make the SSPLA much larger than its ex-coalition partners, the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA); which the Small Arms Survey estimate to have 2,500 troops. As the activities of the SSPLA’s have received little coverage, these claims appear to be inflated.

The SSPLM/A’s background is unclear. Ayat released a manifesto in July 2011 calling for South Sudan to once again be ruled from Khartoum. He issued a retraction soon after it was noted that this agenda was incompatible with the manifesto of coalition partner, the SSLA/M.

Sudan Tribune received an email in February from Ayat’s address, claiming to have evidence of an SSPLA/Iranian/Khartoum arms deal but Ayat went on to distance himself from the emails, claiming that his account had been hacked.

However, the SSPLA/M interpreted the emails as evidence that Ayat was operating as an agent of Juba – working to undermine the SSLA/M rebellion.

The SSLA claim that the SSPLA is insignificant and Ayat does not command popular support within its leadership. Requests for a response to Ayat’s claims remain unacknowledged by the normally vocal SSLA.

Former members of the SSPLA rebel groups await integration in the national army, May 28, 2012 (ST)

“We are just waiting approval from the office of the president to tell us where our forces should be assembled. They are ready”, Ayat told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

Jonah Leff, Project Coordinator of the Small Arms Survey’s Sudan/South Sudan project told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the SSPLA/M is “have not adequately responded to accusations made against them, nor have they ever appeared to constitute a threat to South Sudan."

Ayat joined South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in 1986, three years after the former rebel movement took to the bush to fight the Khartoum government.

Tong Lual Ayat, chairman of the South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement speaks to ST, Juba, May 27, 2012 (ST)

Sudan’s civil war ended in 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which led in 2011 to the South Sudanese people to voting to seceded. Independence was declared 9 July 2011.

However, the overwhelming patriotic zeal which has been sustained by the SPLM’s role in establishing South Sudan’s statehood is waning; the prevalence of corruption in South Sudanese politics is becoming apparent. In May South Sudan’s anti-corruption commission said it had recovered US$60 million taken by top-level government officials.

Ayat’s opposition to the SPLM rule, like that of many of South Sudan’s rebels, is based upon their perceived corruption, continued underdevelopment in rural areas and tribalism.

He served as the secretary of finance when current minister of information and broadcast, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, was the official principal liaison officer to Southern African countries.

In 2009 he formed the United Democratic Party in opposition to the SPLM, accusing its chairman, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, of violating a number of the stipulations of the October 2010 resolution of the “All South Sudan Political Conference”, on forging unity and reconciliation. The UDP was amongst the opposition National Legislative Assembly not shared in the 2011 cabinet.

“We get our support across the country. My deputy comes from Yei County, Central Equatoria State. All secretariats are filled from members from different states of South Sudan. We are national party”, he said.


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  • 29 May 2012 06:22, by Ahmed Chol

    Thanks to Tong Lual Ayat for liberating South Sudanese! That was a quick liberation.

  • 29 May 2012 06:31, by E. Defense Forces
  • 29 May 2012 06:47, by SEE ME

    EQUATORIANS are the original SOUTHERN SUDANESE while the 3 big tribes are outsiders who came to SOUTH SUDAN from LAKES.

    EQUATORIANS must be fairly treated in SOUTH SUDAN like the RED INDIANS in USA.

    SPLA/M must stop their genocides and ethnic cleansing of EQUATORIANS and in particular the innocent MURLE.

    • 29 May 2012 07:12, by zulu

      See but cannot see.
      You must be very dumb indeed. What is this cheap propaganda for? We know your cheapest ways of trying to use old and moriband ways of divide and conquer. too late. The Fur and the Nuba have awaken to your dismay. I am from Torit and when we started Anya Nya, we were termed by you as foreigners from Uganda or Kenya.
      But hey, we enjoy every right now than before CPA. We are on

      • 29 May 2012 07:18, by SEE ME

        Don’t be blind and racist to deny facts even about SOUTHERN SUDANESE.
        Try to be good listener just once in your inhumane life.

        • 29 May 2012 07:55, by SEE ME

          Strategy of the movement (SSPLM/SSPLA)

          A general strategy to transform a movement into a genuine liberation movement. It consists of the following highlights.

          1. Establishment of a South Sudan People Liberation Movement (SSPLM) and South Sudan People Liberation Army (SSPLA) to wage a protracted armed struggle.

          2. To engage the enemy through guerrilla harassments in semi-conventional engageme

          • 29 May 2012 07:56, by SEE ME

            Strategy of the movement (SSPLM/SSPLA)

            3. The SSPLA must regroup the scattered fighting forces in South Sudan.

            4. Establishment of effective propaganda machinery to involve as many as possible.

            5. In order to be able to regroup and politicize the forces effectively, the SSPLA shall need to establish its own camps, in the following areas.

            • 29 May 2012 07:59, by SEE ME

              1: Meram. 2: Renk. 3: Maban

              6. Establishment of political office in all countries to pursue external contacts for military and other assistances. Such offices will, of course be under the supervision of the SSPLM Headquarters.

              7. Transformation of the fighting units in the field into organic units of the SSPLA.

              8. Politicization and militarization of the peasantry

              • 29 May 2012 08:00, by SEE ME

                9. Contacting other political parties in South Sudan with view of forming a United Front.

                10. To seek and obtain intellectual, moral, military and other material assistance from any country or international organization that is sympathetic to the aims and objectives of the SSPLA/SSPLM.

      • 29 May 2012 07:27, by SEE ME

        With my respect to FUR and NUBA who are the true original citizen of SUDAN.

        Bear in mind that ARAB ROOTED DARFURIANS will never leave DARFUR-SUDAN even if your white masters in USA leave USA for RED INDIANS.

        NUBA must know that most SOUTH SUDAN is their land with FUNGI.

    • 29 May 2012 07:37, by Lorolokin


      Am an Equatorian,I think it will be wise to mind your own business in the old Sudan of National Conflict Party (NCP) than jump to something else.
      Be reminded that soon you will hear only South Sudanese not regions or tribes.
      So please fuck yourself off South Sudan affairs.

      • 29 May 2012 07:54, by SEE ME


        Don’t be stupid and flase Equatorian .
        Iam not PRO-NCP and I will never be NCP

        You fear NCP and that fear very soon will send you to the hospital of the crazy patients.
        All southern Sudanese are CHEWING the word NCP even in their prayers.

    • 29 May 2012 09:40, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Tong Lual Ayat, chairman of the South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement speaks to ST, Juba, May 27, 2012 (ST)
      Sudan’s civil war ended in 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,if you know like that, why to take gun again? you look like educated person,but you want to get this bloody money from the Arabs by killing these uneducated Nuer.


    • 30 May 2012 11:14, by Agutmajak

      Welcome back home brothers and sisters to the new nation Republic of South Sudan ,but stop killing your own people , SEE ME you are very stupid human being in South Sudan, pliz don’t support Ethnic conflict in South Sudan.By Agutmajak

  • 29 May 2012 06:53, by SEE ME

    December 28, 2011 (SSNA) — South Sudan People Liberation Movement and South Sudan People Liberation Army (SSPLM/SSPLA), emerged as a result, of marginalization of all the South Sudan political parties and civil society.

  • 29 May 2012 06:55, by SEE ME

    ...failure to adopt a viable political road map which can galvanize and reward the Southern people for their victorious achievement of a just peace, the rampant corruption perpetrated by the SPLM-led government in Juba, neglect of the families of the martyrs in the war of liberation and the rigging of the people’s vote by the SPLM/A in the last elections and the SPLM/SPLA failures to ..

    • 29 May 2012 06:57, by SEE ME

      ...failures to delivered basic services to the citizens of the South. Also, the embezzlements of public funds by the clique in the government have encouraged us to take up arms.

  • 29 May 2012 06:58, by SEE ME

    The SSPLA/SSPLM is fighting to establish United Sudan base on confederal system whereby the central government is base in Khartoum and represented by all two Sudan states. South Sudanese are fate up with the corrupt government of Salva Kiir Mayardit and therefore, all citizens of south Sudan are eager to see the Juba government been topple as soon as possible.

  • 29 May 2012 07:00, by SEE ME

    Objectives of the SSPLA/SSPLM.

    1. To topple the corrupt government of Salva Kiir Mayardit

    2. To establishment United Sudan base on confederal system in two Sudan’s

    3. To coordinate all the rebels fighting Salva government to form alliance

    4. To mobilizes all deserters and demobilizes soldiers

    5. To extend the war to Equatoria and close down all the roads

  • 29 May 2012 07:01, by SEE ME

    Objectives of the SSPLA/SSPLM

    6. To open up several training centers

    7. To make aggressive mobilizations in order to reach 30,000 soldiers with in a three months

  • 29 May 2012 08:03, by SEE ME

    Military revolutionary Council (MRC).

    1. Chairman and commander in chief

    2. Deputy Chairman and commander in chief

    3. Secretary for Defence

    4. Secretary for security Affairs and information gathering

    5. Commander of Unity state

    6. Commander of Jonglei State

    7. Commander of Central Equatoria state

    8. Commander of western Equatoria state

    • 29 May 2012 08:04, by SEE ME

      Military revolutionary Council (MRC).
      9. Commander of Eastern equatoria State

      10. Commander Lakes state

      11. Commander of Warrap State

      12. Commander Western Bhar el Ghazal States

      13. Commander of Upper Nile state

      14. Commander of Northern Bhar el Ghazal state.

      • 29 May 2012 09:58, by mathem jech amer

        SEE ME

        Your rebel group (SSPLA) was to topple South Sudan government, what happened that your leader Tong Ayat came to Juba without even peace talks?

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