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S. Sudan army criticizes Peter Gadet over ‘Mayom’ defection declaration


By Julius N. Uma

April 20, 2011 (JUBA) - The spokesman for the southern army has openly criticized Major General Peter Yak Gatdet, its former officer-turned rebel leader over the latter’s recent ‘Mayom Declaration’ which claims to overthrow the Juba government and form an interim cabinet composed of all the political parties in the nascent state.

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Phillip Aguer, the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesperson (Photo credit: www.gurtong.net)

Last week, the newly formed South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), in a statement entitled ‘The Mayom Declaration’ issued on April 11, said it was determined to bring down the government of Southern Sudan led by President Salva Kiir and replace it by a "national broad-based government agreed upon by all the South Sudan political parties".

The Declaration was signed also by Brigadier General Carlo Kol, Deputy Commander of Joint Integrated Units (JIUs) and Colonel Bol Gatkouth Kol, a former member of the South Sudan Legislative Assembly and a member of the South’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

However, Phillip Aguer, the spokesperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) – the South’s official army - has dismissed this declaration, describing it as baseless statements orchestrated by elements within the Khartoum regime under the pretext of liberating southerners.

“Firstly, the word Liberation is not a transient concept, but a philosophy that requires consistent sacrifice and well founded goals and objectives. South Sudan knows what it means since 1955 up to now,” Aguer told Sudan Tribune.

Even before Sudan’s independence from Anglo-Egyptian rule in 1956 armed southern groups began fighting against political and economic marginalization. Sudan’s second civil war began in 1983 when the SPLA was founded in response to the attempted Islamization of the mainly Christian South, undermining of a previous peace agreement and well as disputes over politics and natural resources.

He conflict ended in 2005 with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the SPLM/A and Khartoum’s National Congress Party, making the former rebels the ruling party and the official army. As part of the deal the South held a referendum in which it voted to secede from the North in July this year.

As part of the deal other armed groups, such those controlled by Peter Gatdet, who had spent much of the war backed by Khartoum fighting against the SPLA, had to join the SPLA as the South’s official army. Gatdet integrated his forces into the SPLA in 2006.

Acknowledging the declaration’s stand on the 2005 CPA, Aguer question how Major Gen. Gatdet’s SSLA could claim to have “set the country on the path of democratic transformation and respect of human rights”. The SPLA spokesperson said that under the SPLM’s stewardship there have been elections and plebiscite to gain the independence of the region.

“Transformation mean abandoning means of war in achieving political ends and adoption of democratic means which begin with elections and free political competition which South Sudan has just began last April to be followed by building institutions of democracy,” the SPLA spokesperson said.

He added, “In addition to this question, can Khartoum teach us democracy and transformation after [the South has fought] more than fifty years of war against slavery and persecution by the same Khartoum [governments]?”

Major Gen. Gatdet, Aguer said, has no authority to question the integrity of the southern army nor it’s mode of operation, saying the renegade officer failed to correct the wrongs he talked about with his own troops when he reportedly commanded a force of over 20,000 SPLA soldiers.

“If he [Major Gen. Gatdet] thinks there was corruption in the army, [then] what has he done to convince the 20,000 men and officers under him since 2006 that he is the man to heal the SPLA and the South Sudan of corruption,” Aguer asked.

The southern army, its spokesperson said, have always had their salaries paid promptly since 2005 based on what he called a consolidated pay policy, which caters for all institutions of the South Sudan government. The policy, he added, is being reviewed in the new financial year.

Aguer also challenged the former SPLA officer-turned rebel leader to name some of the soldiers he alleged never got any salaries since 2005, as proclaimed by the latter in the ‘Mayom declaration’.

Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, the opposition leader in South Sudan parliament said much as he never had access to the details within the Mayom Declaration, it is important for the South’s ruling party to consider the views expressed by the other parties as the country prepares for its July independence.

"I cannot comment on a document that I have not seen or read. But if you asked me the way forward, I will say that for any government to succeed in its political transition, it must fully take in to account the views expressed by the other political forces. That is what democracy entails," Nyikwec, also a member of the opposition SPLM-DC, told Sudan Tribune by phone.

Gatdet is one of the rebellions currently ongoing against the South Sudan government. Most others started due to grievances caused by last years elections.


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  • 20 April 2011 07:07, by Omoni jr

    Gadet must brought to justice and face criminal charges for allegedly planting weapon of mass destructions that killed SPLA soldiers.
    Dinka and Nuer have learn from born smart people of Equatoria.
    otherwise somalia is at the corner.

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    • 20 April 2011 07:27, by Born to Achieve

      I agree with onyoti" that for any govt to sucussed in its political transition must includ other political parties participation"But that should not make Gen gated to run to khartoum & claim to change the South while he is khartoum, that is absoultly absurd.

      He(peter gatdet)has been fooled by some NCP elements to rebles just for their own interst & that is( to stop the seperation befor 9 july)then later on they will get rid of him after they have accomplish what they needed to do.

      But sinc peter have decided to take arms against his own people,the people of south Sudan are going to be more united, just to fight him because he used the wrong method in implementing his plans.

      Think positive.

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    • 20 April 2011 07:50, by Bol Deng

      "The tribal nature of the new rebellion poses a special danger to the nascent southern government. Almost all of Gadet’s rebels are Nuer, southern Sudan’s second-largest tribe"

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    • 20 April 2011 08:38, by actiongatkuoth

      hey hey !!!! omoni jr,
      what the useless things are you talking about?
      you said good people and smart people are Equaterian,
      who are Equaterian by the way???
      schame on you omoni jr ,

      don,t compare dirty tribe Equaterian with Great Nation,

      Omoni jr I beleieve you are teenager that is why you talk like mad,


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  • 20 April 2011 07:37, by Bol Deng

    Dear Gatdet,

    You must know that this time you and your little Bull Nuer with you will encounter counterattack from even Adok Nuer because you are working against their interest. You will be caught alive and hang in the public.
    SPLM/A is like a mountain and no one can push it farther. Caution!

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    • 20 April 2011 08:13, by manyang mawech

      Defection is not the solution to change the system hower, we can change the system within.so i m against who ever has that wise. But Mr. Kiir must change something with in his leadership otherwise more will join Athor or Gatdet which would make things tougher in near future. Taban was defeated twice in last year election, from state parliament and governorship race, Mr. Kiir failed to respect the right of voters. No doubt to me that Kiir had made that dirty game against Nuer, but things will change and they will be against his leadership in stead.

      Despite of 99% of Dinkas are against Nuer particularly Riek Machar..

      Let’ just wait for july end. I believe South will look in different share than today.

      To Mr. Kiir, if people vote for something , you must respect their interest than your interest.

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      • 20 April 2011 08:27, by Omoni jr

        Dear southerners,
        If some part of south sudan continue to be in conflicts, and the Greater Equatoria is peaceful then we are going declare Equatoria as independence state just like somalialand.
        There is a different beween somalia and somalialand now,and they have their own army and security forces .
        just be warn’’’’’’
        Omoni, New cush.

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        • 20 April 2011 08:42, by SPLA

          Omoni jr,

          How about if the conflicts spread to the Greater Equatoria area, what are you going to do about it? What you and the rest of Equatorians fail to understand is that, if there is a conflict whethere in Upper Nile or Greater Bhar el Ghazel it will also affect all parts of South Sudan including Equatoria.


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          • 20 April 2011 09:25, by Omoni jr

            Remember that ,we are still having Equatoria defense forces in our hand right now,and we very united people in the whole sudan, leave alone south sudan.
            If Dinka-NUER does not value life of human being, we are going to declare ourselves as independence state ,No matter what.
            just drink your oil there, we dont need it here,in Equatoria.

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            • 20 April 2011 17:56, by Man Koryom 2

              Equartorian had no army, all I know are arrow boys who got bow and arrows. In the history, Equarorians are not great warriors. South Sudan is not going to be like Somalia or Somalialand as you claim. Gatdet was not with us during the struggle, he was fighting again the SPLA. Dr.Garang used to forgive anyone who defected and come back becoz we were still in the bush. Salva should change that now becoz we are at home. Anyone who defect should be trial in criminal court. Gatdet is illiterate so do all the Equartorians.

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        • 20 April 2011 09:10, by actiongatkuoth

          dear Omoni jr,
          what kind of independence that equaterian can declare olone???????????
          if it happen that conflict reach equateria who can able to protect equateria as equateria citizen?????/////
          can you coward or dirty tribe equaterian?????????????/,
          don,t bother your self with your useless tribe equaterian,

          schame on you omoni jr and your coward tribe equaterian,

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          • 20 April 2011 09:50, by Omoni jr

            you are just a blind person who doesn’t know what is going on in south sudan.
            I repeat it again ,if Dinka-Nuer do not stop fighting against this current government,and continue for some years,we Equatoria is declare itself as independence state.
            If Gadet and Athor overthrow the SPLM government, so who is going to be a president of south sudan???
            Salva kiir is more better that those idiots.

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            • 20 April 2011 10:16, by actiongatkuoth

              hey Omoni jr,
              your are right becuase during civil war non of equaterian die becuase of war,
              Great Naath and other tribe in the South fight for your freedom than you talk like mad,

              who are coward Equaterian???????????/
              schame on you equaterian,

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            • 20 April 2011 15:03, by Ariec Path wol

              Peter Gadate is not the whole Nuer remember they are from Upper nile,Unity state and Jongelei state but they are not participating in what Gadete called SSLA.

              If Peter is tied of his life then he will see and remember that Nuer people have also important seats in the Government of South Sudan and they are not willing to leave those seats of the government and join the movement of a mad man like Peter Gadate.

              How many time did Peter Gadate defacted and join the Khartoum government during difficult years of struggle.

              Now south Sudan forces will never give single chance to allow Gadet to operate in Mayam county

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        • 20 April 2011 12:40, by leader

          @ Omoni

          ahahah!! But will you defend it?

          Equatoria can’t be a state on its own even if all states are hatching apart, still Equatoria won’t make it trust me. This can be possible only if the military protection is provided some where but not you people.

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      • 20 April 2011 14:47, by Ariec Path wol

        After all Peter is not educated man who can see the future of his people but he is being used and use by Khartoum to kill his own people.

        if Gatdate is wise then he can never send his mad forces to their own land to kill those who escaped from the long war.

        If Peter want the leadership, then he should wait for election like others and give chane to south sudan to come out from this darkiness.

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    • 20 April 2011 08:19, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      Dear readers,
      If this spirit was there that all south sudanese citizens took up arms and faced jallaba, Abyei and other parts of the South could have been retrieved from Arabs occupation.

      Gadet is misusing the terms "Transformation". It is the SPLA to speak about it because its final goal will be achieved on the 9th July 2011 and after that SPLA/M pick up the transformation process of the South Sudan Army(SPLA) that could even take more decades just like the decades spent during the liberation.

      Overthrowing the Government while in the bush take time to effect. SPLA did not overthrow Khartuom because of Gadet and others whom i can called musicians of war with little penny from Arabs.

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    • 20 April 2011 08:45, by Liberator

      Bol Deng & SPLA intelligence

      Be warned! from now on you(the SPLA intelligence) to keep the dirty tricks out of this conflict in Unity State. Do not use the same tactics you have used in Fanagak whereby the SPLA soldiers where using civilians as HUMAN shields against George Athor forces. Gen. Peter Gatdet Yaka is well aware of this dirty tricks.

      If you (Bol Deng and SPLA intelligence) intends to employ that tactics again by using civilians as HUMAN SHIELDS in order to protect the SPLA soldiers against the advancing forces of Gen. Gatdet Yaka well, Warrap will be inferno very quick.

      Be warned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 20 April 2011 09:35, by Omoni jr

        I hate you man,you are son of prostitute residing in western world,just bring your asshole in south sudan and talk that shit. you are one of the lost fucking boys in south sudan.
        Do not beat the drum of war while you are out side south sudan, you are terrorist because you care the civilians who lost their no reasons.
        Hundreds thousands people move from khartoum to south sudan and mostly accommodated in Unity state,and most of them are not yet resettle in permanent place.
        what a shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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        • 20 April 2011 10:16, by Liberator

          Omoni jr

          Hahaaa!!! do you and a likes even know the meaning of the word "Terrorist"? please go look yourself in the mirror and you will be terrified of what you saw.
          SPLA intelligence have been trained with the help this author so that they can be deploy at foreign threats not targeting and using dirty tricks against their own civilians in order to achieved a political interest.

          please, do not push the wrong button of this author!!

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    • 20 April 2011 08:47, by Liberator

      Bol Deng & SPLA intelligence

      Be warned! from now on you(the SPLA intelligence) to keep the dirty tricks out of this conflict in Unity State. Do not use the same tactics you have used in Fanagak whereby the SPLA soldiers where using civilians as HUMAN shields against George Athor forces. Gen. Peter Gatdet Yaka is well aware of this dirty tricks.

      If you (Bol Deng and SPLA intelligence) intends to employ that tactics again by using civilians as HUMAN SHIELDS in order to protect the SPLA soldiers against the advancing forces of Gen. Gatdet Yaka well, Warrap will be inferno very quick.

      Be warned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 20 April 2011 08:52, by gatbentiutwo

      So called Bol Deng,
      Gatdet his rebellion is not supported by Bul Nuer as you think,please donot Generalised the matter ask who those knows Gatdet better and confirm from them how many time he defected from SPLA???.
      do you think if Bul decided to rebelled within Southern Govt can only Gatdet to represent their rebellion?/.
      in ground there the command of Division 4 is headed by general Gatduel Gatluak who came from Mayom and he seriously defeated so call Gatdet attempt .why do you abusing them since bul stand firm with president Salva Kiir from started his Deputy General Paulino ,General James Gatduel,General Thayip Gatluak who is Deputy Division one Cdr all are denied Gatdet plus all politicians of Mayom no single person with Gatdet.or you think Brigadier Karlo kuol Ruai who came from Guit County or Jikany and Col .Bol Gatkuoth Kol who came from Nasir are Bul??.
      what anger Gatdet is for him not all Bul nuer as yo term it please .let us assumed peaceful solution rather than bushing around,war is danger and Gatdet also is more danger look at the war that he fought in 1999 in oil field with Gos ,and again Abyei ,Malakal .but he should be approach by SPLM leadership to come back before he get use by others political parties as we seen in his declaration Name it Mayom while he is not there.Gatdet he is in South Kordufan not Mayom or Unity State even.
      thank you correct it.

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      • 20 April 2011 09:59, by Tomorrow

        Thanks for courageous correction you made about Gadet’s defection. It’s of course not a communal defection but rather a personal one based on his own interests because there is no where in the article he talked of Bul community of Mayom county.
        @Omoni Jr,
        The ongoing defections is not meant for Nuer or Dinka to be liberated but the individual interests of those who defected being sugar-coated to fit the national interest. So I don’t see any point you feel happy about, if happy then you are not a patriot.

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      • 20 April 2011 10:18, by Kolnyang youth

        dhalbentiu :

        Thank you a lot because your comment always base political analysis for the goodness of South Sudan and appreciated you brother ,we need not to generalized the whole community of one person because one person is not a community should be blame alone .

        South Sudan is not for one community as other think so ,i dislike that because we should copy those acts of our elders who were used by arabs to killed their people let young people of unity ,transparency ,democracy and equality neutrality of the same country without division among ourselves in South Sudan then God can bless our new nation , let judge our leaders because of their tribes ,let judge them according to the wrong things they are doing to our people ,if you can read well what i have written then you will realist that Gatdet has no connection with bul nuer ,you seen every big problem in the area .

        let peter Gadet should face justice because of terrorist mind of displacing our innocent civilians in mayom county

        Mayom county is biggest county in unity state should be respected by any leader in South Sudan and everybody voted for freedom of everybody in South Sudan so please Gatdet you should not planted land mines in the area were innocent civilians of South Sudan ,we really tired of frequently death of our innocent civilians of South Sudan .

        Where is the almighty father in heaven to intervene in critical situation in county of Mayom ?.

        oh God I have deeply pray for you to help our innocent civilians who are displaced now in mayom ?

        Oh God why do you finished us to fight ourselves and we had been in war of more than two decade ?

        Thank you a lot God for your positives answer toward innocent civilians of South Sudan who are always killed for one person political interest ?

        bless poor people who will moved from place to place for their safety place and bless them to moved free and protect them from land mines planted by their own Son of Mayom county and our community of Bul nuer is not involved in the atrocity ,i no other people who are so tribalism men will hate my comment but God will deal with them ?and bless the soul of those who have died want protecting our innocent civilians

        Anti-tribalism not very from mankien of Mayom county .

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  • 20 April 2011 09:45, by Martin Muong

    Peter Gadet and George Athor you are couple of idiot. Taking arms at this time against government yet South Sudan has not got independent is a sign of disloyalty according to patriots. Peter Gadet wanted to become the President of Southern Sudan after deserting Southern Sudan, and committed horrible crime such as parricide, patricide,matricide and fratricide. People who wanted to become Southern Sudan future leaders should not do such stupid action without finishing the mission of liberating their own people who have been marginalized by Arabs. He should cut his losses,otherwise he is going to loss his life this time around.Gadet rebelled in 1991 but he fail to achieve what he want. Let me pray so that God will change his stupidity and buffoonery to stop using his own people to fight each other without clear reason. Peter Gadet if you are clear minded, why don’t you take example of Uganda rebel leader Joseph Kony who spent much of his life in the jungle without toppling the government.The government granted you amnesty in 2006 after you fought many battles with your people and now the story repeat itself. Just wait the ICC to give you arrest warrant.

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    • 20 April 2011 12:57, by amon

      @Martin Muong

      Let me tell that Gen Gadet is not patriotic, because patriotism requires determination, endurance and patience. Can you find any of these qualities in Gen Gadet? He keep on shifting sides because he doesn’t have any of those qualities.
      He can’t endurance bad situations and he is not patience too.

      Why can’t he wait and see which change will come after July 9, first of all he is illiterate and we have seen many illiterate renegade Generals in DRC end up in the court(ICC) and I believe Gadet will join them one day if doesn’t quit rebellion.

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  • 20 April 2011 10:54, by Koang

    Regardless of what is happening around, South is ready for its independent and the rests shall be dealed with.
    After-all those events will sharppen our minds and politics.

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    • 20 April 2011 11:55, by Born to Achieve

      Rebellion or no rebellion the South is moving on!

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      • 21 April 2011 00:38, by Mading

        I don’t understand why we chose separation if we were not ready for a nation. Where in Africa have ever heard more than six rebel groups fighting one national government? We must be joking with leadership. You have learned that peaceful means is the best weapon to fight the government i.e use of ballot papers to over throw the government is the most powerful one.

        To me I think non of these rebel leaders are not qualified to rule the nation. The reason being their killing of innocent civilians instead of the people they are in problem with.


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