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Rebel South Sudan Liberation Army distance themselves from Peter Gadet



For Immediate Public Release

Military High command of South Sudan Liberation Movement/ Army (SSLM/A)
SSLM/A General Headquarters, Mayom

August, 04, 2011

The Military High command of South Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SSLM/A) is hereby refuting the statement made by its former Spokesperson, Col. Bol Gatkuoth Koal, in the media on August, 03, 2011, alleging that the SSLM/A declared a ceasefire with the Government of the Republic of South Sudan. We the undersigned members of the SSLM/A High Command are hereby alerting the people of South Sudan and international community that no ceasefire has ever been declared between our Movement and government in Juba.

On July, 7, 2011, former head of SSLM/A Military High Command, Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet Yak, left for Jordan under the pretext of going for medical checkups. He was later joined by the former Spokesperson Col. Bol Gatkuoth Koal and both secretly met with bodyguards of President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet was supposed to return to SSLM/A Headquarters of Mayom on July 25th as per confidential correspondences between him and the High Command. However, he didn’t show up at SSLM/A General Headquarters in Mayom and went straight to Nairobi accompanied by Col. Bol Gatkuoth. In Kenya, they were engaged in secretive negotiations and deals with President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s security personnel while being monitored closely by SSLA’s External Security agents.

On August, 1st, the duo struck a deal with Salva Kiir Mayardit which offered Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet $3 million dollars plus a villa in Nairobi’s suburbs in exchange for assisting Salva Kiir in neutralizing Garang’s boys within the SPLM who have plans to stage a coup against the president of the Republic of South Sudan.

We would like to inform the people of South Sudan that, contrary to allegations Col. Bol Gatkuoth stated in the media, what took place was not a peaceful negotiation to end rebellion in South Sudan because there is no peace process that could be negotiated by two people. But it was a deal between Salva Kiir and Peter Gatdet in which the latter is needed by the former to assist him in neutralizing Garang’s boys who have plans to overthrow Kiir’s government. The statement of former Spokesperson Col. Bol Gatkuoth that a ceasefire was declared is a political deception to cover-up a deal aimed at eliminating Majak Agok, Pagan Amum, James Hoth Mai, Nhial Deng Nhial, Kuol Manyang Juuk and Rebecca Nyandeng Mabior.

We would like to inform and educate the Southern public that former head of SSLM/A High Command, Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet, joined the Movement that was already in existence on April, 11, 2011 while he was accompanied by his friend Col. Bol Gatkuoth Koal. They chartered a plane from Nairobi to the headquarters of SSLM/A on March, 28, 2011. When they joined the SSLM/A, they didn’t bring a single soldier along with them except their SPLA’s military uniforms. Prior to their defection to SSLM/A, our Movement was well organized with 780 officers and a force of 5,000.

When Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet joined the Movement, we made him the head of Military High Command as an honor although we knew what SPLA’s Chief-of-General-Staff, Lt. Gen. James Hoth Mai, said about him that he was a man who could not stay in one place for more than three months. Despite the fact that we knew he would one day return to SPLA based on his defection records, we accommodated him thinking he was genuinely motivated by objectives of liberation. Little did we know that Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet’s personality has not changed with age and experience as many people in the South would assume. On August, 03, 2011, he and his friend returned to government of South Sudan through Nairobi Kenya, the same route that they once used to join our Movement. We are not surprised for his return back to Juba because he came with his friend Bol Gatkuoth and they have now returned via the same way but unfortunately without taking their SPLA’s uniforms with them.

We would like to inform the public that Maj. Gen. James Gai Yoach is now the head of SSLM/A Military High Command. He was the head of SSLM/A before Peter Gatdet joined our Movement and has now resumed his duties after Gatdet returned to Juba with his friend Bol Gatkuoth. It is important for the public to disregard false allegations Col. Bol Gatkuoth made because the return of Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet to Juba has not affected the SSLM/A. He joined the SSLM/A in April with his friend and has now returned to Juba with him without taking a single soldier. Maybe President Salva Kiir would prove James Hoth Mai wrong regarding the fact that Peter Gatdet cannot stay in one place for more than three months. Based on his record, it is possible that he may defect again to SSLA without surprising anybody.

It is important for general public and the international community to note that South Sudan Liberation Movement/Army has never declared a ceasefire with the government of South Sudan because the reasons why we took up arms have not been met. We took up arms because we realized that our nation had groomed a monster that would swallow generation after generation in terms of bad leadership and extreme level of corruption which poisons our values and tradition that rejects thefts in our midst. What we saw in the last six years of the interim period was a complete deviation from the path set by the CPA. There was an absolute failure in the area of good governance. For instance our entire nation had witnessed rampant corruption on the top echelon of GOSS. It is shocking that only six years in government, the private bank accounts of the leadership of GOSS in foreign banks rose from Zero to tens of millions of Dollars! More than 20 billion dollars of oil revenue received by GOSS could not be seen in terms of tangible services delivery in areas such as health, education, water, etc. Our children went without schools while the Children of our leaders enjoyed the best education in foreign lands. Our people continued to die from treatable diseases while those in charge and their families visited the best hospitals abroad. In fact, the current leadership of GOSS never felt the sense of belonging to the South for their families continued to stay in their expensive mansion in east Africa, America, Australia, etc.

In the ten states of South Sudan, the security has broken down due to tribal and sectional fights gripping the entire South as the traditional leaders are deprived of their traditional authority. County commissioners have turned the counties into fiefdoms where their misbehaviors have become sources of insecurity. On the political level, the SPLM leadership continues to pursue the politics of exclusion within itself and outside it. It denies the other Southern political parties the right to propagate their ideas and present their political program to the people. Above all, the SPLM leadership used SPLA high command to intimidate other leaders in the South reducing the level of our supposedly national army to a party militia.

The SSLM/A Military High Command would like to state, in no uncertain terms, that bribing individuals to join the government in Juba will not bring lasting peace in South Sudan nor would it end rebellion against the illegitimate government in Juba. Right now there are three Movements fighting the government of South Sudan such as SSLM/A, SSDM/A and SSDF of Gordon Koang. We strongly believe that the solution to end conflict in South Sudan is for international community to mediate a comprehensive peace accord that shall settle grievances of all Movements languishing in the bushes of South Sudan. We don’t believe that striking deals motivated by monetary kickbacks will indeed lead to peace in South Sudan, which is a divided society. Since there is a deep mistrust between the SPLM/A and other groups in the South, a higher degree of international mediation is needed. A centralized dictatorship based on bribery and coercion would not generally prove to be a viable means of state-building in South Sudan, since centralized dictatorship could only be imposed through violence.

Therefore, the SSLM/A Military High Command, calls upon the IGAD, UN, USA, UK, Norway, AU and all peace loving nations in the world to advise Juba government to accept international mediation which would achieve the followings:

1. The dissolution of the current government of Southern Sudan to be replaced by a national broad-based government agreed upon by all the South Sudan political parties, armed groups and civil society organizations. The formation of a legitimate government is a necessary condition for order and stability. Trust and confidence in a national government can be gained through the establishment of democratic principles reflecting an inclusive representation. A new government needs to be formed where executive power can be shared among the representatives of all political and armed groups through a grand coalition in the cabinet.

2. A meeting of all the South Sudan political parties shall be convened immediately to discuss and agree on the transitional process and form a transitional government of South Sudan that shall prepare the newly born state for free and fair elections. A South-South Consensus on democratization and transition from conflict should reflect a wide representation of groups. Representatives of major political parties, armed Movements and civil society organizations can work together toward forming a new political culture based on compromise and negotiation. A negotiated democratic transition requires political dialogue that can lead to easing of tensions over the process. A more inclusive political climate will contribute to popular support and legitimacy.

3. The transitional government shall carry out general election in the Republic of South Sudan within two years to elect the Constituent Assembly that shall promulgate the permanent constitution of the Republic of South Sudan. Elections usually imply a step forward in state-building and democracy with former adversaries pursuing their opposing ideologies and interests in a non-violent fashion. We believe that holding elections in two years time is only the first step toward the establishment of a functioning political system and multiparty democracy.

4. South Sudan must practice federalism because ethnic plurality can be protected by the structure of federal government. Through decentralization of government functions, a political system with dispersion of power reduces the fear of domination by one group in an ethnically diverse country like South Sudan.

1. Maj. Gen. James Gai Yoach, Head of SSLM/A Military High Command
2. Maj. Gen. Bapiny Monytuil, Deputy Head of SSLM/A Military High Command
3. Maj. Gen. Philip Bipean Machar
4. Maj. Gen. Karlo Kuol Ruach
5. Maj. Gen. Mathews Pul Jang
6. Maj. Gen. Kolchara Nyang

For media contact:
Maj. Gen. Bapiny Minytuil
Tel. +249-912150206
Tel. +249-905-133596
SSLM/A Headquarters, Mayom

Information Department
Email: southsudanliberationarmy@hotmail.com

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  • 4 August 2011 10:34, by Ahmado

    Good enough people of south sudan must think for benefit of their people if they continue to encourage the rebellion in south sudan therefore people must look solution to split the country.Because the war they encourage is useless war and is tribal war, because other state they don`t have problem those are fighting, if a war countinue iknow other will mobilizing others state to go and fight others state which isn`t good to happen in south sudan.our taget to fight extenal enemies mostly arabs in the north not our follow south sudanese.if there is war between dinka and nuer let them solve in the way they like not to extending to ohers state because state like equatorial has no problem with them.

    • 4 August 2011 14:45, by Abyei Soil

      Dear rebels,

      I may ask you one single question dear rebel leaders- are those objectives you mentioned in your Press Release article put you in frontline to fight your own govt?
      Come on, these are too little to kill young south Sudanese again. Think doubly before you put your people on red line.

      I am sorry for you rebels.

      • 4 August 2011 16:52, by Malim

        Hi Guys,

        There is nothing call rebel group leaders. This press release is was written by Gordon Buay and signed with name of those people who don’t exist. May God punished all the enemies of the South.

        Peter Gatdet: welcome back to South Sudan, the land of freedom for all citizens.

    • 19 December 2011 13:22, by Man manning

      "Signed, 1. Maj. Gen. James Gai Yoach, Head of SSLM/A Military High Command 2. Maj. Gen. Bapiny Monytuil, Deputy Head of SSLM/A Military High Command 3. Maj. Gen. Philip Bipean Machar 4. Maj. Gen. Karlo Kuol Ruach 5. Maj. Gen. Mathews Pul Jang 6. Maj. Gen. Kolchara Nyang"
      Why doesn’t your movement include Dinka Bor,Barelghazal and an equtoria names if it is a movement of change,vision and democrac

    • 19 December 2011 13:25, by Man manning

      You knew the SPLM/A regime includes all kinds or tribes in Sudan especially Southern part of Sudan

  • 4 August 2011 20:50, by Thyinka

    This press release sound like a cock and bull story.

  • 5 August 2011 11:57, by Chanson

    To: SSLA/M information department.
    Thank for bringing your nonsense to the public forum but one thing you need to know is that someone out there and I are not elated to your movement’s article. That article there is full of biasness. Why do his Excellency the president of ROSS need to bribe the renegade general who blindly took up arms against the government of people for his own self interest. To join the corrupted movement according to your false claims. That was the one of the items/ reason which leads to your rebellion during that time.It, s just that they have known that SSLA/M is heading nowhere.
    I have a question for you too. What do you really mean by the word corruption? I hope none of you will give me back the guiene answer to those questions of mine. But I have to post it to you through this mean .Also how do those who used to loot cattle from the locals call themselves? In this scene now! Are you not more corrupt than the leading party? This can tell me that, you are just fighting for self interest, not for the interest of the people of South Sudan. If you may talk of democratic change then it is not to taking up arms and fight the leading government/killing the innocent citizens for delusion reason. That should really be a big NO!
    Let that visionless leader so-called James Gai yoch take over and commanding the short sighted soldiers. Those who refuse to coming back home should stay in where they thought they are secure please and leave us alone in the south. Please SPLA/M I BilPam you should keenly monitor every move of those to gentlemen. Maybe they have hiden agenda.
    South Sudanese till I die!!
    SPLA/M Oyeeeeeeee!

  • 6 August 2011 19:44, by Kour Taban

    South Sudan Liberation Army? The traitors, who are sitting in Khartoum using the good name of South Sudan in vain, should be ashamed of themselves.
    How can they claim to be fighting for South Sudan while they were allaying with the Arabs all the years of liberation struggle. But as the true sons and daughter of South Sudan has fought and finally declared the independence of the Mother land on the 9th July, these Khartoum based should just call it a day and give up this empty fight. South Sudan is large enough to accommodate even those who were in the bed with the mundokoro last night. Our people are very forgiving but sooner or later they make these traitors account for any more suffering they may inflect on our villagers and peace loving people in Unity, Upper Nile and others who are happy with new founded freedom in their beloved South Sudan. Whoever rules in Juba today can be changed next or one after, but not by forces or through killing of the few of their children who survived the war against the Arabs. Whom all South Sudanese know to be the enemy. Inventing new enemies tribal or whatever is rejected and condemned by our villagers and all South Sudan patriots. So my brothers who are claiming to be fighting a war against South Sudan - using it holy name- should ceased. Stop this stupid fight - cash your money paid to you by the Arabs and build yourself a house in Kosti or Atbara as you are happy to live as a slave to your Arab paymasters.
    Please leave South Sudanese on their own; they do not want you to fight an empty war to please your Arab master. In Short you the Khartoum based so called SSSLA you have no caused and you will never win as no South Sudanese support you. They all know you are a bench of traitor’s shameless stooges.

    K Taban

    • 10 August 2011 14:57, by Takpiny

      let them stay as long as they can, but what I know they will Surrender to the RSS government, on shame later on. The Khartoum will not support them any more.

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