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S. Sudan should be governed by Khartoum, new rebels say


December 29, 2011 (LONDON) – A new South Sudanese rebel movement, the South Sudan People Liberation Army / Movement (SSPLA/M) issued its manifesto on Wednesday, calling for South Sudan to be governed from Khartoum, as it was before secession on 9 July 2011.

The SSPLA manifesto calls for the establishment of a “United Sudan base on confederal system” [sic]. The vision bares some similarity to the vision articulated by the late leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) former leader, John Garang.

The SPLA fought over two decades of war with Khartoum until the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which gave South Sudan the option to secede. The SPLA are now the army of independent South Sudan.

The manifesto describes South Sudan’s secession as “not be viable, insecure and non productive”.

However, on 9 December, while still head of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Ayat told Sudan Tribune “Our people have suffered for a very long time in support of unity. So, let them try another option to see how it will work."

Chairman of SSPLM/SSPLA, Tong Lual Ayat, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday how in 1986 he joined the former SPLA rebels, the political wing of which, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) now rules South Sudan.

After the death of Garang, in 2005 Ayat became disillusioned with the rebellion and in 2009 formed the UDP for which, he claims, he was detained for six weeks by the SPLM.

Ayat claims the SSPLA has 5,000 soldiers and will have 10,000 within a month, with which they will conduct operation Rescue South Sudan from Oppressors - a cooperative military offensive with other South Sudan rebel groups, against Juba “within a month”.

Other South Sudanese rebel movements, such as the South Sudan Liberation Army / Movement (SSLA/M) oppose the government in South Sudan – a nation which achieved statehood not yet five months ago. However the SSLA/M has not suggested Juba seceded power to Khartoum. It is not known how these potentially conflicting agendas within a union of rebellions will be resolved.

The SPLA spokesperson, Philip Aguer, has claimed that the SSLA/M are Khartoum’s mercenaries, an allegation the rebels deny. The SPLA claim is supported by the findings of a Small Arms Survey investigation published in October.

The SSPLA intends to establish bases in Meram, South Kordofan; Renk, Unity; Maban, Upper Nile and to “wage a protracted armed struggle”.

Despite 98 percent of South Sudanese voting in favour of secession, the SSPLA make the claim that rule from Khartoum “will not be objected or opposed by the citizens of South Sudan because a it is the creation of the jobs for those who are yawing or eyeing for positions.“ [sic]

Ayat said he had established the SSPLM/A in Renk, Upper Nile State, South Sudan on Wednesday. He said his group fights to establish United Sudan base on federal system where the Central government will be in Khartoum with representations from all the regions.

He called on all rebel groups to coordinate and work together and choose central command under one rebel leader assisted by secretaries of the various rebels in order to change the Juba regime.

“We are fighting to establish federal system in the Sudan where by the central government shall be in Khartoum with all cabinet and legislature in the national capital Khartoum as a symbol of unity of the country”, the statement says.

The new rebel leader claimed “many citizens are actually regretting for voting in favor of separation."

In South Sudan, he said, people feel that the current situation will deteriorate if new leadership is not installed.

"The current leadership under the SPLM should be removed. South Sudanese are fed up with the corruption”, he adds claiming further that all citizens of South Sudan are eager to see the Juba government toppled as soon as possible.

He accused the government of what he described as “sustained” marginalisation of political parties and civil society, failure to adopt a viable political road map which can galvanise and reward the Southern people for their victorious achievement of a just peace.

Ayat also pointed to corruption, neglect of the families of the war dead, rigging of elections and failure to deliver basic services as other reasons for his rebellion.

The UDP was one of the parties left out when the cabinet of an independent State was formed this year.


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  • 30 December 2011 07:22, by Ajok Garang

    that will not happen and if they need let them join the Khartoum goverment....so that they go and work as slaves in Khartoum...fuck the rebel.

    • 30 December 2011 07:40, by omoni jr.


      Guys,Junub sudan,please, disregard this false news made by pure ARABS.No comment anymore,

      • 30 December 2011 07:50, by Matiop Panchol

        I gree with you. They are probably testing the waters but there are greedy people who can accept big sums of money from Bashir in exchange for sobotaging S. Sudan. S. SUDANESE SHOULD VIGILANT AND EMBRACE NATIONALITY IN ORDER TO EXPOSE SUCH PEOPLE.

        • 30 December 2011 20:05, by Ahmed Chol

          Some changes are needed in the government in Juba ,these should not be resolved through rebellions. Those who want to transform the south should use dialogues and political means. Those who rebel push the south backward and they lost an argument to explain to the local people. How will you win when local people don’t support you?

          Ahmed Chol, whatever begins in anger ends in shame

    • 30 December 2011 07:43, by Abraham Ayom

      New rebels, you better call yourselves SPLA instead of SSPLA/M because you are fighting for one united Sudan as your vision. You are Sudan rebels but not South Sudan only. Start your operation in both countries Sudan and South Sudan to topple Khartoum and Juba regime because of the corruption, neglect of families of war dead, rigging of election and failure to deliver services as your reason for

    • 30 December 2011 07:44, by omoni jr.

      Dear southerners,
      Do not panic ,No rebellion called SSPLA,nonsense ,just go to work and school as usual.

      • 30 December 2011 08:47, by Alier42

        You will soon face it rough my dear,now many south sudanese have opted for regime change which will be realised soon.we are all tire of splm corrupt goverment .yes i do not agree with i dea of uniting sudan once again.it will be completely unfair if any person of sound could wish for that.we will not site with Arabs on the same table discusing national matters.

        • 30 December 2011 10:17, by omoni jr.

          My dear too,
          am Not gonna face nothing,and am 100% sure,Nothing called SSPLA.JUST read article and understand it.
          Even our usual rebels are vow not unite with North sudan,
          So, SSPLA have to split themselves into two battalions, one from North and one from south sudan.
          we have TO use LOGIC HERE,

    • 30 December 2011 07:52, by Stephen kuach

      We will see how long it will take people like you to reunite the Sudan.if you think that Mr.Kiir is heading to the wrong diretion,then run for president therefore you can bring the change to the South Sudan instead of betraying your own people to Khartoum Government.shame on you Tong.

    • 30 December 2011 09:19, by Kiir must go

      @ it is both unthinkable and unachievable idea that may take u to grave,if it is to reunite sudan,the it should not focus mainly on ss problems since sudan accepted the separation,it is real,they should be both sides rebel,toppling Ncp AND SPLM all along to achieve their cause.

      • 30 December 2011 09:25, by Kiir must go

        we believe there are problems of Kiir govt which really need a political change,the solution to them is not reunification as this foolish rebel view it,but a clear political change of some crooks in the SPLM,can be the solution,reuniting sudan is like bringing Atlas mt together with mt Imatong.

    • 30 December 2011 11:07, by Murle Intelle

      The majority of Southern Sudanese do not want to go back to fake-arabs slavery in Khartoum, eventhough the Dinka gangs of Kiir are now becoming another jalaba of the South Sudan oppressing the people and stealing South Sudan money and jobs just for Dinka. This Kiir gangs will go by armed freedom fighters within the SPLA itself who are now being ignored by Kiir and his thugs

    • 30 December 2011 14:32, by Baring

      Dear South Sudanese.

      You have read what so call the biger tribe in South Sudan is bettrying our nation of South Sudan by trying to aline us agine with Jalaba. the so call a corrupt tribe that is rulling South now is well known to the whold world of miss management and nepotisim.We the people of land of gold have to unite and defit them.

    • 31 December 2011 08:45, by Kur William

      Hahaha.... look at you cowards who know nothing about war are trying to wages war against bravado of South Sudan who fought dead war to liberated South Sudan from foreigns my friends don`t cheats your self like a baby to reunited Sudan like before it will be possible after Jesus resurrection,if you wish to join Arabs we`ve no problem that is where you were belong "you little ted,fat pig"

  • 30 December 2011 07:23, by Gabriel KK

    Stop nonsense.

  • 30 December 2011 07:35, by kolongnyantuet

    stupid war! are you fighting for united sudan? my mad man you will never get a single south sudanese to fight for your visionless cause. my mad brother, eat your money silently otherwise you are digging your own grave.

  • 30 December 2011 07:44, by Matiop Panchol

    Another Bashir’s propaganda machine! Let those subservient fools be informed that the will of the people of S. Sudan will prevail. Whatever you do will not sway this nation. Even if servile trators, who are inured to slavery, like Tong will sell their pride for money, they will meet their fate. PEOPLE OF S. SUDAN SHOULD STAND UP AGAINST SUCH PEOPLE!

  • 30 December 2011 07:46, by mohammed ali

    How could the claim of SPLA be supported by small survey group, since SSPLA/M haven’t started their millitary operations yet.You said they declared themselve on Wendsday only, they will become 10,000 in one month and will start fightin within one month!How could anyone find anything.Shame on you Sudan Tribune; this a very cheap propoganda and a call for hatred, mistrust and violence.

    • 30 December 2011 07:50, by mohammed ali

      ((Ayat claims the SSPLA has 5,000 soldiers and will have 10,000 within a month, with which they will conduct operation Rescue South Sudan from Oppressors - a cooperative military offensive with other South Sudan rebel groups, against Juba “within a month))These are your own words Sudan Tribune.."will start fighting within one month" What a shame and what a lie ST.

    • 30 December 2011 10:24, by omoni jr.

      Bro Ali,
      you are very wrong to point finger to SPLA.
      This false information got nothing to do with south sudan Army or people,please do not start like that.
      we are all supposed to condemn the false information bought out the to the public.
      Do not blame anybody here.

      • 30 December 2011 21:24, by mohammed ali

        Omoni, am no pointing finger to SPLA, am pointing it to Sudan Tribune. Read my posting again!

  • 30 December 2011 07:46, by Malou Luiny Joseph

    It is good to give your opinion on what you want the people to do but it is not good to find a way of misleading the citizens if your wishes have not been met. Separation was not imposed, it was a result of voting and the results showed that 98% of the population of the people of South Sudan made the decision through votes. If you happen to be part of the 2% who have not succeeded, then sorry.

  • 30 December 2011 07:54, by Chol A.

    How fool are you so call SSPLA/M, please no shame if you just joint in Juba as you call yourself, like that and try to orients Southern Sudanese people with that shit words politically may be you might win in faithful way rather than waging war which will be long long way to go.
    Please if you tell such nonessen to get fund from Bashir, we can simple say sorry.

    • 30 December 2011 10:12, by Morthon Akol

      comrade Chol. A, you are right they just need food. I remember one day comrade President Kiir visit United States 2006 and he meet with South Sudan’s in Washington DC, and he said that these who are with Khartoum if they still there because of food then i will give them enough food so that they can come back to South Sudan. May be tong Ayat is the one who did not get enough food.

  • 30 December 2011 07:58, by Chanson

    Tong Lual the leader of fake SSPLA/M is fearless and greedy. If that short-sighted boy want just to still from NCP then let him be frank and Khartoum Government will not be too gull run.
    Shame on you Ayat! Uniting to Sudan will not happen believe me.
    No thank!!

  • 30 December 2011 08:02, by Chanson

    I meant if he want to steal.....

    • 30 December 2011 08:45, by Pure Nationalist

      Your mental imperiority makes you think that jalaba can rule better than yourself, shame on you Tong, your name which I gues may means fighting/battle in Dinka was given to you before indepent South, wasn’t that jalaba ruling the South when that fight occured? Everything has an end, do not panic with greed and touch words can result into your immediate curse from the nation.

      • 30 December 2011 08:55, by Pure Nationalist

        God has already decided an end to S Sudanese bloodshade and sufferng, the rest of problems will be solved by other means not violent, he who mise rule will receive no vote and those prefer violent will get killed b/c God do not want for blood any longer among S Sudase.

  • 30 December 2011 08:58, by Tambura

    That was the real vision of Dr. Garang which we never finish with it as long his orphans with empty minded are the one took control in south Sudan . South Sudan will never rest as long Omar party ruling Sudan, Athor just dead last week today we reading manfisto of what call SSPLA. There is no other way we can work together peacefully to change that corrupted government of south Sudan without war?

    • 30 December 2011 09:12, by Tambura

      Being rebel you are just going to make your people suffer, not one of those corrupted officials family will suffer because their kids are not in the country their stolen money are outside. There many way we can change that system join new generation let us move them in next election if you really care about your people.Granag fought 21 years he couldn t librate Bor or any big city in south sudan

      • 30 December 2011 09:52, by malualdit

        Tong! Are you healthy? I mean are you not that small boy who quited work from NGO in S.Sudan because of your dirty records and wispered to me if we can go and form a Part?.And I refused your wish and adviced you not to dream of such fruitless vission. Was it not what I told you that was proven by your detention ,because you even lack objectives in your pervious nasty part?
        Today you say that

        • 30 December 2011 10:02, by malualdit

          you want wage war against RSS. Tong! believe me this time around, yours will not be a detention just but to be killed.If I meet you as I used to do I must kill you on sport. Doesnot it mean you can search funds from Khartoum by talking nonsense like this?
          How do you expect changes to come in months not even a year? don’t you think that all to do for change to come is a process that takes a

          • 30 December 2011 10:20, by malualdit

            considerable times? Were you not with your uncle, the brother of your father who was among the top corupted individuals and who supported your marriage so high and you distant yourself now from coruption. do we need to fight for coruption or we lobby against it inside the nation. I seriously condem your call for reunion and your war as well. May God kill you just now..You must die flat

    • 30 December 2011 09:25, by Bush man

      No any Southerner who can say such a thing. I strongly believed that this statement came from the government of Khartoum. This shows how desperate is our friend Sudan. They don’t know how to forge a healthy relationship with an independent seboreignty state of south Sudan.khartoum should learn from the experience of other state. There is no way you can unite these two separate countries.

  • 30 December 2011 09:39, by Bush

    Tong must have been a stupid Muslim among the South Sudanese Muslims. Let his mother be governed by Khartoum but not our beloved Republic of South Sudan that we fought for its independence. All the source of those rebellions are greedy, jealousy and power hungry of some individuals.

  • 30 December 2011 13:28, by philipdit wol

    Tong Lual Ayat you are too small compare to Athor What do you wants to say? If Athor has died What about you. We were not voting for unity but was obliviously separation, that is your stupidity ideas.

  • 30 December 2011 19:51, by BM Bol

    These idiots have not idea that the rules and ground beneath them has totally changed. I know they are seeking Khartoum’s sympathy and support, but their resources have been overstretched and can they barely feed themselves. They must wake up to new reality.

  • 30 December 2011 19:56, by Gen. Madcat

    Please Mr.Tong Lual Ayat! You are just a stupid a bitch who does not know her place of sleeping. I think Tong think like a person that has been fucked by the Jalabas (ARABAS) through his ANUS. The soil of South Sudan plus the heroes and herines who felt during the war between the North Sudan and South Sudan will take YOU (your life) within few days like brother late Gen. Athor. SOIL OF RSS FUCK U

    • 31 December 2011 07:18, by prophet Muhammad

      dear compatriots, I do not understand to why people react on funniest things, for me it’s just funny.remember when SPLA was rebel in 1991, some prominent SPLA generals defected and joint ranks with NIF mujahdeen fighters to supressed SpLA, yet the did not defeated SPLA simply because it was supported by the wills of the marginalised people. I think Tong Lual Ayat was just having a diabolic dream..

  • 30 December 2011 22:27, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    I wonder a country that Evey one wants to fight as rebel.there is no "kon koch" any more?No going back to Khartoum,juba yes!!!
    Watch out of VP, whirling Jonglei?

  • 31 December 2011 08:54, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

    Tong Lual Ayat, you must be crazy. Tell me, What is your connection with Arabs in Northern Sudan? Look at South Sudan, there was no any development done by your colleagues Arabs. The live in South is still backward. Please don’t fuck the brains of committed South Sudanese for their wellfare. Junubin, don’t listen to mad guys like Ayat.

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