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S. Sudan rivals trade accusations over control of fighters


May 13, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s warring parties have accused each other of failing to exert full control of their respective armies, hardly a week after they signed a cessation of hostilities agreement to end the country’s five-month old conflict.

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South Sudan defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk (ST/File)

Defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk said rebel leader, Riek Machar was "not in control” of the opposition forces, despite claims that opposition forces were under his command.

“I know that there would be a challenge on the side of the rebels to implement the cessation of hostilities agreement which was signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our forces took the orders the same hour and complied. But the rebels attacked them after it was signed," Juuk exclusively told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

"That was why there were reports of clashes in Unity and Upper Nile states, because Riek Machar does not have control of these forces because I don’t believe they are not really loyal to him," added the minister.

He said the rebels were "not organised" forces who "do not have a central command".

"They do not have central command. So they do not know about the cessation of hostilities agreement that was signed”, observed minister Juuk.

South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, however, said government would only negotiate with the opposition led by Machar and other stakeholder on condition it was satisfied with the implementation of last week’s ceasefire agreement.

“The priority now is to ensure that the cessation of hostilities agreement is implemented so that it creates conducive environment for other issues to be discussed. As the government we have already started implementing the agreement", Lueth told reporters in Juba on Tuesday.

"Our forces have already been given orders to stop any movement and other military activities towards the forces of Riek Machar. We also hope the rebel show commitment and seriousness to implementing the agreement”, he stressed.

Minister Lueth reiterated recent calls by president Salva Kiir for pro-government army to halt attacks on rebels positions in compliance with the cessation of hostilities deal.

"President Salva Kiir has given out clear [instructions] to the army to stop launching attacks on to the positions or areas under the rebel forces in some parts of the country, where the latter is presently active against the government forces," he said.

On Sunday, the South Sudanese leader said he ordered the army not lift a foot from areas under their current deployment towards those controlled by the rebel groups.

“Our army since the night I signed this agreement, I said, you, army, if there is any place that you want to go to where you haven’t been yet, stop from that now,” Kiir said.

“Nobody should go his own way again in order to attack Riek Machar’s forces".

Machar’s military spokesperson, Brig.General Lul Koang Ruai, however, accused government troops of allegedly attacking and taking control of Unity state’s capital, Bentiu on Monday; a claim South Sudan army spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer, dismissed.


Analysts and observers have said that both sides would face challenges in implementing the deal, with some questioning whether the Uganda troops, currently fighting alongside president Kiir’s forces would adhere to the ceasefire agreement.

“This is a challenging agreement and so the level of influence will now be the determining factor. You have Uganda troops fighting alongside the government but who take orders from Kampala instead of Juba because they are under different command", said Samuel Lotipe, a native of South Sudan Eastern Equatoria state.

"You can see they are even having their own commander appointed by the president of Uganda [so] telling this forces [Ugandan troops] to stop fighting will have to be approved from the source of the central command”, he added.

Lotipe argued that while the command structure under president Kiir may appear weak to assert full control, the rebel comprise of army defectors and ethnic fighters.

"The military defectors may have control over them because they are the majority and can turn against them if they appear opposed to the objective of the ethnic fighters. So it is difficult to control this group," he said.

"The only way out is to find someone who would convince them and finding someone they respect and listen to what he says is not an easy thing”, Lotipe stressed.


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  • 14 May 2014 07:39, by Frak Cho

    From Lotipe argument,Ugandans are not in Upper State and Unity. Ugandans are professional army who very good chain of command. Dr. Riek Machar is using Ugandan army as pretext! Riek is not serious! Everything has been done in his favour! All the detainees have been released! The president is always thinking day and night for peace but Riek is for war! what a hell is this for Dr Riek.

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    • 14 May 2014 07:47, by Frak Cho

      The rebels, all their commanders have been militia leaders! They only joined as from 2006 with hidden agenda that came to light December 2013. Dr. Riek Machar could not control them at all! Even if Dr Riek comes to power today, those who claim to his commanders will still remain in the bush and continue with fight. Rebels attack and they quickly rush to the media for denial! Shame on them!

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  • 14 May 2014 07:50, by Jalaby

    I told you before this recent agreement between Kiir-Machar is very fragile and cannot live for long because it was cooked by Americans in American kitchen and South Sudanese people stomachs are not used to eat American food such as:Pizza Hut,Pizza papa johns,Burger sandwich,Hot dog, Pasta with sauce, etc.
    Junobean are not interested in such food and won’t accept it!

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    • 14 May 2014 23:42, by Bentiu Sudan

      I always follow your comments very closely and they are all happening. Today as the whole world knows that the South Sudanese rebels are fighting several countries in Africa. Among those are South Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Egypt arm forces. Recently, the South Sudan rebels capture 10 Egyptian and 2 Ugandan soliders in Ayod Jonglei state.

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      • 14 May 2014 23:55, by Bentiu Sudan

        Whether you believe it or not, if these countries defeated the South Sudan rebels, then the South Sudan, Uganda, and Egypt will attach Sudan, and then Ethiopia. Or they will attack Ethiopia first and then Sudan. Recently, the South Sudan rebels captured 10 Egyptian and 2 Ugandan fighters in Ayod, Jonglei State.http://www.wiyiyit.com/south-sudan-rebels-capture-egyptians-ugandans-ayod-jonglei-state/

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        • 15 May 2014 00:11, by Bentiu Sudan

          You the Sudan government you better join the DISCO now rather than latter before it is too late. The Sudan government could join the dance floor by legally supporting both South Sudan and Uganda rebels. I strongly believe that if both Ethiopia and Sudan support South Sudan rebels, then the rebels will defeat South Sudan government and Sudan and Ethiopia would be safe and Egypt will attack Ethiopi

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  • 14 May 2014 07:51, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dea All Citizen.
    Always our fake government does not tell the truth, Kuol Many have a big hand in this cricess of South Sudan. At the begining when two side sign the agreement the government were the one who attack the rebel at first, where is their commitment? this rebell they are civlized rebel, not like Yua Yua rebel who were fighting for no reason. this rebel are leade by PHD holder.

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    • 14 May 2014 08:13, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Son of Ngundeng,
      Why r u funny like that? I think u r not a Nuer. Or r u telling us that Riek Machar is imitating the real PhD holders like the late icon Dr. John Garang who liberated Riek, forgave Riek and accommodated Riek in 2002 when he returned from his search for leadership in Khartoum to SPLM/A in Nairobi, leaving his followers to be saved only by the Late Gen. Paulino Matip?

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      • 14 May 2014 08:23, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Since 1991, Riek is struggling to get into the history book like other highly educated African leaders without realizing that he’s been constantly heading into the wrong side of national, African or world history like Nazi of Germany, who murdered Jews wherever they were. In essence, Riek is never in full control of any murderous militia groups who have been and are still supported by Khartoum.

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        • 14 May 2014 08:31, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Militia commanders like Peter Gadet, knows nothing about organized forces or central command because they have been busy shifting allegiance day and night, today with SPLA and tomorrow with SAF, to avoid being embarrassed at home after retiring from militia activities. He cannot settle with his 35 wives whom every month ends without finishing rotational duty of serving them all. Looting is.....

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          • 14 May 2014 08:39, by Adodi Jotuwa

            I totally agree with some of the comments here that even if we implement faithfully the recently inked cease fire agreement today or tomorrow, most militia group leaders would roll back to Khartoum and it has been and is still happening now. Khartoum wouldn’t hesitate to provide logistical support so long as Junubin are killing themselves over the issue of leadership, governance, democracy, you na

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            • 14 May 2014 08:54, by Adodi Jotuwa

              ...you name it. Sudan’s economy is sluggish because of separation syndrome of July 9th, 2011, which South Sudan has taken 75% of oil/oil reserves. Khartoum would never allow Junubin to enjoy the fruit of their liberation struggle or use the oil revenue for their development that Sudan has failed to deliver since 1956.

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              • 14 May 2014 09:07, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Covert military operations against the government of South Sudan can be continuously executed on the sly over accusations traded in the past of supporting each rebels while maintaining, on the surface, diplomatic relations with the new country/South Sudan. Eritrea is already on board with Sudan. This is what triggered the Troika to rush to Juba including UN Chief to defuse the humanitarian cost.

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    • 14 May 2014 08:13, by Big Boy

      HA ha ha ha ha ha ha ha PHD holder Mr:food-lover not for future wow!!

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    • 14 May 2014 08:23, by Chol A.

      Criminal rebels commanded by their illiterate commanders and it’s leader Dr. hopeless was holding the fake PhD! What will the understanding about agreement? You will be suffer with endless words call shame among we South Sudan tribes because Nuer natural understanding issues.

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    • 14 May 2014 14:35, by Moc Nyickedenloi

      Hahahah, Ngundeng Bich,
      No noise, do u know the pple whose mothers are being fucked in the bushes of Bentiu, UpperNile state,Leer, Nasir, Ayod, Akobo, u donot know. Wait bro’ Nuers are most stupid pple i have ever seen on earth. Follow yr Dr Holocuso n become more stupid than him let army infect yr mothers with HIV. the day u ll stop fihgting, it ll b too later for u thugs.

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    • 14 May 2014 14:41, by Moc Nyickedenloi

      Hahahah, Ngundeng Bich,
      No noise, do u know the pple whose mothers are being fucked in the bushes of Bentiu, UpperNile state,Leer, Nasir, Ayod, Akobo, u donot know. Wait bro’ Nuers are the most stupid pple i have ever seen on earth. Follow yr Dr Holocuso n become more idiotic than him. let the army infect yr mothers with HIV!!The day u ll stop fighting, it ll b too later for u thugs to recover.

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      • 14 May 2014 16:46, by chuol

        TRY TO CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE OTHERWISE THE SELLOUT NUERS fighting alongside you may joint their brothers and that will end your coward government backed by east Africans!!!!

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  • 14 May 2014 11:57, by Altruistic

    It is becoming increasingly axiomatic that Raik Macher did not want this agreement the cessation of hostilities from the beginning. He only did sign it because of the International community and IGAD pressure. He knows the consequences of rejecting the proposed road map to peace would result in sanctions. However, Raik believed fighting the government, killing and terrorizing civilians

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    • 14 May 2014 11:58, by Altruistic

      is the only way he can enforce himself upon the people of South Sudan to accept him as their leader.

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  • 14 May 2014 11:59, by Altruistic

    The man believed if the rebel continues and intensify the fighting, they will totter the government economically and create insecurity in the country – with a hope of capturing the key towns and oil producing states, they will shut down oil production which mean there will be no salaries for public sector employees this will make life harder for the citizens.

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  • 14 May 2014 12:01, by Altruistic

    And for the army, it will lead some of them defections giving fault assumption that the rebels are winning. At the same they are terrorizing and killing civilians so that they can no longer feel that the government is capable of protection them which will result in a fear, panic and displacement of people. We ready have lot of people in the neighboring countries (Refugee Camps).

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  • 14 May 2014 12:03, by Altruistic

    Raik Macher does not care about the people what it matters is his leadership position. As one of scholars Canel West said “You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people, if you don’t serve the people”. One question that we needs to be asking ourselves, whom he is going to lead?

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    • 14 May 2014 13:25, by Altruistic

      One question that we need to ask ourselves, whom he is going to lead?

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    • 14 May 2014 14:05, by Big Boy

      Dear Alt,
      Do you think if the country is in peace now where do you think Nuer will survive while splm/a are not distribute the food? this is the way how they enrich themselves otherwise they will die as destitute in this country..

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  • 14 May 2014 17:55, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    It is very unfortunate that the youngest nation has gone into jeopardy simply because there is a job that need to be done and everybody, anybody,everyone,someone is claiming to be doing it including traditional chiefs from the village! Hitherto, the developing world is advancing in the fight to prevent the deadly diseases whereas we the southerner are working towards finishing ourselves through...

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  • 14 May 2014 21:23, by Kim Deng

    The Dinka Kingdom ordered Uganda army to bomb Mighty Nuer Warriors with banned weapons known as "Cluster Bombs."
    What if the Uganda army did not invlove in this war? You know the answer.

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