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S. Sudan rebels accuse government of backing Ethiopian rebels


March 18, 2015 (KAMPALA) – Officials of the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former vice-president, Riek Machar, have accused president Salva Kiir’s government of backing new Ethiopian rebels against Addis Ababa.

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President Salva Kiir (L) and rebel leader Riek Machar (R) attend the signing a ceasefire agreement during an IGAD summit on the South Sudan crisis in Addis Ababa on 1 February 2015 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

“We have received reports on the ground that the dictatorial regime in Juba has now resorted to hosting, organising, training and arming Ethiopian rebels,” said Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak.

Dak told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that SalvaKiir’s government has helped in recruiting Ethiopian rebel fighters from the communities of Oromo, Anyuak, Nuer and the South Sudanese community of Murle to destabilise the western region of Gambella.

The rebel official claimed a sizable number of the Ethiopian rebels reportedly also took part in the recent government’s offensive against positions of SPLM-IO in eastern Upper Nile state, which he said aimed to advance towards the Ethiopian border.

“The Ethiopian rebels took part in the recent offensive which the government launched from Guelguk. Their aim was to advance towards the Ethiopian border and cross into Gambella region to launch attacks against the Ethiopian government,” he further said.

Different sources said Ethiopian troops have started to deploy towards their common border with South Sudan in response to the possible attacks aiming to hamper the upcoming elections in Ethiopia.

Sudan Tribune could not reach the current governor of Gambella region, Gatluak Tut Khot, for comment. But unauthorised sources denied rebel accusations of Juba support to the Ethiopian rebels and their participation in the recent military clashes.

"Remember similar claims were made in the past about the involvement of Ugandan troops alongside government forces in Upper Nile and Unity states, but the reality is that Uganda has no ground forces in these places except air cover," a government official said under the cover of anonymity.

The new Ethiopian rebel group is said to be led by the former Gambella regional governor Thowat Pal Chai, who played a great role in establishing camps for the SPLM/A in 1983 during the 21 years of civil war with Sudan.

Among the camps he helped established with the SPLM/A former leader John Garang included the military headquarters, Bilpam and refugee camps of Itang, Dimma and Pinyudo, all located within the territory of Gambella region.

Pal, who fled to exile since 1991, was serving under the former Ethiopian president Mengistu Haile Mariam who was overthrown by the present government.

Relationship between Juba and Addis Ababa has hit its all-time low as president Kiir’s government suspects Ethiopia to be supporting the opposition leader, Machar.

Kiir also in an interview last week with The East African suggested that Kenya was also supporting Machar’s group.

"The problem is that Igad is treating the coup plotters as innocent people who simply protested against the government, yet there was nothing wrong with the government," president Kiir told The East African.

Juba has also been accusing the Sudanese government of training and arming the South Sudanese rebels, an accusation Khartoum denies and instead accuses its southern neighbour of hosting and arming its various rebel groups.


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  • 19 March 2015 08:49, by Mayom County Boy

    who know that government of south Sudan
    is the one who supporting that Ethiopian rebellion ?
    this is a white liar !!!
    from rebel of Dr Riek Machar Teny !

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    • 19 March 2015 09:04, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Are the Ethiopian-Nuer going to fight for democracy? The extinction of Nuer is coming as foreseen by Ngundeng.

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    • 19 March 2015 21:08, by Johndumo14

      Please rebels of Dr Riek is better your leader should ask direct help for military from Ethiopian government because your troops are loosing the war. This propaganda of Juba hosting Ethiopian rebels within its territories will not solv your problem.Are you now become the reporter of Ethiopian gov.? Or the CID ,FBI of Ethiopia??

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    • 19 March 2015 21:11, by Johndumo14

      We have ethiopians troops in S.sudan,why is that rebels of Dr Riek become the first to know about this Ethiopians rebels in s.sudan?Please rebels of Dr Riek is better your leader should ask direct help for military from Ethiopian government because your troops are loosing the war. This propaganda of Juba hosting Ethiopian rebels within its territories will not solv your problem.

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  • 19 March 2015 09:28, by Panda Odhie

    These Rebel of Riek Machar are out of their minds ,where is the rebels live, that mean they want support from Ethiopia by all means, but is already supporting them, they are now in the hotels ,Kenya is always doing the same ,as Kenya become ground for declaration of rebellion before proceeding to Ethiopia. don’t ever tell lies to the world yaa Riek Machar

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  • 19 March 2015 11:50, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    this rebels is mad, their minds is under sharking.
    while Peter Gatdat Dak, training himself to prove whether he is like Machar and to be execute to be permanent false rebels correspondence.

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  • 19 March 2015 12:31, by Active man

    S.Sudan govt support Ethiopian rebel,now when Ethiopia govt response that’s the end of Juba regime,step on Ethiopian tale is like stepping on lion take care your days are numbered.I don’t think if Museveni will attempt to confront militarily Ethiopia rather than dialogue.

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    • 19 March 2015 14:38, by The rock

      Active Man, you know that’s not true and you guys should accept the defeat and come back. there is no way one tribe could stand still against any government. if the Dinkas you guys always talk about can not stand still and face the government. UN, IGAD, AU &USA plus others should be protecting what they create them selves as international law and stop supporting stupid ideas and demands.

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  • 19 March 2015 14:35, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    Its very interesting that the war turned to be a regional war, while it was started between Mchar and Kiir, Know that Kiir will run out in day light not at night. Sudan Kenya Ethiopia, are Machar friends, and the drunkard president of Warrap remain with his poor friend M7.

    Dinka regime GOING TO END !!!!

    Son of Ngundeng
    currently in front line
    Pathay Jonglei State.

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  • 19 March 2015 15:40, by Bolong

    Son of Ngundeng,

    So, the Ngundeng’s dream has been shifted from being Lou Nuer marching to Juba to be the Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Good luck, keep dreaming.

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