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South Sudan’s new rebel group unveil demands to end hostilities

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November 1, 2015 (JUBA) - The leader South Sudan’s new rebel group said his forces would lay down weapons and accept negotiations if president Salva Kiir and his government cancelled the establishment order expanding the current 10 states to 28, despite signing a peace deal to end over 20 months of conflict with the armed opposition.

Rebel fighters protect civilians from the Nuer ethnic group (not seen) walk through flooded areas to reach a camp in UNMISS base in Bentiu, Sept. 20, 2014 (Photo AP/Matthew Abbott)

“The desire of the people of South Sudan is peace but the desire of the president and his group is totally different. They are preaching war instead of peace and their actions speak much about their intentions. He [ Kiir] has the lost control over the current situation," General Yoanes Okij said Sunday.

"This certainly will be a wake-up call for the international community and the region which mediated the settlement of the conflict. Conflicts like this are not going to be localised; it’s not going to be in Chollo land alone. It will be extended because the people of South Sudan were not consulted”, he added.

The rebel leader told Sudan Tribune some of their demands were for the South Sudanese leader and his government to cancel the establishment order and form a border demarcation committee to delineate community boundaries.

“The agreement is very clear. It spells out clear what should be done and when. The agreement does not talk about creation of more states. It talks about implementation which should now be the priority but Salva Kiir and his group of the Dinka council of elders are derailing and frustrating the implementation. For them they want the country to continue to be at war even though they know war is a fatal project. Nobody likes it," said Okij

The oppressed have always gone for it as a last resort. It is never a pleasurable choice but only when other ideal means is exhausted”, further explained the rebel leader.

Okij said the South Sudanese leader and his government must implement the agreement, cancel the establishment order and form community border demarcation committee in accordance with the 1956 boundaries with neighbouring Sudan from which South Sudan seceded in July 2011, if they were to lay down their weapons.

A group calling itself Tiger Faction New Forces (TFNF) announced in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune last Friday that they had decided to take up arms to fight the government of President Kiir until he reverses the order on creating 28 new states.

“The un-constitutional Presidential Order decree by Kiir has left us with no choice but to wage a protracted armed struggle against his government and the corrupt clique in Juba," said the TFNF’s Okij who identified himself as the rebel’s commander in chief.

He vowed to fight the government in Juba until President Kiir revoked decree 36/2015.

The group, which is predominantly composed of ethnic Shilluk members, charged that the order was a desperate attempt to derail and frustrate the implementation of the peace agreement reached last August.

The statement said the new territorial administrative division was a "flagrant violation" of the constitution particularly articles 55 (3), 59 (a), 86 (1) 85 (2) and 86 (5), 162 (1), (2), (3) and 101 (f).

The new rebel group accused President Kiir of allegedly attempting to give the Chollo (Shilluk) land to the Dinka, threatening the national security of South Sudan, further warning that the order opened the door for conflict and Balkanization of the country.

"The establishment order adversely affected the tribal territorial boundaries of people of South Sudan including, the Chollo Kingdom. One of its ramifications is the division of Chollo kingdom into two parts with some in one state west of the Nile and others east of the Nile. The overall objective of such division is to ensure tribal domination of others tribes including Chollo in the newly established Dinka’s states,” noted the statement.

The new rebellion, if confirmed, may threaten the ongoing efforts to implement the security arrangements specially in the South Sudan’s oil-rich Upper Nile state.

In July this year, another Shilluk group commanded by Major General Johnson Olony, merged with the SPLM-IO opting for a national agenda instead of tribal claims.

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  • 2 November 2015 05:19, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Nonsense
    Government should not be threatened on its plans.
    More than 28 states must be implemented according to the way of its creation.
    More over all rebellion whether a Riek Machar or who is call Yoanes Okij, must be put into account of injustice or jail up in any times due to their destabilization of the country.

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    • 2 November 2015 17:19, by Mr Point

      Ayuiu Makuac Lam has my total support for those who destabilise the country to be put into prison. He mentions Riek Machar.

      It is a matter of fact that Machar did not join the rebellion until some days after the massacre in Juba.

      Mach is in rebellion only since the divisive and unconstitutional actions of General Salva Kir.

      Kiir betrayed the SPLM ideal and should go to jail.

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  • 2 November 2015 07:26, by Mapuor

    Nonsensical.we will never reverse .the order come what may.It’s final.

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  • 2 November 2015 07:27, by Kalo

    Not all community did,t like creation of 28 states,some community like Murle,Lou Nuer,Dinka Bor etc welcome that,may be shuluk,Nuer Bul of Mayom,community of Wau did,t like that may be somewhere western Equatoria,my question is if Kiir cancel that,will all community accept? unless to cancel the states where there were problem.

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    • 2 November 2015 16:21, by Hardlinner

      Kalo, the rebels should only call for abolishment of dividing upper nile state into two. One thing they failed to know is that majority are happy with kiir decision. The question no is,, will those shilluk rebels handle majority who backed kiir decision? . It looks like there is going to be war between those who support creation of more states and those opposed to it.

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      • 2 November 2015 17:23, by Mr Point

        Where is the evidence that the majority are happy with Kiir decision?

        When was a vote taken?

        All evidence shows that Kiir has completely failed to deliver services to the country when it was ten states. How will creating more states to compete for service provision make things better?

        Tell me how it will work.

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  • 2 November 2015 07:39, by Akuma

    These militia leader should forget of reversal of 28 states, what people are in now is waiting of their appointment of their governors.

    Don’t be hopeful again that your rebellion will earn you big shares like David Yau Yau of Pibor. This week you will received your state governor

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  • 2 November 2015 08:16, by Agutthon

    Two wrongs will not make a right. It is a shame that in South Sudan the military involves in politics without consequences. The best way Yoanese is to the take the government to court if you think that the creation is unconstitutional full stop. You’re doomed from word go.

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  • 2 November 2015 16:50, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Guys, Yoahes Okij made a mistake that Machar made in 2013. Okij shouldn’t involve in politics, but we blame President Kiir for these mistakes. We told President Kiir to discharge an officers or military leaders who take arm against national government. Generals should not be rewarded, but they should be charge with military misconduct.

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  • 2 November 2015 17:05, by Eyez

    The truth is that, it’s only the Dinkas who are happy about the creation of the bogus 28 States, because, only idiots and blindfolded tribalists like the Jienge Council of Evil, think they can alter ancestral borders and temper with the livelihood of others in their favour, so be prepared to face the people’s wrath, and this new movement is just a tip of the iceberg, more will follow!
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    • 2 November 2015 17:46, by Son of Upper Nile

      I don’t have a problem with those supporting new states provided clear boundaries & wider consultation made with affected communities to ensure smooth implementation after peace. Also I am satisfied with current state arrangement & believes the issue has nothing to do with creating states. It’s how the country ruled that matter. Kalo who hates Chollo & support his new masters is a mercenary

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      • 2 November 2015 21:28, by Kalo

        Bitch of Upper Nile,i don,t hate chollo but i am telling the truth,i don,t want Shuluk civilians to die with useless war like Nuer,Chollo have two important persons who contributed much in struggling ,Oyai Deng and Pagan no doubt,for calling me mercenary,it was me who make you to be man like that,what have you done in RSS rather than Nyagat activities idiot,i know you are ever with my enemy jalaba

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    • 2 November 2015 21:50, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Eyes, if Dinkas are happy with the new states, than every tribe in South Sudan should be happy because they are majority and what majorities vote for, minorities should also vote. So say yes to new states and live better life.

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      • 3 November 2015 15:36, by Eyez

        I don’t have time and energy to waste on low-life Moran like you, Dinka Defender or whatever you call yourself, point is, you think with your bumhole instead of your mind, just like your uncles known as the JCE. You people are on the verge of being instinct, soon your majority cry will be a thing of the past and you will soon be on the list of endangered spices, idiots.
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