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South Sudan condemns women announcement to receive SPLM-IO advance team


November 30, 2015 (JUBA) – In an unexpected move on Monday, South Sudanese government has condemned an announcement by women bloc in Juba to turn out in big numbers at Juba International Airport in order to accord a warm reception to the advance team from the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of the first vice-president designate, Riek Machar.

South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, speaks to reporters in Jonglei state capital Bor on 25 December 2014 (ST)

On Monday, a women bloc in Juba announced on the state-run South Sudan Television (SSTV), calling on all women in Juba and its surrounding areas to converge at the airport on Tuesday to render a warm welcome to the opposition’s advance team of 550 expected to arrive in the capital from Pagak, the SPLM-IO’s general headquarters.

The announcement however prompted the government’s minister of information and broadcasting, Michael Makuei Lueth, to immediately rush to the SSTV to revoke the call by the women bloc, condemning it and challenging the women bloc.

“I am here to inform you and to revoke that the announcement is very unfortunate, is not in place, SPLM-IO are not coming tomorrow, and we don’t know the source of this so-called women bloc,” counter-announced Lueth on Monday night over SSTV.

He said the information was “misleading” and should not have been announced by the women bloc in the capital.

From the tone of the government’s official spokesman, it was not clear whether he disliked the would be organized warm reception of the SPLM-IO or was simply reacting to the wrong day (Tuesday) which the women said was the arrival of the advance team.

The team would kick of the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August between president Salva Kiir and the opposition leader, Machar, and to organize for the reception of their top leader when he comes to form a transitional government of national unity with president Kiir.

The reaction from the government which sounded agitated by the announcement of the women bloc however indicated that they would not be happy with a heroic welcome of the SPLM-IO’s advance team.

Lueth, who is also the acting chief negotiator for the government, neither confirmed the date for the arrival of the team nor indicated the need for an organized warm reception. He however said the government will inform accordingly when the team will have arrived, without hinting the date for their arrival.

Earlier on Sunday, opposition leader’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune that the advance team to be led by their chief negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, would travel to Juba “in the next few days” without confirming the date, but added that this would depend on whether “logistical arrangements are made.”

SPLM-IO’s chairman for external relations committee, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, announced through the Voice of America that the team of 550 cadres would travel to Juba on Tuesday. However, the announcement by the government said the team will not arrive on Tuesday.

Opposition sources say the earliest date for their travel would be on Wednesday or Thursday should IGAD, the United Nations and South Sudanese government complete the logistical arrangements.


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  • 1 December 2015 06:17, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good morning yaa balaad jinub.

    Women bloc have right to welcome the IO Because they are the ones who like peace, but government does not like that because the reception of the women will be more convenience than the government do.

    Son of prophet
    new location front line.

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    • 1 December 2015 06:41, by Frak Cho

      This a total lie! No a woman that appeared on South Sudan announcing coming of splm-io advance team and women preparation for warm welcome of the said team. Rebels themselves do not even know when they will come to Juba leave alone the alleged reception!

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      • 1 December 2015 07:49, by Mi diit

        Frak Cho,

        What are you trying to achieve by denying the truth? Even myself I watched the news on SSTV last evening announcing the statement by women block to receive the SPLM-IO advance team.

        I also watched Makuei Lueth reacting against the announcement.

        Please learn to accept the truth. Pathetic!

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        • 1 December 2015 11:11, by Khent

          Mi diit

          Oh this is just precious... it’s beyond funny. How in the world can you tell anybody to accept the ’truth’ when all you do is lie on a daily basis? You are a pathological liar and have been exposed as such for years. You don’t know the meaning of the word truth, the same way that you don’t know what logic and reason is, you Ngundeng believing idiot.

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          • 1 December 2015 19:11, by Mi diit

            Khent (Rommel),

            Your comment doesn’t make sense at all. What are you trying to say? Are you defending Frak Cho by saying that there was no news announcement on SSTV by women bloc and that there was no reaction on the same SSTV by Makuei Lueth, or are you saying everybody is a liar and so is Frak?

            You are such a confused person in life.

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            • 1 December 2015 23:05, by Khent

              Mi Diit

              My comment makes perfect sense to anybody with intelligence beyond that of a clinical retard. My comments are not related to claims put forward by Frak Cho, SSTV or Makuei... this is about your hypocrisy. You’re a liar and so you really shouldn’t lecture anybody else. Do you understand now, you confused little man?

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  • 1 December 2015 06:36, by Paul Chadrack

    see makuei surrounded by all his bor south people, what is wrong with SPLM/A IO accorded warm reception?, it is a clear signal that the current kiir and his Felonious government are no longer needed by the majority south Sudanese. SPLM/A IO are now consider heroes who brought change to a country which was ruled by corrupt, tribal power angry elites.

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  • 1 December 2015 07:20, by Redeemer

    Very BIG lie, the only change made so far is Nuer coming back with high ranks which they hardly paid for it. No change in the ordinary life of SSudanese

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    • 1 December 2015 07:56, by Akook

      I think rebels deserve those ranks if they manage to change ways of government’s corrupt, theft and tribal businesses South Sudan.

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      • 1 December 2015 15:04, by Hardlinner

        Akook, don’t be naive. those opposition group were in the same government previously. the are birds of same feathers. apart from peace, don’t expect any changes at all. kiir, riek and their followers are all bunches of shameless crooks. they are all thieves. fuck them all.

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    • 1 December 2015 12:36, by jubaone


      This-to-be warm reception of the SPLM-IO is an indication that people are fed up with "these" Juba scoundrels. Lueth fears for his position and knows the SPLM-IO is for change and sanity. These Juba scoundrels are like headless chickens, flipping around and dangling left-and-right like bull piss.

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      • 1 December 2015 13:19, by Khent


        Even if Riek was able to somehow manage to take the reins of power all you would get is another kind of liar, thief and mass murderer. Everything that Kiir is guilty of, Riek is also guilty of. Riek is a fraud. The only people that believe him are people that are incapable of thinking critically.

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        • 1 December 2015 19:19, by Mi diit


          You will die a jealous person forever. Who do you want to lead. Former detainees are there in Juba and yet your people attacked Rebecca Nyandeng inside the Jieng church.

          You are very uncivilized people Khent.

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          • 1 December 2015 23:20, by Khent

            Mi Diit

            Do you have some condition that prevents you from retaining information beyond a few days? I literally told you just days ago that people like Bishop Paride Taban, Peter Sule and many others could lead this country. I told you that your people killed more than a hundred civiilians that sought sanctuary in a mosque and now you want to posture because 1 woman attacked Rebeca Garang? LOL.

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            • 1 December 2015 23:48, by Khent

              And I really don’t know why anyone would be ’jealous’ of a donkey that was played like a banjo by Khartoum for years on end. He admits tthat he was ’cheated’ by Khartoum, but he wasn’t cheated he’s just stupid. Traitors are not envied.. they are held in contempt.

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  • 1 December 2015 12:53, by hamil

    Michael Makuei, Ateny Wek Ateny and Martin Elia Lomuro love being in the public eye they love being attention seekers

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    • 1 December 2015 13:08, by Akol Liai Mager

      Only Hugh Mackay is right here in this saga. here is what he said; "It’s not what our message does to the listener, but what the listener does with our message that make us successful communicators". Hugh Mackay is an Author of "Why Don’t People Listen?". Michael Makuei has been quoted wrong here. He said that he was only correcting wrong message that the IO team is coming to Juba on 1/12/15.

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      • 1 December 2015 13:16, by Akol Liai Mager

        I hope the Sudan Tribune realises and correct its article from that Title above to "South Sudan’s Minister of Information has corrected false information provided to public about the date of arrival in Juba of the IO’ Advance Team, reassuring the public that the government will tell the citizens of the date of arrival when received from the IO. It’s a season of peace, not of war and insults.

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  • 2 December 2015 01:36, by Emporio

    When the wave of destruction going to stop in S.Sudan no one doing right thing Splam(gv’t) either Splam(IO) is the whole societies of junbeen are psychological damage "unrepairable" or the scale of historical issues and emotion was very different between junbeen which is created the reality today

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