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SPLM-IO says Machar’s illegal dismissal a conspiracy to destroy peace


July 26, 2016 (JUBA) – In response to the Monday development in South Sudan in which President Salva Kiir issued a republican decree relieving his peace partner, First Vice President, Riek Machar, opposition’s officials said the “illegal” action was a long time planned conspiracy to destroy the August 2015 peace agreement signed by the two top factional leaders.

Riek Machar, left, first vice president of the Republic of South Sudan, and Salva Kiir, the president, at the first meeting of the new transitional coalition government in Juba, South Sudan, in April, 2016 (Jason Patinkin/AP)

Machar’s spokesperson said the situation had been suspected for a long time only that his leadership thought President Kiir and Taban Deng Gai, the newly appointed First Vice President, were going to abandon their conspiracy for the sake of peace in the country.

“This illegal action by President Salva Kiir to dismiss his peace partner, Dr. Riek Machar, who chairs the SPLM (IO) party and commands its army, the SPLA (IO), does not only violate the August 2015 peace agreement, but is also a long time planned conspiracy to put the last nail on the coffin of the peace agreement itself,” James Gatdet Dak, Machar’s spokesperson, told Sudan Tribune on Monday evening in response to the event.

He said since February 2016, the plan came to surface while Machar was still in Pagak, his headquarters before returning to Juba in April, adding that President Kiir with the Jieng [Dinka] Council of Elders (JCE), a tribal group from President Kiir’s ethnic Dinka, designed this plot to destroy the peace deal using Taban Deng Gai.

Dak said he had to cover up for Taban Deng when this accusation came out, in order not to expose him at the time, with the hope that he was going to change and not allow himself to be used by President Kiir and JCE to return the country to war.

“I had to cover up for Honourable Taban Deng Gai. I had to dismiss his suspected conspiracy as baseless in the media many times because I did not want him exposed. I thought he was going to change,” he added.

He said President Kiir and JCE are implementing their “reservations” in the agreement using Gai and that the peace agreement is currently in “very serious danger.”

Dak said the newly appointed First Vice President does not command the opposition army, adding that they disliked him and wanted him removed long time ago, but Machar could not act. He also said over 95% of the political leadership of the SPLM-IO are with Machar.

The opposition’s spokesperson added that President Kiir was aware of the fact that Gai is never popular in the SPLM-IO political and military establishments, but liked his unpopularity so that the peace agreement can die.


Dak also accused President Kiir’s forces of carrying out offensive on Monday as he was appointing Gai to hunt down Machar around Juba with the aim to kill him.

“As we speak, thousands of President Salva Kiir’s forces are on the move towards the areas where they suspected Dr. Riek Machar to be situated. Also their helicopter gunships have been bombing randomly in the forests, trying to locate him. Their aim is to kill him so that he never returns to Juba,” he said.

“But this will never happen. Dr. Riek Machar will someday return to Juba whether they like it or not, whether they will be there in Juba to receive him or not,” Dak added.

The opposition’s spokesman also accused some members of IGAD of being behind the President Kiir’s conspiracy to destroy the peace agreement using the “illegal” and “forced” replacement of transitional leadership of the government and the party.

He said even the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), which is supposed to monitor and safeguard the peace agreement has been “dumb founded” and could not know what to do.

He said Machar did not flee Juba out of his own will but was forced out after he nearly got killed at J1 palace by President Kiir’s forces, adding that only that they could not get chance to murder him inside the palace as his close bodyguards would have also killed president Kiir.

Machar, he said, due to the incidents at the palace and the attack on his base where his house was also bombed, was simply asking for a third party force to be deployed in Juba to guarantee his safety so that he would return to Juba.

“What Dr. Machar was simply asking was for the deployment of a third party force before he would return to Juba. This is what IGAD and AU have also endorsed. So why replace him with the unconvincing pretext that he was away from Juba when all knew why he has been away from Juba?” he asked.

He also said the agreement did not allow for temporary appointment of an acting First Vice President by the President, but instead Machar should have been the one to delegate one of his officials to act if need be.

Dak said he believed that some players in the region and in the international community have taken part in the conspiracy to make South Sudan ungovernable by supporting President Kiir’s illegal actions so that the situation can be used as a pretext for the country to be taken over by the United Nations under a trusteeship.

He said under the current situation where SPLM-IO and SPLA-IO are no longer part of the peace agreement, coupled with the ongoing military offensive by President Kiir’s forces, it would be difficult for Machar to return to Juba any time soon.

He said President Kiir’s faction and their ally led by Taban Deng Gai have been busy trying to track Machar down by monitoring phone conversations and its GPS and bombing his suspected locations around Juba.

It is the second time that Machar has been forced out of Juba by President Kiir’s forces, fleeing for his life. He also fled Juba on 15 December 2013 and his house was bombed.


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  • 26 July 2016 09:37, by Akuma

    No more comment, Riek Machar and his allies has gone for good in South Sudan politics. Taban Deng is a right man at the right time. Many people die under Riek leadership. His Phd has no used to South Sudanese citizens.

  • 26 July 2016 11:19, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Why are you in great hurry. Time will tell what will happen. Let Kiir loot more money to pay the UPDF, JEM and the Congolese. Dinkas are good at lies, fabrications, distortion and manipulation of facts.
    This time Dinkas should prove their might alone.

    • 26 July 2016 12:30, by Khent

      Whortti Bor Manza

      You’re still butt-hurt after I provided citations from books written by impartial third party historians demonstrating that the Fertit militia worked hand in hand with the Sudanese military against the Dinka, aren’t you? None of you have proven your own "might" without the help of other forces even as you so desperately posture...

      • 26 July 2016 12:40, by Khent

        ..And how many times must I tell you single digit chimps that there is no evidence of Congolese involvement in this conflict? Disagree? Provide substantive evidence from credible impartial sources. The Ugandans provided a small contingent whereas the various tribal militias in South Sudan relied on an entire army against the Dinka.

      • 26 July 2016 13:45, by choldit

        Really many of u are that fools! Kiir have no right to appoint Taban against recommendations of Dr Machar becoz 5 out of 23 members of Splm-io can’t replace a chairman of a party with a dismissed member. If Kiir in Dr Machar’s shoes can he accepted that? Of course a sensible person like Dr machar cannot do that. The govt is an Splm-ig govt alone now. So one can wonder why not a full scale war

  • 26 July 2016 13:37, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Insults and crude uncivilized behavior are not the traits of modern civilization. It’s apparent that Kiir’s regime depend entirely on foreign mercenaries. If it’s the gov forces fighting IOS, why do you assume these to be Dinka forces. let’s pray God to spare your life for the coming months. You will belief me soon. our writings are based on facts rather biased manipulations and distortions

    • 26 July 2016 14:13, by Khent

      Whortti Bor Manza

      I will continue to insult those foolishly advocating for some kind of Rwandan style genocide against the Dinka, and you should be glad that I’m tempering your delusions because any such attempt would boomerang on you. Raja County is a very sparsely populated area, and should a tribal war that you so naively advocate for take place... you will cease to exist.

      • 26 July 2016 14:43, by Khent

        Put things into context... this totally unnecessary war has consumed the lives of at least 50, 000 of our people in this God forsaken country. Now, your population is just a little over that casualty figure, so do you really want something that could easily result in the complete evisceration of your people?

        • 26 July 2016 14:54, by Khent

          Tragedies like Rwanda take place when criminally irresponsible self-centered, self-aggrandizing demagogues assume power and convince their particular collective in a society riven by sectarian strife and contests for power that the other groups are essentially not human in any way and are out to do them harm - just as they’ve allegedly done in the past...

          • 26 July 2016 15:10, by Khent

            ..And with that the die is cast for the exercise of all demons and the murder of innocents in total war horrors... and considering that your people are Muslim, and that they previously cooperated with Khartoum, do you realise just how terribly exposed you are to this narrative and all the attendant misery it would bring?

            • 26 July 2016 17:30, by Khent

              Salva Kiir was heavily dependent on the Ugandans in the initial stages of the war because the Nuer accounted for 70% of the army after they returned in 2006 in droves and were all accepted back without reservation by our lobotomized President. Salva Kiir then created a large tribal militia in addition to the Presidential guards that numbered 15, 000.

              • 27 July 2016 09:16, by Whortti Bor Manza

                You are a big liar. Dinka always talk big.we know you in and out when you used to scavenge for food in our areas in 50th etc., you are fond of enjoying the fruit of others and claiming superiority .
                Soon the UDPF, JEM and others will depart and you Will face it. To prove me wrong go to Kryadongo, Kakuma, Salva Dagash, Malesh Ya Bashir refugee camps. These camps are full of Dinka refugees.

                • 27 July 2016 14:36, by Khent

                  You mean absolutely nothing to me because I provided impartial sources from foreign academics demonstrating that your people (Fertit) were Khartoum’s lackeys, so you can keep lashing out like a spoilt brat. The Dinka sacrificed more, suffered more and contributed more than all the tribes in Sudan, combined. Dinka civilians in Upper Nile went to refugee camps the same way that Nuer civilians fled..

                  • 27 July 2016 14:44, by Khent

                    ..to Ethiopia in the hundreds of thousands. There are more displaced Nuer civilians in refugee camps across the country and the region than there are Dinka civilians. The Dinka didn’t have any of these forces helping them when you worked hand in hand with the Sudanese military. If you Fertit people try something, you will be forced into Darfur with other Muslims - permanently.

                    • 27 July 2016 15:29, by Khent

                      The UPDF only deployed as much as 4 thousand soldiers, with the bulk of that having been deployed in Juba, and they were withdrawn last year, so what prevented the rebels from completely taking control of the Upper Nile region? The Arabs used entire divisions against the Dinka and you’re winging about 4 battalions? LOL!

  • 26 July 2016 16:07, by Eastern

    Excellent! This is a self inflicted damage on Kiir; with renewed war likely to break out between SPLA-Kiir and SPLA-Riek, the leadership of South Sudan will be taken over by an international administration, possibly under the UN. Kiir thinks he’s wise but he’ll equally lose power and lose it badly!

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