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SPLM-IO accuses President Kiir’s forces of fresh attacks


July 26, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese forces loyal to President Salva Kiir have been accused of carrying out fresh attacks against forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) led by the former First Vice President, Riek Machar.

A batch of the SPLA-IO forces after arrival in Juba, 1 April, 2016 (ST Photo)

Machar was replaced on Monday with his ex-minister of Mining, Taban Deng Gai, in a process described as illegal by his officials but accepted by President Kiir, who appointed Gai as acting First Vice President.

President Kiir said he did not know where Machar has been hiding and could not respond to his 48 hours ultimatum. His former deputy has been demanding deployment of third party force in order to guarantee his safety in Juba following fighting two weeks ago which forced him to flee from the capital.

The former first deputy has however remained in charge of the SPLA-IO forces across the country as well as continuing to lead over 95% of the political leadership, according to his officials.

While President Kiir has called on Machar to return to Juba despite being replaced with Gai, his spokesperson said forces loyal to President Kiir have instead gone on offensive to hunt for his former deputy in the bushes, south and west of the capital, Juba.

“Their forces have been on offensive since last week, and our forces have been repulsing them in self-defence. There maybe escalation of fighting due to this violation of the July 11 cessation of hostilities declared by the two leaders,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, said on Tuesday.

“Even today [Tuesday] they have continued to dispatch troops from Juba and from other locations such as Maridi to go into the bushes to hunt for our Chairman and Commander-in-Chief, Dr. Riek Machar,” he added.

He said hundreds of President Kiir’s forces are believed to have been killed in the forests, saying “it is unfortunate to continue to waste lives of soldiers.”

He also added that helicopter gunships belonging to the faction loyal to President Kiir have been bombing forests randomly trying to locate and harm Machar and his forces.

Dak however said Machar is together with his troops and will continue to fight back in self-defence, or “even pursue President Kiir’s forces” if the attacks will continue.

He said he has been in contact with Machar whom he described as well protected by his forces.

The opposition leader’s spokesperson said the leadership of the SPLA-IO forces are not however interested in further escalating the fighting. He called on President Kiir to stop his forces from carrying out the attacks in search for Machar.


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  • 26 July 2016 23:08, by Khent

    The claim by the rebels that they killed hundreds of "government" soldiers is about as believable as Ngundeng’s ’prophecies’.

    • 27 July 2016 04:02, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      James Gatdet Dak & his now again new rebel leader Dr. Riek extremely fear death but they like other people to fatally fight for their interests. Riek is alive b’se of President Salva Kiir & b’se SPLA respects commands of C-in-C. Dak’s words will harm his boss if SPLA consequently responds to his rampant war-triggering statements.

      • 27 July 2016 04:22, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        In 1991 even when there was no c’try to rule, Dr. Riek staged a coup to Dr. John Garang but he failed & joined Garang. In 2013 Riek again tried a failed Coup attempt to President Kiir & joined him by imposed agreement. 3rdly, in 2016, he attempted another coup in J1. When will he realize that S. Sudanese have finished & survivers are suffering? Why don’t you stop making citizens become refugees &

  • 26 July 2016 23:45, by lino

    Hahaha!!! Juba is confused, and now they brought another hell to the people.
    I don’t think Machar is close to Juba; he maybe hiding somewhere else, but Malong and the SPLA forgot the bush fighting/war already since 2005. Now your the Government like Khartoum and Machar is your rebel for the next 2 years unless UN took over SS!!!

  • 27 July 2016 06:40, by Eastern

    The monstrous SPLA faction on both divides is at it once again; killing its volunteers and the citizens they visited to have liberated. Pathetic and shameful!

  • 27 July 2016 07:18, by William Atak Garang.

    The Government and rebel groups will ran out of troops in the future to come when the don’t stick to the peace they signed to stop the war because the army are exhausted from both sides in the region. The war become a monotony to our leaders rather than applying diplomatic measures to safe the life of the nation. And Most of the forces are always deserting their places due to too much confrontatio

    • 27 July 2016 07:39, by viper

      When there’s no crocodile in the river, monitor lizard may assume himself of being the crocodile in that river. Gadet Dak is now the one running the affairs of the movement of Riek Machar. He keeps lying and firing people who are for peace. That little liar should be ashamed of himself and stop manipulating the situation or vacuum.

      • 27 July 2016 07:46, by viper

        Now it’s clear that IO is being run by anonymous manager. Somebody that’s never seen or heard from. Don’t be surprised to fail to differentiate this organisation from Al Qaeda. Any attack from any corner soon will be claimed by them, just to fool the world that they are a force.

    • 27 July 2016 07:45, by choldit

      It is unbelievable that president Kiir can’t keep his words. Ceasefire promises and military orders to violate the same ceasefire at the time. The nation confused under Kiir. Hunting for Dr Machar while telling the world he need Dr Machar to come to juba for peace implementation. But Dr Machar will implement peace as what? He replaced with Taban. Let him and Taban implement the peace.

      • 27 July 2016 08:26, by Mike Mike

        No anyone between the two rivalry faction leader who can be praised for having done something to make war stoppage. The two are very vitally and eager to crush one his camp with the forces that they have without knowing that all these forces are not their kids and they didn’t joined the army just to die in such a senseless and a war that will not benefit them like this war of power struggling.

        • 27 July 2016 11:24, by Paul Ongee

          “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.

          • 27 July 2016 11:25, by Paul Ongee

            I like the above statement issued by Mr. James Gatdet Dak, he’s still living in the world of delusion and superstition, where he believes that Riek is the only important educated Nuer prophesied by Ngungdeng to be President of South Sudan at any cost. He doesn’t want to hear the history of Bor massacre orchestrated by Riek in 1991 and he doesn’t’ want to hear how bogus……

            • 27 July 2016 11:25, by Paul Ongee

              ….Khartoum Peace Agreement (KPA-1997) is trashed in the face of Riek where he could not mobilize his innocent followers to take up arms and fight Omer Hassan Bashir for such gross violation of KPA. Instead, his Dr. Riek (how he likes calling him) decided to return to the real PhD holder Dr. John Garang de Mabior to be forgiven in Nairobi in 2002 and reinstated into his position.

              • 27 July 2016 11:26, by Paul Ongee

                It should have been a big shame for a PhD holder (Dr. Riek) to keep shifting allegiance at his own disposal without considering the impact of his violent action on his own innocent tribesmen in particular since 1991. How does James Gatdek Dak consider himself and Dr. Riek civilized if they’re in the bush today and tomorrow in Khartoum preferred to be used to destabilize….

                • 27 July 2016 11:26, by Paul Ongee

                  ….their own country to prove Khartoum’s statement that “Junubin cannot govern themselves?” How do Kenyans, Ugandan, Rwandans, etc govern themselves? Are Kenyans, Ugandans, Tanzanians, Rwandans or Burundians taught by Khartoum first how to govern themselves? Do we need Jalaba to tell us, through Riek or whoever rebels against an elected government headed by Dinka,.…

                  • 27 July 2016 11:27, by Paul Ongee

                    ….how to govern ourselves, ya Dak? How many times do you like Vice President James Wani Igga to keep giving up his position to Riek since 2002? And how many times do you want Riek to be forgiven and reinstated into his position? President Salva Kiir Mayardit repeatedly forgave militia leaders, who felt that “shifting allegiance” constantly was wrong because it has become….

                    • 27 July 2016 11:28, by Paul Ongee

                      ….their culture of lifeline in Juba and Khartoum. But most of them realized the impact on their community and that’s why they are now in the government although Dak and Riek brand them as Dinka or supporters of Dinka government. Innocent Nuers have been mobilized to fight the senseless war of 1991 and 2013 that Junubin “must” be ruled by Riek himself, not a president from Dinka?

                      • 27 July 2016 11:28, by Paul Ongee

                        Equatorians who joined Riek in 2013 were mobilized on the pretext that Dinka are grabbing your land (while Riek does have a good number of plots in Juba) and President Kiir is giving high positions to Dinka only, not Equatorians. Riek decided to give military ranks to people who were not even trained and they put on facebook that they’re Generals. Those Junubin or Equatorians ….

                        • 27 July 2016 11:29, by Paul Ongee

                          …who needs high positions and high military ranks immediately joined Riek’s camp without thinking the outcome of such divisive policy. To international community, Riek claims that SPLM needs reforms and a new leadership under him. Different messages to different audiences to garner political, diplomatic and military support. The first person to defect from Riek’s camp …..

                          • 27 July 2016 11:30, by Paul Ongee

                            ….was a Nuer because of poor manifesto, poor policy, poor messages, poor strategy and poor vision. Peace Agreement of August 2015 was coined to be called CPA to sound like CPA of 2005 and its implementation is tuned to CPA of 2005 in order to take us back to the interim period of 2005-2011. Why was it not the case with KPA of 1997? Where was Troika to be peace guarantors of KPA of 1997?

                            • 27 July 2016 11:30, by Paul Ongee

                              And why does CPA of 2015 mimick CPA of 2005 and its implementation matrix? Are we or Junubin okay again with the “two armies/system, one country”, interim period of 30 months, then what, elections or referendum of 2011 again for separation of Leer or isolating Dinka from South Sudan? Did Almight God make a mistake to put us all in South Sudan?

                              • 27 July 2016 11:31, by Paul Ongee

                                Conclusively, President Kiir has said repeatedly that Riek would come to Juba peacefully as he did last April, but not as Riek was claiming after the initial fall of Bor, Malakal or Bentiu to the IO, that Kiir should only worry about the fall of Juba. But things turned out to be an uphill task until last April.

                                • 27 July 2016 11:32, by Paul Ongee

                                  The same thing would happen peacefully but not by violence, force or international conspiracy. Riek Machar is a South Sudanese citizen and has every right on the basis of his political record to become a president by ballot box, but not by bullets, violence, mobilization of tribesmen and Equatorians or Fertit on false grounds and imposition of Riek on South Sudanese by international conspiracy.

                                  • 27 July 2016 11:32, by Paul Ongee

                                    South Sudan know who to vote for when election time comes but it needs security, stability and above all economic development, and cannot be held hostage because of where the leadership should first come from this or that tribe. A leader can come from any tribe in South Sudan, whether it’s big or small or has a record of being wild, warrior or not.

  • 27 July 2016 14:46, by Ajongtar

    We will take Equatoria soon, its just a matter of time.

    We are counting the wepons of Matiang Anyoor, after two weeks the will run out oa arsenal.

    Then its Gona be our music season in YEI, MARIDI, KAJO KEJI, YAMBIO, TORIT and KAPOITA.


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