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South Sudan slams DR Congo over rebel leader Machar exit


August 28, 2016 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government has criticised neigbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for allegedly permitting the use of its territory to be used to evacuate armed opposition leader and former first vice president, Riek Machar.

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

The country’s information and broadcasting Minister Michael Makuei Lueth described evacuation of Machar from inside the country using an aircraft coming from Congo as a violation of international law and asked Congolese government through its embassy to explain why they could not inform them if they did not permit the evacuation plan.

The outspoken minister, in a statement on the state-owned SSBC, said "such act does not benefit either of the two countries as well as regional and global peace".

His comments follows a summon by the ministry of foreign Affairs of Congolese ambassador in Juba for a meeting at which the ministry officially protested what it calls border limitation by Congolese authorities. Machar fled the capital, Juba, after government forces attacked his residence following a clash between presidential guard force loyal to president and his (Machar) security details at the presidential palace in Juba, resulting in the death of over 200 soldiers on both sides.

Fearing for his life, he moved out of Juba hoping that the ceasefire he and president Salva Kiir declared would hold for him to return and resume his work at the presidency. But continued attacks by government forces pursuing him forced him to flee into DRC where the United Nations airlifted him after suffering from exhaustion and dehydration.

Commenting on Machar’s exit, the foreign ministry spokesman Mawien Makol said the ministry summoned the DRC ambassador in Juba to explain the action by his country. Makol claimed South Sudanese airspace was violated during the evacuation process.

“We summoned the Congolese Ambassador in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, because we were protesting on the border limitation that happened last week when the forces belonging to the former First Vice President crossed the border with him,” said Mawien.

“They [DRC] entered with a flight into the border without the knowledge of the government of the Republic of South Sudan, so that thing of course annoyed us and we have explained to him that this is what happened and he is going to convey the message to his country and that we were not informed about the coming into our border with the flight from Congolese. So they shouldn’t come to our airspace without getting permission from this country,” he added.


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  • 29 August 2016 00:23, by Mr Point

    The President and his government should help South Sudan more by working towards peace and economic development.
    It is madness to keep plotting to kill the first Vice President of the transitional government of national unity according to the peace agreement Kiir signed.
    Kiir dishonoured his office if he signed that agreement while plotting to murder his partner in peace

  • 29 August 2016 00:24, by Akol Liai Mager

    He is just in the next Northern Door. Secondly, how did he managed to exit in Juba in the first place? Thirdly Congo DR is being run by foreign powers and Kabila’s son has little room to maneuver in DRC, has only heard it from the news and has no knowledge on whether Machar actually entered and exit the Country. Fourthly, NIF regime in Khartoum did all the operation from lifting him off inside SS.

    • 29 August 2016 00:30, by Akol Liai Mager

      NIF regime in Khartoum has been feeding this rebellious lover from A-Z being arms or politics just in revenge against South Sudanese 98.7% voting for Independence. This is all the Khartoum made with supports from the regional and international Allies and this what Mustereb al-Siddiq was doing in Juba as an Ambassador of NIF in Juba whilst Juba has to appoint a new Uni Graduate in Khartoum as Amb.

      • 29 August 2016 07:27, by Force 1

        Riek Machar was allowed to get away from presidential palace at J1 to his home by president Kiir as a good gesture. We shouldn’t be surprise that he got away to Khartoum; he was given that green light to live from the beginning! If Riek is wise enough; then he should stay in Khartoum because he is not going to be lucky the third time around!

        • 29 August 2016 07:33, by Eastern

          Force 1,

          You asserted on this forum sonetime back that Dr Machar was dead. How naive could claim here that "he was given that green light to live from the beginning!" Given green light by who, if I may ask? Are you also say that Dr Machar is invincible? Lol!

          • 29 August 2016 07:44, by Force 1


            You either don’t read or understand written English; what I said was; "Riek Machar is dead; unless I see him on live TV on BBC"! But according to your own inadequate comprehension of written English ; you think I said Riek is Dead!

            • 29 August 2016 08:38, by Eastern

              Force 1,

              Yours is called tautology; you’ve just contradicted yourself! Since you haven’t seen Dr Machar "on live TV on BBC", your assertion that "Riek Machar is dead" still holds. To the contrary, Dr Machar is Khartoum Sudan and very much alive. There’s no semantics in what you say about Dr Machar.

            • 29 August 2016 13:24, by King of Nyamlel

              Riek is will not come to Juba. He was dislodged intentionally. He was Tabanized. That is all.

        • 29 August 2016 09:14, by Mr Point

          Why would there be a Third attempt to murder someone who the President signed n internationally witnessed peace deal with?

          Are you saying the President can’t be trusted, even when he signs a binding promise?

          You traitor!

      • 29 August 2016 09:10, by Mr Point

        It’s IRONY!

        Lueth complains that international law has been disregarded over airlifting Dr Machar safely away from Kiir’s murder squads.

        How many times has Lueth come out to defend his faction disregard for international law? Over sexual violence against civilians, collective punishment, ethnic cleansing, torture, murder of journalists, broken peace agreements?

        Don’t complain, Lueth!

    • 29 August 2016 06:26, by jubaone


      Perhaps the jienge intelligence malfunctioned. Are there any intelligent luakboys? Try again.

      • 29 August 2016 09:03, by Dengda

        I am intellectual and fair minded Dinka, stereotyping or generalisation we want to debate national issue at stake.

        • 29 August 2016 09:05, by Dengda

          I mean stop stereotyping or generalisation if we want to debate national at current stake @ Jubaone.

      • 29 August 2016 09:50, by wacjak

        Jubaone! I waited for you the whole of last week at Bilpam so that I arrange for your recruitment but you couldn’t show up. What happened? Again, your idiocy is manifested here by your hopeless generalization. Do you think you are more intelligent than some Jieeng people? Every community has both intelligent and dull people. I guess you are one of the dumbest in your community.

      • 29 August 2016 16:01, by Hardlinner

        jubaone, since when hv ur people been live in stone buildings?. the Luak you keep singing day and night is part of tranditional investment. so where is nyam nyam Rat building. luak is for Nuer, shilluk, dinka and groups that keep cattle. just shut your Rat eating mouth. ur culture is not valuable than ours. ur culture of eating rats, hyenas, monkeys, grasshoppers, lions,cats & etc is inferior.

  • 29 August 2016 00:54, by Dinka-Defender-General

    well, that’s what happen when we are not in control of our territory. I suggest this information two weeks after Machar left the town, but my suggestion was ignored. Remember UN is against success so they will do anything to serve their interest. Where did the guns in containers came from last time? DRC. Than it is not surprise to hear this. We should cut off our relationships with DRC.

    • 29 August 2016 03:07, by Akol Liai Mager

      Well, General, cutting relationship is one among other options that South Sudan’s government can consider, but DRC is not managed by one Congolese authority. Instead, DRC is being managed by Kabila’s Son in some parts of Kinshasa, vast parts under UN and pockets are managed by Rebels like Riek himself. So, it will be hard for SS government to deal Kabila who has no knowledge about this saga.

  • 29 August 2016 03:27, by ngadodo

    Minister Michael Makuei Lueth described evacuation of Machar from inside the country using an aircraft coming from Congo as a violation of international law. Mr. Michael Makuei, his really understanding international Law, somebody in risks member of UN will help that person that is not illegal in international. But what S. Sudan government doing it’s promoting Dr. Riek Machar to be President, mark

  • 29 August 2016 03:29, by ngadodo

    marks my words if his not going dead he will, president of Republic of South Sudan.

    • 29 August 2016 04:31, by Hardlinner

      Ngadodo. How will he do it. Firstly dinka and their allies are over 60% of national population. Therefore he will not win whether through election or rebellion. In fact he is more likely to die than become president. Laws of the universe can not be break. So riek with his primitive ngundeng prophecies are best children play book not reality.

      • 29 August 2016 09:13, by Dengda

        @ hardliner, your name really reflect your thinking capacity. Killing Riek not viable option to prevent him presidency only through well stipulated ACRSS and election is the only tool to get him out, not by bullet or replacement. Ngadodo has a point, the government action to capture him alive or dead just prove Riek argument and will earn him presidency if international step in with that fear aged

        • 29 August 2016 16:15, by Hardlinner

          dengda i can’t judge your perspective. but intelligent people would first look at history of Riek before they back him. to me he is stupid and lack natural abilities. if u think u are smart, why can’t u condemn both Kiir and Riek?. they have worked in the same government for ten years and i may say too they have stole public funds. i bet you shld look yourself in the mirror before judging others.

        • 29 August 2016 16:26, by Hardlinner

          dengda, my capacity best serve me and other logical thinkers. perhaps you should check your understanding capacity before questioning my intentions. for your info. i didn’t ask for Riek killing but empathised on odd of him winning presidential seat or getting killed while trying through rebellion. my position is clear S. sudan does not need riek, Kiir, former and current Gov. officials.

    • 29 August 2016 04:32, by Hardlinner

      Ngadodo. How will he do it. Firstly dinka and their allies are over 60% of national population. Therefore he will not win whether through election or rebellion. In fact he is more likely to die than become president. Laws of the universe can not be break. So riek with his primitive ngundeng prophecies are best children play book not reality.

      • 29 August 2016 08:24, by Paul Chadrack

        Ya stupid liner, majority or most of dinkas don’t support your kiir’s bhar el gazels and bor county of makuei and kuol manyang’s government, so don’t misuse dinka name for your foolish talking. your days are numbered.

        • 29 August 2016 09:25, by Dengda

          Got your point clearly @ paul, Thank for that thought, army are from Aweil and warrap and key ministers from Bor Country exclusive of Twic and Duk. They want to own and control government, but it’s miscalculation moved.

        • 29 August 2016 16:39, by Hardlinner

          Paul, lack of patience and abusing others have already justified your mental capacity. where did it say that i support Kiir. but i can assumed with certainty that you r riek supporter. the history will speak for itself. Riek is criminal and so as kiir. backing Riek make you criminal and at the same time unreasonable. so judge yourself first before me.

        • 29 August 2016 18:37, by Force 1

          @ Paul Chadrack;

          The entire Barh El Gazelle Dinka; Dinka Bor of Makuei and Kuol and Dinka of Ngok and Abyei of Deng Alor and Pieng Deng are now with Kiir Government. Now you Dinka of Majak Agoot and Rebecca Nyandeeng good luck with your Nuer beating all the Real Dinka I just mention above in South Sudan and take over the government!

    • 29 August 2016 04:33, by Deng II

      Mark my words too, he (Machar) will never become president in South Sudan.

      • 29 August 2016 05:48, by ngadodo

        Dr.RIEK Machar,if his not going to dead in the hand of Pual Maloung and Salva Kiir, he will going to be President of Republic of South Sudan. Through peace full talk, and arrange things fairly riek Machar will Elected through everyone in Republic of South Sudan including intellectually Dinka will voting to him. Everyone in south Sudan saw Leadership of President Salva Kiir, its illiterate leaders

        • 29 August 2016 16:48, by Hardlinner

          ngadodo, only brain death dinka person will elect Riek. the guy is responsible for death of over 100,000 dinka civilians in 1991 and 2013. He lied to nuer white armies which led to many of them getting killed on their way to Juba. south sudan have thousands of genuine leaders not semi brain dead people like Riek, Kiir, Pagan and many more of their stooges.

  • 29 August 2016 05:58, by ngadodo

    Leadership of President Salva Kiir, its illiterate leadership run by THE SUPREMACY OF JIENG COUNCIL OF ELDERS (JCE) IN SOUTH SUDAN
    , not parliament of nation with creation of tribalism, his didn’t delivers good things more than 10 years, Juba National city doesn’t have basic need like good hospitals, sanctions, diseases like Vibrio cholera permanent in Juba.

    • 29 August 2016 06:16, by Deng II

      We know that President Salva government is a corrupted Government including Machar when he was vice President,but Machar is traitor who killed memberous South Sudanese in 1991-2002. Corrupted traitor,Serial killer cannot be an alternative to corrupted patriotism.

      • 29 August 2016 08:07, by ngadodo

        okary, do you thinking people who Supporting Dr. Riek Machar, including mabior de garang, first Born of our late leader there are stupid people.

        • 29 August 2016 17:02, by Hardlinner

          ngadodo, you should ask yurself who Mabior Garang is in dinka community. he has totally shame his Dad. has he ever asked himself why Riek went against his dad in 1991?. in fact he is after opportunity which would generate income to support his substances abuse.

      • 29 August 2016 08:26, by Active man

        Dengll Dr.Machar isn’t traitor has you said, he was only correcting the visions of new Sudan to self determination for the people of south Sudan, however issue killing you talk about are the results of fighting even SPLA killed Gajaak civilians in a pretext that, they support Chuol Deng if you remember rather than claims you own cause than others.But now how many Nuer dies in hand of salva Kiir?

    • 29 August 2016 16:54, by Hardlinner

      ngadodo, again you talk about tribalism, but have not look at composition of the rebels foot soldiers that support Riek. it is exclusively 99.9% nuer in element. so Riek is not coming to power to Rule nuer alone. the fact that no groups are taking upper role in fighting the government suggest Riek is Nuer rebel not nation rebel.

  • 29 August 2016 07:12, by Agutthon

    Dear all,
    Three governments to blame
    1. Goss to blame itself for allowing Riek to Exit
    2. Blame DR Congo
    3. Blame Sudan for treatment

    • 29 August 2016 08:30, by Active man

      Aguthon, touching sudanese govttail will ruin all your plans n push you out of Juba sooner than later. Lol

  • 29 August 2016 07:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    All Congolese should be repatriated back to their country and no Congo citizen should be allowed into South Sudan territory.

  • 29 August 2016 08:22, by Kerem

    What we have not yet understood in Africa is which form of colonization is still being imposed on us. we think we fought colonialists years back but we do not know that we are still under modern colonization. Joseph Kabila is collided with his people then UN came in as an aid. He has no control over his country. The same thing is coming to South Sudan

    • 29 August 2016 08:40, by Paul Chadrack

      we don’t have any correct system which is abide by the law. kiir and the group are making themselves small gods of this country that’s prompted an intervention from international community, it’s not re-colonization of south Sudan but to bring back the order and acceptable system for all south Sudanese.

  • 29 August 2016 09:19, by Dengda

    My last comment, the bottom line is this, Riek won all his arguments in bright daylight. Recent attempted of getting him killed gave him credit to has case and right to the president. ACRSS was just a document which favour all, but we think 2018 is far enough, only replacement or eliminate him is quick mean to get free of him solution. The opposite may be true, the most fearful regime agenda may b

    • 29 August 2016 10:46, by Mapuor

      Dr Riek Machar has destroyed our country completely and we don’t even want to hear of him, leave alone allowing him to rule this country. Wisdom is better than silver and gold !We consciously fought for this country and will rule it for life come what may. We will never reward our traitors with leadership come what may.

  • 29 August 2016 09:42, by Konan

    Remember" Those who want everything end up with nothing" JCE has two options either to reinstate Machar as VP or lose everything "You can’t eat the cake and have it too". Should JEC refuse, South Sudan will be a protectorate under UN Trusteeship for an indefinite period, as called for by Pagan and cohort.

    • 29 August 2016 09:50, by Konan

      Remember" Those who want everything end up with nothing" JCE has two options either to reinstate Machar as VP or lose everything "You can’t eat the cake and have it too". Should Kiir refuse, South Sudan will be a protectorate under UN Trusteeship for an indefinite period, as called for by Pagan and cohort.

      • 29 August 2016 10:57, by wacjak

        Some of you talk as if they are small gods. S.Sudan will never be put under your wishful thinking of UN Trusteeship. That will happen only when we are all dead. Traitor Machar will never return as FVP. He is likely to die in exile. Peace shall be implemented with Taban. Period! If you don’t like, kill yourself.

  • 29 August 2016 13:25, by Philosopherking

    Sometimes I wonder what these guys drink! Does breaking international law become relevant only when it pleases them? Have they forgotten the murder, the rapes, the stealing, the destruction of property, the killing of journalist, the restriction of movement, the closure of news papers, etc that they brought to South Sudan? Dr. Riel was already in Congo. Why is Lueth not saying anything to Sudan?

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