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Two South Sudan’s FDs leaders returns to Juba


Kenyan President Kenyatta shakes hands with Rebecca Garang and other S. Sudan leaders. on 25 June 2015 (Photo PSCU)
November 29, 2018 (JUBA) - Two prominent members of the SPLM Former Detained Leaders (FDs) groups returned Thursday to Juba as part of the confidence-building measures and a demonstration of their political intent to implement the peace agreement.

Madame Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, former presidential adviser and Oyai Deng Ajak former national security minister arrived in Juba after two years for the former and five years for the latter. Rebecca left the country after Juba clashes of July 2016 and Oyai remained outside the country after his release in April 2014.

They were received by the South Sudanese transport minister John Luk, and their comrade Deng Alor Kuol who is already in Juba since last September after the signing of the revitalized peace agreement.

The FDs were reluctant in their decision to endorse the peace pact but after several meeting decided to sign it. However, the group leader and former SPLM secretary general Pagan Amum seems sticking to his initial rejection of the peace deal.

Pagan is still outside the country and he did not make a public statement in support of the 12 September pact.

The Former Detainees were in favour of democratic reforms in the country and worked hand to hand with Riek Machar before the eruption of violence on 15 December 2013. However, they rejected the use of force and distance themselves from Machar.


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  • 30 November 2018 06:22, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The oil pipelines have began allowing the flow of the dark gold to Red Sea for export who among the SPLM would like to be left out in the open cold? Most of them will flock to Juba to share the cake that belongs to the people of South Sudan.

  • 30 November 2018 06:58, by Joker Wizard

    This is a good premonition. The better solution to the problem of how to resolve conflicts among nations peacefully are for them to enter voluntarily into a peaceful cohesion, a federation of freedom. I envision an international order committed to the normative ideal of peace, for such federation would differ from a peace agreement. The Inkling of traditional leaders who are to attend cultures.

    • 30 November 2018 07:07, by Eastern

      Premonition has never been good....!

  • 30 November 2018 07:13, by Mayendit

    The correct statement is one fromer detainee, because Mrs Rebecca Nyandeng Garang was not a former detainee even though she has connection with Riek Machar and former detainees does not mean she was among detainees people. A shame on Majak Agoot and Pagan Amum. All those people who were supporting UNMISS to take over South Sudan nation are so shameful. Almost 4 million dies in SPLA/M wars in Sudan

    • 30 November 2018 07:34, by Malakal county Simon

      If Rebecca Nyadeng not a former detainee, then why she flew the country?? Peoples like are the peace spoilers to believe in what they hears but not what they know!!

      • 30 November 2018 07:59, by Mayendit

        Malakal County Simon
        Your notion is ridiculous. First of all, define the word detainee and second, there were many people flew out in the country and they were not arrested. Back to the point Mrs. Rebecca Nyandeng, she flow away with detainees because she was associate with those people who were about to take power in short cut. I think the Idea of taking power by force and 70% in army be avoid.

    • 30 November 2018 09:50, by Rumbek S. Sudan


      Your mentality and that of Michael Makuei Lueth has no different. There is no shame at all to those of Majak Agoot and Pagan Amuom who would want to build South Sudan foundation on democratic principles, rule of law and transparent systems of governance. Something that those of you do not want to see happening in this country.

  • 30 November 2018 07:29, by Mayendit

    Pagan Amum and Majak D. Agoot why are you not coming when 90% of the oppositions have returned back and they are working to make sure war must be prevent at all cost and move on for better future and good development. You are not a patriotic people any more because the patriotism and nationalism people don’t give up to her country no matter what happen. But for you guys will be a shame forever.

    • 30 November 2018 09:21, by Games

      Your statements are correct, Nyadeng was not a formers detainees neither IO. But many people chosen their sides they wanted to support when they abandoned the Salva Kiir’s administration. Nyadeng never chose to be part of IO, but she always been associated with G-10,even she did not arrested.

  • 30 November 2018 11:01, by aborigin

    Mayendit, Games and all commentators,
    Your arguments are healthy, BUT let me clarify this, Madm Rebecca was under house arrest it is only that she was not taken to blue house, their interest and ambitions were entirely with the rest at blue house hence it doesn’t disassociate her with the later, it was goodwill of president not to take her in custody. Overall we need peace and these are good gestu

    • 30 November 2018 11:03, by aborigin

      Gestures of peace from all the stakeholders in this conflict, any resolve to end misunderstandings in SPLM shall have amicable solution when they sit nd dialogue together.

  • 30 November 2018 13:45, by Redeemer

    Rumbek S. Sudan
    Do you know any principle of Democracy or you just copy paste the word. Pagan rejected SSOA leadership decision, rejected his own G10 decision now he is called Pagan. I know you will not understand if I try to define democracy for you but I will help you ( Will of the majority over minority). Does your Pagan fits in definition?

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