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Another SPLA-IO general defects to South Sudan’s President Kiir


March 27, 2020 (JUBA) - Another SPLM-IO commander James Nando Mark has defected from to the South Sudanese army loyal to President Salva Kiir accusing their former leader of marginalizing them and planning to kill him.

"I would like to submit this resignation letter to your esteem office, with effect from March 26th 2020, my forces and I have completely and without hesitation or reservation have withdrawn our loyalty from your leadership of IO and declare it under his Excellency, Kiir Maryardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan," wrote Mark

In a statement to Sudan Tribune on Thursday, he had a meeting with Machar on 8 March and recalled that Equatorian had not been fairly represented in the peace government of 2016 before to request that this time their voice be heard.

The defector general went further to claim he survived an assassination attempt by the Alfred Futiyo another IO general after his return to Ezo area of Western Equatoria state on 15 March.

He also said he had been relieved from his position as the commander of the IO troops in Western Equatoria after the meeting. Further, his premises had been attacked and small machine guns seized.

Mark warned that if his plans to kill him continue, he would wage war against his troops in the Western Equatoria.

Recently, several SPLA-IO generals led by Lt. General James Koang Chuol Ranley defected to President Kiir to protest the appointment as the minister of defence of Machar’s wife Angelina Teny.

"We have also decided to resign from our respective assignments. The reasons are many but important among them is the way the movement is being run and managed," said the general on 18 March.


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  • 27 March 11:07, by South South

    Riek Machar’s IO= Finito, without generals and soldiers, Riek is left with two women in his family to run IO from Juba only, one woman is his wife who is now minister of defense, another woman is his in law who is a minister of health, both ladies are very questionable. One of them can do not pronounce, South Sudan. People should look to 1991 and how Reik stabbed SPLA back.

    • 27 March 13:47, by Midit Mitot

      Something must be wrong somewhere, why defection has become daily routine within the same Government?

      And defected to where and to who while in the same basket? otherwise South Sudanese have been deceiving themselves this is not a real peace.

      • 28 March 04:18, by South South

        Midit Mitot,

        You got it wrong. IO is a party in our national government. People are defecting from it to another party. You got it.When a leader decided to make a party for his own family, people who fought for it and they are left out will leave. This is what you are seeing.

      • 28 March 14:35, by james john luka

        Midit Mitot

        Don’t talk of something wrong somewhere else. The wrong is your leader Doctor Risk Machar. He risked the lives of the innocents in the name of fight for democracy while his only goal was power and nothing else. Now those innocents have realized the reality when he swept his family into power.

    • 28 March 09:36, by Malakal county Simon

      South South/Bone head

      May you use the language of peace please!! Where they defecting to?? The same goverment where Dr Macahar is FVP? and under Angelina as she is the Minister of defence? We should not entertained none-sense like this.. This disgruntles Generals who defected here and there, should be never be welcome by either sides if we are truly for a genuine peace to prevail!!

      • 28 March 10:42, by South South

        Malakal county Simon/Free nyantit,

        Your IO is a party in our national government, period. please deal with your own problems in IO far away from us. Angelina under controlled. Kiir is our commander-in-Chief. Kuol Manyang is back now as our senior advisory to our government. So, Angelina can not open her mouth. Money is controlled.

  • 27 March 11:07, by Langbaar

    What are these so-called defecting to or for Mr. Salva Kiir? A join government of national unity had been formed. These low lives should asked the government of South Sudan for ’hoes, spades and other supplies’ to grow their own food and Sudanese food.>>>>

  • 27 March 12:06, by Mayendit

    All these defected generals are for money this is why they switch side because they sees the unified army process will delaying while, those generals are desperately to gets money because their former Chairman Riek Machar and his relatives are already on the pay roll and comfortable life. There are many generals on the way abandoned Riek Machar.

  • 27 March 12:15, by Mayendit

    The chief of staff general Simon Gatwech Dual of SPLM IO is telling his Boss Riek Machar to come their Headquarters in Diehl unfortunately, the first vice president Riek Machar Teny is not longer a rebel leader therefore, he will not going there for sure. Also I am hearing that, the IO chief of staff general Simon Gatwech Dual and many more others generals are hiding something perhaps, they might

    • 27 March 13:10, by South South


      Riek cannot go to Diehl, he will be arrested and maybe killed. Juba is the only place for him now to protect his life. When you mess up an organization, especially rebellion organization, you face two: Death od hide from the people who used to support your rebellion. Nuers didn’t die to make Riek’s family rich.

  • 27 March 12:31, by Mayendit

    During the Rumbek conference Riek Machar Teny said something very important and it come to be true now. He said, there’s no smoking without fire refer to what make people break away from the late Chairman Dr John Garang and now, we can saying, those generals to whom have abandoned him for reasonable. Yes, it look like family business or whatever you call it families Affairs absolutely.

  • 27 March 14:29, by Tupac

    we told you that, Riak is an Evil devil agents and you didn’t pay attention. how can you try to assassinate your member. All Riak supporters are now regretting. pek you.

  • 27 March 17:53, by Eastern

    That Zande boy doesn’t look what he claims: general. He can travel to Juba for free food but he must be cautious of the ACOVID-19....

  • 27 March 17:54, by Eastern

    That Zande boy doesn’t look what he claims: general. He can travel to Juba for free food but he must be cautious of the ACOVID-19....

    • 27 March 18:31, by South South


      be very careful, coronavirus targets old man like you. Stay home and don’t touch computer. Riek is done, all generals left him. He is left with his women in questions.

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