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Former political detainee forms new rebel group in South Sudan


Kerbino Wol (Amnesty International photo)

June 7, 2020 (JUBA) - A former political detainee Kerbino Agok Wol has formed a new armed group, the October 7th Movement, to bring democratic change in South Sudan.

“We are the 7 October Movement. We are voices of the collective citizenry and the sacred homeland that is called South Sudan,” read the manifesto of the rebel group.

Wol who described the ruling elite in South Sudan as “looters” says that the root cause of the crisis can be found in the system of power and repression this corrupt elite.

Therefore, the whole “system must be eliminated”.

Wol had been detained on 27 April 2018 without charge and incarcerated at the Blue House in Juba. After the riot of 7 October 2018, he had been imprisoned for 10 years for taking part in the organized insurrection by the inmates of the detention facility.

President Kiir, however, pardoned him and he was released on 3 January 2020, as part of the government commitment to create a conducive environment for peace implementation.

Born in 1982, he joined the SPLA at the age of twelve, becoming a member of the “Red Army,” a contingent of child soldiers, after the arrival of his family to a refugees camp in Ethiopia.

Through his the Nile Foundation, the philanthropist businessman organized a series of awareness and empowerment programmes to encourage youth to adopt a spirit of reconciliation beyond tribal lines and peacebuilding.

The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) of Hakim Dario welcomed the new rebel group saying the 7th October Movement represents the “country’s high expectations and hopes of breaking clean from the failed, ailing and corrupt SPLM leadership that has led South Sudan to a senseless civil war”.

Dario further called on the new group which is based outside the country to join his alliance South Sudan NADAFA to get rid of the “SPLM tyranny and unabated corruption” and work together to repair the country’s social fabric for peaceful co-existence with each other.


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  • 8 June 13:33, by Midit Mitot

    That,s traumatic results

  • 8 June 14:14, by Nueri Dial

    Criminality /Oct 7th Movement,
    You can not just wake up from your sleep and put what come into your mind into implementation. Just look for alternate way to get a position. Your uncle Kiir is going soon

    • 8 June 19:10, by Langbaar

      Gat Nueri, you fellows have been singing this song that Salva Kiir is going to go even before your Ngungdeng reincarnates, Mr. Riek Machar let his balls carried him on the 15/12/2013. He came and ran away from Juba on the 16/07/2016 to DR Congo and he was let go by Mr. Salva Kiir cowered with his bunch of lowly informed of Mr. Kuol Manyang>>>

      • 8 June 19:51, by Langbaar

        lowly informed Nueri boy Watch out fool.>>>

        • 9 June 10:51, by Nueri Dial

          You are low informed Dinka. We have killed many of your leader including Lualeyak who was the leader of Ngok. we have invaded more of your land and all these happen before Ngundeng. Your name Jaang/Slave was created before Ngundeng, the name came from all the boys and girls taken from Dinka tribe. Half of Nuer population now are Dinka background.

          • 10 June 01:53, by Khent

            Nueri Dial

            You Nuer believe in fairy-tales and engage in laughable boasts amd yet you consistently fail to take power by force. You’re also fond of projecting; your people were the number 1 slave tribe in all of Sudan for decades. The Arabs appreciated your service, but they never respected you. All of you know that your people were slaves, so you wish to turn this on the Dinka.

            • 10 June 02:28, by Khent

              *Lual Yak* is not the name of a person, you ignorant child. It’s the name of a Ngok sub-section. You people really have to stop believing in childish fairy-tales and you also have to stop acting on impulse. You constantly end up dying everytime you declare ’kac lora’; your military objectives are almost invariably never achieved, and this is why you lost all your headquarters in Nasir and Pagak...

              • 10 June 02:35, by Khent

                ..in addition to losing large swathes of your territory. Salva Kiir only agreed to this peace because the continuation of the war was destroying the Country; if he mobilized all 25 Dinka sections (instead of 2) and was only concerned with military primacy, Riek would have remained outside the country and you would not possess even 1 county. Stop acting like children and accept peace.

      • 9 June 10:59, by Nueri Dial

        You can not expect 370 soldier to fight 100,000 Dinka Soldier, Black water of 50 American soldier in 2016. what those boys did will never be forgot. You have Tank, Gunships and every kind of heavy machine artillery but we came to you with counted 370 AK 47 and we manage to reach DRC. Can you tell me any group of Dinka who manage to reach Dinka land in 2014 through fight?

        • 10 June 01:48, by Khent

          Nueri Dial

          Salva Kiir saved Riek in Juba from hardline Dinka that wanted to take him out. The Equatorians then got you out alive, so if they did not lend a helping hand, Riek and his forces would have been dead. A small force has a higher chance of escaping unnoticed than a large one. Also, you were not pursued by 100, 000 soldiers.

          • 10 June 01:58, by Khent

            ..You should only speak of such child-like nonsense among your tribesmen; only they can believe such laughable figures. Is this not why your people were convinced that they could be resurrected after dying on the battlefield? Children from other tribes would ridicule and dismiss such claims, but Nuer adults are routinely taken in. This is why the Arabs enslaved you.

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