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December 23, 2013 (LONDON) - South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar, says forces under his command will divert oil revenues accrued from the country’s oil wells, days after his troops seized control of much of the new nation’s oilfields.

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South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar, addresses a press conference (Getty)

In an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday, Machar revealed a plan to halt oil revenue remittances to Juba.

He said no money would go to the government in Juba, explaining that his group plans to divert oil revenues and deal directly with Sudan in implementing the September 2012 cooperation agreements, as they are in control of the concerned states.

“We will establish an extra account to which the oil revenues will be remitted for the economic interest of the people of South Sudan”, said Machar, adding that Juba will be isolated until his group takes over power from president Salva Kiir.

On 15 December, serious clashes erupted in the capital, Juba, after “misunderstandings” between the presidential guards, mainly from the Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups.

Kiir accused Machar and his supporters of orchestrating a coup attempt, accusations his former deputy denies, saying the president was simply using the incident as a ploy to get rid of his political opponents.

Rival factions within South Sudan’s army (SPLA) have been fighting since Sunday, with the conflict increasingly divided along tribal lines.

While Machar has left the capital, Juba, his forces have made significant gains in the past six days, and are now in control of Jonglei and oil-rich Unity state.

The government has vowed to retake Jonglei capital Bor, the capital of Jonglei, although Machar claims a sizeable force of government troops was defeated between Juba and Mangala, forcing a retreat back to the capital.

KIIR ADMITS LOSSES

While addressing the country’s national legislative assembly, the president conceded his government had lost control over two of the country’s 10 states.

“Machar now has control over Jonglei state and he has control over Unity state. These are the two states that he has control over. How many states do we have? We have 10 states. And if you control two states you will still be the minority”, Kiir told lawmakers on Monday.

He advised people not to listen to what he described as “rumours” being circulated by forces loyal to Machar.

“They are advising people to flee and run away from Juba. I will tell the people don’t listen to these rumours”, Kiir said.

Machar claimed on Monday that his forces had captured most parts of Upper Nile state; another oil-rich state north of the country, as more army divisions reportedly pledged their loyalty to him.

“Division seven under Major General Lual Chol has today (Monday) declared its loyalty”, Machar told Sudan Tribune, as fighting erupted early Monday morning between anti-government forces and those loyal to president Kiir, across most Upper Nile counties.

Meanwhile, further violence is expected in some remaining areas still under government control, including the capital, Malakal.

MACHAR DISMISSES “PROPAGANDA”

However, Machar said the whole of Upper Nile will “soon” fall under his control, dismissing what he described as government “propaganda” on the radio, which he said “misleads” citizens that the president remains in control.

He said his forces will protect oil companies and workers in the two oil-producing states of Upper Nile and Unity.

Machar has also criticised Kiir’s government for allegedly backing the shutdown of oil companies, after rebels took control of the oil fields, saying the move would affect people’s livelihoods.

Machar called on oil companies in the area to continue their operations under the protection of his forces.

Analysts, however, say the capture of the oil-producing states is a major blow to the Juba government, which depends on oil revenues for 98% of its budget revenues.

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  • 23 December 2013 19:13, by Mi diit
    • 23 December 2013 19:33, by Ahmed Chol

      If Kiir was given another chance, he wouldn’t dare to dissolve the:
      a) cabinet in July
      b) National Liberation Council.
      c) Political Bureau
      These steps were the beginning of all problems that brought South Sudan to where it is today. Who can the South Sudanese and the world blame for these dissolution that brought the war? Kiir, no one else.

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      • 23 December 2013 19:49, by Ahmed Chol

        With all senior army officers removed from SPLA and high ranking politicians jailed, where is Kiir going to get people to plan and fight his war? Is he going to be bring back the generals he sent home now or what? Or is Awut Deng Achuil and Salva Mathok going to put on their Military Uniforms and take the lead against Riek Machar?

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        • 24 December 2013 05:03, by Force 1

          President Kiir should not underestimate what Dr. Machar is saying; to dismiss Riek Machar that he only control two states of ten states is a wrong thing to say. Those are the states that are the backbone of South Sudan economically. If Dr. Machar control them and cut off the oil revenues from coming to Juba; then there will be no government to run in Juba without oil Revenues.

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          • 24 December 2013 11:08, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Mi diit,
            There is a difference between college degree and educated person. Your Uncle Dr. Defector Riek has nothing in his brain. Track record proves that Riek is brainless. Put that in your mind. YOU AND DR. DEFECTOR RIEK ARE NOW ENGAGED IN PROPAGANDA WAR IN THE MEDIA IN AN EFFORT TO GARNER SUPPORT FROM DOMESTIC AND INTL’ AUDIENCE. You can say I will do this and that BUT HOW?

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            • 24 December 2013 11:10, by Adodi Jotuwa

              Why did he fail in his coup attempt in 1991? Did the dynamics change or not? Was it not driven along tribal lines? How many Nuers Cmdrs were killed for failure to join him before finally surrendered to Khartoum? And how many factions over factions emerged from SSIM/Nasir faction? Later everybody was left to survive on his own. Nobody had any idea how Riek rolled back to SPLM/A in 2002 in Nairobi

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              • 24 December 2013 11:18, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Dr. Defector Riek capitalizes on weakness of his tribes who emotionally join him for a quick victory and lootings but if the political endeavor takes time without achievement in sight, every commander will form another faction in an effort to return to where he was before. It had happened before and will happen again before the end of January, 2014. Wait and see.

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                • 24 December 2013 11:43, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  This failed coup attempt where some senior SPLM/A members were involved was planned to look democratically since those of Alfred Lado Gore & Kosti are on board but the motive behind the coup was to take power from the elected President by force by tribal forces allied to him. Now why people are brutally killed and Bor town is mercilessly looted as if they’re going back to Khartoum?

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              • 24 December 2013 17:39, by dude

                Please do not forget that the elected president was elected by Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon only if you know what I mean. If you are confused, then go, and figure out.

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          • 24 December 2013 11:42, by Hardlinner

            riek is mixing lies with rebellion. how on earth would he take on the government. he thinks that nuers and dinkas are the only south Sudanese. there is no way he can control the oil field that is not under his control. in fact there is different between controlling bentiu and controlling oil field. nuers with sense of nationality won’t follow your demonic hunt for power.

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      • 24 December 2013 08:29, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

        Dr.Machar oyee! South Sudan Oyee! we Loves you Dr. Machar we believing you that, there will changes in South Sudan very soon in South Sudan we are all well come you without Corruption, Discrimination, Tribalism, without Assassanting or murders Citizens in our Nation we needs developments to you Dr. Machar because you are man of Development thnaks the God bless forever.

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        • 24 December 2013 17:40, by dude

          Please do not forget that the elected president was elected by Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon only if you know what I mean. If you are confused, then go, and figure out.

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      • 24 December 2013 13:49, by Darkangel

        !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!
        They fooled you Southerners in leaving the North, now they will fool you to give power to a non dinka or nuer. But a Zionist - Israeli/American worshiper.

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    • 23 December 2013 19:48, by Majongdit

      Liar! You are the writer of this news article. Riek Machar bases his hopes on a false fence made of cascade. There is nothing that is going to be called Riek Presidency in South Sudan.

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      • 23 December 2013 19:55, by Ahmed Chol

        Museveni has really Spoiled Kiir and South Sudan. There is no doubt that Museveni is an enemy of South Sudan because he wants South Sudan to be his backyard, a state that is dependent on his country Uganda in every way.

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        • 23 December 2013 22:12, by Tutbol

          Guys don’t you know that this whole game is a creation of the US & UK you called friends? As for those fools who want our oil fields be given to those evil Anglo-American shits should pack up their damn asses and move to US or UK. there are some people who never & would never want any damn US or UK filthy faces in our state Jonglei. If they want IrAQ like-situations in S Sudan, then let them...

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      • 23 December 2013 20:05, by Ito

        Dear Readers, it is very sad to see this conflict after we have suffered for 191 years in war. But the world expect it as I have been living and studying in South sudan. you go to bank, the millions of pounds are lend to one tribe without collateral and others are discriminated, same for job, even if you are qualified, you will be put as deputy. We are the superior tribe and can do anything big

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        • 23 December 2013 20:08, by Ito

          cancer to us and top officials from the same tribe are encouraging the same attitude. What is wrong with democracy? This is what SPLM have been fighting for. Any citizen have right to be president if people voted for him or her. those who wants to dream leadership are not allowed by the regime to do so, this is serious issue. Courts are not independent, judges threaten those who sue governent.

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          • 23 December 2013 20:12, by Ito

            Salva talk but he does not do. Listening to Museveni and your corrupt and bad advisor who the whole parliament representing the country disapprove but only you will lead you to grave. Training guards from the same clan and tribe is first in history and you expect no one to be suspicious. Museveni wants south sudan to be like Congo and mark my words guys. Late hero death is in hands of this guy.

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    • 23 December 2013 20:04, by Chol A.

      Oho! Oo! Dr R splitter the "prophet of doom" let your dream come true! We had enough from you mr traitor but your Naath will moun for you soon.

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    • 23 December 2013 20:16, by Rommel

      Riek’s offer to implement the 2012 security and cooperation agreement (s) with Sudan is a transparent and terribly desperate attempt to receive weapons, ammunition, supplies and logistical support from Khartoum — again. History is truly cyclical.

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      • 23 December 2013 20:20, by Rommel

        Riek is essentially pleading for Khartoum to assist him in this conflagration, because he understands that he will be unable to prosecute this war for a sustained period without an outlet from which to receive essential supplies and logistical support. This -will be in some respects- a war of attrition; to engage in a war of attrition, one needs resources and supplies....

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        • 23 December 2013 20:29, by Rommel

          .. Which is where Sudan comes in. In light of all of this, the attendant question now is whether Khartoum has sufficient faith in Riek’s ability to hold onto the oilfields. This is a decision for Khartoum to make. Decisions of such importance necessarily require a sufficient period of observation, introspection and a myriad of calculations. And so the question is: Does Riek have the time?

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          • 23 December 2013 20:39, by Rommel

            Oil companies will also have to make their own calculations — security, political and so on. Oil companies have historically been conservative and cautious in matters as delicate as such, and so they are unlikely to operate on behalf of a faux government that will not have regional and international support.

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            • 23 December 2013 20:45, by Rommel

              The world’s sole superpower has already made it clear that it will not recognize any pretenders to power — individuals, groups and regimes that come to power through a coup. The United States possesses and gratuitously wields its economic and corporate influence on a global level. What’s the significance of this, you may ask?

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              • 23 December 2013 20:54, by Rommel

                .. Well, any oil company foolish enough to proceed with operations on behalf of an illegitimate government faces the risk of coming under crippling U.S. corporate sanctions — a virtual corporate death sentence in a world run by the Anglo-American establishment — the Wall Street-Washington consensus. These are the considerations a *thinking mind* anatomizes and has whirling inside.

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                • 23 December 2013 21:05, by Rommel

                  There are yet no American oil companies operating in South Sudan; the oil companies are [with the exception of Total] all Asian — mostly State owned Chinese companies — America’s geopolitical rival. If a oil company [most likely Asian] does indeed commit the folly of proceeding with operations...

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                  • 23 December 2013 21:14, by Rommel

                    .. All Salva Kiir has to do is offer the Americans sole and untrammeled access to our oilfields in exchange for America exercising its incomparable political, economic and corporate clout by sanctioning any Asian company with the chutzpah to proceed with oil operations. The Asians also happen to be U.S. rivals. This would be mutually beneficial, no?

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                    • 23 December 2013 21:21, by Rommel

                      And since Salva is so sickeningly close to that despotic, murderous American poodle, stooge and perennial regional destabilizer in Uganda... Salva can endear himself to the U.S. by association; he has all the cards necessary to win this. All he needs to do is to *think*, for once. He cannot allow an absolute dolt like Riek to outmaneuver him in the political and corporate arena.

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                      • 24 December 2013 03:10, by Mi diit

                        Rommel,
                        What do you want Riek Machar to do after Kiir ran to Uganda to get weapons including helicopter gunships that recently attacked Bor? What is wrong with Riek hijacking and implementing the September 2012 cooperation agreements which Kiir and Bashir signed? Issues of the cooperation agreements are implemented in Greater Upper Nile, be it borders, security, trade, etc. Juba will collapse!!!

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                        • 24 December 2013 03:16, by Mi diit

                          I am surprised that you don’t condemn Uganda for involving in our internal affairs, with troops all over to help you. But they can’t withstand the force going to capture Juba. Actually citizens in Juba who do not flee to Uganda are begging Dr. Machar to capture the city soon and free them from Kiir’s rotten governance. Machar is now in control of the biggest SPLA divisions with enough weapons.

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                          • 24 December 2013 03:22, by Mi diit

                            Now with 100% of the oil revenues cut off and taken by Dr. Machar, Kiir’s supporters will soon feel like fish thrown out of the water; no salary, no services, no nothing. They will plea to UN to supply food ration to run the government, otherwise, they will beg for Machar to capture Juba soon so that life resumes as normal. Your throat is squeezed, buddy. Good luck in the next few days.

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                            • 24 December 2013 03:28, by Mi diit

                              Now that you as government has lazily lost the oilfields and instead resort to begging oil companies to shut them down, what are your alternatives to run the government? US will recognize Machar’s government if he controls Juba. Don’t depend on their temporary warnings. Kiir’s forces will NEVER set foot again in the oilfields. Let him worry about Jonglei and Mangala in CES in his back yard. Ooops!

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                              • 24 December 2013 03:38, by Mi diit

                                BREAKING NEWS, BREAKING NEWS,
                                Kiir’s stooge governor Simon Kun Puoch has fled to the UNMISS compound in Malakal town as the SPLA division commander in the area gave warning to evacuate as they want to declare Upper Nile state loyal to Dr. Machar. Ahahhaaaaa... A third lifeline state falling to Dr. Machar. Where are Kiir’s forces? Richest states are falling! Ahahahahahaa....

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                                • 24 December 2013 15:05, by Rommel

                                  Mi Diit:
                                  Are you really to argue that Riek’s salient appeals for assistance from Khartoum was prompted by Uganda’s involvement in the conflict!? Your ’argument’ is fatuous. Riek would still have appealed to Khartoum even if Uganda hadn’t involved itself in this. Riek is simply doing what he has always done — begging Khartoum for supplies, weapons, ammunition and logistical support.

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                                  • 24 December 2013 15:09, by Rommel

                                    Are you of the opinion that your moral code would never allow you people to stoop so low as to solicit and receive military assistance in your wars against the Dinka. Do you recall the thirteen [13] years [1991 to 2004] in which the Dinka were subjected to aerial bombardment and artillery fire from Khartoum!?

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                                    • 24 December 2013 15:15, by Rommel

                                      Do you recall the thirteen [13] years in which you defended oilfields on behalf of the Arab oligarchy? Do you recall how you were so desperately reliant upon their weapons, ammunition, supplies, logistical support and food relief? Do you recall the military engagements that you executed in tandem with Khartoum?

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                                      • 24 December 2013 15:16, by Rommel

                                        Allow me to cite for you the work of an historian:
                                        Throughout the fighting, not one war casualty was admitted to the Nasir hospital. Riek’s troops sat idle as Khartoum pushed back the Dinka. The results of Riek’’s sell-out to Khartoum could not have been more glaring. The Dinka suffered mightily. (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, scott peterson)

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                                        • 24 December 2013 15:23, by Rommel

                                          You are certainly free to *dream* and entertain your childish flights of fancy... but you will fail — just like before. Temper your premature celebrations, because this is just the beginning. Your head is in the clouds.

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                                          • 24 December 2013 15:25, by Rommel

                                            I think this is precisely the same kind of prematurely ordained ’triumph’ and overwhelming feeling of ecstasy that must of have captured the imagination of Riek’s forces in 1991 when they took control of Panyangor and Bor, only to have this Pyrrhic victory brutally and unceremoniously overturned...

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                                            • 24 December 2013 15:26, by Rommel

                                              .. when mostly Dinka soldiers, under the command of Kuol Manyang defeated Riek’s troops in a large and unforgettable battle at Gut-Makur, a village just outside Mongalla. Riek’s forces were then defeated at Wuor Baar; our forces then entered Dinka territory at Gem, defeated all opposing forces in Nuer territory at Kuac Deng...

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                                              • 24 December 2013 15:34, by Rommel

                                                .. With Riek’s forces experiencing defeat after being pursued, hounded and cut down as far as Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod... so by all means, boast, thump your chest, jump up and down and so forth — but you will be defeated. We have experienced and endured infinitely more challenging tasks and circumstances before.

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                                                • 24 December 2013 15:42, by Rommel

                                                  We lost 250, 000 civilians in Bahr el Ghazal in 1988-89 and we still kept on fighting. We lost perhaps as much as 30, 000 civilians in 1991, and like before, we kept on fighting. On what basis do you conclude that divisions four [4], seven [7] and eight [8] are the biggest divisions in the SPLA!?

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                              • 24 December 2013 17:42, by dude

                                Please do not forget that the elected president was elected by Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon only if you know what I mean. If you are confused, then go, and figure out.

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                      • 24 December 2013 14:06, by hellonearth

                        Rommel,
                        i thought you were an educated person who could be the next generation of leaders of South Sudan but you statements are just a proof that you are a useless Dinka like Kiir with pride that you Drinkas are in power but soon the table will turn.

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                  • 24 December 2013 17:41, by dude

                    Rommel
                    Do not worry my brother we going to have a fantastic government very soon.

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    • 23 December 2013 22:29, by Dumodit

      Hey Midit
      Did you seconded, the enemy of the South Sudanese white liar?
      I count Riak Machar "BIG ENEMY OF EVERY TRIBES of South Sudan", including his own Nuer tribe, he put an end to William Nyoun’s relatives and Paulino Matip. Those heroes past but remain coward— still. Curse be the day he was born!!
      God knew his deeds of evil and surely reward by it!

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    • 24 December 2013 07:32, by Mayom County Boy

      let us allow peace to move our among our selves in our communities.
      we people of south sudan

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      • 24 December 2013 17:42, by dude

        Please do not forget that the elected president was elected by Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon only if you know what I mean. If you are confused, then go, and figure out.

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    • 24 December 2013 10:56, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Mi diit,
      There is a difference between college degree and educated person. Your Uncle Dr. Defector Riek has nothing in his brain. Track record proves that Riek is brainless. Put that in your mind. YOU AND DR. DEFECTOR RIEK ARE NOW ENGAGED IN PROPAGANDA WAR IN THE MEDIA IN AN EFFORT TO GARNER SUPPORT FROM DOMESTIC AND INTL’ AUDIENCE. You can say I will do this and that BUT HOW?

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      • 24 December 2013 11:07, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Why did he fail in his coup attempt in 1991? Did the dynamics change or not? Was it not driven along tribal lines? How many Nuers Cmdrs were killed for failure to join before finally surrendered to Khartoum? And how many factions over factions emerged from SSIM/Nasir faction? Later everybody was left to survive on his own. Nobody had any idea how Riek rolled back to SPLM/A in 2002 in Nairobi.

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  • 23 December 2013 19:26, by sanduksanduk

    That is what he wanted all along; blackmailing the rest of us. Our only problem in Equatoria is for u Riak to leave Mongalla. There is no difference between u and Kiir. Since u have ur oil now, stop talking about Juba because we do not want u there.

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    • 23 December 2013 20:15, by Majongdit

      sanduksanduk,
      Riek has no oil either...and he will not be a President of South Sudan. Mark that word!

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  • 23 December 2013 20:07, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No! No! No! To President of Uganda to be the head of negotiation, due to him being part of this mess. He was order last week by President to bomb South Sudanese’ civilians. He is Kiir sided man under the dictatorship making in South Sudan.

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  • 23 December 2013 20:12, by Majongdit

    Machar is a liar. Where does he get the legitimacy to sign any oil contracts? The seat of the government is in Juba, not Bentiu. Come to Juba if you think you can make it coward.

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  • 23 December 2013 20:22, by Mapuor

    Nyagaats have nothing to gain from the current mutiny,they will only increase their notoriety.They are going to break into more than ten factions before Feb 2014.Riek is suffering from paranoid personalty disorder and Nuers must stop listening to him.

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  • 23 December 2013 20:26, by Majongdit

    EACH AND EVERYDAY YOU FORCE DINKA TPWARDS TRIBALSISM. ONE TIME ONE DAY WE WILL ACCEPT TRIBALISM...AND THERE, THERE WILL BE GENOCIDE!

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  • 23 December 2013 20:27, by Majongdit

    Mapuor,
    You are great! Thank you.

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  • 23 December 2013 20:35, by dude

    You Dinka Bhar El Gazal, you need to accept the sharing the wealth of the nation 50/50 with Nuer. You cannot have the whole wealth with you. There is no need to insult Nuer they are your brothers and sisters. They are just demanding their share. This insulting will not help you at all. what will you gain from it. Open your eyes. Do not be too blind. Wake up.

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  • 23 December 2013 21:21, by Kenyang

    Greater Nuer community is not underrepresented, mistreated or isolated in Kiir gov’t, yes like any tribe or clan in the country they may have legitimate grievances that can be peacefully handled but once more the power-hungry man, Riek Machar has plunged already suffering South Sudanese into another 1991. The sooner war is brought to him & less talk about peace the better.

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  • 23 December 2013 22:16, by Dumodit

    We are tired of rebels in Sudan since 1955 and South Sudanese returned back to civil war. what factor cause this crisis?
    I don’t understand Dr.Riak education qualities. is it any positive change for his people -South Sudanese? moving
    Up & Down rebellion! He is not a leader "misleading" to DOOM new nation! Encourage deterioration is a useless leadership.

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    • 23 December 2013 22:31, by Tutbol

      Dumodit,
      This is not only Riek Machar rebellion; this is a US & UK engineered coupe to control our country’s resources through their cloned like Riek, Nyangdeng Garang and bunches of other cloned like Majak Agoot and Pagan Amum, the clones with ocean of egos. But who would wants to let these foreign puppets rule us their ascend into power through coupe anyway?....

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      • 23 December 2013 23:50, by australian

        How can the US and UK control the resources of SS when they are sold to China through Sudan? The US and UK are not dreaming of South Sudanese oil! Too much trouble!

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  • 23 December 2013 23:19, by dude

    with a very unbelievably excitement. Now there are no gogrial monkeys making any presidential degrees because there are no more leaves for the monkeys to see. Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon has engineered everything. You better show good spirit on the negotiation table, or you will suffer for sure. We will have a strong unity again after you realize your mistakes and when you have come to your sens

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  • 23 December 2013 23:44, by San Manyuon

    Wow!!!!
    Before I make my opinion of the article, I would like to mentioned again here that all of you who comments on this tribune are really the least productive of SS, disrespectful, never acknowledge how far SS had come. We’re winning about corruption and some supporting the current turmoil in SS, yet no one among you is saying something constructive, do we have future leaders, you? God helps u

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  • 24 December 2013 01:03, by San Manyuon

    As per this article, Machar and his group are going to divert the oil revenue from Juba to an extra account for the people of South Sudan, who’re these "people of South Sudan", the rebels? Isn’t Kiir still the president of SS? isn’t the drilling going to be halt anyway amid these cries? is it that easy to start an international acct to divert money? no wonder so much oil money had been embezzled.

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  • 24 December 2013 03:44, by Mi diit

    Juba-Bor road is cut off by Dr. Machar’s forces as they are in control of Mongala military base inside Central Equatoria state near Juba. Soon Torit will fall and Nimule-Juba road will be closed. Mark my words. Juba next and Warrap. Democracy oyeee...After self-determination, the liberation for democracy has successfully begun. Kiir is panicking. Dr. Machar is back to his military uniform!!!

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    • 24 December 2013 03:48, by Mi diit

      Guys, if three strategic states can fall to Dr. Machar in just one week, what do you think will happen in the next seven days from today? Juba will fall, Torit will fall, Warrap will fall and the rest will declare loyalty peacefully. This will happen. Mark my words. Dr. Machar said Kiir’s time to go has arrived. He must leave or be forced to leave, dead or alive!!!!!!!!!

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      • 24 December 2013 03:52, by Mi diit

        Now Kiir is so desperate in his residence, insulting his commanders why the Nuer have defeated them in all those states. He tells Dr. Marial, Makuei Lueth and Philip Aguer to use propaganda, lying in the media including Miraya FM to confuse the people, while things are totally different on the ground. How will they reach Bor when many bases are on the way, including Mongala, just near Juba to Bor?

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        • 24 December 2013 18:28, by Rommel

          Mi diit:
          These three [3] States that you speak of were already under the aegis of the respective ’divisions’ that now apparently control them, and thus there was no substantial fighting when these areas ’fell’, considering that these were virtually the only military forces present. There wasn’t even a battalion present in Bor when a ’division’ attacked it. It’s hardly an achievement.

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          • 24 December 2013 18:37, by Rommel

            How in the world do you purport to be privy to Kiir’s apparently scathing words to his Generals!? Scathing words that would most likely be communicated behind closed doors. No such conversation (s) occured. Your comment shows the relationship between ignorance and dishonesty. You should make sure you have sources that can affirm your assertions, that you are prepared to present — on demand.

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  • 24 December 2013 03:51, by 4Justice

    sounds great!

    This will teach the corrupt greedy pot-bellied demons in Juba a good lesson. The average South Sudanese foraging roots and wild berries in widerness have gained nothing from stupid oil revenue since 2005.This is how God punishes workers of iniquity, he allows their enemy cut off the supply of what their greed depands on "OIL REVENUE".

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  • 24 December 2013 04:39, by Thyinka

    Riek Machar will answer for his crimes against humanity dead or alive

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  • 24 December 2013 07:35, by Jalaby

    Machar is really playing politics in cleverness and smartness but with high cautiousness, he is clearly bargaining Khartoum:Oil in return of your help and support!!
    Machar does not just want to neutralize Khartoum in this conflict but in fact looking for their help and support, he first wants to secure his back makes sure that Khartoum won’t

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    • 24 December 2013 07:41, by Jalaby

      attack him from behind while he is preparing his troop to fight Juba troop that will come from north!
      Machar already sent many assurance messages to Khartoum that I won’t stop the oil from you because he knows oil means the success or the failure of Khartoum national budget, it’s sensitive item that impacts Khartoum national strategic security no single doubt

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      • 24 December 2013 09:25, by Jalaby

        S Sudan ambassador in Khartoum assured in his last press conference that the oil did not stop and is still running, Machar does not need for money because he is in the jungle now leading the rebellion but in fact he does need: food, supply, fuel, more weapons and ammunition and before that Khartoum assurance of not attacking him from behind!

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        • 24 December 2013 10:50, by Jalaby

          I told you many time that any Nuer rebellion will never succeed unless gets the support and supply from Khartoum because of the strategic location of both: Nuer territory and Sudan border, basically Machar is cleaning the dust from the old relationship which goes back to early nineties between his group and Khartoum!

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          • 24 December 2013 10:57, by Jalaby

            I believe Khartoum will never attack Machar from behind and probably will provide him with necessary food and fuel under the umbrella of UN as humanitarian assistance I guess and will try to find a political solution between Machar and Kiir because this problem has no other solution than a political one but war will never achieve a success to any fraction!

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  • 24 December 2013 07:58, by dude

    Sudanese from the North are still and will always still be Sudanese. They should not be deny oil flow. The Oil should still be flowing because Juba is far away from those oil wells. Juba has been making a lot of mistakes. Supporting Uganda. Museveni himself has HIV aids. I do not understand why we should build an alternative pipeline when we have our sisters and brothers in the north.

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  • 24 December 2013 08:55, by Black Africa

    It’s for the interest of Great Equatoria to call for self-determination.

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  • 24 December 2013 09:06, by Black Africa

    They started with Nuer , after finishing with Nuer they will make a U - turn to Equatorians. We know this tactic , divide and conquer policy. Self-determination for Great Equatorians now.

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    • 24 December 2013 09:21, by Wicdail

      Our plan (A) is to diverts the oil accounts. Plan (B) is to liberate the RSS from Kirr’s rotten to the core government. Plan (C) is coming.
      Long live Dr. Machar
      Long live RSS
      Long live our allies. victory is certain.

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    • 24 December 2013 17:39, by dude

      Please do not forget that the elected president was elected by Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon only if you know what I mean. If you are confused, then go, and figure out.

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  • 24 December 2013 10:24, by Konan

    According to Alsudani (an independent newspaper based in Khartoum) Kiir’s troops are in full control of Bor city after fierce fighting with Machar’s troops! Indeed Khartoum must calculate its next step carefully, its budget is under the mercy of Machar/Kiir, any wrong decision made at this moment would cost Khartoum a lot.

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  • 24 December 2013 11:21, by Gang-Bang

    it is time for equatorians to close all the borders connecting south sudan to neibouring countries.

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  • 24 December 2013 11:55, by Hardlinner

    Question: is riek hunting for nation presidency or nuer presidency?. the reason I asked such question is because since riek defection I have not seen any none nuer joining his rebellion. in fact not all nuers are supporting his rebellion simply because they are more reasonable. a tribal rebellion will never succeed in any way. SPLM rebellion was successful because is was supported by majority of s

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    • 24 December 2013 12:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

      This failed coup attempt where some senior SPLM/A members were involved was planned to look democratically since those of Alfred Lado Gore, Kosti and Cirino Iteng are on board but the motive behind the coup was to take power from the elected President by force by tribal forces allied to him. Now why people are brutally killed and Bor town is mercilessly looted as if they’re going back to Khartoum

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      • 24 December 2013 17:38, by dude

        Please do not forget that the elected president was elected by Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon only if you know what I mean. If you are confused, then go, and figure out.

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  • 24 December 2013 17:08, by hellonearth

    Malakal has fallen to forces loyal to Riak.... Juba Next

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