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Machar slams Kiir’s judgement, welcomes release of political detainees


January 30, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The former vice-president, Riek Machar, who now leads the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation in Opposition (SPLM-In-Opposition) welcomed the release of 7 political detainees and rejected the government’s decision to charge him and his six other colleagues of treason was "rubbish".

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Former South Sudan vice-president Riek Machar speaks at a press conference on 26 July, announcing his intention to run for the presidency in 2015 (Photo: AP/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

Machar was on Wednesday reacting to the announcement in Juba by the minister of Justice, Paulino WanaWilla, that Machar and his colleagues with him, namely Taban Deng Gai, former governor of Unity state and Alfred Lado Gore, former minister of environment plus the four still in detention must face trial for treason against the state.

The former deputy president who always criticised Kiir for dictatorial tendencies however responded by saying there was no genuine investigation done on the cause of the violence, adding that the decision was a "one man’s show".

“There is no difference between Salva Kiir and the decision made," he told Sudan Tribune, while directly referring to the result of the investigation by the justice minister.

Machar however welcomed the "overdue" release of the seven detainees but further demanded for the release of the four political leaders still in detention including former SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum who was appointed chief negotiator of the SPLM-In –Opposition.

The released South Sudanese political leaders who remained in jail for more than a month arrived in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Wednesday and were hosted at the State House by the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Machar on the other hand dismissed the claim of the alleged coup, saying it was simply a ploy by Salva Kiir to try to silence his political opponents within the ruling party who were asking for political reforms.

The violence started when president Kiir allegedly ordered for the disarmament of the Nuer soldiers in his presidential guards division on Sunday, 15 December, prompting serious suspicions about his next move and the eruption of the fighting between the guards units along tribal lines at the military barrack.

The six-week conflict which quickly spread has led to the death of 10,000 and displacement of over 500,000 people across the country.

The two warring parties have signed a shaky ceasefire of which they accused each other of violating in less than 24 hours of its signing.

Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune that the released senior party leaders and former government officials are expected to participate during the resumption of the peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, from the 7th February "to represent the views of the SPLM/A In Opposition".

The two parties, he said, would now discuss the root causes of the conflict and how to resolve it.


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  • 30 January 2014 07:24, by Andrew Ojok

    Mr egress you have no more chance to live in this plant it, Due for your background never thought to do this against to your owned citizens, shameless for those involve to support your evil things to cause others innocent life to death you now in death raw too. so if the Constitution of SPLM no existing anymore i will not forgive you to live while others innocent has gone for your cause.

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    • 30 January 2014 07:37, by Malakal county Simon

      Exactly right Dr Machar to said this charges against you and six others, are baseless and anyone with intellectual mind should not take kiir judiciary seriously, because is too partial....

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      • 30 January 2014 07:57, by Chol A.

        Dr R splinter you always full of ignoring that fact but no matter how long it takes for Spla to end your rebellion, we shall fight you to the end because you don’t feel shame on what you did to this nation all the time. World had learn that you are dr of failure by misleading Nuer tribes to accepts false which are now results to disaster because of you!!! Shame on you mr R splinter!!

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  • 30 January 2014 07:27, by Gat Gan Kiir

    No matter how long Kiir urinate, the last drop of urine must drop on himself. He dig the deep hole and he does not know who is going to fall on it. It’s a time for him to fall into that hole he dag deeper

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  • 30 January 2014 07:30, by Mapuor

    Treason is the betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.Mr traitor,you are now waging a war against your own country after you failed to size power by force;that is treason my dear.Mechanical engineer who have not done social sciences will never understand things are they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 30 January 2014 07:45, by Malakal county Simon

      Secondly, its a fool for illegal president and his group to created/claimed a fake coup, without a proof evident..... What a shame!!!!! These guys are for sure heading to ICC, before march this year!!!!!

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    • 30 January 2014 10:10, by jubaone

      Is this yet another jenge masquerading as an academic or scholar and trying to define to us what treason is? Are you suggesting fighting Kiir is fighting the South? No. Kiir belongs to the South and the South does NOT belong to Kiir. He will go and South will still remain. Machar simply wanted to get him out and that is NOT treason.

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      • 30 January 2014 14:26, by wacjak

        Jubaone! You are indeed pathetic. Your chicken brain can not grasp treason no matter how many times someone may define it for you. Get this into your ass, Machar and you filthy idiots shall always back here and that will not change how this country is moving forward. Believe me if you can, your Traitor leader is gone for good never to return to this nation. if you can’t take that, kill yourself

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  • 30 January 2014 07:44, by Big Boy

    Dear Riak
    You have nothing to brove your leading rebelion you are going die destitute my dear believe me.because the reason behide war to your own peoples is disappointed the us!! we though you are better thank Kiir, but now you realize that you food-lover without vision except to distablize the country. that’s what we learnt from you and your fellow cadr.

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  • 30 January 2014 08:00, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

    Sided Reporter,
    The title of this post can exactly tell your true colour on the matter.
    FYI, ya Dr. Traitor Riek and your biased reporter, this issue has gone beyond the ignorance as the treason against you and your disgruntled group was done in accordance with South Sudan Constitution under the execution of competent Minister of Justice and Salva Kiir is not the TCSS nor the Justice Minister.

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  • 30 January 2014 08:03, by Marco Bul

    All those rebels’ demands are meant to weaken the gov’t.Once the UPDF are withdrawn and the detainees released,be ready to run or die defending another man.

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  • 30 January 2014 08:08, by barbayo

    Nuer are Malitias ,if Machar has vision to rule this country South Sudan,why destroy the properties of the country ,eg like Dr Garang University in Bor,and changed name of University as Nguondeng University ? you handover yourself to government

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    • 30 January 2014 08:55, by omoni jr.

      There is no problem if the city or university name were changed to Ngundeng city or uni. there was Ngundeng primary school in kakuma refugee camp,and there was no any problem for that,most of the student across the camp were learning there.

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  • 30 January 2014 08:25, by barbayo

    Nyandeng Nhial former wife of Dr Garang ,now her former mamorial University was as become Nguondeng University by your current husband rebel Leader Raik Macher

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  • 30 January 2014 08:58, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Riak Machar, wantss to fool His-Excellency the president Kiir for the amnesty he offered to the rebels faction led by renegade Riak Machar.
    I don’t see why US state department inssisting for the release of four other convicted of treaso? US can point itself out of involving into south sudan soveriegty affars.

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  • 30 January 2014 09:22, by Agutthon

    This is what Late Dr. John Garang de Mabior told traitor Riek. "I will forgive you but history will never forgive you, it will be know that you are people who stabbed the Movement (SPLA) at the back" This is like a curse to Riek and supporters.

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  • 30 January 2014 14:04, by Bauer

    I want to educate these filthy maggots shouting abt ICC like it’s your mother’s court.Up to now if you don’t understand that it is only Countries that are signatory to the ICC that can take cases there for trial, you had better know it now.SS is not a member & if you take your own Citizen there they will just laugh at u.Let the gov’t acknowledge its failures & accept internal criticism.........

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