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S. Sudan rebels accuse Ugandan army of violating ceasefire


February 1, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition (SPLM/A In Opposition) have accused Ugandan troops deployed in the country of committing continuous violations of the cessation of hostilities signed a week ago in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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Riek Machar sits next to his wife Angelina Teny in front of their tent in rebel-controlled territory inside Jonglei state, on 31 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

The truce, reached by the two factions in talks mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), called for the withdrawal of allied foreign troops from South Sudan, including the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

However, rebels say there is no sign of a UPDF withdrawal, accusing Ugandan troops of continuing to attack their positions in Jonglei state.

“The Ugandan troops in Jonglei state do not heed to the calls by the international community to respect the terms of the agreement on the cessation of hostilities,” said James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson for former vice-president-turned rebel leader Riek Machar.

“The UPDF is moving towards Gadiang and Baidit areas, north of Bor town, which are under the control of the rebel forces,” Dak told Sudan Tribune.

He further claimed the Ugandan army was behaving as if it is in charge of the country’s security.

“The Ugandan army behaves arrogantly as if it is the supreme army of South Sudan in total disrespect of the truce signed between the SPLA and the SPLA in Opposition, and have continued to launch attacks on the positions of our troops even today on Friday, north of Bor town,” Dak said.

Dak has called on IGAD and the wider international community to ensure full implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement, which he said includes applying pressure on the Ugandan government to withdraw its forces from South Sudan.


He also called on Sudanese rebels from Darfur and South Kordofan currently in Unity state to withdraw, as well as those in Upper Nile state from Southern Blue Nile who are allied to forces loyal to president Salva Kiir, claiming that rebels from neighbouring Sudan had been attacking the positions of South Sudanese rebels in the areas.

“These foreign forces are a negative factor to the impediment of the implementation of the ceasefire agreement,” he said.

The Darfur rebel group, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), has rejected the claims, saying it had no involvement in the South Sudan conflict.

The SPLM-North, on the other hand, claimed its neutrality in the conflict and called on the two parties to resolve their conflict peacefully.

The South Sudanese government has yet to respond to the new allegations and SPLA spokesperson Philip Aguer was unavailable for comment before publication.

However, South Sudan’s foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said on Thursday that his government would only sanction full and complete withdrawal of Ugandan troops from its territory after the complete implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the return of peace and stability.

The new nation received military support from its eastern neighbour a few days after fighting broke out on 15 December last year between rival factions of the presidential guards, with the conflict subsequently escalating across the country.

On a visit to the Ugandan parliament last week, the speaker of the South Sudanese national parliament, Manasseh Magok Rundial, praised the neighbouring country’s lawmakers for sanctioning the deployment of their troops to South Sudan, admitting that the presence of Ugandan forces had helped save his country’s leadership from “collapse”.


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  • 1 February 2014 07:58, by Mi diit

    The lion (Dr. Machar) and the lioness (Madam Angelina Teny) under a tree to fight for democracy in the new country. UPDF should withdraw and leave South Sudanese alone, otherwise they will regret this war in the long run. Victory is certain on the side of democratic forces.

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    • 1 February 2014 08:22, by Johndumo14

      Why some small minded people dream of Uganda troops to withdraw? Why don`t you tell the foreing troops in Somalia,Dr congo,CAR republic,Mali and in Afghanistan to withdraw???
      If not because of Uganda troops intervention,do you know how many would have died,we knows your plans,you want Uganda troops to withdraw so that your white army can come to bor again to loot and kill.

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      • 1 February 2014 10:12, by Tutbol

        You don’t know the game here, the Nuer are being used by the US-Europeans to fight their usual imaginary cold war-like against Russia or China every time their banks are about to go bust & to sell their weapons to a fool who is ready to go & kill his own peoples. They supposed not be calling them rebels, but a Nuer tribe that wants to change an elected govt of S Sudanese....

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        • 1 February 2014 10:21, by Tutbol

          The insitent of Nuers & their US-Europeans backers the about the Ugandan forces present in S Sudan is to persuade a country like Ethiopia or N Sudan to *join a little cold war against Chinese investments in S Sudan* on behave of the US of ole A. And that country would agree to join the Nuer fight the govt of S Sudan so that the US would then take over the Chinese investments in S Sudan, would....

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          • 1 February 2014 10:38, by Tutbol

            any country in our region, either Ethiopia or N Sudan agrees to join the Nuers & fight the elected govt of S Sudanese for the interests of the US & the Europeans to drive out the Chinese out of S Sudanese oil fields, then that country that will help the Nuers would be rewarded with Weapons by the US-Europeans on the exchange of the oil fields....

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            • 1 February 2014 10:45, by Tutbol

              That is why the Nuers & the US continue to demand the withdrawal of the Ugandans---it’s to persuade another country in our region to fight the dirty war in S Sudan on behave of the US & the Europeans.
              They can’t go themselves to & fight China in Chinese territory, because the Chinese will send them back packing with badly bloody noses---so the only way to fight them is to use the Africans....

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              • 1 February 2014 10:51, by Tutbol

                to indirectly fight the Chinese, through our fools like Riek Machar & his Nuer tribe. But the US has chosen the wrong country & the wrong people to fight its dirty cold war & the US will be badly humiliated with it Nuers and their dirty cold war.

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                • 1 February 2014 11:05, by Bentiu son

                  Stop bla bla ya son of slave/Awan Chan Nyal clan of Gogrial brought up with Great Upper Nile oil money by thievery uncles.Foolish majority of Dinka BEG who live on lies n fabrication baseless statements,just continue barking at visionary leader like Dr Machar till ur anus burst completely.We will fuck u together with ur imported mercenaries of UPDF,JEM,SRF ya cowards Dinkas who fear Nuer to death

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                  • 2 February 2014 05:45, by Hardlinner

                    Bentiu son, the fact that you looters nuer millitias never attemp to attack bahr el ghazal clearly show who is top dog. The people you called coward have potential to wide off the entire nuer population In matter of a week. If it won’t because of our civilized tendencies, we would have gone in persons to jonglei to capture riek while eliminating whoever resist or stand on our way.

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      • 1 February 2014 17:05, by Whortti Bor Manza

        Where is the Mighty SPLA or the Super Liberator as you claim. A mighty army will not depend on the Ugandans, SLM, JEM and SPLM-N.

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    • 1 February 2014 08:33, by what the hell

      He is going to be lion in a bush for ever mr madit this is not way of democracy killing your own people all the time is not justified by this PHD holder of Nuer university, truly Nuer brain never change , he will never step food in South Sudan , the government should fine a way to get writ of him killed not worth capturing alive

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      • 1 February 2014 09:28, by Mr Point

        I like to read the comments here by stupid and uninformed people. There was no planning of a coup. There was no planning of a rebellion. The civil war was created by the genocidal actions of a power hungry President who tried to kill or imprison democratic challengers.
        Then everything went out out of his control and he has Uganda support on Uganda terms. This is long term debt.

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    • 1 February 2014 08:33, by Johndumo14

      This Rebellion of Riek Machar will not last,those thousands of rebels soldiers,they were used to money ,good food and transport,where will they get food,and cloths ,look the body guards of Riek M.in the picture,they have not good shoes only slipers,they are missing a lot of things,some will be sick many will begin to surrender,is a better idea,think of you children,wives in Uganda camps.Rain is...

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    • 1 February 2014 16:55, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      The lion and lioness always in the forest fuck themselves and eat other animals. What your stupid leader Riek Machar Teny and your "wetlock" mother Angelina were doing was a disaster to Nuer community. Nuer will be like Mexican and black American in South Sudan. Dinka will be like white people in in United State of America. NB: 200 Nuer soldiers joined the SPLA two days ago in Unity State.

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    • 1 February 2014 22:35, by George Bol

      Shokdu che jiek gaar. Riek is suffering from depression.You can see how his beard grow wild. From lexury to doom. Mr prophet of doom, your days are numbered.

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  • 1 February 2014 08:14, by Johndumo14

    Dr Riek Machar and his ugly wife,are sleeping in the bush,
    They will never enjoy good life again,look in the picture,
    not even 3 months they look old and sick,his wife looks like is suffering forom Aids. If Salva and M7 didn`t get rid of him ,some ungrey soldiers from dinka or nuer will get rid of this monster killer.

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    • 1 February 2014 09:15, by Tut Tut

      Johndumgo14;friend, it is hard to decode the message you are trying to deliver.You sound like Mrs Kiir Museveni given such fishy statements. What matters is not the looting one enjoys but the principle one pursues. That is the democratic process we the democratic forces have envisioned the people S.Sudan will attain in the long run.Remember that and temporary enjoyment is not worth the effort.

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  • 1 February 2014 08:15, by akid malual

    The Poor hatred PhD will die like his brother Gaitut and multi Nyagater from Nuer.

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    • 1 February 2014 08:27, by allan

      comeon man riak machar u used to sleep in very nice place look now where u at u look like 70 old man and ur wife used to fuck wit my cousin in houston TEX usa how u gonna take dinka dick than turn around n say u wanna fight dinka

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    • 1 February 2014 13:03, by Bentiu son

      BREAKING NEWS: Lieutenant-Colonel Abraham Thiong Ajang who played a key role in recapturing Malakal Town was killed today by Dinka Bahre el Ghazal Gelweng militias,the army spokesman of UPDF Philip Aguer Panyang said today.Ajong was killed when reacted for wanton killings of Nuer, Shilluk n Dinka Bor South(Twice & Nyarweng clans).Salva Kiir, Kuol Manyang n Makuei Lueth conspired to killed him.

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    • 1 February 2014 13:44, by NO PEACE

      Masebeni and his wife nyanKiir they will not reach the end of this month Machar force are full armed and they have no support.

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  • 1 February 2014 08:18, by Kalo

    Every one is accusing his warring party for violation of the ceasefire that need Independence verification team on the ground.

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    • 1 February 2014 10:30, by Bentiu son

      Allan,fuck you son of bustard/whore,respect the family of populist,democratic n charismatic leader Dr Riek Machar.Dr Riek vision were three since split of 1991:Independence South Sudan through referendum,Democracy system and Human Rights.Dr Machar will continue fighting to achieve his two remaining vision till victory, it doesn’t matter what or hw long it will takes.Dinka Kingdom must go by all ms

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  • 1 February 2014 08:20, by Kenyan the cushite

    thank you rebels of SS for bringing hunger, death refugees starvation and shame to Africa once again. why did you not wait for kiirs term to be over? do u think Machar a man who commited the 40,000 bor genocide will be better? fools

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  • 1 February 2014 08:21, by Kenyan the cushite

    when you loot aid agencies and hospitals, i hope no relief comes and you reap what you sow. how will a new goverment help those thousands who have died and refugees?

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  • 1 February 2014 08:59, by Sudan virus

    We South Sudanese are dying just because a PHD holder want to be a president!
    Uganda’s intervention in our country saved and is saving thousands of lives.

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    • 2 February 2014 05:17, by Mi diit

      Sudan Virus,
      Or maybe we South Sudanese are dying because a primitive dictator wants to rule for life...

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  • 1 February 2014 09:03, by barbayo

    Raik& Angelina look like sick people with HIV just only one month ,this is poor rebellion poor thinking

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  • 1 February 2014 09:14, by barbayo

    Raik Machar called people of Unite State not destroyed his home land ,but he told his malitais to destroy Bor and Malakal,he want to kill all Lou Nuer he said Lou big section of Nuer need to complete in this world as so call white army

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  • 1 February 2014 10:03, by Buffalo

    Why should Uganda want to Destroy South Sudan because of president Museveni interest? Should Uganda die because of personal interest? What about national interest? If this soldiers are not fools,what are the fighting for?

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  • 1 February 2014 10:08, by Kumbo

    I thought people went to school to learn and understand but others went there just to learn how to insult why can’t we people of South Sudan discuss without insulting each other, that is to say to discuss any forum in a professional way of educated people and for sure one day Riak will become your President if not him one of his allies think wise we need to admit that Kiir is the cause of everythi

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  • 1 February 2014 12:36, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Look this pologamy, he is still loving the ladies, even thought he is in the bush.
    Womanizer cannot rule the country, He can wast or corrupting the country resources.
    Riak Machar will stay in the bush till his death unless to apology to government of south sudan led by His-Excellency the president.

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  • 1 February 2014 18:24, by Paac

    I had never thought about the coup attemp, but I knew from the beginning that Denka and Nuer will one day fight for leadership because both tribes love to be a leader even some one who had no knowledge of any leader will attemp to lead. This war is for two things(leadership&tribe).

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  • 1 February 2014 19:02, by siddaw

    Heh! life in the bush is really not easy. look at the usual Riek who always resemble the pregnant pig has turned to be so bald.It’s really a hard time for him

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    • 1 February 2014 19:27, by Mi diit

      Yes bush life was always tough for true fighters for self determination and now for democracy. Dr. Machar didn’t choose to go to Addis or Nairobi for comfort. He chose to stay in the bush counting the days when he will come back to Juba victorious where foolish, corrupt and wife of Museveni, Kiir is no more. Who will pay the debt between Museveni and Kiir in this expensive war?

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      • 1 February 2014 19:30, by Mi diit


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  • 2 February 2014 04:05, by 4Justice
    • 2 February 2014 05:22, by Mi diit

      That is right. Dr. Machar told BBC and reuters that Kiir is nothing to him without the UPDF. He said he would have been in Juba and capture the village idiot long time ago. But soon the UPDF will regret the next tsunami coming soon.

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      • 2 February 2014 05:58, by good leader

        yes Mi Diit,
        Dr Machar would have captured Juba if not of hungry forces UPDF and Sudanese rebel but wait brother, only 28 days remains we will crush them and capture their mother Kiir alive.

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