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Machar spokesperson dismisses “fabricated” statements implicating rebel leader


February 6, 2014 (KAMPALA/JUBA) – The spokesperson for the rebel leader Riek Machar has described as “outrageous lies” the latest statements from the government which he said “fabricated” evidences of a coup plot by the rebel leader ahead of 15 December violence in the country.

Ateny Wek Ateny, spokesperson for South Sudanese president Salva Kiir on Thursday briefed the media at the ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, in which he said Machar announced publicly over the radio that he would take over the government in a military coup by 16 December 2013.

“It was a coup after Machar declaring on the radio that he was going to take over Juba by the evening of December 16, and no doubt about that,” Ateny told journalists in Kampala on Thursday.

He further accused the western world of not believing the story told by the government about the alleged attempted coup, saying such stance by the western governments was absurd.

“What happened in our country was a coup and it’s absurd for the west to term it otherwise,” he said in his statements published by various Ugandan media.

Reacting to the allegations in a statement seen by Sudan Tribune, Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, said "the message was full of lies and also amounted to further violations of the cessation of hostilities agreements" signed in Addis Ababa on 23 January which asked the two parties to refrain from such baseless media propaganda.

"Where on earth can a purported coup plotter openly declare on a public radio that he would stage a military coup to overthrow the government on a given date? Isn’t that a fantasy by Ateny?" Dak said.

He added that the president’s spokesperson also failed to tell “his Kampala audience” which radio station in South Sudan did Machar make the announcement over about the alleged pending coup.

Dak, however, admitted that the statements in the aftermath of the 15 December violence called for the removal of Kiir’s leadership by all means but added that there was never a militant tone uttered by the current rebel leadership before the violence.

The presidential spokesperson also told journalists in Kampala that the violence was not along tribal lines fitting Dinka against the Nuer, Dak agreed with him but held the government responsible for the ethnic violence.

"Yes the internal differences within the SPLM leadership were not along tribal lines. President Salva Kiir is leading the responsibility for the ensued ethnic dimension of the violence in South Sudan because he ordered for disarmament of members of the Nuer in his presidential guards on 15 December 2013 which sparked serious suspicions, disagreements and violence within the force,” he said.

He said Kiir’s presidential guards, predominantly Dinka from his region of Bahr el Ghazal, went on door-to-door the next day, targeting and killing innocent Nuer civilians in Juba, which he said developed the ethnic dimension of the conflict between the Dinka and the Nuer.

Dak also criticised the message Ateny told to the Ugandans in Kampala that the current war with the rebels in South Sudan is "a war against Uganda".

"It is unfortunate that the government is telling Ugandans that the war in South Sudan is a war against Uganda. When did the internal political party differences and conflict in an independent Republic of South Sudan become a war against Uganda?" he said.

The rebel leader’s spokesperson, however, said the SPLM/A In Opposition bears no grudges against the people of Uganda, saying they had been dragged into a senseless war by their leader, and cautioning them not to listen to the propaganda coming from war-mongering authorities in Kampala and Juba.


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  • 7 February 2014 08:33, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Oh! my goodness, Ateny with his loose mouth is going to get Kiir in big trouble. are these guys real? I am afread Ateny is there to destroy Kiir indirectly for unknown reason. How can such educated person make such statements? Let us not think people around the world are uneducated as our people in S. Sudan who believes in any lie by juba administration.

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    • 7 February 2014 08:40, by Mi diit

      Ateny will keep crying over the spilled milk until his sorry tears turned into blood. The west will NEVER accept that stupid lie that it was a coup attempt when every body knew how Kiir started the violence. This primitive president thought it was a coup to ask him to compete with the rest in the party leadership. How naïve politically is Salva Kiir and his followers.

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    • 7 February 2014 12:27, by Johndumo14

      Most of Dr Riek Machar rebels soldiers are from Nuer tribe,most of the defected government soldiers from Equatoria and malakal,Bentiu,Bor are from Nuer tribe to join Riek Macahr rebels are from Nuer tribe,Only one tribe in south sudan are calling for Salva Kiir to step down!! The other 65 tribes of south sudan said let us wait the elections,
      Who give them power the Nuer,N call Kiir to stepdown?

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    • 7 February 2014 19:03, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar now is a frustrated rebel leader.
      He want to be a south sudan president by military coup detat,he canot win.
      He want to be south sudan president by military means or rebellion still he canot win. Even if go for elections in 2015 ,he will not win the elections. what he can do now is to surrender to save his nuer tribe ,or they will live in exile for the rest of their lives.

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    • 8 February 2014 07:46, by Johndumo14


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  • 7 February 2014 08:33, by Tata

    What was the intention of Machar and group when conducted a press conference? They accused Kiir of dictatorship which they rejected. Instead of behaving like Ghazi Saldin in Sudan, they maintained calling themselves SPLM. They were leading a white coup in SPLM to topple the Chairman then the President.
    The world was waiting Machar to declare their resignation then formation of new party

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    • 7 February 2014 08:49, by omoni jr.

      Hey fool
      Calling reforms within the party members is not a coup , or is it opposite in Dinka language ? Reform mean coup or rebellious in Dinka ’phatetic

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  • 7 February 2014 08:39, by Knight In Shining Armor

    i guess Ateny knows what he is doing, digging a grave for president Kiir. can somebody tell me if Ateny have problem with the president? by Gods, from reading such statement coming from president’s office is self distraction? Keep it up Ateny, after all, i do not like such a leader who does not know the fact from confusion. let him rest in peace. Your own supporters are digging your own grave mr.

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  • 7 February 2014 08:45, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Cont. President. the day you wake up, you are already in the coffin or ICC.Anybody who is educated is going to abandon you. they are not going to stand such a mockery of their intellect by such reckless statements from your office Mr. president. But that is good for the benefit of the people of S. Sudan.

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  • 7 February 2014 08:45, by LL Reuben

    I don’t believe Riek announced his rebellion before taking to bushes whatsoever. However, Riek has made himself free-fall into this rebellion knowingly; hence there is clear indication from his after Coup actions that suggest clearly that he had preplanned for the coup. Thus far, it’s no longer important to debate the authentic details of whether it was a coup or not a coup. The bottom-line...

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    • 7 February 2014 08:51, by LL Reuben

      is Riek has embraced the rebellion in its entirety and every levelheaded person can discern that it is rather astounding to slide into an unknown situation as fast as Riek has done. The so-called James Gadet Dak is pure liar ever since he was in Juba let alone that he’s now running the propaganda machine for the Rebels in his hiding in Nairobi, I never take his words for anything either.

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      • 7 February 2014 09:28, by Mi diit

        Reuben LL,
        To be honest with you, coup and rebellion are two very different things. For example, it was not a coup against Khartoum government when Dr. John Garang rebelled in 1983. He was forced to rebel by Khartoum’s action. Likewise, Dr Riek for was peaceful democratic process, but Kiir’s action to disarm the Nuer soldiers on 15 December and to arrest Dr. Riek caused the rebellion.

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        • 7 February 2014 09:53, by LL Reuben

          Mi diit,
          First of all there was nothing peaceful in a way Riek Machar, and (the colleagues -disgruntles) who were former ministers, governors, and employees of Kiir were conducting themselves after they were all removed by Kiir from their positions in the government. Even though they described their reckless unyielding pursuit of their own gains as pursuit for democratic transformation later on..

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          • 7 February 2014 10:06, by LL Reuben

            It was apparent that they were outraged for having been barred from positions of easy access to wealth (Fired). Their behaviors were extremely erratic as the infamous December 15 approaches. Particularly Riek lost his even always signature clownish smile those days. Also Riek and closest aids, boycotting of the second day of NLA meeting tells it all. Disarmament of "Nuer soldiers" as you’re...

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            • 7 February 2014 10:19, by LL Reuben

              alleged to have triggered the fighting outbreak is not helping you. What professional soldier would dare to defy orders from his/her senior commander? A better story for your group would’ve been that Kiir loyalist disarmed the Nuer soldiers and killed them all. But when they defy orders and instead opted for fighting spree they framed themselves unequivocally in an act that reveals their motives.

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        • 7 February 2014 13:12, by Mack

          It’s a white lie to say that Kirr gave the orders to disarm Nuer soldiers. Remember the deputy commander of the guards is Nuer. 8 out of 11 Lt.Cols commanding this force are Nuer. So it’s absurd to say that the order was given to them to disarm their kins. Also guns are not carried at night but kept in the store.You don’t disarm at night because each is expected to be home.

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  • 7 February 2014 08:49, by Ankh

    A government of decrees and allegations. Which radio station did Riek go announce a coup? Dont you feel no shame with this constant lies.

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  • 7 February 2014 08:50, by Knight In Shining Armor

    ask yourselves, what does Ateny have against Mr president that he wants his to pay for it with this gross humiliation?
    some day some time, somebody is going to reveal this fact. "Ateny is a decoy and trying to make the president pay dearly for something we do not know". Ateny is smart and educated and he know what he is doing...

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  • 7 February 2014 08:51, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I told you, that is a nature of Peter Gatdet Dak and his terrorist [muderer] leader Riak Machar, they do deny the evidence reports and their acts are very wide. Please, Gatdet, don’t be lies, your leader have did genocide.

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    • 7 February 2014 09:16, by michael coma

      No worry,guys.I have hired Artur brothers,Sagarian and Magarian to hunt down Machar within one month and bring his head to Juba.Gatdet Dak will be castrated alive.

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      • 7 February 2014 09:33, by Mi diit

        Michael como,
        Ahahahaaaaa...You are reminding the world about how you murdered the Nuer, castrating them alive, ah? Wow, this time it will be your turn. Let me tell you that by the time this war ends, and I mean ends, you will be the one crying to the world that the Nuer kill you and castrate you alive. Mark my words. You have opened a Pandora box you will not be able to close until you are done!

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    • 7 February 2014 09:18, by Wicdail

      Atoney Atoney is a irresposible Semi-blind man who is now dangerous than Ter Deng. He can lie to Ugandan, but not to the whole world. He went there to assure M7 on their Secret plans. The blow link is their dirty plan. But executing this plan, will be the end of their burtal regime. Mark my words. http://www.southsudannewsagency.com/opinion/articles/ugandan-military-operation-in-jongli

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    • 7 February 2014 09:18, by Bravo Nuer

      Ayiu you Dinka Bahr-El-Gazal you are tarnishing true integrity of S.Sudanese for lie telling and death supporting. Had Riek Machar announced the coup before deadline what prevented him to be arrested? was he announcing it on radio, TV or a meeting? this is a white lie and you indeed want to show to the whole world how faithless you are as community born to lie, greed, pride, insanity and cowardice

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  • 7 February 2014 10:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Bravo Nuer
    Yes, Machar said on 4th-Dec-2013 that i will become president of Republic of South Sudan in the present of Wani Igga and the rests of politicians. Only instance, Riak Machar and his groups are dodging the event, because coup attempt in Republic of South Sudan carries out the death penalty.

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  • 7 February 2014 10:16, by Marco Bul

    There was no SPLA.It was integrated militia.Most of the Dinka,especially Bor went back to their villages and started business after CPA.But all Khartoum militias and white army took over the army.That was why Ugandans were hired coz the whole army(Nuer) have rebelled.There was no coup.

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  • 7 February 2014 13:03, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Oh God this semi illiterate guy called Ateny Wek is out to ruin his master Kiir. Calling the west absurd will one day end with price of Kiir’s head. Those fools in Juba can only convince the dictator Museveni who came to power since 1986. He would want Kiir to cling to power the same way.

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