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Rebel leader Riek Machar visits Upper Nile’s Malakal


March 4, 2014 (JUBA) – The former vice-president of South Sudan turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, has visited Malakal, the capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state, which his troops recaptured from Salva Kiir’s government since 21 February.

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Rebel leader Riek Machar talks on the phone in his field office in a rebel controlled territory in Jonglei State February 1, 2014 (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Multiple international sources told Sudan Tribune that Machar visited the state capital last week and spent a number of days in the city centre. The rebels too confirmed their leader’s visit.

The rebel leader has been in Jonglei state since mid-December when the violence broke out in the nation’s capital, Juba between his supporters and soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir.

Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, on Monday confirmed that the rebel leader indeed visited Malakal in order to restore calm and confidence among the civil population.

"Yes it is true. He paid an inspection visit to Malakal few days after the town was recaptured by our forces. He was there to help restore calm and confidence so that civilians who were scared and fled from Malakal because of the unlawful activities carried out by the government forces and their foreign allies could return to the town," Dak said.

The rebel leader’s spokesperson further claimed that under the full control of the rebels, calm had now returned to Malakal and that civilians were returning to their homes.

Anti-government forces seized control of the strategic oil-rich town after battling their pro-government counterparts in what was condemned as a complete violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed Ethiopia on 23 January.

A United Nations patrol team earlier noted that Malakal town had been looted and appeared to be generally empty of civilians after its recapture by opposition forces.

Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, the military spokesman for the rebels, however, accused government troops and their allies of allegedly looting Poloich Market on February 23.

“The business community revealed that shops were looted, food and non-food items stolen, and portable furniture carried away," he said in a statement to Sudan Tribune.

Dak also accused the "government and foreign troops deployed in Paloich oilfields in Upper Nile state of planning to attack the rebels defensive positions in the area in violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

He further warned that the "forces of the SPLM in resistance have the right to self-defence."


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  • 5 March 2014 06:20, by blesssing

    It is really true, Riak Machar was in UNMISS compound in Malakal. I am blaming my President guys for failing to send out the country this fucken lady called Hilde Johnson. UNMISS chief is not UN, she is a human being. Again, why did our troops fail to recapture Malakal? Still president has to be blame.

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  • 5 March 2014 06:28, by blesssing

    This western countries with thier so called UN working for the downfall of the president which is a very big ly knowing nothing that downfall of the president is the downfall of South Sudan. Sudan is now a military training centre for rebel in the place call Karsanna.

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    • 5 March 2014 06:36, by Gat Gan Kiir

      The man himself can go to war town for love of his people, he went to Malakal to solute the freedom fighters face to face while Akiir Mayardiit never pay a visited to his forces. Who else can do it? Dr. Machar the next president of the what I call the first Republic of South Sudan. Congratulations to freedom fighters and their leader

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      • 5 March 2014 06:47, by Mi diit

        Gat Gan Khir,
        Akiir Mayardit is only a known murderer but coward since the days of liberation war. He was chased like a woman with only underwear by Commander Peter Bol Kong in Magwi in 1990s. Only her husband Museveni visited his forces in Bor, he didn’t go himself because of cowardice. He has surrendered South Sudan to Museveni. Shame on such a leader...

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        • 5 March 2014 07:32, by michael coma

          Mii dit
          Nyariek Machar is a rusted tool use by western countries just as microcosm against majority Dinka.We Dinkas will stand with our knees for protection up to the last man.Nyariek Machar days are numbered according to my source of information.

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        • 5 March 2014 07:39, by michael coma

          Mii dit
          Nyariek Machar has started useless demands.The rebels have detained MSF’s aircraft at Nasir which was taking food to Nuer innocent civilians that are starving while rebels demanding ransom of about US,D1000000 million.Ethiopians who were trading at Nasir have also been recruited to the army by force by Nyariek.

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        • 5 March 2014 07:54, by Majongdit

          Mi Diit,
          You are a known liar. You are supporting Dr Riek when he has no chance in this country.
          Pull my hear one day if he becomes the President of S Sudan thru a democratic election.

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    • 5 March 2014 07:11, by Letigolight

      Thanks Dr. Riak for giving courage to the freedom fighters! Kiir has not attempted to move out; he is brooding his seat like a hen brooding eggs to be hatched, he now slips in a bomb shelter for fear of his life! Since he incited the violence, he has never moved anywhere!, No more celebrations on Saturdays in Luri - west of Juba; he is again sick, but can not leave the country for health check!

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      • 5 March 2014 09:43, by mathem jech amer

        Call them looters,rapists, food lovers,satan worshipers, devilic believers, destructors but avoid the word FREEDOM FIGHTERS

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        • 5 March 2014 09:56, by Letigolight

          You have described exatly Kiir’s security organs -the national terrorist organisation - the national security and the tigers!, Where is isaiah Abraham? where are the lawyers representing Pagan Amum? where is the 4.2 BN Dollars and also the recent 5 Billion Dollars? where is the road for recently approved 480 million SSP to ABMC? you are doomed!

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    • 5 March 2014 09:11, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

      i agree wih you my deer we will just give our blames to UN Chief Helde Johnson,and our president becuase our gallant forces become polticians and relcutant to fight mr Riak with his forces , this war could have been over last year, now if they violated the cease fire agreement then there is nothing can prevent SPLA to recapture Malakal and restore peace there is hope ex- vice president will go to

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    • 5 March 2014 09:56, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

      Another reason is that , enemies of S. S. should not begain laugfhing nobody wants to kill his or her bothers for no reason there should be no reason to allow war to continue in our country since the State is still very poor in a aspects of development , there is nothing done becuase gov,was not given time to develope and allow conducive environment for the company to invest and boost the economy

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  • 5 March 2014 07:18, by Augustino

    To all commentators, could be true that Mrs Dr Nyariek Kimoon was in Malakal, since Malakal is in UpperNile where all satans are. Should South Sudanese be blind to follow a murder? will he one day come to Bahr El Ghazel? I think his rebellion will only end in Greater UpperNile Believe me or not. However, the mean thing is our unity, Defeat of Nyariek Kimoon or Government will not bring a solution.

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  • 5 March 2014 07:18, by Peter Marko

    This is rubbish. Dr. Mashit is currently in USA, n there is no way he could have visited Malakal. Matter fact, he visit Omaha area last Saturday, n have a secret meeting with the loyalist elements with in Nuer community in one of the hotels in Council Bluffs area. So, stop lying, Sudantribune.

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  • 5 March 2014 07:20, by Gangura

    I love Machar for his encouregment for his soldiers, I believe Machar visited Malakal, but for this stupid Kirr when Malakal was taken by his soldiers he even did not boarder to go there,
    Good job Machar we want you to come and take Juba where Kirr is leaving. we Equatorians are behind you

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    • 5 March 2014 09:41, by mathem jech amer

      What type of Equatoria are you? which tribe or just a mere Nuer pretending to be Equatorian. How many Equatorians you killed in Malakal, Nassir and Bentiu to pretend that Equatorians support you.One Latuka man was trying to kill Nuer yetserday in Juba because his 2 months child & wife were killed by Nuers in Pariang,he didn’t know Nuers are still here

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  • 5 March 2014 09:18, by Gat-khir

    The president of the Republic of South Sudan Mr.M7 visited his troops in Jonglei state last week and his wife, the 1st lady, Mrs. Nyankiirdit remained in the palace preparing a delicious meal for him. What a wunderfull country led by thieves and drunkard!!!!!!.
    Congratulation Dr. Machar.

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  • 5 March 2014 16:06, by Kim Deng

    Malakal town is now changed to "Latjor City" one of the Mighty Nuer Warriors leader who crossed the Nile from West to Eask bank in 1800s and occopied Jurlands until present time.

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  • 5 March 2014 17:15, by Aguj-raan

    To kill a snake you have to cut the head off, RSS govt. needs to deploy military intelligence and snipers on the ground and infiltrate the rebels movements, and carry out assassinations war on rebels leader and his commanders, to break rebels motivations, just like what RSS govt. did to George Atur. this is one of war tactics that works properly. RSS oyee, Kiir Oyee,SPLA oyee.

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