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South Sudanese rebels to establish national structure: spokesperson

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April 10, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels under the leadership of the former vice president, Riek Machar Teny, were now discussing the possibility of establishing a national structure for the first time in the areas under their full control, confirms a rebels spokesperson.

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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)

Spokesperson for the rebel leader, James Gatdet Dak, has confirmed to Sudan Tribune the recent speculations that the group was considering to establish a structure after three months into the rebellion.

“Yes, there is a proposal by our leadership that we organise nationally in this phase of the struggle,” Dak said when reached on Thursday.

“Establishing a national structure aims to collectively and adequately address the current concerns on peace, security as well as humanitarian situation in the country,” Dak further said, adding that “the body shall also brainstorm on better policies as it strategises on future system of governance in South Sudan”.

However, he added that consultations were still going on in order to agree on the type of the structure.

Since mid-December 2013, Machar leads the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-in-Opposition (SPLM/A-in-Opposition) and have been fighting against president Salva Kiir Mayardit’s government for the last three months.

The rebels have since controlled some areas of Jonglei state, as well as in the oil-rich states of Unity and Upper Nile, while threatening to extend their control to the other states should the ongoing peace process collapse in Addis Ababa.

Dak also added that the rebel group will tackle how to deal with issues of foreign affairs through the pending structure.

He stressed that the proposal was “participatory and at its early stage,” saying able individuals in the SPLM-In-Opposition worldwide can also contribute their respective written ideas to the leadership about the necessary components of the structure.

The rebels negotiation team and leaders, he added, were leaving Addis Ababa and Nairobi for South Sudan this week to hold consultative a meeting with Machar on various issues, including the proposed structure.

The United Nations estimates that over 10,000 people have died while a million displaced since the outbreak of the conflict.

A shaky peace process brokered by regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which brings together the two parties in an attempt to resolve the current conflict, has been ongoing in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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  • 11 April 2014 06:27, by Akol Liai Mager

    I know Ustaz Pagan Amum, the leader of G11 for Peaceful Reform is so smart and would be wise enough to distance himself and his group from such violnce rebellion.

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    • 11 April 2014 06:44, by Mi diit

      Thank you Mr. James Gatdet Dak for this important information. We have many comrades around the world with various talents and capacities to participate in the struggle through such structures. This will make things much effective and inclusive. We should prepare for the interim government after Kiir is deposed. Kiir kills by the sword and should die by the sword (Bible).

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      • 11 April 2014 08:59, by moto

        MIDIT,
        NOTHING GOOD WILL COME OUT FROM THIS INFORMATION BECAUSE MOST OF INDIVIDUAL GREEDY LEADERS WILL OCCUPY FATE POSITION TO RICH THEMSELVES, SUCH PEOPLE WILL GO TO GRAVE POOR AND STILL REMAIN IN THE GRAVE POOR.THIS STRICTURE WILL BASE ON TRIBAL LINE,BELIEF YOU ME OR NOT.ALL THEY VILLAGERS ARE WARMING UP FOR LEADERSHIP.

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    • 11 April 2014 08:39, by Garang Deng

      Dr Machar and Groups
      That is good move,This will make things much effective and inclusive,all civilians are happy for ur national structure.

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  • 11 April 2014 06:31, by Jubawe

    We need new structure for peace weather from Government or rebels, people need peace and new Government

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    • 11 April 2014 07:28, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      There is nothing national about your rebellion, you are free to form your Nuer structures, political parties in your counties. but don’t cross the borders of other peoples’ lands when you are nothing but bunch of losers, who are looking for booties in the name of democracy. your craziness should not be daily news to the nation that is aggrieved by your lawlessness.

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    • 11 April 2014 17:59, by Wani khooto

      dear Jubawe,
      my brother,Nuer structure is not national structure mind you,the will just put their own chiefs who are the leaders of white army,these chiefs don’t even know local arabic but nuer.that is not a gov’ty the are fighting but just to be "AKUOR-MIDIITLONG" still the will put Dinka in that gov’ty not we equatoria.who ever support nuer rebellion is a fool like nuer.shameless community

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      • 11 April 2014 18:11, by Wani khooto

        Jubawe,
        Imagine my brother in south Sudanese culture,your neighbor can help and support you if you have problem with others but nuer just starting looting,killing their own neighbors like Shilluk,Murle,BOR,Maban who are not even benefiting from Kiir gov’ty and these tribes need change of kiir gov’ty since.nuer leaders are always killers like Pualino Matip who don’t know any language apart from nue

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  • 11 April 2014 07:40, by Letigolight

    Very bold move, we know there is media black out on opposition activities particularly in Juba and they are on a vicious campaign to cleanse their past by showing the good that does not rythm with the truth!Please keep us posted on the foregoings and ensure it is in the UK telegraph, Bloomberg and Voice of America @ voanews.com;
    Thanks

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