Home | News    Thursday 17 April 2014

Former deputy defence minister says S. Sudan will never be the same


April 16, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s former defence minister, Majak D’Agoot, has denied playing any role in an alleged coup plot to depose president Salva Kiir Mayardit, saying that regardless of the outcome of the court case, the country has been irrevocably changed.

JPEG - 12.5 kb
South Sudan political detainees (from left to right) Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Majak d’Agoot, Pagan Amum and Oyai Deng Ajak listen to court proceedings at their trial in Juba on 11 March 2014 (Photo: AFP/Andrei Pungovschi)

D’Agoot is one of the four officials currently facing treason charges and is the third defendant to speak in court, following testimony from former secretary-general of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum Okiech and former national security minister Oyai Deng Ajak. Former diplomat Ezekiel Gathkuoth Lol is yet to take the stand.

The four officials have been accused of conspiring with former vice-president Riek Machar to overthrow the government by force.

Violence erupted in South Sudan in the capital, Juba, in mid-December before spreading to other key areas across the country.

The fighting has pitted forces loyal to the Kiir administration against rebels fighters aligned with Machar.

Speaking before Tuesday’s court session, D’ Agoot denied taking part in any plot to overthrow the government.

“Whatever verdict this court will take, South Sudan will never be the same. This marks the end of impunity, rule of man and the rule of law shall prevail,” he told the court.

Meanwhile, Amum expressed optimism that the four officials could together with President Kiir and vice-president James Wani Igga to resolve the rift.

“I am still optimistic that we will sort out this issue of ours with president Salva Kiir,” Pagan told the court. “I will even work with him, work with Wani – [the] vice-president – and sort out all these issues with Riek and we [can] build our nation,” he added.

Machar and former Unity state governor Taban Deng Gai have also been charged in absentia.

Seven other senior officials also detained in connection to the plot have since been released. The so-called SPLM-7 had been taking part in peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, but have since been excluded following demands by the South Sudanese government to restrict negotiations to the parties directly involved in the conflict.

A tenuous ceasefire deal brokered on 23 January by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, which is mediating talks, has so far failed to halt the violence.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 17 April 07:49, by Jalaby

    “I will even work with him, work with Wani – [the] vice-president – and sort out all these issues with Riek and we [can] build our nation,”
    Work with Kiir? it looks like Pagan Amom starts to lick Kiir ass to release him!
    Well Pagan, you’re reaping what you’ve planted of hatred between north-south before,enjoy being far of "Dirty Khartoum"!

    repondre message

    • 17 April 08:51, by South South

      How about you Jalaby,You touch your own ass five times a day ( GATHA AL JAMARA) and take out shit in your own hands.

      repondre message

      • 17 April 09:26, by Mohamed

        So...South Sudan
        Jalaby cleans his ass with water....
        I know you don’t have toilet paper where u come from...
        how do u clean your ass?
        or do you just leave it to the flies to take care for you?

        repondre message

        • 17 April 09:48, by South South

          Please do not lie to us. Jalaby and you do not clean your asses with water, that is not true. You stick your middle finger deep into your asses and take out shit five times a day ( GAHTA EL JAMARA). We know how fake Arabs behave in Sudan.

          repondre message

          • 17 April 10:05, by Mohamed

            This is quiet a pathetic discussion...
            sorry to inform you that the guy who told you how to do this is gay and he taught you the wtrong way.
            don’t do it like that anymore ...just wash with water and stop sticking your finger inside.
            Seems that he tricked you and you are learning to enjoy this.

            repondre message

            • 17 April 10:44, by South South

              GATHA EL JAMARA is well known in Sudan among fake Arabs ( Muslims of course). You said exactly what have been trying to send out about you guys, you are gay Muslims. You fuck yourself 5 times a day with your own fingers. In Sudan, you cannot miss seeing shit on the wall in latrines when people clean their hands from GATHA EL JAMARA.

              repondre message

  • 17 April 07:57, by Wicdail

    Tell the truth and the truth shall set you free. “Whatever verdict this court will take, South Sudan will never be the same. This marks the end of impunity, rule of man and the rule of law shall prevail,” The young Dr. told the Kirr’s court. Be brave young general we are behind you and I’m pretty sure that you will be the next president of RSS after after Dr. Rick’s retirement.

    repondre message

  • 17 April 08:02, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Sanity return always when you are about to hit the grave, These useless men were running around conducting private meetings at potlucks in Juba. love of food made them think that they were supermen. now at the mercy of the president they defied, they want to work with him again. mind you, The same power that Dinka use to raise you , can also be use to bring you down.

    repondre message

Comment on this article


The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

The theory of African president and prime minister, working together 2014-11-22 05:32:12 By Steve Paterno November 21, 2014 - Africa is notoriously known for political instability, stemming in most cases, over power struggle among the ruling elites. Often times, the best and quick (...)

The UNAMID internal report on mass rape in Tabit. 2014-11-21 06:09:21 What UNAMID really said about their investigation of mass sexual assaults on Tabit: The internal report on what investigators found By Eric Reeves November 20, 2014 - On November 12, 2014 (...)

Bullying Darfur 2014-11-13 18:13:39 By Namaa Al-Mahdi November 13, 2014 - “We broke their backs in Abu Karshola, I doubt they have recovered since,” said a prominent Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) member about their counter attack on (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudan Democracy First Group condemns wave of arbitrary arrests in Sudan 2014-09-25 05:17:35 Sudan Democracy First Group 25 September 2014 - In a desperate attempt to prevent a series of events commemorating the victims of the September 2013 protests, Sudan’s notorious National (...)

HRW calls on UN rights body to press Sudan to investigate murder of peaceful protesters 2014-09-24 21:24:09 Human Rights Watch One Year On, No Justice for Protester Deaths (Geneva, September 23, 2014) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should call on Sudan to account immediately for the death (...)

Hundreds walk for peace in South Sudan 2014-09-23 08:30:16 National Platform for Peace and Reconciliation (NPPR) PRESS RELEASE Juba, 21 September 2014 - Hundreds of people took to the streets of the South Sudan capital Jubato ‘Walk for Peace’and demand (...)


Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.