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South Sudan rebels dismiss alleged links to Uganda’s LRA

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May 23, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The spokespersons of the South Sudanese rebel faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have dismissed claims by the Ugandan government alleging that its leader, Riek Machar, and the fugitive leader of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been in contact in order to join operations aimed at toppling president Salva Kiir’s government.

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LRA leader Joseph Kony (Getty)

Senior officials of the Ugandan ministry of defence and intelligence operatives were quoted in the media this week as saying the two rebel leaders have recently been in contact to stage joint operations to oust Juba’s regime.

However, spokespersons of the South Sudanese rebel group have dismissed the claims as negative propaganda aimed at justifying Uganda’s invasion.

“It is a wild propaganda. This is another desperate attempt by the invading Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) to try to justify and prolong their colonization of some parts of South Sudan,” Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

“We are a resistance movement with principles and we fight an internal resistance war imposed on us, and it is being pursued and owned by our people. We are against hiring foreign mercenaries to fight for either side in the internal conflict. We have the people of South Sudan rallying behind our cause and resistance,” Dak further explained.

The rebel leader’s spokesperson also accused the two leaderships in South Sudan and Uganda for “teaming up against genuine democratic governance in the region.”

He said the Ugandan government had to deal with its internal matter and stop the blame-game.

“If the Ugandan leadership is worried or getting nervous about the likelihood of the LRA resurfacing in Uganda and resuming war, this should not be a warrant for them to propagate against us. We reject this baseless allegation,” he further stressed.

Dak added that his boss, Machar, was instead very instrumental in ending the war and bringing peace and stability to northern Uganda when he mediated peace talks in Juba between Museveni’s government and Kony’s LRA from 2006 to 2008, adding “this should instead be recognized and appreciated.”

He further added that Machar’s efforts removed the LRA from northern Uganda and South Sudan and made millions to resettle in their homes of origin, adding that the two rebel groups had nothing in common politically as they were also “divided by international borders and citizenry.”

The rebels spokesman further said the leadership of the SPLM (in opposition) had a vision for peace and stability in the whole region and already proved it to the government and people of Uganda when he “wholeheartedly helped Museveni to end the war inside his own country.”

Also, the rebels military spokesperson, Brig Lul Ruai Koang, accused Ugandan government of having a “faulty intelligence.”

“Claims by UPDF’s Intelligence operatives that Dr. Riek Machar is in talks with Joseph Kony, leader of LRA in order to join forces to topple Kiir is incredible information based on faulty intelligence.”

“We have enough forces to topple Kiir, furthermore, Kony’s records could not allow our leadership to seek alliance with his rebel outfit. It’s regrettable that Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces could feed credible media houses with baseless lies,” he further charged.

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  • 23 May 10:10, by Bravo Nuer

    M7 and his sycophants like his rubber chief of staff as well as his son Muhozi are kidding and clutching at every passing straw to paint all people foolish like them. I commented two days ago that Nuer warriors don’t need manpower but need only firepower from any willing ally and to their ignorance the cause of resistance has already been joined by other 62 tribes in SS not Nuer as it used to be.

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    • 23 May 10:21, by Bravo Nuer

      a resistant movement which is anti genocidal and dictatorial terrorism cannot join ranks with the likes against its cause. to mention Joseph Konyi is no difference like mentioning Salva Kiir because they are the birds of the same feathers and thus flocking together. Kiir like Boko Haram kidnapped 15 SPLM political cadres for their political yearning for democratic transformation in the RSS.

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      • 23 May 11:50, by Darkangel
        • 23 May 12:07, by Adodi Jotuwa

          John Kong Nyuon,
          Excellent remarks, “The recent problem started in Juba as a small one, but when it reached Jonglei, it exploded in Bor….Our people should have learned from the first experiences of Riek Machar of [the] 1990s.” Peter Gadet & James Koang are all illiterate militia leaders who reason by revenge killing on hearsay that all Nuers in Juba are finished.

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          • 23 May 12:08, by Adodi Jotuwa

            It was the same Dr. Fool Riek Machar who phoned them (Gadet and Koang) that start killing all Dinka in Bor as he did in 1991. Riek instructed his Cdrs. to kill all Dinka who were sheltered in UNMISS compound in Akobo, and in Bentiu by James Koang. Then later launched joint operations in Malakal town, this time including Shilluk who refused to join Riek’s rebellion.

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            • 23 May 12:09, by Adodi Jotuwa

              International community ignored Bor massacre of 1991 and of 2013/2014 again in Bor which exchanged hands twice; ignored the killings of unarmed civilians in Church/Mosque who were holding Holy Bibles/Qurans. This type of rebellion is admired by the West who brought religion to Africans and South Sudanese in particular, only to wake up to blame the rebels’ atrocities in Bentiu lately.

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              • 23 May 12:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Bravo Nuer,
                If James Koang is educated, why did he rebel and appoint himself Governor of Unity State the next day and often take refuge in Panthou/Heglig where SAF is stationed? What kind of protection does he need from SAF better than that of UNMISS compound? This was when Dr. Fool Riek started his fabrication to get logistical support from Khartoum that JEM, SPLA-N, UPDF are present in RSS.

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                • 23 May 12:18, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Dr. John Garang did say in 2002 that he could forgive Dr. Fool Riek Machar following his return from Khartoum but said "history will never forgive Riek" because of his rebellion and Bor massacre of 1991. Was it not prophetic that history would repeat itself as it did in December 2013 and up to date? Riek formed Nasir Faction/SSIM after failing to violently hijack SPLM/A in 1991 from Garang.

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                  • 23 May 12:19, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    I told you before and I am telling you again that Dr. Fool Riek Machar and his associates know nothing about the objectives, vision, mission and strategy of the SPLM/A because they were busy shifting allegiance competitively without knowing his own Nasir faction would end up in Khartoum’s dustbin. Vice Presidency was given in a golden plate, amid his negative contribution to the SPLM/A.

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                    • 23 May 12:20, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      The name "SPLM-In-Opposition" is given by the Western media following December 15th, 2013 failed coup attempt because Dr. Fool Riek Machar has been opposing SPLM/A since 1991 and returned to the very SPLM/A again in 2002 to oppose it on the sly instead of clearing his nasty record of 1991. Riek can never hijack the leadership of SPLM/A because he has no idea about where SPLM/A has come from and he

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                      • 23 May 13:05, by Adodi Jotuwa

                        Back to the subject matter, there is no different between Dr. Fool Riek Machar and LRA leader Joseph Kony because they have been together in the same bed in Khartoum during the struggle. If Khartoum supports Kony since 1986 up to date, why would it not support Dr. Fool Riek Machar since it considers M7 and Kiir are enemies of Sudan? Khartoum is training Nuers and sending them to die in their own l

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                        • 23 May 13:06, by Adodi Jotuwa

                          If the LRA leader Joseph Kony is wanted by the ICC, why leave Dr. Fool Riek Machar because of the same charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed repeatedly against one tribe in the same town/Bor since 1991 up to date. There is no any war imposed on Dr. Fool Riek Machar or Nuer, Riek desperately needs leadership position by lying to international community that the war is imposed

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                          • 23 May 13:11, by Adodi Jotuwa

                            And the rebel military spokesperson Brig Lul Ruai Koang is also struggling to echo similar lie that “the war is imposed upon us” and “we have enough forces to topple Kiir.” I like that ‘nice dream’ of toppling Kiir while over 31K refugees are already registered in Kampala, Uganda alone besides those fleeing to Ethiopia and Sudan daily.

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                            • 23 May 13:20, by Adodi Jotuwa

                              Those who came from Diaspora are also busy booking return flights after experiencing fierce fight in the battle fields. They found that it’s only Nuer themselves fighting the other 64 tribes of South Sudan in the government forces. The word “we are warriors” often uttered with little or no reasoning is proving illusive because there is no guarantee whether Messiriya, Janzaweed, SAF or LRA forces..

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                              • 23 May 13:22, by Adodi Jotuwa

                                ...fight alongside Nuer.

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                              • 23 May 14:13, by Letigolight

                                Adodi Jotua;
                                M7 has infected your ass and that of cowboy Kiir with AIDS so you are happy seeing this country fail under cowboy Kiir; If you think it is a Nuer problem wait for the explosion of the mine in greater Equatoria, we shall see where you will be making this useless comments - fuck your own ass!

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