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S. Sudanese rebels expected to unveil leadership line up


May 27, 2014 (JUBA) – There are reports the rebel SPLM In Opposition have unveiled an interim leadership structure, with claims former environment minister Alfred Lado Gore has been appointed as interim deputy leader of the movement.

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Alfred Lado Gore seated in the centre next to rebel military spokesperson Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang (L) and Angeline Teny, the wife of rebel leader, Riek Machar, at a news conferencein the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 26 February 2014 (Photo: Tikasa Negeri/Reuters)

If appointed, Gore, who comes from Equatoria region, would deputise the rebel leader Riek Machar, who hails from the Upper Nile region, making him the second most powerful figure in the hierarchy of the almost six-month-old rebellion.

Other appointees reportedly include Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol and Hussein Maar Nyuot, who were designated the foreign affairs and humanitarian affairs portfolios respectively.

The eldest son of the founding leader of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Mabior John Gareng de Mabior, has been named as a spokesperson on political affairs, while Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang retains his position as spokesperson on military affairs and General Taban Deng Gai remains as head of the rebel delegation for peace talks.

However, Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, said the claims are mere speculation, saying the movement’s top leadership had yet to formally name any individuals for its committee positions.

“Some of the contents in the statement reported are mere speculations because our chairman has not yet officially named [the] heads of the respective eight committees in the structure of the movement,” Dak told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

“Our leadership is still making consultations on the proper appointment of such heads of committees, their respective deputies and secretaries,” he added.

There are reports that several members will be selected as representatives of the movement to several key African countries, namely member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the east African bloc mediating the peace process, with representatives also expected to be appointed to South Africa and Nigeria.

Members of the South Sudanese diaspora community as its representatives to key Western allies, as well major international agencies such as the United Nations, European Union, the Arab League and the African Union.

Rebel sources say the structure aims to be an inclusive and representative body for the whole country.

“The composition of the interim structure represents not only the entire South Sudan just as a country but [is] clearly reflecting [the] diversity of our people. It is a structure representing all faces of our people,” a key rebel official told Sudan Tribune on Monday from Addis Ababa.


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  • 28 May 2014 06:44, by Yorwin Otor

    Which positions are occupied by our Shilluks gays Rev. Tijwok Author and Gwado Yousif in this interim structure? Are they going to be field commanders and where will be operating?

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    • 28 May 2014 09:51, by Tong dut


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    • 28 May 2014 20:10, by Ito

      Dear Readers,
      First, some of you have failed to grab the content of the news by concluding that it is a fact though the spokesperson has said it that the actual lining of the leadership is yet to be reveal after completion of public opinion consultation. Also for those Dinka and support who say Nuer will be the majority just like the Dinka and will dominate, you are dead wrong. Domination has

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      • 28 May 2014 20:15, by Ito

        nothing to do with the population. As long as you are represented according to your numbers, that is fine but this has never happened in South Sudan. Dinka is less than 30 percent of south sudan population, how come they take more than 50 percent in the government and 90 to 100 percent abroad and purely 100 percent of students sent abroad for studies. A simple chicken will know this is injustice.

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        • 28 May 2014 20:18, by Ito

          I am appealing in the name of God to all of fair minded citizens to take this seriously. We need federal system ya Jamaa. Under federal system, there will be representative democracy, each state will elect their own and send to federal parliament and each state will have its own constitution to protect its people and whoever come to your state will abide by the rules just like Canada and USA among

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          • 28 May 2014 20:20, by Ito

            many others. This is the time to make this changes. Sometime we joke but later the truth will come to our faces and we are going to regret our decisions. There will be no sending of a Dinka to rule every office in all states and sending their own abroad as ambassadors and students with tax payers money. Dinka are against this for one reason, they will not dominate and corrupt other states money

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            • 28 May 2014 20:24, by Ito

              under federal system. If you have decided for Dinka to continue dominating, taking public money to send their own abroad, killing and bullying small tribes with impunity, then support them, but if you are a patriot who wants to live in peace, dignity with your resources and political environment under you, you go for a federal system. No one will support a system that is against him or her.

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              • 28 May 2014 20:28, by Ito

                What I am saying here is that, we the masses cannot expect Dinka to support federal system because it is against their interest. Their interest to dominate, bully, kill, use public money to enrich themselves. Dinka are going to the bank with a bag and it will be filled with money to purchase properties in equatoria, is this a good thing. While others are not given even a pound.

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                • 28 May 2014 20:31, by Ito

                  A military captain from Dinka will get 20 times higher pay than a general from other tribes. A Dinka without elementary school certificate will be put as a Director while a masters degree holder from other tribes is third or fourth assistant. these are some of the things brothers and sisters. For you who are far away, come here and you will see for yourself. It is now upto you to decide.

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  • 28 May 2014 06:45, by Diversity

    Gore,it is your time now as the only known chief ideologist of the old SPLM under Garang..I believe with no doubt that you are going to reshape the image of this distorted historic party

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  • 28 May 2014 06:58, by Joseph Canada

    Now this is the wining strategy which all the souther Sudanese have been waiting for. Its the sign of the Federal govt. that we will all welcome with open arms. Also its what the diasporians have been longing: To take our new nation into anew level of Love for every CITIZEN!!!!…Wani Igga is Gone!!

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    • 28 May 2014 08:19, by barbayo

      joseph candada
      this government of rebels base in Hotel in Adis-abab,

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      • 28 May 2014 23:42, by Diversity

        As long as it influences the people we don’t mind whether it is based in hotel or under, a tree at last it is gona win!

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  • 28 May 2014 06:59, by Malou Manyiel

    Look at: 1.Riek Machar 2.Hussein Maar Nyuot,3. Lul Ruai Koang 4.Taban Deng Gai. Most of the few senior positions mentioned in the hierarchy are Nuer. If the full list comes out, how many Nuer would be expected? Won’t it be same as people called it Dinka gov’t? So it will be Nuer gov’t, not so? Is that what people want? Lets wait and see!!!!

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  • 28 May 2014 07:08, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear all.
    That is nice for the rebel to put our old man in that position to push all the Nyam Nyam forward, in this democratic government. If you Equatorian lost this seat for your weakness that we know, it will be your full responsibility, if it was a Dinka movement you will never get even one single position.But this is Machar who fight for the right of all South Sudanese citizen.

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    • 28 May 2014 08:31, by barbayo

      son of nguodeng
      your question should be answer by Jubawe,Ito and others Equatoria ,position which given to Gore as you put it if they cowards the lost it to dinka,it position in Ethiopia can be there in Ethiopia, James Wani is 2nd man in Republic of South Sudan not Ethiopia or under tree in some where

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      • 28 May 2014 10:21, by Son of Ngundeng

        Dear barbro.
        You think dinka will lead this country for how long? Know that dinka marginalize the other tribes, but Nuer are out of it, puting a big wood on fire to burn down anything you which, but the fire will burn down Kiir’s poor kingdom of genocidal believe me, Wani Igaa he is Vice president because he will help kiir for puting his alcohol on the table, he know nothing about Dinka government

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        • 28 May 2014 12:54, by barbayo

          Son of Nguondeng
          you real Nuer thinking like white army ,who can be fool by Raik without analysis the outcome just (wanathin ) mean let us go in , my dear do statistic of white army are finished Nuer lou ,no single youth from Bentiu die just Lou nuer and Nasir,
          you heard news today Raik was capture in Nariobi you done know that, if you know some body from Kenya call him/her ask about,

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        • 28 May 2014 14:43, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Son of Ngundeng and Associates,
          We all know more about the Nuer Kingdom that Dr. Fool Riek Machar is struggling to build in his Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He tried it before in 1991 and failed miserably before surrendering it to Khartoum and signing bogus agreement in 1997 (KPA). Riek wants to build his political support base in Greater Equatoria through the fugitive Alfred Lado Gore.

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          • 28 May 2014 15:50, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Why do you waste your time to believe that the fugitive Alfred Lado Gore is a match for the heavyweight politicians like the Vice President H.E. James Wani Igga whose liberation record is straightforward, not zigzagged? I have no idea whether Dr. Fool Riek Machar and Alfred Lado Gore know each pretty well.

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            • 28 May 2014 15:52, by Adodi Jotuwa

              Alfred Lado Gore lost to Clement Wani Konga to become the Governor of CES in 2010 elections because he promised to legislate on non-Equatorians to leave Juba if he wins. Is this the kind of a leader who can unite South Sudanese together, not realizing that Dr. Fool Riek Machar is only for establishment of Nuer Kingdom so long as Dinka or any non-Nuer is Head of State?

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              • 28 May 2014 15:53, by Adodi Jotuwa

                When Arabs began sitting on our shoulders since their entry into Sudan (the land of the black), some Nuers were on the same liberation boat with their fellow brothers from different ethnic groups but Dr. Fool Reik has always jumped out of the boat rowed by a non-Nuer in 1991. He covertly makes a hole under the boat so that it gets capsized, hoping to flee to Khartoum as usual. Is Riek a leader/los

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  • 28 May 2014 07:33, by Samuel Malual

    Hahahahahahahahahahaaa, Akuma Wun konhom ye col nuer abukjoltiieng ki bi loi. I’m saying a government of short brain people like like Riek Machar who is known of culture of abandonments. His government will not be a true government. Long live Salva Kiir Mayardit, Long James Wani Igga and long live to all comrades in SPLM original not SPLM faked like the one in opposition.

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  • 28 May 2014 07:40, by Samuel Malual

    Equatorian and Twic Bor should learnt one thing about Nuer, when a Nuer person is put as storekeeper he always make sure that distribution can not take place before he took a part of ration. I know when we were in Itiang. Twic Bor also are the most useless one specially gossiping and greediness is a great thing they are known for.

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  • 28 May 2014 07:56, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Still, there is problem, Riek Machar leadership can not win more than president Kiir, structure of government.
    Let all the rebels and the supporters within Kiir regime, see, the full scale of dictatorship of Comrade Riek machar. That is a warning of dictatorship.

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  • 28 May 2014 08:06, by Fundamental Change icon

    Bravo SPLA/M in Opposition. Your structure is welcomed.It has already sent a signal that the struggle is purely political aimed at fundamental transformation of the already messed country by the rule of tyrants.The representatives should preach the ideology abroad to garner support both financial and moral.You should also form the youth wing to spearhead social mobilization campaign accross SS.

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    • 28 May 2014 12:48, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Congratulations to Gen. Gore, cde Mabior, cde Hussen and others for being appointed to lead our people in this particular moment. Congratulations

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