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June 1, 2014 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese army general who recently defected to the opposition forces has explained why he turned down an alleged presidential offer to reinstate him to active service.

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General Dau Aturjong Nyuol (File photo ST)

Speaking exclusively to Sudan Tribune on Saturday, Gen. Dau Aturjong said presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny wanted to meet and convince him to rescind the decision to join rebels led by former vice-president, Riek Machar.

“I have rejected meeting him [Ateny] for three simple reasons. First, Ateny Wek and Yel Luol never allowed me to meet the president whenever I approached them when I was in Juba”, said Gen. Aturjong.

“Secondly, in which capacity he is coming to meet me? Is he coming as an official representative of the government or as individual from Aweil community?” he asked.

The army general, who declared he had joined rebellion on Friday, said he had credible information that Ateny wanted to meet him in his personal capacity, not on behalf of the president or government.

“It was his [Ateny] own initiative and the president allowed him for administrative purpose only, so that he knows where he had gone since he works in his office to avoid inconveniences in case of any need”, the army general told Sudan Tribune.

NOT COMMUNITY AFFAIR

He also dismissed the notion that it was a rebellion launched against the Aweil community of South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, saying these were national matters that should be addressed.

The senior army official, further wondered why the Juba government was now running after him, yet they “refused” to meet him earlier, and blamed president Salva Kiir for allegedly showing no interest in resolving issues that were raised on how he was running the country.

“So why are they running after me now after all they have been refusing meeting and other people. The system in Juba and under president Kiir does not want me this is why I decided to go so that I look for a system which will be ready to listen to our people and address their issues promptly”, said Gen. Aturjong.

The revelation comes hardly a day after several officials confirmed that president Kiir had requested Aweil community leaders and elders to organise a community meeting to address their grievance.

“I know there are issues with Aweil community that need to be discussed and it is better a community meeting is called and I will appreciate being invited to participate because I want these grievances discussed and resolved”, president Kiir reportedly told his national security minister, Gen. Mbuto Mamur Mete on Saturday.

Observers, however, expressed doubts on the possibility of holding a meeting to be addressed by the president on the seemingly existing differences between the community leadership and the newly appointed army chief of general staff, General Paul Malong Awan.

Gen. Awan, a close ally of the president, is viewed as the source of the existing friction with the central government. The Aweil community, who elected him governor in 2010, criticised the manner in which Awan handled state affairs prior to his army elevation.

INJUSTICES AND MARGINALISATION

As to why he joined rebellion, Gen. Aturjong said he wanted to advance the cause for which he abandoned his education to fight against “injustice”, “marginalization” and other “ill practices” meted on South Sudanese by successive Sudanese government in past civil war, which ended after the 2005 peace deal was signed in Kenya.

“I thought we have liberated our people from the northern domination only to realize the revolution had been hijacked by a tyrant dictator upon the death of our leader, late Dr. John Garang de Mabior”, said the defected army general.

The “hijackers”, he stressed, not only marginalised South Sudanese communities, but seriously “terrorized” them.

“They killed many innocent people in 9 years of Salva Kiir’s authoritative rule and dictatorship in Juba. Now I decided to take arms again to liberate my people since the first liberation is hijacked by the tyrant dictator”, said Gen. Aturjong.

He further claimed he had again taken the decision to fight and bring justice, freedom, equality and prosperity to his people, stressing that he has a joined a system with clear vision for the country.

“I am taking arms to transform the country democratically and established a federal system where powers and resources are driven by the people,” said army general-turned rebel.

“Am taking [up] arms to restore rule of law and respect for human rights in my country”, he added.

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  • 2 June 06:23, by Akook

    Go go my respected General Aturjong. Kiir had taken us Dinkas for a ride fitting almost every corner of this country against us! He deserves to go. There is no room for dictatorship in this country as Kiir and Malong had in mind that they will colonize anyone. The most important thing is how broke records by shifting away from having been a Dinka Vs Nuer war. Other Southerners don’t understand..

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    • 2 June 06:29, by Akook

      They don’t get it that even Dinks are suffering in the hands of these cliques Kiir, Malong, Telar etc. You go Dinka states you will find real suffering people. No schools, roads, clinics as people still die of malaria and widespread hunger. Their corrupt system is not helping anybody. They are paying foreigners to their war. They must go now.

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    • 2 June 06:46, by Mike Mike

      If that is what had happened to Gen Dau he was prevented to meet the president and advised him on some issues he seen wrong by a certain group in the office of president then he has right to leave that govt of two people.Yel Luol and Ateny Wek are spoiling the digity of the president by considering him as their president alone and refusing others not to meet him.Now what will benefit u in his goin

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    • 2 June 09:52, by Hardlinner

      what a shame?. Dau Aturjang is in deed after position like most evil of all riek. event the G12 did’t side with riek machar. I would have supported dau had he created his own rebel movement against kiir. I may not like kiir much but compare to this primate named riek, I rather die than join. a reasonable person would have died of shame had joined riek.

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    • 2 June 10:03, by Hardlinner

      what a shame?. Dau Aturjang is in deed after position like most evil of all riek. event the G12 did’t side with riek machar. I would have supported dau had he created his own rebel movement against kiir. I may not like kiir much but compare to this primate named riek, I rather die than join. a reasonable person would have died of shame had joined riek.

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      • 2 June 16:25, by Joseph Canada

        Look at this illiterate called Hardliner. You are atypical uneducated South Sudanese who don’t believe in the system that serve the National interest, but the tribe. You know very well that the policies of Kiir are rotten and serves his needs ,tribe and the inside circle. so sad to see your cheap support for this regime

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  • 2 June 06:28, by Diversity

    The true hero has has taken a bold decision-“I thought we have liberated our people from the northern domination only to realize the revolution had been hijacked by a tyrant dictator upon the death of our leader, late Dr. John Garang de Mabior”, said the defected army general.
    The “hijackers”, he stressed, not only marginalised South Sudanese communities, but seriously “terrorized” them.
    wht mor

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    • 2 June 06:29, by Diversity

      They killed many innocent people in 9 years of Salva Kiir’s authoritative rule and dictatorship in Juba. Now I decided to take arms again to liberate my people since the first liberation is hijacked by the tyrant dictator”, said Gen. Aturjong.
      He further claimed he had again taken the decision to fight and bring justice, freedom, equality and prosperity to his people, stressing that he has a join

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    • 2 June 06:34, by Diversity

      “I am taking arms to transform the country democratically and established a federal system where powers and resources are driven by the people,” said army general-turned rebel.
      “Am taking [up] arms to restore rule of law and respect for human rights in my country”

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    • 2 June 10:25, by Hardlinner

      you can never be hero specially when you join movement of murders, rapists, killers, corruptists, primates, unreasonables, looters, war mongers, animists, primitives and destroyers. Riek is worst animal of all. He lack reasoning capacity and senses. he can only qualify to rule animals not humans. majority people under him lacks human senses but animals senses.

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  • 2 June 06:29, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    General, how are you going to change the system when Dinkas don’t follow their kin whom they believe is going on the wrong side of history or rather breaking the norm of Dinka loyalty? will you not be like the family of Garang Mabior who are toying with the same idea, but find it hard to rally people behind them to fight,inorder to regain their lost glory?

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  • 2 June 06:31, by Mi diit

    Gen Dau Aturjong is enlightened politically far better than the primitive Malong Awan. Welcome Gen to the true vision for peace, democracy and development of our country. Yes we need federalism in order to adequately address that rotten system of primitive Kiir Kuethpiny. Aweil community is being targeted now in Juba.

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    • 2 June 06:45, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Kiir made a grave mistakes when he appointed Both Marial Nuor and Paul Malong to takeover of these two sensitive positions, My people of Bor and Nuer are not happy about it.it was taken as Bhar el ghazal takeover of the government so as to alienate and terrorize others. by using security apparatus to eliminate government critics unsuspectingly.

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  • 2 June 06:41, by Chol A.

    Mr. Dau you too dipped your hand into bloodily rebellion of Riek. We believe the reason you are not been appointed to as leader to Aweil during your contest with Awan is because of your bias against Splm/A which we proven now! If you think taking gun and divided Aweil is solution to your personnel problems then good luck. I am sure Aweil sons will not follow you as some had push you into hold.

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    • 2 June 10:35, by Hardlinner

      unfortunately, Dau Aturjong would never get support that majority nuer gave their unreasonable king(riek). two generals from his community have already been killed by people he is joining. worst of all was the general that was armbushed in Ctr.Equatoria and murdered without any reason other than being dinka. Dinkas are smart people would never support position seekers like Dau Aturjong.

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  • 2 June 06:43, by Mapuor

    Hahahaha looters who destroyed the SPLA should know that they will go down in history as betrayers.Dau Aturjong,where did you get the money that you used to contest in gubernatorial elections?Was that money not the money of poor freedom fighters that you looted at broad day light.Selling SPLA food,military attire,fuel etc by your guards you corrupt generals is known by all citizens.

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    • 2 June 06:49, by Mapuor

      had it not been for brave Malong Awan, Juba would have been captured looted and destroyed in the same way Bor,Malakal,Bentiu etc were looted and destroyed.You corrupt SPLA generals,you should know that you can not fool any one now.You and your brothers,relatives and friends are now billionaires because of the SPLA money,food,etc that you stole for the last eight years.

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      • 2 June 06:55, by Mapuor

        Dau Aturjong hahahaah you along with Majak Agot,Gier Chuang,Pieng Deng,Mathok Geng,James Hoth,and all other generals from the army,police,prisons,and wildlife have stolen billions and have shown all South Sudanese that you were not true liberators but opportunists who went to the bush only for self enrichment.Come on,who will elect such thieves??????????????????.Kiir frankly,will rule for life

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        • 2 June 07:00, by Mapuor

          Change is never brought by corrupt people who’re well known like you Aturjong.President Kiir allowed the oil money to reach all governments and institutions all over the country only to be embezzled at states and national ministries.He had all along been changing ministers of Finance for mismanagement of public money and finally removed all thieves who embezzled public money,we praise him.

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          • 2 June 09:39, by Bravo Nuer

            Mapuor and the likes the defection of Gen.Dau Aturjong is a plan of God for the sake of Nuer and Dinka innocent people who have been planned to wipe off each other by Kiir and Malong as a means,method,motivation to keep kiir in power whose reverse and fast forward gear is in the mercy bloody hand of Malong a blind leading blind to abyss.kiir and malong by design to tribalise this war from day one

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            • 2 June 09:49, by Bravo Nuer

              in order to regain Dinka trust and support to prolong the change and as the war is lengthy this will give them time to loot public resources in various forms using mercenaries hiring as a pretext. if this shaky peace negotiation break into pieces the opinion is higher that fighting would badly hit greater Bahr El Gazhal and Equatoria and which would herald the demise of Juba Gadhafi-like regime of

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              • 2 June 10:00, by Bravo Nuer

                notorious Awan Chan dynasty and this would precipitate genocide in both Warrap and Aweil States because the recruits hailing from the two were the ones orchestrating Nuer genocide in Juba under strict orders from two partners in crimes KIIR-Malong. it is to be noted that Gen. Gadet is more excellent in grand strategy and can turn those assumed paradises into hell anytime. however being of Gen Dau

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                • 2 June 10:09, by Bravo Nuer

                  with Dr.Riek is a blessing rather than a curse which will positively avert the nature of war of genocidal revenges into a national struggle pitting Democrats versus dictators and this is a good move for a nationalist like Gen Dau to restore hope between innocent Dinka and Nuer to remain peaceful and for the youth from the sides to be told to leave struggle for pure soldiers who know rules of war

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                  • 2 June 10:17, by Bravo Nuer

                    or rules of engagement combatants versus combatants and spare noncombatants,POWS and property which is lacking for the past five months old of this war from both sides even though the destruction of greater Upper Nile infrastructure was a ploy from greater Bahrelgazalian tribalists ( Kiir, Malong, Telar, Aleu, Awet, Matur and Akol Paul) as a vandalism and punishment to Cushite people but this

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                    • 2 June 10:31, by Bravo Nuer

                      should not be avenged and the vengeance will be left for God Almighty to destroy the above wicked and evil leaders as why they delighted in undoing the infrastructure which was under their custodian govt and massacred the innocent Nuer who heartily voted them into this abused glory of power and wealth and whose source of South Sudan ’s lifeline lies in their land in terms of natural resources

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                      • 2 June 10:43, by Bravo Nuer

                        and national capabilities ( Army Nuer 70%.) as a nationalist though Nuer people were brutally killed,burned alive,husbands bound from hands to feet have their wives being fucked in front of them before being killed,were being fed with other Nuer relatives dead bodies,beheaded and limbs cutting, I don’t want this ungodly curse to infect any Nuer to avenge it because this marks a generational curse

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                        • 2 June 10:57, by Bravo Nuer

                          from Almighty God against the Dinka people of Bahr el Gazhal to be ruled by other tribes of South Sudan till Messiah comes and will not rule any South Sudanese.God is wrathful and they will be slaves in South Sudan forever as they have self-exalted themselves without God ’s wisdom and honor in their leadership styles of genocide,dominion,corruption, prostitution,drunkenness,witchcraft and pride.

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            • 2 June 10:41, by Hardlinner

              nuer, kiir and Riek are part of mess that is going on in south sudan. riek is murderer and kiir is corrupt. none of them work for goodness of south sudan and it people. your support of Dau Aturjong justified you position. therefore be reminded that south sudan is not jungle to be rule by primitives. riek is animal and does not deserve any place in politics.

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              • 2 June 22:52, by Bravo Nuer

                Hardliner you yourself you are a primitive and to assure you I am a tested political scientist and thus you cannot teach me any new tricks.a kidding joke that Riek Machar is not a politician and a primitive can be only said by someone who suffers tribal disorders and a rural Dinka villager living in the middle of nowhere close to urban town which is the qualification of primitiveness you talked of

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                • 2 June 23:03, by Bravo Nuer

                  How can you refer a PHD Dr.from revered Standford University UK, acquiring M.SC Engineering from renowned Khartoum University as a primitive and as a layman? I think you had got nothing in your head to say and thus you said what you wanted to say not what is needed to be said.you can talk of Kiir as a layman not politician as well as a primitive and thus the whole world know this naked truth.

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      • 2 June 07:02, by King of Nyamlel

        The Kiir-Malong’s governement needs a hard work. Aturjong is a great man. I must fight, beginning from Kwajok, Wau and Juba. Aweilians shouldn’t fear that Dau is coming home. Nothing like that. When fighing a sick, you begins from head

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  • 2 June 07:05, by Mike Mike

    Mapour if you see yourself you have that very good faith then advise your people stop cattle rustling and killing of innocent people in greater Rumbek, Cueibet and yirol. Now there is tough fighting in your home area why don’t u tell them to stop that tribal war?. u have nothing to say here boy.

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  • 2 June 07:19, by barbayo

    who is Yel Luol? which mean that Raik has gone because Yel Luol become spoil on the get of the president , Gen Dau you right by saying them what made you to defected ,but not followed born as Malitiants man without vision Raik Machar completed all Nuer Lou youth and Nasir leave Bentiu youth pursued education ,

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    • 2 June 07:32, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Yel Luol whom I believed is that useless Dinka dominated Spla together with this one eyed man must find a way to bring Dau back to talk face to face Kirrdit. if not, then they will be ask to pack their blankets and vacate the statehouse. they should go build milou bars and game rooms as their new hangout spots.

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  • 2 June 07:31, by barbayo

    Ateny Wek Ateny ,his statement on Aweil Community gathering on 30/11/2013 he said I Ateny Wek will be bridge between President Kiir and Aweil community ,now was mentioned by Gen Dau Aturjong in his statement ,Ateny and Yel Luol blocked him out of met of President before defected, but may be what so call Yel Luol was one advice Ateny not allowed any one done not like to met with president .

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  • 2 June 09:23, by Padiet Deng Alony

    I wonder the South Sudanese politician and Generals when they are relieved they turn rebel and call for democracy. is it democracy for food or which one.when they are in system no democracy if they are out they rebel and call for democracy.

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    • 2 June 10:52, by Hardlinner

      padiet, that’s what foolish politicians does when they got terminated from government positions. which reasonable people would join those position seekers like riek and rebels. only nuers are known for blindly joining the rebellion that they know nothing about. it would have sounded better had he created his own rebellion than joining mass murderer.

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    • 2 June 12:06, by moto

      EXACTLY PADIET DENG I DO AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENT,THIS GUYS ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR OWN INTEREST AS THE WAY OF SURVIVING.EVEN EVIL CAN ALSO CLAIM TO FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY.WHAT KIND OF DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM ARE THEY FIGHTING ?

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