Home | News    Wednesday 4 June 2014

Machar still in control of rebel forces: spokesperson


June 3, 2014 (JUBA) – The spokesperson of South Sudanese rebel leader, Riek Machar on Wednesday described as "misconstrued" and taken "out of context" media reports alleging the former vice-president had willingly admitted he was not in control of the country’s opposition forces.

JPEG - 10.9 kb
South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, smiles as he meets his friends at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa on 9 May 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

“I was with him [Machar] when he made the statement in Nairobi. Reading the [media] report, I want to say his remarks were misconstrued and out of context. The forces he meant were not under his full control and needed training and orientation are the armed youth who recently joined the fight, but not the regular SPLA [Sudan Peoples Liberation Army] forces that defected to us,” James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune.

Dak further argued that in order to bring them to discipline and full control, the armed youth who are volunteer fighters needed military training and orientation about the political objectives for the resistance movement.

“We want to train them and provide orientation to them about the political objectives of the SPLM/A in opposition and issues of human rights. In the process, they will listen to the leadership’s instructions and rules of military engagements thus instilling discipline in them,” he stressed.

The rebel leader’s spokesperson said unlike the armed youth volunteers, the rebel group’s regular forces were firmly under full control, with clear command structures.

The United Nations and the independent human right entities have released varying reports, at different times, pinning both warring parties in the ongoing conflict of committing atrocities based on ethnic identities or nationalities since fighting broke out.

Government forces, early last month, launched military offensives into several rebel strongholds, including Nasir town in Upper Nile state, in what rebels said was in violation of a ceasefire agreement signed on 23 January, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Attempts by rebel forces to regain control of these area appears to have been thawed by the 9 May cessation hostilities agreement signed by both president Salva Kiir and Machar in Addis Ababa.


South Sudan army (SPLA) spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer said in a statement issued Monday that the rebels attempted to attack government forces in Upper Nile and Unity states, but were repulsed.

“From 31st May to 2nd June, forces of Riek Machar have been violating the ceasefire in Nassir, Bailet and Upper Nile State and Walkai in Unity State,” Aguer said in a statement, stressing that the government had already notified the monitoring and verification team about these “unacceptable” acts.

He was, however, not specific on the military operation in Unity state, but said a government soldier was killed in an attack on Nasir town.

Several others, he added, also sustained injuries, and were evacuated for further treatment to the Upper Nile capital, Malakal.


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.
  • 4 June 2014 06:51, by Bentiu son

    Philip Aguer Panyang stop spreading lies like fire in South Sudan.Recently SPLA in Opposition have experiences continuous frequent attacks by pro government militias/SPLA mostly from Gelweng,Koch Bany,Tiit Weng and Bapiny Monytuil non integrated SSLA militias which targets civilians and their properties around Bentiu,Mayom,Wang Kai,Nasir,Dholeib Hills,Mathiang,Gerger,Gal Achiel and Anakdiar.

    repondre message

    • 4 June 2014 06:59, by Bentiu son

      Therefore,since Juba brutal regime failed to honor the recent cessation of hostility signed by Dr Machar and killer Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa than SPLA in Opposition has right for self defense and protection of civilians lives and their properties. Aggression,provocation, wanton killings, maims,gang rapes,terrorizing killings by chopping off people heads is unacceptable,ridicule n madness.

      repondre message

      • 4 June 2014 07:44, by John The President

        Bentiu Son
        don’t you still believe that SPLA in Opposition is soon joining SSIM in grave?. Riek not in control of rebel forces so why should the government waste time negotiating with a toothless folk?. I know the seasonal rebel such as Gadet, Koang will soon walk to Juba in a broad day light leaving Riek with his group in shamed. this is the end of rebellion.

        repondre message

        • 4 June 2014 08:32, by Bentiu son

          Idiot Salva Kiir’s dog John the naked Jaangee stop pointing your useless fingers on Nuer people.Well,keep illusion dreaming that Dinka thugs of Salva Kiir were born to rule South Sudan till you shamefully rescind and recant from such illusion, hypocrisy and lies.Stop too stealing collective efforts of liberation and mismanagement of our national resources through rampant corruption, nepotism,etc

          repondre message

          • 4 June 2014 15:36, by John The President

            Bentiu Son
            let the confusion that has clouded your mind settle a bit, you views every comment as tribal. your tribal consciousness keeps telling you that someone speaks against Nuer even when it is about the traitor Riek. who said Riek is not in control of rebel forces, is he not Riek him self?. who rebelled in 1991 and buried his SSIM in Karakorum just to returned without his followers, is he no

            repondre message

            • 4 June 2014 15:41, by John The President

              ..not Riek?. what he spoke in Nairobi is a truth, he is facing threat from Gadet and other Generals, white army to say are not pro-Riek if your low memory is deceiving you, they picked-up armed as the alleged killing that took place in Juba and now they have rested their case. where in my comment did your find Nuer?.

              repondre message

  • 4 June 2014 07:47, by Kenyan the cushite

    I everyone in south sudan stupid?? i am guessing they are nuers here and dinkas commenting? why fight? is hunger gone? is diseases gone? machar is the cause of death in all this. hes a rebel. offcourse the goverment would fight him. fools. u can die all we will use your land well. seems you only use it to fight

    repondre message

    • 4 June 2014 08:24, by Ahmed Chol

      Kenyan, the Cushite,
      Wakenya wote ni wezi. Usi leta ujinga wenu hapa! Kwenu kuna mashida mengi ambayo hayajulikani. Yetu ni vita na itaisha kesho.

      repondre message

  • 4 June 2014 08:28, by Mr Point

    Obviously it is Kiir who does not have legitimacy. He was supposed to bring peace, services, freedom. Instead, with that massacre in juba in December he started the cycle of uncontrollable tribal revenge killings.
    But tribalism is what keeps him in power.
    Having brought civil war, hunger and massacres Kiir is not fit to be president.

    repondre message

  • 4 June 2014 16:33, by Mapuor

    From primates to contemporary men,there were two branches of man; neanderthal and cromagnon.Neanderthal man was very strong and stupid,cromagnon man was not very strong but relatively intelligent.Neanderthal man lead no where.If we are strong and stupid we may end up as Neanderthal man did.We need to face our problems wisely.HIV/AIDS is currently spreading like a wild fire among the displace

    repondre message

    • 4 June 2014 16:40, by Mapuor

      infant mortality rate is the highest in the globe.We are the poorest country on earth,power struggle is now killing thousands monthly.Who are we going to rule?.President did not do anything that worth removing him,why fight then?Corruption was used as tool for removing Kiir.Nepotism was most practiced by the disgruntled group.Fadiya yaa jamaa,we know you very well.Kiir will rule for life wala

      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

Dissolution and formation of the Cabinet - 2013 2018-04-19 21:36:58 Amb Telar Deng The events that led to the 2013 dissolution of cabinet can be traced back to the deep mistrust that fermented back in 1991 when leaders failed to close ranks. After the 1991 (...)

Tall tale of criminal confession from S. Sudan presidency 2018-04-14 21:06:37 By Stephen Par Kuol Those who could not have read the minds of Kiir’s fascist regime for years can now read its own lips confessing war crimes and financial corruption. Ateny Wek Ateny has been (...)

Machar project and the South Sudan peace forum 2018-04-12 05:14:13 By Tor Madira Machier The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the rest of the international community seem to be investing in two rival projects: One is the Machar project and (...)


Latest Press Releases

Abyei celebrates Mine Awareness Day 2018-04-05 08:52:03 4 April 2018 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and (...)

Appeal for forgiveness and pardon of John Agou Wuoi 2018-03-07 08:28:08 H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President and Commander-in-Chief, of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), 5th February, 2018. Through: Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth (...)

Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.