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Machar still in control of rebel forces: spokesperson

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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.

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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.

FRESH VIOLATIONS

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.

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  • 4 June 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.

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    • 4 June 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.

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      • 4 June 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.

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        • 4 June 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

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          • 4 June 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

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            • 4 June 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?.

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  • 4 June 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

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    • 4 June 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.

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  • 4 June 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.

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  • 4 June 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

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    • 4 June 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

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