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June 11, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni whose forces are helping the South Sudanese government fighting against the rebels has admitted for the first time that no coup attempt had occurred in Juba, saying what caused the crisis in mid-December was simply a fighting between presidential guards.

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Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni attends a session during the 25th extraordinary summit of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on South Sudan in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 March 2014 (Photo: Reuters//Tiksa Negeri)

The South Sudanese armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, on Thursday claimed that the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni had admitted during closed-door IGAD summit in Addis Ababa on Tuesday that there was no coup attempt by him and his colleagues in South Sudan.

“President Museveni admitted that there was no coup attempt and I congratulated him for that,” Machar told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

He said the Ugandan leader made the confession during a hot debate involving him [Machar] and president Kiir in the presence of the regional leaders on what transpired in Juba on 15 December, adding the South Sudanese leader did not react to Museveni’s new interpretation or position.

The Ugandan president instead agreed that the fighting merely started between the presidential guards and was not a coup.

Observers say Museveni’s change of mind in the interpretation of what sparked the current six-month old crisis did not come as a surprise to the many of the regional leaders present as they in the past dismissed the coup attempt narrative with the exception of the Ugandan leader who tried to sell it in vain.

Fighting erupted when president Salva Kiir allegedly ordered the presidential guards commander to disarm ethnically Nuer soldiers among the guards, sparking the violence and massacre of thousands of Machar’s Nuer civilians in the capital.

The rebels directly accused the president of fabricating the story of a coup attempt in order to get rid of political reformists within the ruling party (SPLM) as well as “administered” the massacre of the civilians in Juba.

Kiir accused his former deputy, Machar, of standing behind plotting a coup along with others.

The ex-VP said Ugandan forces were deployed around Juba on 13 December, two days before eruption of the violence, arguing that the early deployment indicated there was a plan to initiate violence amid heated debates within the ruling party (SPLM) on the future of the party leadership.

On 6 December, Machar and his colleagues at the party leadership held a press conference in Juba and accused president Kiir of “dictatorial tendencies” in reluctance to allow democratic political reforms to take shape.

Uganda has since got involved in the internal fighting and refused to withdraw its forces despite the 23 January Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed by the two warring parties to pull out foreign forces.

The rebel leader however said during a face-to-face meeting with Museveni and Kiir in Addis Ababa on Tuesday the Ugandan leader voiced his willingness to pull out his troops.

The rebels said they welcomed the direct negotiations with Museveni on withdrawal of his forces, adding that he was the main speaker negotiating on behalf of president Salva Kiir, his ally in the war.

The violence has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced over a million others since the violent conflict erupted in December last year.

The two parties have verbally agreed on the sidelines of the IGAD summit in Addis Ababa on Tuesday to negotiate a peace agreement and form a transitional government of national unity within the coming 60 days.

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  • 13 June 09:20, by Mi diit

    Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa………………SHIT!!!

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    • 13 June 11:03, by Rommel

      It was clear from the onset that there was no coup — anyone with a morsel of intelligence and discernment immediately understood this. *If* Museveni has indeed ’admitted’ that there was in fact no coup attempt, then that is a progress of a kind, however, has an impartial third party corroborated Riek’s account? Riek is a compulsive liar, and so others are needed to corroborate this.

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      • 13 June 11:08, by Rommel

        Riek so unconvincingly but so strenuously denied that he received weapons and supplies from Khartoum. Riek also dismissed the Bor massacre as mere propaganda, despite mounds of grit-edged evidence from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch... And it took him over 20 years to acknowledge that his forces did indeed commit massacres.

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        • 13 June 11:10, by Rommel

          Riek quite laughably also dismissed Dr. Lam Akol from his movement for collaborating with Khartoum, despite the fact that this was precisely what Riek was doing. Riek is an incompetent, a hypocrite, an un-convincing liar and a capricious sod.

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          • 14 June 10:25, by jubaone

            Rommel

            M7´s testimony clearly has vindicated Riak Machar and exposed Kiir as a pathological liar. It is stupid as you lucidly try to put your twisted facts through. That is convoluted logic. Kiir staged the coup and his coup narrative is baseless. He fatally experimented with peoples´lives in bid to cling to power. Poor South Sudanese

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    • 13 June 13:09, by Rami Tot

      M7 want to distance himself from those attrocities
      while he was architecture for killing the civilian of Nuer in Juba as to silence Machar and continue his dictatorship and misleading kiir of how to be dictator.

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  • 13 June 10:17, by jijury

    Now that your father Museveni admitted there was no coup attempt why did you killed Nuer civilians?

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    • 13 June 10:32, by Mi diit

      Even if there were to be an attempted coup by Riek Machar, that idiotic president (Kiir) should not have unleashed his tribal guards to massacre in thousands innocent Nuer civilians who knew nothing about what was politically going on. God will give us Kiir to pay for all this. No thanks to Museveni for admitting late.

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      • 13 June 11:15, by Akol Liai Mager

        What a long jump for Riek Machar from being a fierce enemy to a personal spokesman for Museveni????

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      • 13 June 11:21, by Rommel

        Mi diit

        You mean the very same way that Riek unleashed his tribal militia to murder thousands of civilians, while condemning tens of thousands more to their deaths due to the attendant infirmities of disease and artificial famine!? If you support a mass murderer, please be consistent by not condemning your political opponents with the charge of having committed ethnic-determined mass slaughter.

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        • 13 June 11:47, by Akook

          Romel, so you are suggesting if Riek unleashed force to kill innocent Bor in 1991, then this Dec 15 incident was done to revenge that or what? We must stop lying to ourselves as Dinka! If there was no real coup then, then it remains a shame why started killing civilians in thhe name of it?

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          • 13 June 11:59, by Rommel

            Akook:

            Where have I suggested that the ethnic-determined killings that took place in Juba on the 15th of December are at all justifiable in light of what transpired in 1991!? These fake arguments of yours are based on straw men. Straw man -> the attempt to evade stated facts, by substituting them with statements no one ever made to begin with.

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            • 13 June 12:02, by Rommel

              Straw man arguments do not work with me. I will make you address what was actually said, or call you out for irrelevant blather. I will never chase after your straw man arguments. Tired lame fools do the same things - make up stuff no one said and try to debate it, and so evade what is actually being said. Try again.

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              • 13 June 12:19, by Rommel

                The thematic hinge of my position is crystal clear to anyone capable of comprehension — be consistent; if a man [that you oppose] is deserving of condemnation for having initiated or engaged in ethnic-determined mass slaughter... you are certainly then not entitled to support a man responsible for having committed the exact same offense, on an even larger scale...

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                • 13 June 12:46, by Rommel

                  ..Your *moral compass* shouldn’t be prone to schizophrenia whenever it suits your prejudices. If you condemn a man, ostensibly because he’s killed people, you can’t then turn around and say I support that bloke over there, because well, he’s just *my kind* of killer, or that you find him to be magnetically charismatic, fashionable, eloquent, witty or charming.

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                  • 13 June 13:39, by Mi diit

                    Rommel,
                    Are you still in the opportunistic third bloc or are you joining Kiir these days. You will die in between while falsely hoping to one day spoil both Kiir and Riek and sneak into the leadership. You are not an angel. You are a murderer as your tribal arguments suggest. Stop pretending because you are nobody.

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                    • 13 June 14:20, by Rommel

                      Mi diit:

                      When will you learn to behave like an adult? Foaming at the mouth and accusing someone [that you don’t know] of being a ’murderer’, makes you look like a twit. In your mind’s eye, every single person that exercises their critical faculties and rightly judges that both Salva and Riek are guilty of having committed rights violations, is an ’opportunist’, only animated by quest for power.

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                      • 13 June 14:30, by Rommel

                        .. ’Power’ that you seem to think has been afforded to a certain somebody in some wholly self-serving, fanciful grand ’prophecy’. Anyone that does their homework and rightly concludes that the country would be a whole lot better off without these two mass murdering ’leaders’ is bespattered with the charge of being an ’opportunist’. They certainly can’t have any other reason...

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                        • 13 June 14:43, by Rommel

                          .. They can’t for example *think* that these two men [having both committed human rights violations], are far too polarizing, and that it would it be all but impossible to stop the bleeding, stabilize the country, reconcile the citizens and restructure the State should anyone of these mass murderers emerge militarily and/or politically triumphant. It’s not a zero sum game, you myopic idiot.

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                          • 14 June 06:43, by Mi diit

                            Rommel,
                            Riek Machar has always been a liberator not a murderer. He championed self-determination which your tribal thugs are spoiling its independence and now he also champions democracy and federalism which you will selfishly enjoy too. Stop your narrow-mindedness which approves only leaders from Bor community. I know your intentions against Bahr el Ghazal and Nuer leaders. Shame on you!

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  • 13 June 11:42, by Ankh

    A failed assasination attempt followed by a massacre of thousands of innocent civilians can not be called a coup. Interesting that Kiir did not respond.

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  • 13 June 12:44, by wang

    Wow! I couldn’t believe that word came out from M7 as there was never been a coup…So the whole history had made U-turn....

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  • 13 June 13:40, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear All

    In my own obeservation most of the commentators here on this webside, did not witnessed the war itself and had no knowlegde about the beginning of the SPLA/M in 1983 up to where we are today, Frankly speaking, Riak Machar is only fighting for leadership. In 1991his intention was to bring down late Dr John by force and takes over leadership of the SPLA/M but he did not made it successf

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  • 13 June 13:43, by Alfredo christiani

    successful, where Dr John term it theoretical coup, again 1997, he tried unitil he joined hand with Khartuom regim but he failed lastly he decided to joined SPLA/M so guys Riak is after position only but I wish him to be the president of dead peoples in the held

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  • 13 June 16:10, by Kim Deng

    The Mighty Nuer Warriors underestimated the power of the Dinka Kingdom. They (Nuer) thought the war would be Nuer vs Jaang, but they were very wrong. It’s not the first time for coward Jaang to look for outside help. They have done it in 1800s. What if the Ugunda army did not involved in this war? You know the answer.

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  • 13 June 16:14, by Kim Deng

    Under the command of Lt. Col. Bacon a powerful patrol was finally launched against the Eastern Jikany Nuer from Nasir in January 1920, complete with machine guns and airplanes. The three sections of Eastern Jikany Nuer Warriors attacked the advanced troops; sustaining heavy losses conflicted on both sides including the life of Lt. Col. Bacon. The Jikany Warriors were led by Captain of war, Mutdung

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    • 13 June 16:40, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:

      You people are incredibly delusional. People that worked hand in hand with Khartoum for decades on end are in no position to talk. You couldn’t even defend your lands when we launched counter-attacks deep into Uror, Akobo, Ayod, Nyirol and Yuai in 1991-2-3.

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  • 13 June 16:24, by Mapuor

    Hahahah lunatics.Coup attempt is a reality,there was coup attempt in Juba last year.Coming to false reports that what happened was clash between Dinka and Nuer soldiers of Tiger battalion.Military units are organized along national lines,this means that squad,platoon,company ,battalion etc can never be formed along tribal lines.If soldiers were to be disarmed,they are disarmed as units.

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    • 13 June 16:29, by Mapuor

      Coup and rumours of coup were heard since 2006 and counter coup measures were put in place.Removal of Oyai Deng Ajack from the position of Chief of general staff was one of the measures.When Kiir went to Kampala in 2012,Majak Agot redeployed soldiers around Juba only from one place and it was discovered and ignored by the president.Riek is well known for being a coup maker,he did it in 1991.

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      • 13 June 16:39, by Mapuor

        Those who deny the coup are coup makers themselves.Those of Akook,Rommel,Midiit and Wang are among the coup makers.Why wage rebellion if the coup was not a coup?Six months of fierce fighting between coup makers tribes and clans against the government.SPLA forces in Gadiang were starved and denied salaries by generals who are part of the coup.Hahahah Nyagaats you have failed and will always f.

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  • 13 June 17:48, by Kim Deng

    In 1908-10, the British sought to end the Nuer occupation toward Dinkaland and established control over the area. A new border between the Nuer and Dinka was established at the favor of Dinka at Duk Padiet, fifty miles north of Kongor, and the Ghol, Ric, and Nyarraweng were awarded about four thousand aquare miles of territory they had previously lost during Nuer expansion.

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  • 13 June 17:48, by Kim Deng

    Although a substantial portion of this grant represented an uninhabited no-man’s-land between the Nuer and the Dinka, the Nuer were also required to relinquish territory under active occupation. The Nuer undoubtedly viewed the transfer as a government-sponsored Dinka invasion.

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  • 13 June 17:54, by Kim Deng

    With no regret, the Ethiopian armed forces along with few elements from Garang’s group launched an assault against the Anya-Nya II position in October 1983 which caught them by surprise. The Anya-Nya II headquarters, Bilpam was not only smashed down to ground, but many separatists’ fighters were eliminated and those who caught alive were ordered to dig out their own graves before executed them...

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  • 13 June 17:55, by Kim Deng

    by firing-squad if they repudiate joining the former Marxist-Leninist SPLA/M. Of course, many deserters from the Anya-Nya II joined Garang’s group conditionally, amongst them; CDR. John Kulang and CDR. Kuach Kang.

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  • 14 June 04:49, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    President Obama; Will help us on this definition of the word ’attempted coup’! Is not unusual,Aust9 2013; Even Obama himself has already survived on military coup attempt, but is difficult to believe that there aren’t military coups awaiting in the wings.
    Again Jan 3rd 2014, when Obama was first elected, he attempted to get congress to support his cap & ..a military coup was a pipe dream, it isn’t

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  • 14 June 05:01, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    going to happen but it was coup; Another White house assault & coup attempt, Jan 5th 2014 coup occurs at Obama white house, the alleged attackers will certainly be level as being racist-Neo-Nazi-like Us vet; Again Gates threaten Obama with Us military coup just remember the plutocratic sponsor military coup attempt against president Franklin Roosevelt that was thwarted by retired Marine Corps Gen.

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  • 14 June 05:13, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Again Nov 2rd 2013 Unconfirmed, needing verification military attempted coup on Obama attempt arrest for treason just like G4 & G7 of south Sudan with 2 rating,2votes rated in US, what do you call this? Again Nov 23rd 2013 a military coup to topple Obama, the military was in need of people as people were in need of military to step to Obama & his unilateral declaration of emperorship said one of..

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  • 14 June 05:16, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Again Nov 2rd 2013 Unconfirmed, needing verification military attempted coup on Obama attempt arrest for treason just like G4 & G7 of south Sudan with 2 rating,2votes rated in US, what do you call this? Again Nov 23rd 2013 a military coup to topple Obama, the military was in need of people as people were in need of military to step to Obama & his unilateral declaration of emperorship said one of..

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  • 14 June 05:28, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Moreover, July 20th Us military reveals coup plan to topple Obama Banking empire that finance the attempted coup against Roosevelt in 1933 this to me appears to be...However, Sept 12 2014 five US generals threaten Obama with coup should he not complied with their demand, Again Jan 16th 2014’Hannity’ regular Erike Rush calls for military coup against Obama; Another incident Aug 26th 2013
    Secretary

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  • 14 June 05:42, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    secretary Robert Gate threatens Obama with military coup, hitherto, One World of Nations: Stated ’a military coup will remove Obama, You can see Obama has already survived military coup attempt but it is very difficult to believe that theren’t military coup, however;in Uganda itself Jan 26th President Museveni & National Resistance army overthrown Tito OKELLO Lutwa, therefore my sources tell me ..

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  • 14 June 05:56, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Hitherto, If President Obama have survived an attempted military coup therefore, my sources tell me that even president Salva Kiir himself have survived the Dec 15 20013 attempted...say the name? This is not an open secret. If you doubt this ask President Obama & I

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  • 14 June 19:42, by Black Africa

    There was no coup in juba base on evidence on the ground, President Kiir was trying to eliminated his opponents with old age tactic of 70s and he is trying to convince the world that there was a coup. Don’t fool people with old age with no education instead you are fooling yourself.

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  • 15 June 14:26, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Machar or Machar Africa what ever your noun is, do you think what have happened in Dec 15 in Juba, if you could give it a name in simple term what can you call it? I know you are very strong supporter of the defectors but the truth has to be reveal. if you claim this was the way president was trying to limited them from their position then go & watch the meeting that was conducted in secret....

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