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Ex-South Sudan army general says forces assembling for operation

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June 14, 2014 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese army general who recently defected to the country’s opposition forces said he has started assembling his fighters to start immediate operations to liberate citizens from the bondage of a "dictatorial" regime.

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General Dau Aturjong

Hardly a month after he announced his defection to rebels led by former vice-president, Riek Machar, Gen. Dau Aturjong has largely been critical of president Salva Kiir’s government and has called for mass popular uprising against the current leadership.

“When I announced last month that I have decided again to resume the same cause for which I first stopped my education and went to the bush to fight for freedom and liberate our people from the bondage of dictatorial tendencies and injustices, it also meant a declaration to return to the field to lead the operation myself, which I have already started", Gen. Aturjong told Sudan Tribune Saturday.

"We are now assembling our forces and very soon you will hear big developments to relief our people”, he claimed.

Formerly the army’s sixth division commander in Northern Bahr el Ghazal sate, Gen. Aturjong said he chose to join the opposition in order to liberate people allegedly suffering in the country since the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed. The accord ended over two decades of the north-south Sudan civil war.

“Our objective, which is the main goal now, is to topple first the tyrant to liberate our people from the bondage and mismanagement of their affairs by the few of self-interest group”, he said

It is still unclear where the former army commander would begin his operation against government forces and establishments, with military sources anticipating possibilities he could establish first his base in Bahr el Ghazal before commencing actual military offensive.

Several government officials and observers have Sudan Tribune on Saturday that the situation on the ground in the three states of Warrap, Western and Northern Bahr el Ghazal was rapidly changing and worrying. A number of officials have openly blamed president Kiir for his reluctance to intervene in the political differences that for long existed within the Aweil community, despite repeated calls.

“The defection of General Dau is starting to bear impact on the ground. Nobody is talking about it in the open but if you assess the mood on the face of some of the Aweil prominent figures anywhere, you find unanimous dissatisfaction of the way the leadership had managed their political differences", an observer told Sudan Tribune.

"There are people who blame the president for failing to pay an attention to their pleas and address them promptly and appropriately. They say defection of General Dau was something which could have been averted if the president had shown leadership”, he added.

There are widespread fears of this resistance gaining local support owing to the popularity of the general and the kind of message he has been spreading since his defection to rebels last month.

Failure by regional leaders to condemn the current rebellion, noted the political observer, indicates the level of frustration by the international community and the region with the way president Kiir was managing internal and diplomatic affairs without external involvement.

“There are people in the government taking advantage of the breakdown of the state authority to advance their own interests by making it a pressure on the government to keep them in their positions by running around and between the communities and the government as the only people who knows how to handle the situation", the observer told Sudan Tribune.

"Signs are already emerging that the current defection in the army and from government officials and party members is backed by politicians with and military officers with the connection to the outside world and the region”, he added.

He further claimed corruption and sectarianism were widespread problems in the security forces, with little sense of the professionalism or loyalty to the Juba government.

"Some government soldiers from other ethnic communities in other region tend to serve in areas, where many of them are demoralised by the idea of against members of their own communities, forcing them to either abandon their positions in the deployment areas or join the forces of rebellion", he alleged.

“Other organised forces like police, which are usually drawn from the local populations are so vulnerable to local pressures like intimidation. In some cases, they are forced to rebel or flee the areas of their deployment to escape being hurt or killed”, he added.

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  • 15 June 08:32, by Chol A.

    Mading Aweil are not foolish too following your interesting. Those who push you to joint rebels and divided Aweil community are laughing behind you categories you as stupid and primitive person. The point is you will come back shame if you lucky to be alive in your Bush.

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    • 15 June 16:43, by Rommel

      Dau Aturjong Nyuol is making a monumental mistake; his mistake is not in rebelling... His mistake is accepting the position and role of a subordinate — a subordinate to a rat. Dau Aturjong Nyuol will commit himself to the humiliating indignity of accepting, acknowledging and treating Riek as his Commander-in-Chief. By all means rebel, but be your own man —launch a parallel movement.

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      • 15 June 17:30, by Rommel

        Dau Aturjong Nyuol has the potential to galvanize support beyond the Abiem and Malual-giernyang Dinka of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, the greater Bahr el Ghazal region and more importantly, beyond the non-Dinka tribes in Equatoria and Upper Nile. If Dau Aturjong Nyuol can gain the support of Dinka soldiers, he can succeed in his mission to topple Salva Kiir. He doesn’t need Riek.

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    • 15 June 17:30, by Ito

      General Aturjong Nyuol Osiliha is a true nationalist just like his father from eastern equatoria though mother is a Dinka. We here in EES know the family of his father who was a true nationalist in anya nya though he passed away when Aturjong was 1 year old. A full Dinka can never be a nationalist but can fight if promise fortune. General God bless you and you will win to bring freedom to all.

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      • 15 June 17:47, by Rommel

        Ito:

        Dau Aturjong Nyuol is a full-blooded Dinka. You have yet to provide evidence that he isn’t. The claim that a full-blooded Dinka cannot be a ’nationalist’ is the most obscene but equally the most laughable claim that I’ve ever come across. I wonder, where were all these purportedly nationalistic tribes when Khartoum unleashed fury against us, in cahoots with the various Nuer militias!?

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        • 15 June 18:05, by Rommel

          Where were you, oh great ’nationalists’, when as a consequence of being the prime target of Khartoum and its Arab militias, we lost a quarter of a million people in just two [2] years!? Where were you? Oh that’s right, you were safe, enviably deep in the South — unexposed to the attendant dangers and miseries of living on the frontier with the enemy.

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          • 15 June 18:14, by Rommel

            We share by far the most extensive border with the North. We border the North from South Darfur, to East Darfur, to West Kordofan, to South Kordofan, to White Nile State, to Sennar and Blue Nile State. Our extensive border with the North exposed us to attacks from the SAF, the PDF and the Murahaleen.

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            • 15 June 19:59, by Rommel

              Your entire State, nay, your entire region — constituted by dozens of different tribes, cannot even begin to compare its sacrifices to the Dinka; there’s not a tribe in South Sudan that has provided anywhere close to as many divisions, battalions and martyrs. There’s not tribe in this land whose civilian population was targeted as much and suffered anywhere near as much as we did.

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          • 15 June 20:24, by Ito

            Rommel, don’t bring your tribalistic madness here. Can you provide evidence to suggest he is full blooded Dinka. Yes, Dinka join rebellion to sabotage and take over. arabs used Dinka to sabotage rebellions in south sudan. anya one and two were sabotage by Dinka and then took over. Dinka cannot start anything by themselves fool. How can educated people like you be so stupid to see the truth.

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            • 15 June 21:27, by Rommel

              Ito:

              My ’tribalistic madness’!? Was it not you that attacked the Dinka in the absence of a provocation!? I merely responded to your vile post. We [as a collective] never sabotaged anything, you idiot. There’s not a single credible historian that agrees with your juvenile, embittered lunacy. How in the world did the Arabs ’use’ us when we were their biggest enemy!?

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              • 15 June 22:03, by Rommel

                What makes you *think* [let’s pretend that you can] that I’m under any obligation to disprove a negative!? You asserted that the General has an Equatorian father. The burden is on you to provide evidence for this. If you can’t meet this requirement, then all you’ve provided us with, is a view that you want to believe in, but cannot explain and so cannot defend. That’s a fair assessment, no?

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  • 15 June 08:53, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Please, Dau Aturjong, you are a fool person, whom are you going to liberate? you decided to kill your people without Benefits.

    Dau, you will never get any seat from Riek Machar rather than Kiir regime.
    The decision is upto Awiel people whether they will follow you or not.

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    • 15 June 15:37, by Ayom Ayom

      Remember, when you go to war, both sides lose totally, it is up to them, they people of South Sudan to continues fighting killings each other or not and I think any choices, decisions or actions or move by any individual or group are welcome.

      This world is for the survival of the fittest, you either do or die

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  • 15 June 09:59, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Man! Look even Nuer are his people. The rest of the people in South Sudan are his people if the sense of nationalism and patriotism holds.

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    • 15 June 10:08, by Force 1

      Jur liking

      So, when are you going to joint them not just by running your mouth here but taking the gun and fight?

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  • 15 June 10:04, by Force 1

    I can’t wait to see the army being mobilized by a general in civilian clothes in a Nairobi hotel in Kenya to come and fight in South Sudan.

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    • 15 June 12:39, by Bravo Nuer

      who is still daydreaming that Gen.Dau is still in Nairobi? if any such a person is childish or asleep.Gen Dau is already on the real soil of Greater Bahr El Ghazal planning his national cause for liberating South Sudanese under the yokes of an imported dictatorship.I like the move Gen.Dau has taken because it is a relief to both Dinka and Nuer who were being used by these immature politicians for

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      • 15 June 12:52, by Bravo Nuer

        fighting a tribal war whose origin was never tribal but a product of political decay and incompetency.Nuer and Dinka must know now the real direction of this conflict.it is a fight between reformists and deformed,democrats versus brainless dictators, literate versus illiterate and liberals versus conservationists not the sisterly tribes per SE but Dinka were misled at first to murder every Nuer

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        • 15 June 13:00, by Bravo Nuer

          in order to divert the political nature of it and to lengthen war from being a national quest for an overhaul of the entire govt to a tribal war of Nuer dissatisfaction while Nuer as tribe didn’t have any problem with Kiir ’s incompetent leadership then as they knew his term was coming to an end but for Kiir to complicate it he twisted it to be tribal so that he gets a loose coalition of tribal

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          • 15 June 13:09, by Bravo Nuer

            solidarity which is not a case in 21st century but 19th century methodology where no network and media communications.Kiir himself knew he was having a large support from Nuer prior to 15-20TH Dec. massacre, but to Nuer ignorance kiir was killing them to reduce Nuer population in case of elections.He didn’t order Nuer genocide as Nuer disloyalty to his regime but to reduce Nuer numbers per SE.

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      • 16 June 02:11, by DeltaBravo

        I DON’T THINK DAU WILL BE FOLLOW BY AWEILIAN. HE IS FIGHTING FOR HIS SELF INTEREST.

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  • 15 June 10:08, by Makjohnson

    You are all irrational of blaming Gen. Daw who took factual decision to fight a just war against those primitive opportunists who destroying South Sudan by using its oil resources to buy mercenaries. He will make it vibrant to both Malong and Kiir that, Awiel community are not all imprudent to support dead leader even when all intemperance with him. Go, go, go, Gen. Daw Atourjong.

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    • 15 June 18:10, by Akook

      Go Gen Dau, the most important thing is youhave shown uus what Kiir and Malong had no courage to tell us. That this war is at least against government good or bad! Not against Dinka by Nuer brothers. You decided to kill Nuers in big numbers as to poison any other link between, hoping everyone would now be defined as Nuer or Dinka, making you kings for life. Gen Dau brave and proofed you wrong

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