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SSRP leader says forces to disassociate from SPLM rebels

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 18, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The leader of the rebel South Sudan Republicans Party (SSRP)/ South Sudan Revolutionary Force (SSRF) on Wednesday said his group will disassociate its forces from SPLM in opposition led by the former vice-president Riek Machar.

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A picture of SSRP leader John Wiyual Chuol Chuol published on Facebook

However, the SPLM rebels said they have no deal or any link with this group, which claims to be a splinter faction of Jonglei’s former rebel David Yau Yau, and wondered if it has a real existence.

In statements to Sudan Tribune Maj. General John Wiyual Chol Tang admitted meeting rebel leader Riek Macher at the bushes in Nassir where the two rebel leaders made an agreement to unite their forces and fight together against Kiir government.

Under the agreement the joint forces would be under Machar’s command, he underlined.

However, the rebel leader said they decided to end this alliance in protest to a recent peace agreement Machar signed with Kiir without consulting the allied South Sudan Republicans Party leader.

“I will soon declare an official statement to alert my people and forces to fight and operate separately from the group,” he said.

He accused the SPLM in opposition of failing to change their ideology and maintaining similar thoughts like that of Kiir and his inner circles.

On 9 May and 10 June, the president Salva Kiir and his former deputy agreed to stop hostilities, and to join hands in order to make the necessary political reforms together with other political parties and civil society groups.

Tang vowed his group will continue an armed struggle to fight dictatorship and to bring equality and justice to the people of South Sudan.

If peace is to prevail in South Sudan, the rebel leader said, all the various opposition groups which were disregarded in the various reconciliation process must be included before the SPLM warring factions sign any final peace pact or interim government is elected.

Otherwise he said war will never stop in South Sudan.

The rebel who alleges that his forces are in control of some areas in Northern, central and Southern Upper Nile state said his group is not ready to sign peace agreement with the government.

South Sudan Republicans Party (SSRP) / South Sudan Revolutionary Force (SSRF) is a breakaway faction of the Yau Yau rebel group which recently signed peace deal with South Sudan government.

The tiny rebel faction, in a message posted on Facebook, calls to free South Sudan from the domination of the national army, SPLA, which is seen as serving the interests of one ethnic group.

REBELS DENY KNOWLEDGE

However, Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, denied knowledge of the group and its leadership.

“We are not aware of a group calling itself South Sudan Republicans Party (SSRP)/South Sudan Revolutionary Forces (SSRF). When was it formed and where does it exist?” Dak said.

“ If they were left behind by David Yau Yau as claimed, then it is Yau Yau to verify the authenticity of the claim. Otherwise I would say the SPLM/A in Opposition is neither aware of the group nor an army Major General called John Wiyual Chol Tang,” he stressed.

In a separate reaction, military spokesperson Brig Lul Ruai Koang, also dismissed existence of the group, saying they should have mentioned the areas they are allegedly in control of if they were really in existent.

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  • 19 June 2014 07:02, by Mi diit

    That is a joke! That guy in the picture looks like a nigga. Where is he?

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    • 19 June 2014 07:15, by Lango2010

      where is South Sudan going,’from the Nation to kingdom/Chiefdom to clan and family base of ruling’ where any individual family would want to form a government.is South Sudan becoming a fail State? ’South Sudan a nation where anything can happen.

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      • 19 June 2014 07:23, by Lango2010

        i am soon Forming my rebel faction and it will be call South Sudan Sudan Destruction Army/Movement ’SSDA/M’ because this nation seem not to be worth existing as a State but it is becoming doom. God will Punish Sudan is it a reality? was Sudan punish already or the Punishment of is still under way? if don’t come together as one people, than there is no need for us to exist.

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        • 19 June 2014 16:10, by Ahmed Chol

          Lango2010,

          The answer to your question is in the that sentence. "Will punish". "Will" means that the punish will happen sometimes in the future. It has not began yet. It will be like hell when it occur. This should not worry you now because we are not in Sudan anymore. We will worry when it says " God will punish South Sudan". See, we are smart. We escaped punishment through separation.

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    • 19 June 2014 13:49, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      This guy is just joking, he thought he can get free money from kiir like Gordon Buay

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