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S. Sudan rebel leader appoints heads of national committees

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June 28, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan’s former vice-president and leader of the rebel SPLM/A in Opposition, Riek Machar, has appointed the heads of various national committees to fill the structures of the armed opposition movement.

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South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar gives a press conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 12 May 2014 (Photo: AFP/Zacharias Abubeker)

Machar said the appointments, a list of which he provided to Sudan Tribune, were made accordance with a consultative conference held by his faction in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Saturday.

The appointments are expected to be made official after the former vice-president turned rebel leader selects his appointees for the remaining positions.

Former Unity state governor and chief rebel negotiator General Taban Deng Gai has been appointed as chairman of the national committee for peace and reconciliation.

Dhieu Mathok Diing was named chairman of the national committee for external relations, while the former head of political science at the University of Juba, Oyet Nathniel Pierino, was appointed to lead the national committee for political mobilisation.

Renowned lawyer and former national MP Richard K Mulla takes up the responsibility for justice and human rights, with Mabior Garang de Mabior, the son of late founding SPLM leader John Garang, appointed the chairman of the national committee for information and public relations and former deputy governor of Jonglei Hussein Mar Nyuot heading the committee for humanitarian affairs.

Other appointments included Gabriel Changson Chang for finance and resource mobilisation, Tijwok Hadhir Aguet for agriculture, Elizabeth Acuei Yol for health, Stephen Par Kuol for education and Banguot Amum Okiech, the sister of former SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum, who will lead the committee for women and youth empowerment.

Ramadan Hassan Laku was assigned the role as chief coordinator in the office of the chairman

The office of the chairman is comprised of five strategic planning committees: the federal governance development unit, physical infrastructure development unit, public cooperation enterprise development unit, anti-corruption measures development unit and the SPLM basic documents development unit.

Former lawmaker Timothy Tot Chol will head up the federal governance development unit, with Machar yet to appoint heads for the remaining four units or positions in the military committee.

Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that the deputies and secretaries to the respective national committees, representatives of the movement in various countries and officials in the headquarters in the office of the chairman are also due to be appointed soon.

Dak said the appointment of the respective heads of the national committees was an important phase of the struggle.

“It is important for collective decision-making processes by the leadership in formulating draft policies for the resistance movement, as well as [the] future governance system in the country,” he said.

Dak said the committees would serve as the executive organ of the movement.

A rebel official in Addis Ababa told Sudan Tribune the committees were formed to meet the group’s obligations to civil populations in areas under its control with regard to social, political and administrative matters.

“We have to deliver services to our people who are in dire need of these services,” the official said.

“We want to put into use our ideas for change so that people of South Sudan can see us doing these things practically and not just theories,” he added.

Rebels have been engaged in a more than six-month-long struggle with the South Sudanese government since a split emerged in the ruling SPLM, led by president Salva Kiir, in mid-December last year.

The fighting has pitted government troops loyal to Kiir against rebel forces aligned with the former vice-president, largely comprising of dissident soldiers and ethnic militia from Machar’s Nuer tribe.

Peace talks between the rival factions were recently adjourned indefinitely and a tenuous ceasefire deal signed in January has failed to halt the violence.

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  • 28 June 2014 21:57, by Peacocktail

    Where is Rebel Head Quarter?? is this parallel Government despite formation of interim Government. What should happen now UN and IGAD to impose tougher Sanction to Rebels Leader including Riek Machar, Taban Deng, And Government of Kiir leader( Interior, MI, President and Vice,Justice Advisor in office of President, minister of Communication. includes Asset frozen, Travel ban on condition of peace.

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    • 29 June 2014 16:33, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Bravo Dr. Machar

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  • 28 June 2014 22:03, by Beny yomnhoi

    Greedy for position is causing a lot of confusion in the country,the poor equatorian are preaching for federal state while rebel are forming their government under tree what a mass nation is the south Sudan? south Sudan will be break into three different country
    1-Republic of equatorian
    2-Republic of Nuer
    3-Republic of Bhar gazhal
    with this fragmentation there will be stability.

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  • 28 June 2014 22:12, by Ito

    Dear Citizens,
    This is truly a democratic process of doing things. Dr. Riek Machar should be congratulated and thanks for his kind heart and patriotism. The appointment reflect the true face of regional balance and this is what south sudan needs. The one tribe government in Juba is crumbling and we will soon witness its demise. Now there is a lot of problems in Juba with this plan of assasinating

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    • 28 June 2014 22:16, by Ito

      the three governors of equatorial and top military and political officers who showed their support for a federal system. It is very important for equatorians and others now to leave the government and join opposition in bush before it is too late. I don’t really see any reason for working in a government control by one tribe or a country where freedom is prohibited.

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      • 29 June 2014 03:36, by Madina Tonj

        Mr. Ito
        I hope you have seen former vice president Riek Machar Teny the way he look too Old and on Top of that, you might also see most of Nuers Students who were learning in East Africa schools have been returned back to Refugee Camp’s life and this is caused by him. It is true none of Nuer people wanted peace in South Sudan but those who felt desperately about leadership like Riek Machar Teny no

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      • 29 June 2014 15:37, by sanduksanduk

        Ito,
        Equatorians are in their homes man. Why run away to the bush? Our people sleep in tukuls not out like urs. Dinka kill Nuer. Nuer kill Dinka. They like it. Isn’t that so? They should fight their wars in their backyards. Equatoria is a no go zone for war mongers. Rumours going around about assassinations are propaganda by enemies of peace in Equatoria to get Equatoria on board. They will fail.

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  • 29 June 2014 03:55, by Madina Tonj

    Mr. Ito. Please if you belief Riek Machar Teny is doing good than being a harmful to all South Sudanese Citizens then, you should join them, but for those people who sees Dr. Lam Akol and Mr. Riek Machar are absolutely disease of Southern Sudanese wouldn’t change their minds whatever it cost or take we will not accepted his foolishness Ideas. I will not generalized all Nuers people but him is bad.

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  • 29 June 2014 04:17, by Madina Tonj

    Again, I real felt very disappointed special to Mr. Mabior Garang Mabior Atem for joining bad guys whom have been against the foundation of his late father and thus, I do blame his mother by all account. I strongly belief those who follow Riek Machar are not merely stupid people but they don’t know that, he is selling them out indirect way belief me you people. Ask yourself how people dies since?

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    • 29 June 2014 04:38, by Ito

      Madina, you have not given me reasons as to what bad Dr. Riek did. your accusation is influence by tribalism as simple as that. If you are judging him using the past incidences, then no one is immune. From Garang to down have committed heinous crimes,rape,killing, forceful marriage, corruption during the war.Should we go back to blame them too. That is why we smart people say past is past and we

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      • 29 June 2014 04:42, by Ito

        should focus on current affairs. Do you believe in change or not Madina? The Riek of now is a true patriot and he is calling for a democratic federal system and this is what the majority of south sudanese wants. Only those who benefit alot at the expense of others are against and this include you. We are not here to fight for job, we are fighting for a just society where all will be treated equal.

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        • 29 June 2014 04:47, by Ito

          An oppressor will not understand the pain of those they oppress and this is what you seem to be. Do you want a government where one tribe rule forever and have a believe that they are not born to be rule by anyone but rule over others. Do you want a country where one tribe feed on others resources and treat them like slaves. You will get what you looking for. This fight is for existence.

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        • 29 June 2014 08:28, by Madina Tonj

          Mr. Ito. I think you know more than I do if you are supporter of Mr. Riek Machar Teny. First and foremost, democracy system said, an elected leader by the majority people has a very right to finished his/her term and will not be force to give up. You talk about oppression, how many years did N.Sudan ruling us from 1956 until 2005? Remember, Riek Machar is not and he will not lead anyone in S.Sudan

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          • 29 June 2014 09:35, by Whortti Bor Manza

            Ya Madina Tonj, let me refresh your memory: Minister of interior, minister of Defense, chief of staff, all directors of security sectors (police, army, national security), central bank, customs, strategic ministries: petroleum, all presidential guards. All these sectors and many others are occupied all by Dinkas. What a country. Shame on you Madina.

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  • 29 June 2014 06:46, by Black Africa

    Ito
    The truth must be said, we are tired of these terrorists. They are terrifying our Equatorians citizens in our land by using state security, army and police forces from their own tribe. How long are we going to see them doing that ? These terrorists kill our brothers and sisters from Nuer tribe in our land and these terrorists are planning to kill us too, hell no ! I am calling

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  • 29 June 2014 06:51, by Black Africa

    cont.
    for my Equatorians brothers and sisters come and defend your land from these terrorists.

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  • 30 June 2014 12:22, by Emporio

    Crying over the land you never defended all your life,@ black African do you know how many dinka were bury in equatoria Region during the fight with jalaba in struggle time ? Chasing them out wont resolve any problem normmary scenario will not repeat itself in our watch,your claim is like naygaat claim to get power by forces that will happen in our dead body
    #truthMustBeTold#

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  • 1 July 2014 21:37, by American Missile.

    Riek Machar will never be a president of Republic of South Sudan even if he kill himself for Nuer to get Power through his Death. Riek will never lead this Country at all. All Nuer should forget and settled down for their Lives.

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