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Dissident South Sudan army general rejects separate peace talks

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June 29, 2014 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese army general who switched allegiance and joined rebel forces under the leadership of the former vice-president Riek Machar said he had rejected separate peace talks with the government.

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General Dau Aturjong (ST)

General Dau Aturjong Nyuol announced that he was defecting last month, calling on the South Sudanese people to join the fight to remove president Salva Kiir from power on the grounds that he had failed to properly manage the affairs of the country.

“They (the government) have continued to approach me for separate peace talks, using people they think would convince me,” Nyuol told Sudan Tribune in an exclusive interview on Sunday.

“They do not only want to localise the grievances for which I decided to resume [an] armed struggle, but it is a clear demonstration that they want to divide our leadership ... So I rejected it and asked them to go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that is where peace talks are [being] held,” he added.

Nyuol claimed the Kiir-led government was on the verge of collapse, saying the national army (SPLA) was in disarray.

“Until we decided to resume [an] armed struggle, our people were made to believe that certain people are untouchable ... They (the government) made our people believe certain people are the problem of the country and the failure of the leadership,” he said.

“But today our people can say it openly: the real problem for our country and for us as South Sudanese are not the mutual political differences between individuals, the real problem now [is] the clique who decided to sit on the necks of our people and continue to loot the country at will ... Today no citizen is free to talk freely, although the constitution provides freedom of expression and speech,” he added.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict since a political split in the ruling SPLM turned violent in mid-December last year.

The conflict has pitted government troops loyal to Kiir against rebel forces aligned with Machar, comprising largely of dissident soldiers and ethnic militia.

DISMANTLE REGIME

Nyuol said the only way to restore lasting peace in South Sudan was to remove the Kiir administration and the introduction of a federal system of governance that would support democratic ideals, justice and freedom.

“For South Sudan to move forward, the regime of Salva Kiir and his friends must be dismantled,” he said.

“There is a real need to construct a new Republic of South Sudan. The country must change because the world has changed,” he added.

He accused the government of being motivated solely by self-interest, claiming the leadership had failed the South Sudanese people and brought shame on the country.

“They must go. This regime must be dismantled and thrown away to the trash. Our people don’t want it anymore. It actually brought us a shame these days to say you come from South Sudan,” he said.

There is growing support across Sudan for a federal system of governance, but the government has cautioned against ongoing debate on the matter, saying restoring peace and social harmony should be the country’s first priority.

Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune last Tuesday that the question of governance should be determined by citizens in a referendum once stability had been restored.

Kiir recently alleged that Machar advancing federalism as a strategy to split the position of the government.

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  • 30 June 06:56, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Dau, What will you do if you try the military solution and fail on that front? will you swallow your vomit and join the same system later on or will you hung yourself after all else fail?

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    • 30 June 09:12, by Mi diit

      “They must go. This regime must be dismantled and thrown away to the trash. Our people don’t want it anymore. It actually brought us a shame these days to say you come from South Sudan,” he said.

      I salute you Gen Aturjong for saying it all!

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      • 30 June 10:57, by Gaddfa

        Mi dit Gen. Aturjong has categorically hit the nail on the head, those a kind of leaders we badly needed in our country. i hope all of us South Sudanese will stand-up and topple this evil government in the power.

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    • 30 June 14:24, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Dau Aturjong, is just threatening the government, we know him very well.
      Please Dau, Riek Machar will not appointe you in any political post or in military power.

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  • 30 June 06:57, by wang

    Go ahead nationalism (Aturjong Nyuol) and do not listening to those foods seeking who work hard day and night in process to try to convince you……Mrs. Kiir M7 administration must be removed and replace it with federal system of governance that would support democratic ideals, justice and freedom as you had said for real…..

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    • 30 June 09:34, by Mapuor

      Wang
      You Nyagaats should feel ashamed,how come that you claim to establish modern state and at the same time you promote thousands of illiterates to the rank of general.Lets fragment South Sudan amicably if we have failed to live together.Dinkas and Nuer will never stay in peace given the Nuer ideology of making illiterates generals in the army.

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  • 30 June 07:59, by Robot

    Why can we talk of democratic transformation??, this explains why our problems shall keep growing because we talk of overhaul of the whole govt and it is catastrophic, and to avoid bloodletting and destruction as we admit that it is twenty century, I think the best solution is democratic process to avoid more suffering, deaths and destruction of few infrastructures we have.

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  • 30 June 08:05, by Emporio

    Gen dau atrujong Is time to confess your sins, but we do not seek the blessing of any priest or indeed any man. You have to admit you accept to joined the most horrific killer south sudan ever seen in history Better go independent

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  • 30 June 11:06, by Gaddfa

    the are those people on this forum which are completely ideas bankruptcy of the whole thing here and always kept insulted people. government of kiir is confusing good citizens of ROSS, let join hands to screw it and throw it away once and for all

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    • 30 June 17:10, by Hardlinner

      Let Dau Aturjong collect his family and join nuer rebellion. We dinka neither support kiir nor riek and their stupid war. Any moron that step their feet on our dinka states must be kill. We don’t want dogs with no objectives to disrupt peace. Low IQ morons do not understand the consequences of war. We can only get rid of kiir through election. Jungle minded riek shall only be allow to rule nuers

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  • 1 July 05:27, by 4Justice

    Salva is the most selfish person ever to exist, I know for a fact he’s just waiting to make sure South Sudan is utterly and completely destroyed before fleeing.

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    • 1 July 06:36, by 4Justice

      So what are they telling Dau "Come there is food in Juba" can’t you see Telar and Tor Deng on the table enjoying the banquet, why don’t you join us! As far as i can tell Dau is not interested in all of that, he is concerned about the widows, orphans and welfare of his fellow South Sudanese living in abject poverty.

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