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Another former SPLM detainee joins Machar rebel faction


July 5, 2014 (ADDIS BABA) – A former detainee and senior member of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Peter Adwok Nyaba, has joined the armed resistance movement under the leadership of former vice-president Riek Machar, a rebel spokesman has confirmed.

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Peter Adwok Nyaba (The Niles/Pascal Ladu)

“Comrade Dr Peter Adwok Nyaba has joined the resistance movement,” said James Gatdet Dak, spokesman for the opposition leader, Riek Machar.

Nyaba, a university professor and served as the national minister for higher education in South Sudan before he was sacked in July 2013 in a major cabinet reshuffle, was arrested and detained for a number of days after the 15 December crisis, accused of allegedly plotting a coup with Machar.

He was later on released but confined to Juba for six months where his passports were confiscated. However, he was allowed to travel to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, this week.

Last month, Nyaba submitted his resignation from the membership of the ruling SPLM party to president Salva Kiir who chairs the party in the government-controlled areas.

Dak also added that the former detainee is also appointed by the leadership of the SPLM in opposition as the chairman in charge of a body to reorganise the SPLM party and develop its basic documents.


The opposition group also appointed a three-man youth leadership mandated to organise a youth league for the ruling party’s opposition faction (SPLM in Opposition) in South Sudan and abroad.

Puot Kang Chol, is appointed the chairman of the SPLM Youth League leadership, deputised by Peter Mabior Riny, with Matata Frank as the secretary-general of the youth leadership body.

The party’s youth league leadership is mandated to organise youth in South Sudan and abroad, represent the league in the movement and in official gatherings as well as select comrades to occupy positions in the league’s provisional structure.

The move is seen as a move to counter the SPLM youth league in government-controlled areas.

The body will strictly work to organise youth that are members of the SPLM in opposition while the national committee for women and youth empowerment, a separate body, is responsible for the general youth, including those that are not members of the SPLM.


In a related development, SPLA in opposition’s military governor of Upper Nile state, Major General Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang, has appointed David Deng Gach Pal as secretary-general of the state government in areas under rebel control.

The armed opposition group’s secretary-general serves as the cabinet secretary also in charge of the civil service in the areas controlled by the rebel group.

Analysts say the rebels may want to make an impression or send out a message that the state government is well into forming its own resembling structures under the rebels’ control.


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  • 5 July 2014 21:28, by Ito

    Thank you so much Dr. Peter for choosing the right road under visionary, charismatic and democratic leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny. Who is Salva to reason with high profile and intellectuals like you. Now it is time to mobilize shilluk and face Salva militarily. Talk while you fight and fight while you talk at the same time. South Sudan is not for one tribe but for all as many have already expressed.

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    • 5 July 2014 21:31, by Ito

      Those cliques against federalism should lick their elbows and come to reality that they cannot stop the unstoppable freedom of the masses. I call upon fair minded citizens and peace loving to pour their support behind charismatic leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon in order to achieve freedom, equality, democracy, federalism and prosperity. There is no any other way to freedom but through Dr. Riek

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      • 5 July 2014 21:33, by Ito

        like the Bible says, " No one comes to the father except through Jesus Christ", the same applies to South Sudan, in order for you to achieve freedom, democracy, peace, equality and happiness you don’t look no where but Dr. Riek. He is the only one who can get people the freedom that one tribe has robbed people of. Now it is upto you ya jamaa to see how you want to contribute.

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        • 6 July 2014 07:18, by Mi diit

          I congratulate you professor Peter Adwok on choosing the side of the people. We are making a history of transforming our country into a federal democratic state in which our people will enjoy freedom, justice, peace, development and prosperity for all. It is time to make such tough decisions in the interest of our people oppressed by the cligue of looters under visionless Kiir Kuethpiny.

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      • 6 July 2014 13:50, by Hardlinner

        Ito, a criminal can never be charismatic person. Unless you don’t know your rights otherwise neither kiir nor riek have got any leadership qualities. These Thieves, junglists and corrupt can never be trusted. Only low IQ idiots are in support of killers, looters and power hungry people like riek and kiir. South sudan need leaders with intellectual reasoning not animals with no sense of humor.

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    • 6 July 2014 13:39, by Hardlinner

      Any report coming from rebel should be view as lies. Adwok is more educated than riek. Therefore should never be under riek. Riek is moron and lack intellectual abilities. He definitely a low IQ person.

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    • 6 July 2014 19:36, by deng

      SPLA/INOPPOSITION is just a joke! Even Mabior Garang De Mabior who running his mouth is dupty, all dinkas and other tribes are dupties in the current Riek Machar arrangements. A clear vission that blink to my eye even with no one notice it. Sorry, you can be inopposition who give a damn about Nuers.

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  • 5 July 2014 21:32, by Thondet Manyang

    The Government full of Doctors will serve this nation better since education matters. This is the right time to lecture them using the correct and right system for governance. Go back for studies!!!!!!! Dr. Nyaba you are cordially welcome!!

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    • 6 July 2014 14:03, by Hardlinner

      Thondet, there is difference between higher education and intellectual reasoning. Kiir, riek, opposition, and government have one thing in common. That is lact of intellectual reasoning. Reasonable leaders would first put human lives ahead of their position/ interrest. People in upper nile, jonglei and unity state are now suffering because of these worthless leaders(kiir and riek).

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  • 5 July 2014 21:41, by Madina Tonj

    Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba. I think you will realizing later on the mistakable you have done in your life. All of you must remember the years SPLA/SPLM had spent while some like Dr. Lam Akol and Riek Machar Teny were confusing themselves till they came back. According to my knowledge this Rebellion is not easy thing and it take years and it take many lives not to mention your people are subject too

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  • 5 July 2014 21:58, by Chol A.

    Shame and laughable to dr Adwak, you involved the coup but you deny the fact now in clear are intrutor. The government forgive you becaus you are disable but he made mistake as he could have taken your artificial leg and let you go! But you will regret later because you down the Shilluk who are victim in this conflict.

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    • 6 July 2014 00:59, by jijury

      Of course Dr. Nyaba understood the root cause of the problem unlike Pagan, Deng Alor and John Luk who are just looking for positions.

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    • 6 July 2014 01:58, by Mr Point

      There was no coup.

      Kiir’s government tried to prosecute the detainees but could not produce any evidence of an attempted coup.

      Kiir murdered those civilians in Juba for no reason!

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  • 6 July 2014 01:12, by Bona K

    That is another shaime of Aduok Nyaba. As matter of his own failure, he thinking that shaime killer Riak has a progess but bunches of mess to poor citizen. Rebels are day and night runners, while Aduok Nyaba is disable guy. Is there common sence for this guys?

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  • 6 July 2014 03:19, by Wensi

    Aha! Peter Adwok Nyaba, Is he really joining wholeheartedly, or is he going to study the rebellion addict Dr. Riek and then write the book about him as he did. The second book of Adwok about Riek this time will be very interesting, I tell you. I am with you Mr. Nyaba, go and study and we will be anxiously waiting for your 2nd edition about Riek Machar Teny-Dhuorgun.

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    • 6 July 2014 07:10, by Mi diit


      May I agree with you? Of course, professor Peter Adwok may soon write the most selling book about Dr. Riek Machar being a charismatic and visionary leader with deep sense of democracy at heart. A man whose objectives never fail. No matter which road others choose to walk, all lead to his Rome. Self-determination was a manifestation. Now federalism and democracy are next. Enjoy the show!!

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      • 6 July 2014 12:00, by Rommel

        Mi diit:

        Keep singing your absurdly laughable, incredibly stale song. Riek did not achieve self-determination for South Sudan. He admits he was ’cheated’ by Khartoum. They played that Riek like a banjo. He was trapped. He couldn’t do anything without their approval. He needed Khartoum to supply him with platforms, weapons, ammunition, fuel, food-relief... everything!

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        • 6 July 2014 12:01, by Rommel

          You quite laughably try to justify Riek’s stupidity by saying that he succeded in getting Khartoum to enshrine the right to self-determination in the ’constitution’. Khartoum doesn’t regard documents, conventions and constitutions as worthy of compliance in the absence of force. Does it have any regard for the Geneva convention!? Of course it doesn’t...

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          • 6 July 2014 12:03, by Rommel

            .. So what makes you think that they would regard the KPA with even a smidgen of sanctity!? A genocidal, State sponsor of terror doesn’t give a damn about some flimsy document, otherwise they wouldn’t have murdered millions of people in contravention of the Geneva convention.

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            • 6 July 2014 12:03, by Rommel

              Dr. John Garang made it very clear that autonomy or independence couldn’t be "guaranteed by a few phrases scribbled on some sheets of paper stapled and bound together and christened “The Constitution”." Dr. John Garang wrote that in 1972 — in a letter to Joseph Lagu, warning that the Addis Ababa Agreement would be dishonored in its entirety if the South didn’t have a truly independent army.

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              • 6 July 2014 12:06, by Rommel

                The late Dr. John Garang very well understood that you couldn’t possibly be taken seriously by Khartoum and achieve a political settlement with the Ignaz Nazis, without an independent army... with an independent source of funding, a separate source of weaponry and ammunition and a separate line of logistics.

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                • 6 July 2014 12:06, by Rommel

                  Riek did not deliver Self-Determination to the people of South Sudan — he delivered internecine tribal war and our oilfields to Khartoum. That’s his legacy. The legacy that allowed Khartoum to arm itself like never before with sophisticated and devastating weapons, to the tune of billions of dollars and to the attendant lost of tens of thousands and the misery of millions of lives.

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                  • 6 July 2014 12:10, by Rommel

                    Why did you rely upon the grace of a political unit that you so ostensibly wished to distance yourself from!? You cannot seek independence from someone when you’re wholly reliant upon them for every nail, every litre of oil, every platform, every box of ammunition and their logistical support. You didn’t know what you were doing! Even your precious idiot idol admits that he was ’cheated’.

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              • 6 July 2014 12:38, by Mi diit


                Are you the same Rommel, the liar, or another one? In case you are the same tribal dude, let me educate you that South Sudan independence was achieved in a peaceful referendum on self-determination. Yes we fought for 21 years but did not capture Juba, Malakal, Bentiu, etc, even Torit in the farthest south when the CPA was signed. We didn’t chase SAF to Khartoum. We negotiated with them.

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                • 6 July 2014 13:21, by Rommel

                  Mi diit:

                  I am not a liar, you sniveling, brain dead fool. You are in no position to bespatter others with the title of ’liar’. You’re the biggest liar in this website. You make the most obscene assertions, and when you are pressed for evidence, you always disappear into a cloud of verbiage. Why is this? Could it be that you’re simply always lying!?

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                  • 6 July 2014 13:29, by Rommel

                    The SPLA didn’t control the whole South, but it certainly wasn’t dependent on the North for everything. The SPLA controlled some towns and virtually the entire countryside while the North was confined to the towns. The SAF had to airlift its supplies to Juba. Khartoum only became strong after your oil contigent military alliance with the Arabs allowed them to purchase sophisticated weapons...

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                    • 6 July 2014 13:37, by Rommel

                      Your on-going postings only prove that you really don’t want to learn anything. What you want is to believe in something ridiculous. In turn, this is why you can’t learn. ’We’ fought for 21 years? Who is this ’we’ that you speak of!? With the exception of a small handful of your kin that stayed, you were mostly absent for fifteen [15] of those years.

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                      • 6 July 2014 13:39, by Rommel

                        Where have I argued that the SPLA chased the SAF to Khartoum!? These fake arguments 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. Your train of ’thought’ [if I could be so kind], is muddled, dishonest and intellectually bankrupt.

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      • 6 July 2014 14:19, by Hardlinner

        I suspect mi diit, you are riek gay lover. Otherwise human being with rational thinking would definitely identify riek and kiir madness. The die hard supporters of riek and kiir are indeed intellectually impaired. And could be regarded as mentality retarded.

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  • 6 July 2014 09:00, by American Missile.

    Peter Adwok has finished his life through Riek Machar despite that his a disable man.
    Just because of the incoming transition Government, is what make him to join Rebel camp. God created all of us in this land as our owns. He is not a influential in Shilluk area apart from Lam Akol Ajawik.

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  • 6 July 2014 11:36, by The rock

    If President makes a mistake of putting these guys again back to senior position as they think then that automatically projects to us as youth that, for us to have a good governance we will have to go to the bush too. it seems going to the bush means alot to south Sudanese since there would be bloody war n every one will run for his or her life

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    • 6 July 2014 14:13, by Akook

      Dr Adwok is a smart man. He made a right move to the right direction. If Kiir messed this country behind him blind tribal grouping, then he (Kiir) deserves to be fought and bitterly resisted. This war should go on, SPLM IO has no much to loss compare to Kiir’s sinking government. the longer it goes,the more defection to rebels

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      • 6 July 2014 15:56, by Frak Cho

        To all S. Sudanese,
        How countries around the world are led by president doctors?

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      • 6 July 2014 18:22, by Stephen kuach

        what is smart about him Dr.Adwok,can you call that as smartness way by joining someone who as just murdered the innocent Collo people recently at Malakal City just because they have refuse to fight alongside Riek’s White militias,please stop your brother when seeing him digging his own grave?

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  • 6 July 2014 21:12, by Kerem

    Who did not know since the beginning of crisis that DR Aduok was a rebel? let him go and let’s see how disabled people fight the war.

    For those who support Riek, continue support because you are just blind that you cannot even see how he appoints people into committees and other rebel structures. I could see many Nuers dominating and other 63 tribes have been .....

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