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Rebels open to all options for democratic change in S Sudan: commander

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July 11, 2014 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese general who defected to the rebel faction led by former vice-president, Riek Machar sent out congratulatory message to the people of South Sudan on the country’s third anniversary since gaining independence from the north, saying all options to restore law and order would be considered.

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General Dau Aturjong (ST)

General Dau Aturjong, accused president Salva Kiir of deliberately throwing the country into “shame” and “total confusion”, stressing that he hopes the next celebration will be conducted in a peaceful, just and democratic state where the citizens would be free to talk and be heard.

Gen. Aturjong, the former commander of the SPLA division 6, last May declared his defection to the rebel SPLM/A In Opposition at a press conference held in the Kenyan capital. He is a member of South Sudan’s largest community, the Dinka, and hails from Northern Bahr el Ghazal state,; the region with the biggest community population.

In 2010 elections, the defected general contested for the gubernatorial seat in his native state as an independent candidate and accused the SPLM-backed, Gen Paul Malong Awan, of rigging the votes in his favour. The later was picked as chief of general staff on 29 April.

The rebel general regretted that the country is under the leadership of individuals ruining it for personal ambitions, though they do not have basis to turn the nation into “slaughter house”.

“It is unfortunate that the country enters the third anniversary while some of our people are in concentration camps, others have fled and some are living in constant fear from those who have turned the country into slaughter house. The celebrations of the third anniversary have been poisoned with the blood of our innocent people in the hands of monsters”, General Aturjong further said in statements to Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

He further congratulated the leader of the armed opposition, Riek Machar, for taking the challenge to champion the change on behalf of the people of the country.

“I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate the leadership of the Movement, under the command of comrade Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the commander in chief of the SPLA forces and all the other comrades in the struggle,” added General Aturjong.

Aturjong also called on South Sudanese to join the SPLM/A in Opposition to transform the country into a democratic state where people are treated on equal basis before the law, regardless of their ethnic identity, region, gender or religion stressing that the rebel group “is fighting for the restoration of national identity, freedom, dignity, love and pride”.

“I would like our people to show interest in the essentiality of the establishment of the movement and what message does its leadership sends out instead of confusing it with personality. The message and the messenger are two separate things and they should not be confused”, he said hinting to the tribal factor which prevents people from his ethnic group to join the rebels .

Last June The former division commander urged all members of his community Northern Bahr el Ghazal state currently serving in the pro-government army to join rebellion. He also extended similar messages to the other communities in the new nation.

OPEN TO ALL OPTIONS

The top rebel commander said that they are not going to rule out any possible course of action to bring peace and achieve democratic transformation in the new country, wondering why the young people allowed the country to be brought down under their watch.

“It is not up to Salva Kiir and his friends to dictate the terms of the agreement. They have tried that but it did not work and I think they will accept the demand of our people, whether by ballots or bullets. All options are available and it is just a matter of time before the regime of Salva Kiir and his friends will get the clear message,” he underlined.

South Sudanese rebel commander did not elaborate on these options, although many government officials, including president Kiir have claimed that rebels are “preparing all options", including a possible ground offensive, against government forces.

In a recent interview, General Aturjong said that his defection should not be seen as a matter of personal conflict with the SPLA chief of general staff stressing that he fights for justice and equality in the country accusing Kiir’s regime of practicing the same policy that Khartoum had implemented before the secession.

LEGACY OF YOUTH

The rebel commander challenged the young people about the legacy they will leave to the next generation as part of their contribution to the nation if they cannot join the rebel movement to restore national identity and true unity of the new nation, saying the struggle was for new republic.

“What will you, the young people, the youth, tell the other generation that you have done. For us, we cut short our education and took to the bush to fight for true national identity, freedom, justice, dignity and democracy. And now we have resumed the cause because we have come to realise there were people within us who had different ambitions and objectives to achieve.”

He further continued to fustigate the government of president Kiir saying they deceived him because they put their personal ambition above the national interest.

“This is the big difference we have come to know and we know you the youth to see the difference and take immediate action,” said General Aturjong.

(ST)

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  • 12 July 05:47, by Kenyan the cushite

    did he congratulate the 1.5 million people about to starve to death on thier hunger because of their leaders stupidity? Africa has problems with leadership but the Igad leader was right. SS leaders are the dumbest people. even monkeys have more brains.

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    • 12 July 08:01, by Mi diit

      Kenyan the Kushite,

      it is not the war itself which is stupid. Sitting presidents who imposed war on their people are stupid. Kiir is stupid. in igad countrries, bashir of sudan, museveni of uganda, mengistu of ethiopia, meles of ethiopia, afwerki of eritrea, siad bara of somalia even kibaki of kenya are all stupid for present and past wars or violence they imposed on their countries.

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      • 12 July 08:57, by Force 1

        Those rebel pinheads; when they were in power; everything in South Sudan was fine; but as soon as they were out of power; they find things that are not good in the country. If those rebel idiots are not there for their stomachs only; then how come they didn’t complain when they were in power?

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      • 12 July 11:25, by Gat Gan Kiir

        Gen. Dau Atujong, words are not enough for those thiefs and murderous individuals in Juba, actions are needed most.

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    • 12 July 08:16, by J P Puok

      Makuei Lueith calling museveni the president of south Sudan bizarre

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  • 12 July 07:34, by Madina Tonj

    David Dau Aturjong. I think the people of Malual Aweli Dinka are not going to follow you to that rebellion of Mr. Riek Machar this is not because all Dinkas like the way president Kiir Mayardit is handling nation but because the SPLA/SPLM fought for democracy system which mean an elected leaders have rights to complete their term. We will rejected you because you join the bad man that has kills

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  • 12 July 07:35, by Madina Tonj

    David Dau Aturjong. I think the people of Malual Aweli Dinka are not going to follow you to that rebellion of Mr. Riek Machar this is not because all Dinkas like the way president Kiir Mayardit is handling nation but because the SPLA/SPLM fought for democracy system which mean an elected leaders have rights to complete their term. We will rejected you because you join the bad man that has kills

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  • 12 July 07:35, by Madina Tonj

    David Dau Aturjong. I think the people of Malual Aweli Dinka are not going to follow you to that rebellion of Mr. Riek Machar this is not because all Dinkas like the way president Kiir Mayardit is handling nation but because the SPLA/SPLM fought for democracy system which mean an elected leaders have rights to complete their term. We will rejected you because you join the bad man that has kills

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  • 12 July 07:37, by Thondet Manyang

    Riek spoiled his legacy since from day one he rebelled against the government and quickly instructed his commanders (Gadet and Kong chuol) to kill other tribe they command using fake ranks and fake meetings concealing there hidden agenda of rebelling which they are addicted to. Dau cant and won influence youth to kill their family in SS for the sake him not being governor for N.BEG. Let old fight

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  • 12 July 07:49, by Thondet Manyang

    We youth are not here for bad record of being rebel which we never dream of. Dau you where respected for the next elections but you lost your vision. Go alone!!!!!! Old people shouldn’t keep on deceiving youngsters for their interests. Let them fight and that war will be so interested and entertaining. We need peace this is not time for war. No man is an Island!!! Why killing our selves

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    • 12 July 09:33, by Mel mosa

      You right man. This war is useless war. Our politicians are so stupid. They are fighting over money. They just want to get power in the name of democracy to fill their account and get rich and that all.

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    • 12 July 17:13, by dengdanger

      @Thondet Manyang
      good question why killing ourselves? why dont u ask KIIr that question he the one created this chaos

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  • 12 July 08:17, by Bolong

    Sorry general Aturjong, we have legacy already. We liberated South to be a peaceful nation, so you (Aturjong), Dhiew Mathok, Maboir John Garang, Riek Machar, Taban Deng, Alfred Lado, and Peter Adowak! amazing, you might missed the point already. Democratic change will come from within not from rebel.

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  • 12 July 08:27, by Madina Tonj

    One thing David Dau Aturjong need to know is that, we people of Bhar El Ghzal States, we are not like Nuers people who have been fool two times and good example not to prove me wrong is Mr. Kerubino Kuanyin Bol and Ayii Ayii Akol and many more others Sons of our Bhar El Ghazal Regions thus, we have rejected them because we do acknowledge them before they fool us to follow them. You should return b

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  • 12 July 09:02, by Mel mosa

    Dau Aturjong, you are lost one. Riek rebellion is to kill Dinka as it is clear when his army killed innocence Dinka, Nuer, and shuluk people in United state, Malakal, and Jungli State. What of kind domacratic are you talking about? You suppose to stay away from this mess.

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  • 12 July 09:06, by Dengic

    General Dau,you have already lost credibility and respect from the Dinka youth.You have chosen wrong direction to follow Riek Machar and his illiterates Nuer people.We don’t want the youth from the Dinka or Bhar ghazal to die bse of personal interests.When that war intensified,Riek Machar will kill all of you and that will mark the end of your fake story.

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  • 12 July 09:40, by Apeny

    Dau Aturjong, don’t waste your time to expect youth of Bahr el Ghazal to fight your selfish, senseless, and bloodthirsty good-for-nothing rebellion. Bahr el Ghazal youth can fight a just war as they liberated S. Sudan from Arabs. You should continue mobilizing those stupid and illiterate Nuer youth to fight your war until they finish. It is that time that you will call spade a spade.

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    • 12 July 16:45, by dengdanger

      iam from Warrap state and i stand with Gen DAU
      KIIR must Go ,,,,we are tied of his dictatorship we need to get rit of him and his currupt friends south sudan must be freed from curruption and dictators
      spla oyeee Gen Dau oyee

      Deng Danger

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  • 12 July 20:26, by Bentiu Sudan

    General Dau Aturjong,

    I agree with you 100%. Your call for the youth to join rebellions was logical and make more sense. You are the man who fought in South Sudan independent for vision. Because the vision that you were fighting for was not achieve so you rebelled again. I understand your frustration with the way Kiir running the government.

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    • 12 July 20:41, by Bentiu Sudan

      General Dau Aturjong,

      I am also feeling so sorry for the people of South Sudan for the reason that the mission, liberty, and vision they were fighting for was betrayed. Salva Kiir turned our prospective Democratic Nation into dictatorship. Now the whole world knows that president Kiir is visionless, goofy dictator, hopeless, greedy wolves, and double blind wild animals who will never bring peace

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