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S. Sudan rebels dismiss corruption accusations, Machar spiritual powers


July 21, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The armed opposition faction of the SPLM led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar, has dismissed as unfounded this week’s accusations by South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir who said the rebel leader would face court charges over alleged corruption while in government.

Addressing citizens in the Western Bahr el Ghazal state’s capital Wau last week, president Kiir who ruled South Sudan since 2005 said his former deputy was the one in charge of the region’s former autonomous government while he was busy in Khartoum as first vice president of the whole Sudan before the 2011 split.

He said most of the corruption in South Sudan happened under Machar’s supervision.

Kiir’s press secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny also echoed the claim when he told the Voice of America on Monday that Machar was responsible for corruption “between 2005 and 2010.”

However, Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak dismissed the allegation as unfounded.

He said Kiir had been the president and spent most of his time in South Sudan not in Khartoum as alleged.

He argued that Machar was busy shuttling between Juba and Khartoum for many years negotiating implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as chairman of the delegation from South Sudan.

“If their accusation is based on who used to stay the most in South Sudan, it is president Salva Kiir,” Dak said.

“He [Kiir] abandoned his office in Khartoum as first vice president of Sudan. He hardly stayed for a week in Khartoum between October 2005 and July 2011. Records can speak volume for themselves,” he explained.

Dak also added that when auditings were also conducted from 2007 Machar’s offices as vice-president and minister of housing and public utilities, respectively, were rated free of corruption.

He said it was the office of the president that had been in the news many times over corruption cases.

The rebel leader’s spokesperson who also used to serve as his press secretary while in government further revealed that when Kiir wrote a letter to 75 senior officials alleged to have stolen over $4 billion, “Dr Riek Machar did not receive a single letter from the president.”


Dak also dismissed allegations by president Kiir in which he also told citizens in Wau that the rebel leader was using spiritual powers to mobilize the Nuer youth to support him and fight the war.

He said the claim was based on mere imaginations, saying the president should have been specific about the type of spiritual powers he was talking about.

“Powers of persuasion are not spiritual,” he said, adding that Machar was using his ability to persuade people.


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  • 22 July 2014 10:59, by Mr Point

    First there was the fake coup - now only the stupid people believe it.

    Next came the fake spiritual powers.

    Now we have the fake corruption charges.

    What new fake allegations will the fake President concoct next week?

    Yes, Riek Machar has a past to be ashamed of (1991). But Salva Kiir (2013) gives no hope for a future.

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  • 22 July 2014 11:04, by Chol A.

    Does Machar admitted the facts? He most corrupted, arrogant and tribalist leader than any leaders South Sudan I never heard. If you not corrupt then come to juba and clear yourself otherwise you are ashaming yourself while denying the facts.

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    • 22 July 2014 11:24, by Wicdail

      Chol A.
      "If you not corrupt then come to juba and clear yourself otherwise you are ashaming yourself while denying the facts". Why don’t just stop commenting if you have nothing to contributes in this forums? Your stupidity is beyond comprehension. Why posting what does not make sense at all?

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      • 22 July 2014 11:40, by Chol A.

        Wicidail if my comment doesn’t make sense than it your usual issue as you failed to reason what others mean and this is common problems facing you to fight the war you never win. Please there is no time to correct my sentence to person who have understanding issues.

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  • 22 July 2014 11:08, by Simpleman

    The dark black slave-kiir has lost direction.

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    • 23 July 2014 15:11, by Hardlinner

      Simpleman, what the hell is dark black?. Did you mean to say dark brown?. Spiritual powers are only believe by people with mental imparities. It ain’t no religions nor God fools. Ain’t no different between religious and animals in the forest. Only the laws of the universe control us not fictitious God.

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  • 22 July 2014 11:14, by Uncle J

    @ Gadet Dak, when will you people realise that Mr. Riekk powers of persuasion are suicidal to your ethnic Nuer? He is not going to liberate South Sudan like how he keeps preaching it to innocent Nuer youth who don’t even know what they are dying for. Like 1991 defection Riekk will still get his knuckles back to Juba asking for forgiveness.

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  • 22 July 2014 11:20, by Chol A.

    What shameful word use by Nuer son and daughter against Kiir. The appointed president is being call that he lost direction while leading country! Who now lost direction between whose jump out in house and fail to get back home and one who is present in house and being call lost? I believe some of you Nuer have mental capitancy issues because you failed to see things and accept fact from others.

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    • 22 July 2014 12:55, by Mr Point

      I don’t understand what you’re saying.

      Neither do you.

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  • 22 July 2014 13:12, by Uncle J

    All Nuer desperate and hopeless people are fighting the war against few dinka but not all dinka that are involved that is the reason why Nuer think they can win this war and instal bloody Riek Machar. Iine if the whole dinka was a rebel within the country that equates to complete hell not just disaster

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    • 22 July 2014 13:18, by Mr Point

      Unfortunately it is not safe to be Dinka and to be opposed to the dictatorial tendencies of a President who has overturned all democratic institutions so that he can stay in power without elections.

      What Kiir did was wrong.

      It was wrong morally, and it was stupid politically.

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      • 22 July 2014 13:51, by Uncle J

        Mrs. Point, you talking bunch of nonsense my friend because Salva Kiir did not call off 2015 election it was this loony son Riek Machar who got very impatient to wait he thought panya-road was gonna bring him the presidency in 2014. Now what happened is a D-Day for Riek political ambition. Like Raila Odinga of Kenya Mr. Riek has killed his fame and obviously what awaited Riek is his death

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  • 22 July 2014 13:32, by Gabriel Ajak

    Ngundeng, Wurnyang, Dak Kueth and so many more are call spiritual powers or devil powers, in fact white army is not for Riek they are for that mention above, even today if Kiek change his mind and joint the government white army will not come because their gaol is different.

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  • 22 July 2014 16:02, by pata mike

    In fact it is Kiir who is using spiritual powers: he has been sending his wife and agents to Lagos Higeria to collect spiritual water to spray during war. They went to a controverial christian TB Joshua and this was even aired on the pastors online tv station Emmanuel tv.However, Kiirs days are already numbered whatever he does.

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  • 22 July 2014 16:12, by Bolong


    Gadet Dak is very diplomacy here. He said it well, but Dak kueth with his white army will argue that you (Riek) have agreed to be our belief goal achiever not deceiving. General Mayardit will insist that I thought Riek is my deputy and I have to protect his legacy but now he have to receive corruption charges and war crimes against humanity.

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  • 22 July 2014 16:46, by Andrew Ojok

    I don’t understand Nuer section supporting Mr Riokbai be col plse feel to understand that why are you fighting? who’s you can lead? by when and after what? I don’t think Dinka will give up for this plse layout all your guns to government and talk not to kill your own brothers because of Riek

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