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Entire SPLM leadership in US joins rebels, calls for regime change


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 2, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The entire leadership of the US branch of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) officially declared on Saturday that they are switching allegiance to the country’s rebel movement led by former vice-president Riek Machar, calling for regime change through military means.

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The SPLM-USA branch has called for the swift removal of South Sudanese president Salva Kiir after joining the country’s rebel faction led by former vice-president Riek Machar (Photo: Reuters)

Along with the SPLM-US national secretariat, the chairpersons of 10 branch offices across the US have also collectively joined the rebel movement.

In a press statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the SPLM party leadership in the US said they made the decision following a painstaking process to evaluate the various political scenarios facing the young nation and its ongoing deterioration in recent months.

In the statement put out to notify South Sudanese diaspora communities of the decision, the SPLM-US praised Machar as a “pioneer” and “charismatic” leader.

They also accuse president Salva Kiir of unleashing a “tsunami” of injustice, insecurity, inequality, rampant corruption, nepotism and tribalism on the country, saying such issues had come to represent the values of the SPLM/A.

They called on all concerned South Sudanese citizens, including members of the legislative assembly, the national army (SPLA) and diaspora communities to join the struggle to topple the central government through military means, saying Kiir’s swift removal was vital to preventing the country was disintegrating into separate independent regions.

The SPLM-US has urged the international community to stand behind the people of South Sudan in their struggle for regime change in order to bring a lasting peace and stability to the country, also calling for a probe into the alleged massacre of civilians in the capital, Juba, based on their ethnicity in the conflict’s early stages.

“Based on our understanding through genuine discussions, we are not keenly going to sit back leaving [our] notorious president and his political associates to get away with the committed horrendous crimes and injustices without involving the rule of laws and justices,” the statement added.

The defection of the entire SPLM leadership in the US delivers a major blow to Juba, particularly given the fact that the US-based branch is the largest and among the most politically active.

Kiir is among 50 African heads of state and government currently in Washington to attend a US-Africa summit.


- See below for a full listing of SPLM-USA members who have indicated they are joining South Sudan’s rebel movement:

SPLM-USA national secretariat:

Thabor Deng Ding – secretary-general.
Othow Kur Awang – secretary for political affairs and mobilisation

SPLM-USA state chapter chairpersons:

1. Bol Deng Dei, Arizona
2. Gideon Abram, Colorado
3. Makuel Wie, Nebraska
4. Peter Dokuoth Gak, California
5. Simon Puok Dak, Iowa
6. Simon Tonyik Nguoth Del, Tennessee
7. Kak Banguot, Alaska
8. Thok Timothy Tutlam, Minnesota
9. Gatluak Nyang Bidiit, Utah
10. Julius Rombe Dima, Missouri (Kansas City)

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  • 3 August 2014 09:25, by Mel mosa

    These are individuals and not the entire SPLM leaders in US. The rebels are working hard to confuse South Sudanese and the world again. They are not even in the SPLM leadership in US.

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    • 3 August 2014 10:33, by Force 1

      Good luck to rebels if they can change South Sudan government while staying in Ethiopia and United States!

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    • 3 August 2014 16:17, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      I told you already, these are all SPLM-IO-NUER living in abroad.
      and they should not be considered by the currently SPLM YOUTHS in SOUTH SUDAN.
      these are all NUER there is nothing effect on the government.

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    • 4 August 2014 01:50, by Realist

      The article states that "the entire SPLM leadership in US joins rebels...." and only 10 states are listed! what a bias! Sudan Tribune is losing its credibility. What about the HQ chapter in DC? What about chapters in Georgia, Florida, Carolinas, Maine, Dakotas, Texas and etc.... This article is clearly made up.

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  • 3 August 2014 09:33, by Madina Tonj

    Tesfa Alem Tekle, you are so Idiocy and I would like to remind you about Riek Machar Teny. We do know that Ethiopian people including their president are supporting Riek Machar but there is nothing to gained but feel a shameful. Those who said, they have joins rebels are part of Riek support. We know how to play game and you Ethiopian will see Nile war is coming shortly. Tesfa Alem fuck you

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  • 3 August 2014 09:34, by Madina Tonj

    Tesfa Alem Tekle, you are so Idiocy and I would like to remind you about Riek Machar Teny. We do know that Ethiopian people including their president are supporting Riek Machar but there is nothing to gained but feel a shameful. Those who said, they have joins rebels are part of Riek support. We know how to play game and you Ethiopian will see Nile war is coming shortly. Tesfa Alem fuck you

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  • 3 August 2014 09:34, by Madina Tonj

    Tesfa Alem Tekle, you are so Idiocy and I would like to remind you about Riek Machar Teny. We do know that Ethiopian people including their president are supporting Riek Machar but there is nothing to gained but feel a shameful. Those who said, they have joins rebels are part of Riek support. We know how to play game and you Ethiopian will see Nile war is coming shortly. Tesfa Alem fuck you

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  • 3 August 2014 11:17, by Chol A.

    Just said entire Nuer community in US who are SPLM have joint rebels. Please neither of tribes have not declared themselves in such stupid rebels we are standing still to our SPLM party.

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  • 3 August 2014 11:30, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Guys, please don’t pay attention into this news. These are 10 individuals who decided to join the rebel for personal interest. I can tell you for fact. These individuals don’t have no power in the U.S. I’m holding ones of the SPLM charter here in the U.S. and I hold all the powers to the rest of the SPLM characters. These ten individuals are going to be fire by me. Do you guys know whatyou’redoing

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    • 3 August 2014 16:29, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      The SPLM-IO-NUER led rebellion in the country are defeated that is why they have negative campaign over the internet and social media.

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  • 3 August 2014 13:21, by Machiek

    Those are retired old fishermen in USA who felt the shame of getting old in fishing profession, so they decided to join rebels as the last option.I wonder why words re twisted that way!! I was there & have never heard any of them running the SPLM affairs . Why is it day their names re on media claiming of being former SPLM Members? The good thing is da they re fighting abroad wc is a smpl fight.

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    • 3 August 2014 13:55, by Frak Cho

      SPLM-USA, please come down to South Sudan and feel the heat of the war not just barking like a dog with USA citizenship. You are entertaining those pure Americans with war songs and stupidity!

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  • 3 August 2014 14:05, by Hardlinner

    Aren’t these nuer ashame of themselves. Why can’t they just say that we nuer forks in USA have placed our support on riek machar as our nuer president. Whether kiir resign today or not we never allow riek to become president of south sudan. There are thousands of sound minded nuer people that become south sudan president. RIek descent power would promote rebellion of unimaginable scale.

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  • 3 August 2014 16:11, by sweettea

    I congrats the entire south sudan citizens who’s residing in USA for their courageous decisions to follow Splm IO lead by dr machar, I also encourage other countries to follow the example that has been taken by USA. Kiir regime is in final day of collapsing, so I advice dinka brothers to think twice for supporting a blind man. South sudan does not belong to kiir or whoever thinking like kiir.

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  • 3 August 2014 16:59, by Ito

    I congratulate the SPLM national and state leaders in USA for declaring support to visionary, charismatic and democratic leader Dr.Riek Machar. Looking at the names, majority are not Nuer and this is what nationalism and patriotism is truly is. Now these individuals are not just individuals but leaders with big crowd behind them. What is left now for the crumbling government in Juba is Nothing.

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    • 3 August 2014 20:03, by Gogrialboys

      Folks, for your information, there are no South-Sudanese Nuers in United States, only Nuer Ethiopia are the one barking to be Southsudanese claimed to switch their side. When did they become SPLA supporters when their live stories during process to come to America, were about SPLA Dinka killing them. It is a fact that can not be denied.

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  • 3 August 2014 21:48, by jacob mayen ajuoi

    Nuer r very stupid, the do learnt from their mistake I failed to get understand which kind of military mean are the talking? Yet the where been defeated other day in Nissir militarily

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  • 4 August 2014 00:13, by George Bol

    Dear Tsefa-Alem Tekle,
    You should know that you are spreading lies and unfounded information to citizens of South Sudan. Are you sure SPLM in the USA has join rebels-that is a big lies my friend. Those nuer barking in the internet are not 0.00% of population. Majority of Nuer think that they can win war of internet but no. Rieik Machar wish has been done. ST must know sources well

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  • 4 August 2014 02:17, by Black Africa

    I have lived in Betie, Agok and Rabakon.To be honesty Nuer people are peaceful people. The Dinkas hate Nuer because the Nuer Warriors Knows the RSS belong to all South Sudan tribes not to Dinkas tribe only that right now dominated all position in Government of the RSS and they are trying to form The Dinka Kingdom. Everywhere you go in South Sudan you will see

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  • 4 August 2014 02:23, by Black Africa

    Each and every tribes have problem with Dinkas but not Nuer. If Dinkas are in your area or city , there will be not peace until you get rid of them then your area or city will be in peace.

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  • 4 August 2014 07:27, by dinkdong

    Some of those leaders are Equatorians while the rests are pure Nuers.

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