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Ex-South Sudan army general claims over 5,000 new recruits joined rebellion

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August 3, 2014 (JUBA) – A former South Sudanese army (SPLA) general who recently defected to rebels led by former vice-president Riek Machar claimed he has lured over 5,000 officials from both within and outside the country to join rebellion.

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General Dau Aturjong (ST)

“Such responses by our people in just a short period of time, might not only [be] a turning point in the outbreak response searching an inclusive alternative solution to the ailments our people have been subject to by the government of Salva Kiir and his friends, but clearly expresses to the whole world and the region that the government has lost total legitimacy”, Gen. Dau Aturjong told Sudan Tribune in an exclusive interview on Sunday.

He further claimed more than 1000 senior officials and military officers from different parts of the state and abroad have joined him since he defected from the SPLA to the opposition.

“The basic techniques and approaches for removing that government and introduced democratic reforms were well known but there were differences in applying them, but now our people have realised that there is only way to apply these techniques and the alternative option now is to remove Salva Kiir and his friends from running affairs of our people at any cost as first priority,” he said.

Aturjong, a former commander of the army’s sixth division in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, declared his intention to join rebellion in May. Since then, several officials in the state have followed suit.

“We have now received more than more than 5000 officials and military officers. They do not include youth and trained soldiers, which is unprecedented development in the history of rebellion,” said Aturjong.

“When the SPLM/A was established, we did not have such a huge force joining in such a short period,” added the former division commander.

Authorities in Northern Bahr el Ghazal recently launched a crackdown on several officials and youth groups in an attempt to contain the spread and growth of rebellion within the border region.

Observers, however, say the current onslaught on those with critical views on the performance of government evidently shows how the regime was beginning to experience the impact of Aturjong’s defection.

Abdullah Kuot, a former MP-turned rebel, said defections to the rebellion were occurring both in the rural and urban areas of Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

"Reports of our people deciding to join the movement are occurring in rural areas which are difficult to access, but also in densely populated capital cities”, Kuot told Sudan Tribune in a separate interview.

“The intent is to let us come to the realisation that something is wrong and what is wrong is serious,” he added, stressing that it was the fundamental right of citizens to fight for democratic reforms in the country.

(ST)

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  • 4 August 07:02, by wang

    You are a national Dau Aturjong and one day you will be a President of this country….Mrs. kiir M7 must go…

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    • 4 August 07:17, by J P Puok

      just started and will going on

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    • 4 August 07:48, by Martin

      Wang,

      Dau Aturjong is also self-interested person like Riek Machar. They all looted the wealth of this nation. The illiterates and foolish people are the ones who followed the thieves to die like dogs. Dau, Riek Machar, Alfred Lado, Taban Deng Gai and eleven group residing in Kenya will be put on the wrong side of history like Gai Tut and Kuot Atem.

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      • 4 August 17:14, by King of Nyamlel

        The cure for Kiir-Malong’s govt is to fight for regime change. I don’t support Aturjong but wishing him to topple Kiir-Malong govt which lacks democratic principles, a selfish-govt of our lifetime that need to be overthrown!

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    • 4 August 10:11, by Mayom County Boy

      I know my fellow relative man Mr Dau Atorjong will not do any thing to is dinka communities accept nuer of Unity state ,Bentiu.those just allegation from different sources of information who are circulating around .

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    • 4 August 10:12, by Mayom County Boy

      I know my fellow relative man Mr Dau Atorjong will not do any thing to is dinka communities accept nuer of Unity state ,Bentiu.those are just allegation from different sources of information who are circulating around .

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    • 4 August 10:21, by Rommel

      This is absolutely disgusting! If Dau Aturjong Nyuol believes that he has such a formidable force, why then is he serving under a traitorous rat like Riek? This is like a titan serving under a cockroach; a patriot serving under a traitor; an innocent man serving under a mass murderer.

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      • 4 August 10:22, by Rommel

        Dau Aturjong Nyuol is making a monumental mistake; his mistake is not in rebelling... His mistake is accepting the position and role of a subordinate — a subordinate to a rat. Dau Aturjong Nyuol will commit himself to the humiliating indignity of accepting, acknowledging and treating Riek as his Commander-in-Chief. By all means rebel, but be your own man —launch a parallel movement.

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        • 4 August 10:25, by Rommel

          Dau Aturjong Nyuol has the potential to galvanize support beyond the Abiem and Malual-giernyang Dinka of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, the greater Bahr el Ghazal region and more importantly, beyond the non-Dinka tribes in Equatoria and Upper Nile. If Dau Aturjong Nyuol can gain the support of Dinka soldiers, he can succeed in his mission to topple Salva Kiir. He doesn’t need Riek.

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          • 4 August 10:27, by Rommel

            This is what Riek said to a journalist-historian in the wake of the 1991 split:

            He discounted tribalism as “from a different age”, though boasted that he has “not seen a Nuer who doesn’t support me.” In the same breath, he added, “if there is a tribal element, the Nuer would destroy all the Dinka.” (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson

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            • 4 August 10:28, by Rommel

              "The atrocities committed are things [the Dinka] asked for”, he said. He claimed he had dictated what happened: “Fighting at Bor did not get out of control. I was in total control of how far the troops went. “(Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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              • 4 August 10:30, by Rommel

                General Dau Aturjong: Are you really going to support a man responsible for the deaths of close to 30, 000 civilians!? A man so disturbed, so delusional that he so sickeningly boasted that his tribe could wipe out an entire tribe!? Your tribe! Joining him would not be a betrayal to Salva Kiir and his cronies — they don’t deserve loyalty...

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                • 4 August 10:32, by Rommel

                  .. But it would most certainly be a betrayal to the tens of thousands of our women, children and elderly that died at Riek’s hand in 1991. Helping Riek to attain power would necessarily mean that our lives are worthless. It would mean that he could kill us, boast about it and become our president. It would be humiliating. It’s unacceptable.

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    • 4 August 13:02, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Aturjong is most patriotic man for the nation, go ahead with preparation, Salva Kiir days in presidency are numbered less than 30 days.

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    • 4 August 19:34, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      DAU ATURJONG, is very stupid too fool.
      He is propaganda commander, there is nothing of 5000 new troops he recruit.

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  • 4 August 07:28, by Snipper

    That is Nuer thinking! Everybody has to be a president after rebelling! Try it and let’s see! Dau has been trying since last month to break up Mading Aweil but he didn’t succeed not because no one like him but bundling up his rebellion with Nuers has destroyed everything because Kerubino rebelled together with Nuers but the killed him,the same to Akuot Atem. Nuer are vultures of south sudan

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    • 4 August 08:06, by Sir King

      Snipper,
      You are a thugs with a tail from Kiir administration. Please stop your nonsense. Kiir must be opposed because he is not doing to the expectation. Please go away with your nonsense ya mother fucker.

      You are just a fool like your leader, Salva Kiir

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      • 4 August 08:58, by Snipper

        Trust me Sir King!
        No any Dinka will accept Nuer integration without equating ratios in the near future. Again remember that even if peace is signed in Adis, no any Dinka will easily accept to put down his or her guns while nuers are armed all the time. If u guys believe that country start with Dinkas, then we will fuck it up!

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      • 4 August 16:20, by Hardlinner

        Snipper, even if kiir were to be removed, riek won’t be the ideal person to replace him. First riek is low IQ moron. Secondly riek is tribalist person that cares only about nuer. Thirdly riek lacks effective communication skill and reasoning. Forth, riek care more about becoming a president than he does for lives of people including nuers. The nuers that back riek lacks logical thinking capacity.

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  • 4 August 07:29, by Snipper

    That is Nuer thinking! Everybody has to be a president after rebelling! Try it and let’s see! Dau has been trying since last month to break up Mading Aweil but he didn’t succeed not because no one like him but bundling up his rebellion with Nuers has destroyed everything because Kerubino rebelled together with Nuers but the killed him,the same to Akuot Atem. Nuer are vultures of south sudan

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    • 4 August 07:56, by Sir King

      Dau Aturjong is a great man, I think nobody can refuse him so, Kiir administration is full of sluggish groups of people. We want changes!!!!!!

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      • 4 August 08:24, by Martin

        Dau is not a great man but a doomed man. Malual Buoth-Anyar are very smart people. Mading-Awiel will never be destroyed like Bentiu, Bor and Malakal. What did Riek gets in return?? Destruction of Nuers’ towns and displacement? Is that the development you want??? Nuers are like volcanic active country where people have life threatening cycles. I wish you to have your own country like Somalia.

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      • 4 August 08:36, by Martin

        Sir King or Puot,

        The South Sudan grew tired of you (Naath). I am generalized the Nuers because statistically majority of them do not analyzed gravity of any problems? Nuers always involve in a problem that they do not know the cause.

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        • 4 August 08:42, by denng

          I think we should seperate south sudan, this unity will haunt our grand grand children.

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          • 4 August 14:25, by Nyesi Ta

            The Republic of South Sudan has already been divided and it is just a matter of time the country will break upinto three countries because of Kiir’s arrogance.

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    • 4 August 16:31, by Hardlinner

      Snipper, if nuer thinks rebellion is the only way, they should know that we dinkas are not immune to it. Let the thinkable occur today, and tomorrow we would over turn it. That fucking riek can never be president of south sudan. Any nuer can become president of ss but not riek. Dinka coup will await that moron/riek. Nuer should disown that primimitive ape.

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  • 4 August 16:09, by Hardlinner

    Come on Dau Aturjong, we all know you have dehumanised yourself by joining riek rebbelllions. Riek is a fool and no sane person can follow him. We dinkas have more educated people that be follow than this low iQ riek. We don’t have to join any rebel in order to over throw kiir. We can do it ourselves just like we liberated south sudan from arabs.

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  • 5 August 21:43, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

    Poor, crazy and confused Dau and Akol Madhan are cheating the world and their crazy #1 call Riek Machar. No one who joined the rebel from Aweil to be infantry or foot soldier some few individuals who joint like his relative Deng Geng die already of hunger they were sterved and most of them were attacked and killed by the SPLA. MeanWhile some who left over and fleed to Sudan are in the refugeecamp

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