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Senior South Sudan military official joins rebels

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 10, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – A senior official from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) has defected to the country’s treble forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar, rebel officials in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

Major general Dau Deng Ahecyol said he had decided to join Machar’s SPLM/A in Opposition as South Sudan’s ruling SPLM party under the leadership of president Salva Kiir had failed to bring peace and development to the young African nation.

Ahecyol has vowed to fight for regime change either through dialogue or military means to ensure peace and stability are restored in the fractured country.

The former deputy operation general in Jonglei state also accused Kiir of failing to unite the South Sudanese peoples, calling for his immediate removal.

“I believe that it is the time to overthrow the dictatorial regime in Juba,” he said

The SPLA has been hit by a series of defections to the rival rebel faction since the conflict erupted in the mid-December last year, including the desertion of dozens of top generals.

Military officials in Juba have blamed the protracted delay in salary payments as one of the major causes for the growing number of defections.

Ahecyol said he hoped his defection would encourage more members of the SPLA to abandon Kiir’s “failed regime” and join the rebel faction.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than a million displaced since the eruption of conflict almost eight months ago.

Rebels claim Kiir bears responsibility for the deaths of over 20,000 people who they allege were killed by his presidential guard forces, also known as the Tiger Battalion.

Conflict initially flared in the capital, Juba, after a political rift turned violent, quickly spreading to other regions throughout the country.

The fighting has pitted government troops loyal to Kiir against rebel and ethnic militia forces aligned with Machar.

(ST)

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  • 11 August 08:35, by Madina Tonj

    Tesfa Alem Tekle, please keep reporting lies and your fuck exaggeration but you will get nothing to gained in South Sudan. I would like you to think again these Nuers people are not good people and you will see in your eye later when they decide to come back to South Sudan those who are in Gambela region will caused fighting. Fucking you Tesfa Tekle. Don’t you know Ethiopian were kill by rebels

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    • 11 August 14:10, by Black Africa

      Let us compare between Nuer and Dinkas people. Nuer people are peaceful people. No one have problem with Nuer people in the RSS except Dinkas. If Dinkas didn’t slaughter Nuer people, the Nuer people would haven’t attacked the Dinkas. If you go everywhere in South Sudan, Dinkas people have a problem with each and every tribe in South Sudan. So, who are the bad people in the RSS ? DINKAS

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      • 11 August 15:00, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Anybody who now joins rebellion and claims to be a peacemaker is just after position to be, in case the opposition are spared some seats in the next coming interim govt.
        Shame on you for being greedy of money and you will never succeed because all of you who were then government officials and now turning rebels after being sacked by H.E Salva Kiir will never and never be respected leaders.

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    • 11 August 21:30, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Gen. Dua Deng
      I know z u are really brilliant General in SPLA/M, ur defection will lead many people who knew ur excavation to defecting , ur are not like illiterate Dinka’s and Nuer General who supported the dictator/killer Kirr Gov’t.
      From today on word the tension will be very serious in Gov’t of Pual Malong and Big killer. Quote my words u the supporter of Kirr Gov’t.

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  • 11 August 09:00, by Gogrialboys

    Folks, I’m sorry to say that Dinka has never follow Nuer and survive and I think those joining rebels would soon follow guandit Kut Tem. Look, is there any Dinka soldier survive in 1991 when Riak defected, and even the current event no dinka survive in Nuer land. So what is the point of those dinka joining when they are the target of Riak moment.

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  • 11 August 09:02, by Dengic

    Tesfa,you are a semi Nuer.More over,in every society,there are goats and cows.These are few generals who want to tarnish the legacy of Dinka tribe.Greediness is every where in the world.If it could be rampant as it’s among the Nuer,why not few disgraced Dinkas who only want to fill their stomach overnight?..Shame on two Daus!!!.

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  • 11 August 09:07, by Gogrialboys

    Those joining don’t even know the objective of Riak Machar. His objective is to destroy Dinka which he will not, but I wonder of what kind of a leader are those dinka going to follow. Dinka has never been a follower of Nuer, and I think some where along the line, we will hear news if peace does’t come quickly because Nuers are bitter to revenge and they will do it to those close to them first.

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  • 11 August 09:11, by Gogrialboys

    I totally agree with Dengic, they will leave that mark to their children and they know it. Another question that I think Nuers should them is why it takes them so long to join when they know very well that Nuers have really paid the price. I think Nuer will do them what they always do and that is don’t leave the sneak in your house and go to look the one in the bush. Watch out guys.

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    • 11 August 21:31, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Gen. Dua Deng
      I know z u are really brilliant General in SPLA/M, ur defection will lead many people who knew ur excavation to defecting , ur are not like illiterate Dinka’s and Nuer General who supported the dictator/killer Kirr Gov’t.
      From today on word the tension will be very serious in Gov’t of Pual Malong and Big killer. Quote my words u the supporter of Kirr Gov’t.

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  • 11 August 09:18, by Gogrialboys

    Watch out Nuer for those Dinkas, they can be poisonous to you next day because they know very well that they come to dinka land to fight. Dinkas are not like Nuer who can just move behind one person like flies without objective and strategy for operation. In the history of Dinka and Nuer, they always fight but when they real enemy come they join together, but that spirit has been destroy dr. doom

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    • 11 August 09:48, by Malakal county Simon

      Supporting well rejected foolish president, will make South Sudan a war field nation for very long time!!

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  • 11 August 11:25, by Mel mosa

    There was fighting around Nasir in which more than 100 rebels killed when the rebels attack Nasir on Sunday, but sudantribune didn’t report, why? Instead, sudantribune reported defected general, why? South Sudanese must caution for this website.

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  • 11 August 12:40, by Akuma

    This defection will not help or bring peace to South Sudan otherwise such behavior will increase tension. We better work for peace to make South Sudan a better place for living

    Dr. Akumadit
    Chicago, USA

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    • 11 August 14:13, by Mayom County Boy

      the defection of military official Mr Dau Atorjong is nothing from government side , an less Dau was not frpom Dinka people , one day one time Mr Dau will return to the government like Riek Machar $ is groups who are with him in the bush , believe me Guys !!

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