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S. Sudan ambassador claims Museveni coup comments misrepresented

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August 14, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudan’s ambassador to Uganda, Samuel
Luate, has dismissed claims by the country’s rebel faction that Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni had denied the coflict was triggered by a coup.

Luate was reacting to comments last month by former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar who said Museveni had dismissed claims of a coup d’état in the capital, Juba, in mid-December last month, saying it was simply a misunderstanding among the presidential guards.

The comments were reportedly made during a sideline meeting with Machar, Museveni and other IGAD leaders in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune in the Uganda capital, Kampala, Luate maintained that evidence supported the government’s view that the events of last December constituted an aborted coup attempt.

“When there is shooting in [the] presidential guards and then there is shooting at the military barracks in Bilpam, then there is defection at the same time in [Jonglei state capital] Bor, another defection at the same time in Unity state; what do you call that if there is no coup d’état?” he said, adding that the evidence suggested a degree of coordination.

Luate said comments attributed to Museveni had been misrepresented by Machar, dismissing the claims as lies and propaganda.

Ambassador Luate also accused South Sudanese living abroad of inciting more hatred in the country and deliberately undermining the peace process by making inflammatory comments on social media.

He also warned youths against turning against each other along tribal lines, saying it endangers the country’s unity.

“We are expecting that you outside have learnt a lot of things. Those [who] are in America you see democracy, those in Canada you see democracy there, in Australia you see democracy, even in Uganda and Africa as a whole there is democracy everywhere,” he said.

He called on South Sudanese people to refrain from taking sides along tribal lines, urging them to put national unity above tribal differences.

“We, as intellectual or people who are outside, they must understand that we should speak one language of peace,” he said.

“Whether you are in America, whether you are what part of the world, with us here in Africa we want peace and so South Sudanese over the world must speak of peace not say ‘[we] must divide on tribal fight,’” added Luate.

The ambassador called on South Sudanese across the world to unite in their support for Kiir, saying leadership is a gift from God and not solely related to a person’s education background.

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  • 15 August 12:48, by Mr Point

    It’s taken him a whole month to think of this, when all the world knows that what happened on December 13 - 15 was planned by Salva Kiir.

    Rebecca Garang tells how Salva Kiir’s private army started the civil war

    http://www.thelondoneveningpost.com/exclusive-rebecca-nyandeng-garang-reveals-all-how-salva-kiirs-private-army-prompted-the-current-conflict/

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    • 15 August 14:01, by Ayom Ayom

      Today’s rebel attack on government forces in various places should not be allow to happen again and it should be strongly condemn. It is very sad to see hundred of rebels young people being shot down dead just within 3 hours battle

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      • 15 August 15:10, by Malakal county Simon

        You should be in front to see how many pro dictator president soldiers dies in Bentui Town alone, due to the low moral and plus bad treatment from the higher authority..... You should switch side, because kiir crumbled government her days, are numbers!!!!!!!

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  • 15 August 13:18, by ForAll

    Great South Sudan peoples must EXPEL: Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and USA from any agreement for peace.

    Great South Sudan peoples must Go through: South Africa, Geneina Conakry, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Norway, Russia and AU. With them you will get fair mediators for PEACE in SS.

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  • 15 August 13:21, by maumau

    Ambassadore Samuel Luate, stop shifting the blame of your failed government on South Sudanese who are leaving outside the country, you peaple messed the politics of my country up by creating a coup to suppress oppositions especially Dr. Riek Machar. We are marking you civil servants one by one. Your government has changed our SPLM/SPLA to look like a party and army without vision. SHAME ON YOU.

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  • 15 August 13:46, by AbuDeng

    Ambassador Luate, and other RSS officials, including the #South Sudan President Lt. General Salva Kiir Mayardit - all should be focused on feeding our citizens - instead of buying a billion dollars of arms to kill more Southerners.

    Hunger is spreading over the nation, while many of you sit at Hotels sipping beer. Our children are dying by the dozens, even a 100 a day while you talk nonsense! ad

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  • 16 August 01:36, by Nyesi Ta

    Ambassador! Luate! Luate! Luate!!! without saying all this things, your salary is guaranteed, I know what you said is not from the bottom of your heart, but your just playing politics with stupid Kiir, and I like you fooling this dumb president around.

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  • 16 August 04:48, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Luate!! please stop being a negative megaphone of injustice ,brutality, retrogress of our dear country. Eat the pounds and keep quiet.

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  • 16 August 11:00, by tootke’bai-ngo

    STUPID! STUPID! STUPID!!!! S.SUDAN IS IN THIS MESS NOW BECAUSE OF STUPIDITY. WHO IN THE WORLD WOULD TRY TO DENY AT THIS TIME THAT WHAT HAPPENED IN JUBA ON DEC 15/13 WAS NOT A COUP BUT A MUTINY FOLLOWED BY REBELLIONS? MUSEVENI EXPLAINED IT INFRONT OF EVERYONE THAT KIIR REQUESTED UDPF DEPLOYMENT ON DEC13, TWO DAYS BEFORE FIGHTING STARTED. WHERE IS THE SO CALLED MISREPRESENTATION HERE? STUPID AMBASSO

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    • 16 August 15:53, by Kiir

      Why should S. Sudan to be lead by unqualified person like Kiir? Let us join hands to remove him and installed Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon as new President to unite S. Sudanese. Thank to all of you for supporting Dr. Machar.

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