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August 18, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan said rebels group under the leadership of former vice-president Riek Machar are continuing to seek support from Sudan.

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President Omer al-Bashir receives South Sudanese former vice-president and leader of the SPLM-in-Opposition, Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny in Khartoum on 10 August 2014 (ST)

South Sudanese deputy education minister Bol Makueng, who spoke on behalf of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), said Machar had divided the efforts of the country’s long liberation struggle at the height of the civil war with the north when the then guerrilla movement had almost liberated much of what constitutes present day South Sudan.

“The struggle for justice, freedom, respect for human dignity and other basic rights was started before us. The struggle started way back in 1947 here in Juba and [the] 1955 Torit mutiny. The leaders of this struggle were South Sudanese from across this country,” he said.

He said Joseph Lagu had later picked up the struggle followed by SPLM founder Dr John Garang together with president Salva Kiir Mayardit, however, he accused Machar of sabotaging those efforts in 1991.

“He went to Khartoum and the Government of Sudan [and] used the division as the opportunity to consolidate its strategy and efforts against our people. He has now gone again to the very government which gave him the support. Guess what will happen this time. He is expecting the same support from Sudan. You know that he was there recently but I think things will be different this time because the leadership in Sudan has learned from the past,” Makueng told journalists while making a statement marking the 59th anniversary of the Torit mutiny on Sunday.

Makueng, who maintains his party position in the ruling party as head of information, was speaking on behalf of the government as it spokesperson.

His comments follow calls from South Sudan urging the government of neighbouring Sudan, from which the South seceded in 2011, to sever all ties with pro-Machar rebels.

However, Sudan has denied it is providing military support to South Sudanese rebels who have been engaged in an armed struggle with the government since mid-December last year when conflict erupted following a political dispute in the SPLM.

The spokesperson for the Sudanese army (SAF), al-Sawarmi Khaled, maintained last week that a recent two-day visit by the rebel leader to Khartoum came within the framework of Sudan’s mediation efforts aimed at ending the crisis.

The South Sudanese government has stopped short of directly accusing Sudan of supporting rebel forces, describing it as one of the key players in the ongoing peace process.

“What we are saying is that it should encourage Riek [Machar] and his group to stop the war and accept to give peaceful dialogue a chance,” South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, told Sudan Tribune during an exclusive interview on Sunday.

“The government of Sudan has a big role to play in the peace process if it can sever ties with this group, especially if there are invisible hands within the government who are dealing with them, they should be encouraged to stop,” Benjamin added.

(ST)

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  • 19 August 07:15, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

    HEARSAY EVIDENCE ARE INADMISSIBLE IN THE COURT OF LAW. REGARDS.

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    • 19 August 11:29, by Dinkawarrior

      Dr.Cieth is done in life, he will die soon. Just wait and see, we already get the solution for this kind of disease.

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  • 19 August 07:38, by Son of Ngundeng

    Lies will not be accepted any more, it was not Dinka who started the struggle of this country it were Nuer and Nyam Nyam, Today Dinka pretend as they were the South Sudanese foundation, which is not true. Enjoy the fruits of CPA while other are not, one day one time you will pay the price of what you done.

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    • 19 August 09:27, by Gat Gan Kiir

      How about Ugandan force and JEM in Sudan? What’s wrong with it, if Bashir can help us with materials while M7 were invited with Helicopter Gunship and all military hardwares? We will defeat you guys.

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      • 19 August 15:35, by Rommel

        Gat Gan Kiir:

        Were the Ugandans present when we routed you from our lands in the counterattacks of 1991? Riek’s forces experienced defeat after being pursued, hounded and cut down as far as Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod. Were JEM fighters present!? Remember, you had the Equatorian defence force with you as well.

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        • 19 August 15:39, by Rommel

          The Baggara tribes in the form of the PDF and Murahaleen, devastated the Dinka tribe. The Equatorians joined your myopic surrender to Khartoum. The Murle [like you] worked for Khartoum. The vast majority of the Shilluk joined your rebellion. The Muslim ’Fertit’ tribes in Western Bahr el Ghazal worked in tandem with Khartoum against us... and you still lost.

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          • 19 August 15:41, by Rommel

            When Khartoum’s artillery guns and aircraft bombarded the Dinka for thirteen [13] years following your defection, operating in tandem with your militias on the ground... Was that fair!? Well, was it!? Or do you suppose that you are entitled to an exemption from the demands of a moral code that you don’t actually prescribe to!?

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            • 19 August 15:44, by Rommel

              Do you recall how you were so desperately reliant upon Khartoum’s weapons, ammunition, supplies, logistical support and food relief? Do you recall the military engagements that you executed in tandem with Khartoum against us!? The Ugandans have thus far only provided and deployed three [3] to four [4] battalions in South Sudan, interspersed in Juba, Bor and Western and Eastern Equatoria...

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              • 19 August 15:48, by Rommel

                .. That’s a drop in the ocean in comparison with what Khartoum did for you. The Dinka had to contend with an enemy [your erstwhile ally], that was well furnished with a palette of destructive weaponry and over 100, 000 men, accompanied by bombers, jets, and helicopter gunships...

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                • 19 August 15:51, by Rommel

                  I can’t believe that you people wish to complain about only three [3] to four [4] thousand Ugandan soldiers when Khartoum deployed its entire army against us during the civil war. You are in no position to talk, because for well over a decade we suffered tremendously as a consequence of your alliance with Khartoum. We lost hundreds of thousands of people...

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                  • 19 August 15:53, by Rommel

                    .. Your alliance allowed Khartoum to arm itself with sophisticated and devastating weapons — amounting to billions of dollars. The Arabs brought entire divisions to bear against the Dinka. The Arabs fought beside you. The Arabs fed you. The Arabs gave you weapons, ammunition and logistical support.

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                  • 19 August 15:53, by Rommel

                    .. Your alliance allowed Khartoum to arm itself with sophisticated and devastating weapons — amounting to billions of dollars. The Arabs brought entire divisions to bear against the Dinka. The Arabs fought beside you. The Arabs fed you. The Arabs gave you weapons, ammunition and logistical support.

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                    • 19 August 16:07, by Rommel

                      You seem to be trying to suggest that Khartoum hasn’t helped you before. You are either being willfully deceptive, amnesiac or delusional. After your people joined Khartoum in 1991, do you think that we didn’t have to endure the onslaught from fighter jets, bombers, helicopter gunships and artillery fire!?

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                    • 19 August 16:14, by Rommel

                      Throughout the fighting, not one war casualty was admitted to the Nasir hospital. Riek’s troops sat idle as Khartoum pushed back the Dinka. The results of Riek’’s sell-out to Khartoum could not have been more glaring. The Dinka suffered mightily. (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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    • 19 August 13:06, by Marco A. Wek

      Well son of Devil Nguendeng, if their is anything you people are known in South Sudan, than it is working against South Sudanese all the time. The South even those that are using you as their distractive tools know you are nothing but confused community.

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      • 19 August 16:24, by Ito

        With the exception of ngundeng and Rommell, most of you here don’t understand what liberation and warfare means. Rommell knows very well and I know he is a good boy but with bad Dinka around him. Rommelle, stay away from bad dinka please, you are smarter than them. Back to topic, war is fought with allies that is why late Garang said, you cannot fight alone. Ethiopia, uganda, eritrea use to be our

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        • 19 August 16:27, by Ito

          allies against Khartoum. This war is not about Nuer or dinka or bari or any other tribe. We all know this government is extremely bad, full of corruption, dictarship, tribalism and so on. Dr. Riek has the right to seek allies including working with the devil to kick salva out. Garang said oppressor has no color and your brother can oppress you and you need to fight him. salva is worst than arabs,

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          • 19 August 16:36, by Rommel

            Ito:

            I want that myopic idiot [Salva] to leave office. I want the entire so called ’government’ removed from power. I want the Dinka that have forcefully acquired and illegally occupy lands in Equatoria to be charged, jailed and forced to pay compensation. I want Dinka participation in government to be limited to 10%. I will support virtually anything that will bring peace to our country...

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            • 19 August 16:53, by Rommel

              ..But I [and millions of others] will NEVER accept Riek as sovereign. Should he somehow make it to that position, the country will descend into an apocalyptic war... Far worse than this. Riek is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent civilians. He has [quite delusionally] boasted about wiping out an entire tribe in the past. He is not a viable alternative.

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    • 19 August 16:24, by Rommel

      Son of Ngundeng:

      When did the Nuer purportedly first initiate their ’struggle’ against the North? Are you referring to Anyanya II? Anyanya II didn’t achieve anything. It was confined to Ethiopia and eventually became a government militia. The CPA is an achievement of those that did not join Khartoum in 1991. Your people returned in 2006... on the first anniversary of the peace agreement.

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    • 19 August 16:24, by Rommel

      Son of Ngundeng:

      When did the Nuer purportedly first initiate their ’struggle’ against the North? Are you referring to Anyanya II? Anyanya II didn’t achieve anything. It was confined to Ethiopia and eventually became a government militia. The CPA is an achievement of those that did not join Khartoum in 1991. Your people returned in 2006... on the first anniversary of the peace agreement.

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      • 19 August 16:47, by Mr Point

        Now, more than ever, we need to focus on the events of 1991.

        It is mad to think the current crisis had any other cause than 1991.

        We should entirely forget that Salva Kiir was elected President with 93% of the vote and has so far led the country into massive corruption, most failed state status and started tribal genocides with his faked coup.

        More 1991 please. Forget 2014. It did not happen.

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        • 19 August 17:07, by Rommel

          Mr Point:

          No sane individual is suggesting that innocent civilians were not targeted in Juba in December. The Nuer have quite predictably exaggerated the numbers. Their absurd estimates range from the ’hundreds of thousands’ to 27, 000 to 20, 000 and finally 17,613 within a three day period. Does that seem plausible?

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          • 19 August 17:15, by Rommel

            Why didn’t International embassies and the many NGOs stationed in Juba give credence to these fanciful numbers? I don’t think that less than a 1000 civilians died, but the numbers peddled by the opposition are ridiculous. Those numbers would make the Nazis blush.

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            • 19 August 17:26, by Rommel

              I very much doubt that Salva Kiir was elected with such an unbelievably high percentage. The ’election’ was clearly rigged. In addition to that, all opposition parties were harassed, intimidated and jailed. Their political campaigns were bridled, muzzled or prevented from taking place altogether.

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              • 19 August 17:45, by Rommel

                If Salva Kiir is a tribalist, a human rights abuser, a mass murderer and a genocidaire, and if that is the basis in which he is opposed, then you must also oppose Riek. If you do not oppose Riek, then you are being morally inconsistent.

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                • 19 August 17:48, by Rommel

                  The ’Bor’ Massacre directly consumed the lives of at least 2, 000 civilians, with some estimates putting the figure closer to 5, 000, while condemning tens of thousands more to their deaths due to the attendant infirmities of disease and artificial famine, as a consequence of the depredations wrought on ’Bor’.

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                • 19 August 17:50, by Rommel

                  The ’Bor’ Massacre directly consumed the lives of at least 2, 000 civilians, with some estimates putting the figure closer to 5, 000, while condemning tens of thousands more to their deaths due to the attendant infirmities of disease and artificial famine, as a consequence of the depredations wrought on ’Bor’.

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                  • 19 August 17:53, by Rommel

                    The massacre was not the end of the tragedy in Bor, however. An estimated 100, 000 people fled the area following the attack, and after many of the villages had been burnt to the ground. According to Amnesty International, famine brought about by looting and the destruction of crops and livestock killed a further 25, 000 people, many of them children. ( South Sudan, Max Lovell-Hoare)

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                    • 19 August 18:01, 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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                      • 19 August 18:03, 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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                        • 19 August 18:05, by Rommel

                          How can anyone possibly support a man so disturbed and so delusional that he would so sickeningly boast that his tribe could wipe out an entire tribe!? It seems that people are ignorant of Riek’s terrible human rights violations, his caustic tribal rhetoric and his history of failures.

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                          • 19 August 18:06, by Rommel

                            Is this the same man that claims that he can unite the people of South Sudan!? How!? How will reconciliation be possible under him when he is guilty of having murdered -directly and indirectly- 30, 000 civilians!? He is a deceptive, mass murdering chauvinist. He has no genuine regard for democracy or equality. He has killed tens of thousands of civilians. He is tainted. He has no credibility.

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                • 19 August 18:13, by Mr Point

                  Rommel:

                  I agree with you on these points.
                  1. The number killed in the Juba massacres has been greatly exaggerated, but authentic figures are not available. Many thousands seems to many, but certainly many hundreds.
                  2. The election was carried out with intimidation etc - but Kiir did get 93%.

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                  • 19 August 18:18, by Mr Point

                    Rommel:

                    Rick did not start the trouble in 2013. It was an assassination attempt aimed at him, with the intent of creating a state of emergency to prevent elections overturning Kiir’s despotic leadership.

                    Riek and others had been engaging in legitimate political activity. There was no intention of planning a coup, from what limited evidence is available.

                    Kir started the tribal war.

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                    • 19 August 18:21, by Mr Point

                      Riek’s weakness is that he was driven back to his tribal roots. He failed to unite political opposition outside the Nuer.
                      He failed to prevent Nuer tribalists from seeking revenge on other innocent civilians.

                      And that is how 2014 repeats 1991, with Kiir as the cause of the killings this time.

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                      • 19 August 18:25, by Mr Point

                        "Is this the man that claims that he can unite the people of South Sudan!? How will reconciliation be possible under him when he is guilty of having murdered 30, 000 civilians!? He is a deceptive, mass murdering chauvinist. He has no genuine regard for democracy or equality. He has killed thousands of civilians. He is tainted. He has no credibility".

                        Rommel: your comment is about Kiir.

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  • 19 August 18:34, by Kim Deng

    Jang (Rommel),

    This Jungle (South Sudan) must be burned down to ashes rather than being called "Dinka Kingdom."
    http://nyamile.com/2014/08/18/the-operations-to-end-dictatorship-and-stalling-federalism-in-south-sudan/

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  • 19 August 18:38, by Kim Deng

    Not surprisingly, the SPLA/M-Torit faction forces under the command of CDR. Rhino William Nyuony Bany launched and assault which almost routed instantly against the Anya-Nya II position along with few soldiers who appeared to be from SPLA-Nasir faction forces, burned down villages from Nuer Genesis homeland Bentiu [Liech/Unity State] including Leer, Dr. Riek Machar’s hometown.

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  • 19 August 18:40, by Kim Deng

    What CDR. William Nyuon and his forces didn’t realize at first was that in the second half of September, Lt. Gen. Lion Paulino Matip already redeploying many of his troops [Anya-Nya II] to prepare for “Operation Typhoon.” Instead of accepting their fate, the Anya-Nya II fought back with a ferocity that stunned the ill-prepared Torit faction.

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  • 19 August 18:45, by Kim Deng

    But the SPLA-Torit faction forces under the command of Lt. Gen. Kuol Manyang Juuk and Lt. Gen. Salva Kiir who were deployed from the direction of Kongoor and Pochalla respectively to wipe out Dr. Riek’s force as ordered and predicted by Garang, failed miserably from their suicide attempts, instead encircled and pursued like hunting dogs chase rabbits or deer by Dr. Riek’s forces under...

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  • 19 August 18:47, by Kim Deng

    the command of Lt. Gen. Tiger Bol Koang and CDR. Tiger Koang Banypiny. As a result, Duk Padiet, Panyagor, Kongoor, Twic East, Mading Bor and all the surrounding garrisons and towns plus some part of BEG were burned down to ashes when the “Operation Typhoon,” was launched as two Heroes [Bol Koang & Koang Banypiny] call it. Garang underestimated the SPLM/A-Nasir faction military strength,...

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  • 19 August 18:48, by Kim Deng

    but his commanders on the ground knew they were often paying a heavier price for them than expected in terms of casualties-and that, in many areas, the Torit faction advance wasn’t moving as swiftly as they had hoped. Garang’s commanders were preoccupied with the more immediate goal: ensuring that their troops would maintain their progress as they prepared to strike Nasir faction from all directio

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  • 19 August 20:48, by Kim Deng
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