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Riek Machar treacherous journey

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From plotting a failed coup to ending in foreign land

By Steve Paterno

August 20, 2014 - After failing to ascend to the helm of power through party structures, the overly ambitious Riek Machar turned into violence as a means to an end.

The violence that Machar unleashed, plunged the country into abyss. Worst yet, there is no any viable political ideology behind that personal ego, which caused this carnage. So, to sustain the blood thirst, Machar embarked on "ideology of revenge" as a tool to mobilize his tribal Nuer militia also known as the White Army to avenge and kill on his behalf.

When some quarters within South Sudanese intelligentsia started discussing ’federalism’ as an alternative to the current ’centralized’ system of government, Machar quickly jumped in a bandwagon, claiming that ’federalism’ is actually the real ideology behind his rebellion. As he tried to articulate ’federalism,’ he ended up patching tribes, clans, families, totaling them to twenty something "Federal States of South Sudan," a euphemism for Somalization.

Unfortunately, for Riek Machar, it seems it is too little too late. His once military might that he banks on is crumbling on the onslaught of SPLA. Machar himself is forced for exile, perhaps perpetually. The negotiations for several times is once again stalled. Both principal warrying parties already boycotted the talks, with each issuing new demands as preconditions to resume the negotiations.

Now it seems the government strategy will likely look like the following scenarios.

First, the government will maintain in theory the Addis Ababa talks for diplomatic cover as well as a delaying tactic so as to score military victory as a result.

Secondly, the government will likely step up its military operation in an attempt to score military victory. Along the same line, there will be efforts to encourage mass defection among military ranks.

Thirdly, there is going to be doubling of efforts to lure opposition leaders back to the fold, follow by defections. This will eventually weakens opposition resolve.

If the current trend continues, the above scenarios may likely prevail.

Steve Paterno is the author of The Rev. Fr. Saturnino Lohure, A Romain Catholic Priest Turned Rebel. He can be reached at stevepaterno@yahoo.com



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  • 21 August 07:23, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    I Felt sorry for the educated Nuer sons, who were mowed down in Gadiang because of leadership only.

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    • 26 August 21:56, by jubaone

      Dear Steve,

      How far low must one go in terms of exposing ones literary inabilities and journalistic incompentencies? You try to put the cart before the donkey and think that works. I wish you had a more objective approach towards crtiticising Riak, giving reasons for his rebellion But as often is the case for lazy thinkers, short-cut analysis are quicker and easier That is disgusting!

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  • 21 August 07:55, by Madina Tonj

    There are two things in common for Nuers societies. 1. They never learn from their mistake and they don’t listen if you advise them.2 They are lacking patience most people thinks rough way is the only choice. Remember some are good human being but the majority behave badly. I have been telling them that, this Riek Machar Teny is betraying the whole Nuer having say that, he doesn’t care about Nuers

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    • 22 August 10:42, by Big Boy

      Dear Mading T,
      Nuer rush to break lifetime habits they don’t keep patients.u have to raise your self –awareness. Just become more vigilant of things we say or do out of habit that keep you feeling tempo about yourselves.they get angry or disgusted with yourselves. betraying the whole Nuer as everyone knows their behave, when they were in Khart, regime.

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  • 21 August 07:55, by Madina Tonj

    There are two things in common for Nuers societies. 1. They never learn from their mistake and they don’t listen if you advise them.2 They are lacking patience most people thinks rough way is the only choice. Remember some are good human being but the majority behave badly. I have been telling them that, this Riek Machar Teny is betraying the whole Nuer having say that, he doesn’t care about Nuers

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  • 21 August 07:56, by Madina Tonj

    There are two things in common for Nuers societies. 1. They never learn from their mistake and they don’t listen if you advise them.2 They are lacking patience most people thinks rough way is the only choice. Remember some are good human being but the majority behave badly. I have been telling them that, this Riek Machar Teny is betraying the whole Nuer having say that, he doesn’t care about Nuers

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  • 21 August 08:08, by Madina Tonj

    I would like to mentions good example why Riek Machar Teny doesn’t care about Nuer people. In the past faction, he came up with the Idea of overthrowing rebel leader Dr. John Garang while, the SPLA/M were still struggle in the Bush fighting with Sudan’s gov. thousand Nuers and Dinkas got killed because of his political action. Now the second faction, Nuers and Dinkas will pay a big prices again.

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  • 21 August 08:09, by Madina Tonj

    I would like to mentions good example why Riek Machar Teny doesn’t care about Nuer people. In the past faction, he came up with the Idea of overthrowing rebel leader Dr. John Garang while, the SPLA/M were still struggle in the Bush fighting with Sudan’s gov. thousand Nuers and Dinkas got killed because of his political action. Now the second faction, Nuers and Dinkas will pay a big prices again.

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  • 21 August 08:09, by Madina Tonj

    I would like to mentions good example why Riek Machar Teny doesn’t care about Nuer people. In the past faction, he came up with the Idea of overthrowing rebel leader Dr. John Garang while, the SPLA/M were still struggle in the Bush fighting with Sudan’s gov. thousand Nuers and Dinkas got killed because of his political action. Now the second faction, Nuers and Dinkas will pay a big prices again.

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    • 24 August 18:58, by Ito

      Steve Paterno, you name sound like a Latuka name but I doubt you are a latuka because no one from eastern equatoria is with this current tribal government killing, raping equatorians, taking land by force, harassing equatorians businessmen and women, discrimination in all aspect and intimidation. YOu are two things, either bought to deny the truth and to betray your very tribe or you are not aware

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  • 21 August 18:56, by Kim Deng

    Jaang,

    This Jungle (South Sudan) must be burned down to ashes rather than being callled Dinka Kingdom.

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    • 22 August 06:33, by Akol Liai Mager

      Dear Kim, your message has always been clear which is; "It’s either you, your tribesman, or no South Sudan". The other message that you may not be aware of and need to know is that "the time to burn it down, if you think that God will permit you to do so is overdue".

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  • 22 August 12:03, by Gat Gan Kiir

    The so call Steve of Dinka puppet must shut his mouth up, the war was imposed upon Dr. Machar and his tribe, we remain with no option rether than to fight back. We refuse to be rule by cowards community who depend on foreign help to keep them in power. We will win this war for sure. Wec ewecda

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    • 26 August 11:36, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

      Gat Kan Matot,

      You are right, you have already won the verbal war imposed upon you by Dr. Fool Hopeless Riek Massacre who mobilized illiterate Nuer and the white army to fight a senseless war. Have u won the war before in 1991 with/without Khartoum’s support? How can u say dat while your God father appointed a well-known drug addict in Wasington, DC Mabior Garang who is now running crazy in Addis

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