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Ex-S. Sudanese official announces defection from Machar, but rebels deny claims


August 23, 2014 (JUBA) – A top rebel official on Friday announced his defection from opposition forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar, accusing the latter of “misinforming” his fighters on the actual cause of the ongoing conflict.

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South Sudan’s former vice-president turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, pictured in rebel-controlled territory in Jonglei state on 1 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

However, Machar’s rebel group has denied membership of the alleged official, saying James Khan Jok had never joined the rebel movement.

James Khan Jok, a former education minister in Upper Nile state, returned to Juba with three others and was received by Upper Nile’s information, Peter Hoth Tuach, among other officials.

“Riek Machar was telling us [defectors] on the ground that the fighting is between Nuer and Dinka while in Addis Ababa he is appointing Dinkas to key, top positions of rebels,” said Jok.

He however said he was surprised to discover that the rebel external relations spokesman, Mabior Garang de Mabior and foreign affairs coordinator, Dhieu Mathok, were Dinkas serving in the movement.

“I question him [Machar] why you are telling us on the ground that the fighting is between Nuer and Dinka and here you are appointing Dinkas in [to] key positions? This one was not understandable to me. It means that there is a hidden agenda with Riek Machar,” said Khan, who arrived in Juba aboard Kenyan Airways.

The ex-rebel official, in a separate interview, claimed Machar lacked control of forces on the ground and that each commanding officer operated independently without taking orders from the rebel leader.

“Because of this lack of control of forces, the commanding officers continue to operate in their own, thereby resulting to lack of implementation of the cessation hostilities agreement”, he told Sudan Tribune Saturday.

Jok dismissed as “unconstitutional” recent calls by the former vice president-turned rebel leader for dissolution of elected institutions, removal of the president, elected lawmakers and state governors.

“These institutions can only be replaced through election and not any other means”, he stressed.

The rebels, Jok said, are now urging the mediators to grant them 70% representation in the transition government, with 28% for the former political detainees and that government only gets 2% slots.

“So you see that the whole thing in this conflict is about position and does not care about people at all. I said no, peace and unity of our people and the country comes first, not positions,” he remarked.

Upper Nile’s information minister welcomed Khan’s decision to abandon rebellion for the sake of peace and stability in the country.

“The return of comrade Jok is very important for our country and our leadership. I played is a very important role because I want our people and the country to be in peace and stable”, he said.

South Sudanese interior Minister, Aleu Ayieny Aleu, said the return of the former rebels was crucial in efforts to restore peace and unity.

“This is encouraging step and we as the government looks forward to receiving more people who were misled by Riek and the other group. It is time we come together to move this country forward instead of dwelling on the past and looking backward. It is not helpful”, said Aleu.


“James Khan Jok has never been a member of our movement. He fled Malakal as a fugitive when he got himself into administrative problems with the state government, but never joined us. He had been in Nairobi, maybe trying to solve his personal problems with the government. He is simply reporting himself back to his government after running away for personal reasons,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune in reaction to the allegation.

"Mr Jok should have been honest about it," he added.

Dak also added that Machar never minced his words when he had been telling members of the movement and fighters that the war was imposed on the people of South Sudan by Salva Kiir and should not be allowed to become Nuer versus Dinka war.

“It is Salva Kiir, not Dinkas, who has imposed this fratricidal war and its subsequent predicament. Kiir is the one who wants the war to become a tribal war,” he said.

He said it was clear that the alleged defecting official was not well informed about the positions of the opposition faction as indicated by his incorrect percentages of power sharing.


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  • 24 August 2014 09:52, by Johndumo14

    Riek Machar was telling, misinforming us [defectors] on the ground.What do you think,to win any war or elections ,you have to lie!!! Riek Machar has made many mistakes,even by apointing Lado Gore as his second man,and many rebels officials from Dinka,Equatorians and Dinkas are not in the front lines,only Nuer soon, more rebels generals will side by Juba,or that is the only way for South sudan!

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    • 24 August 2014 10:09, by Johndumo14

      If Dr Riek Machar continue this rebel war for long time,
      5 Things will happen.
      1-Some Nuer generals will rebelled against Riek Machar,and formed their own movement.
      2-some generals will make a coup ,to take over the leadership of the rebels.
      3-Some generals will plan to assasinate (kill) Dr Riek Machar.
      4-The Nuer tribe will suffer for a long time.
      5-more rebel soldiers will surrender,due to.

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    • 24 August 2014 10:19, by Johndumo14

      Things at the rebels controlled areas are getting from bad to worse.First to run the thousands of gorrila army and the White army is not an easy thing at tall. Even to control them is not a simple thing,Riek should comes to his senses
      and srike a political deal with the government,before Things go out of control.Hunger,sickness,money,medicines,life will be very bad in those areas,under rebels.

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    • 24 August 2014 10:41, by Johndumo14

      James Khan Jok,must be welcomed back and the government must pay him all the months he has been away,5 months or 9 months,in order for him to help his Family and relatives.
      If he lost his house ,properties,like car or Money ,must be given him now,to show to the World and the other rebels officials that this is the right thing.So that other rebels soldiers can come back home. Come now!!!

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      • 25 August 2014 14:14, by Mr Point

        Having discovered that Riek Machar has Dinka supporters James Khan Jok has fled to Juba.

        What will he do when he finds there are Dinka in Juba?

        Can’t wait to find out more about this extraordinary man.

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    • 24 August 2014 12:09, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      To told you already that Dr. Riek Machar is fighting on tribal line as DINKA and NUER
      AND James Gatdet Dak,
      is very stupid he want to deny the really fact, Khan Jok, is right he don’t his people to die in vain as Riek Machar, is claims.

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  • 24 August 2014 09:52, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    The rebellion will thaw as the heat reach their butts, welcome back Mr Khan. Riek will live and die in Addis.

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  • 24 August 2014 10:00, by Johndumo14

    Riek Machar is realy a stupid guy,he Machar canot see his mistakes,Khartoum,now has the upper hand,the Arabs now will use Riek to deal with Kirr government ,inorder for Khartoum milking the oil,even the boarders will not be demarketed,khartoum will claim more teritory,if Riek did not stop this war.Do you expect Khartoum to roll a red carpet for S.Sudan,? No.

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    • 24 August 2014 10:17, by J P Puok

      pathetic ! What a big title with different narrative ? Now the opportunist never tells us what is standing for ? A movement of Nuer only so that he fit where he don’t deserve what Kiir is practicing which reformist want to change put the right person in a right place hence he is not qualified for ? now he came to Juba where tribalism is the norm. Good luck to him

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      • 24 August 2014 10:21, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        We expect nothing less than surrender, next summer will be the season of operations no rebels anymore.

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  • 24 August 2014 10:25, by Mading Makuac

    Thanks Mr.James Khan Jok for returning to your people. That why we called it a senseless war because brothers and sisters are just crushing each other over nothing. Riek and other politicians are killing innocent people for their power or interest. Riek is being supported by many Dinka people and is still calling a war between Nuer and Dinka! He wants to finish innocent Nuer youth

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    • 24 August 2014 18:27, by Ito

      You guys are funny and I doubt there is truth in your comments. Even if it is true that James Khan defected because he think riek is promoting tribalism but he is going back to worst tribalist Salva Kiir. 15000 trained soldiers from dinka killing innocent Nuer in Juba is not tribalism according to you guys. I thought you guys were mature to see things beyond your noses but I regret your thinking.

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  • 24 August 2014 10:28, by Johndumo14

    James Khan Jok,has made the right thing for him and his family,they said Coward lives longer,Many generals joining Riek simply ,of their Family members were killed in Juba,they did not join the rebellion because they want o remove Kiir from office,these generals must come back like Peter Gadet and kiir must pardone them,they made a very big mistakes,after all we are humans ,one can make a mistake.

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  • 24 August 2014 10:31, by Uncle J

    Bravo to our brother Khan and Bravo to whoever dinka that will soon defect and come to Juba. That piggy fat boy will soon be on his own and let’s see if he is gonna win the war without foolish dinka participating along side. For mr. Riek to cover his ass he should accept offer Kiir is still giving him otherwise Ethiopia will be the alternative to live his exile because his 1991 fall has began.

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    • 24 August 2014 11:15, by Toney Toney Matot

      in all speeches of president Kiir mayardit,there is nowhere he did mentioned that this ugly war is between Jieng And Nuer.only retarded Riek Machar advocate for war between Nuer and Jieng.some stupid Jieng who followed him could not sense the danger coming ahead of them but we thank Kahn for his courageous decision to abandoned the rebellion and return to government for the purpose unity.

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  • 24 August 2014 17:34, by Kim Deng

    The Dinka Kingdom offer was rejected by the King of the Jungle (Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon).

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  • 24 August 2014 17:45, by Zeki

    Dear All

    Thank all for commends, specially Dumo14.

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    • 25 August 2014 12:27, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

      I have been telling you guys that I don’t see anything good coming from that retarded mind of the so-called PhD holder Dr. Hopeless Riek Massacre since 1991 when he rebelled against the movement, fled to Khartoum, surrendered to the very enemy he was fighting against and stupidly started demanding for his appointment to be the President of South Sudan at the expense of South Sudan’s oil.

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      • 25 August 2014 12:28, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        To make it worse, the retarded-empty-minded PhD holder never even bothered to ask himself in 1991 that “How can I surrender to the very enemy I was fighting against for my freedom since 1955 and expect him at the same time to welcome me on a red carpet?” Why does Dr Hopeless Riek Massacre often fail to digest the difference between college degree and educated person in the real political world?

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        • 25 August 2014 12:31, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

          Is this de mentality of a real PhD holder or a primary four pupil who imitates holding glasses, pretending to look Presidential or like a guerilla/Nasir Faction leader determined to stay the course in Hotel, but not in de bush like de real PhD holder Dr John Garang de Mabior, who looked at himself first in de mirror before embarking on revolutionary project leadership in 1983 dat bought us freedom

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          • 25 August 2014 12:32, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

            Even in the West, not every PhD holder has to be a Head of State at any cost regardless of his/her wealth and record. Constant knocks on Khartoum’s door by Riek for logistical military support to sustain his rebellion since 1991 is resonating only with the illiterate “white army” who are often misled to fight a senseless war designed by Dr. Hopeless Riek Massacre for his personal interest.

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            • 25 August 2014 12:34, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

              If we r to ask some more questions who has really forgotten about surrendering to Khartoum in 1991, dumping his followers to be rescued only by de Late Gen. Paulino Matip by returning in 2002 to de very movement/SPLM/A he already abandoned/rebelled against on de ground that the movement was not democratic or federal, the very PhD holder Dr. Hopeless Riek Massacre or H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir ?

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              • 25 August 2014 12:35, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                Following secession of July 9th, 2011, who is still struggling to prove Khartoum’s claims that South Sudanese cannot rule themselves because of tribalism, the forgiven fugitive and the appointed former Vice President on a golden plate in 2005 Dr. Hopeless Riek Massacre or the democratically elected President H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit?

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                • 25 August 2014 12:39, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                  Khartoum is already infected with South Sudan Secession Syndrome (SSSS) on July 9th, 2011 because of de loss of 75% economic lifeline/oil revenue. De only cure is sustaining positive relations with RSS but not vice versa. However, Khartoum doesn’t care about our hard-won freedom n marshal development plan of South Sudan which were denied since the entry of Arabs into Sudan/Land of the Blk in 1821

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                  • 25 August 2014 12:41, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                    Our educated South Sudanese citizens r supposed to educate Khartoum on de value of freedom, human rights, and freedom of religion as articulated and crafted in the CPA of 2005, but not seen/appeared in de bogus Khartoum Peace/Oil Agreement of 1997(KP/OA-1997) singed between Dr Hopeless Riek Massacre of Nasir Faction and Omer Hassan Al-Bashir of the National Congress Party.

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                    • 25 August 2014 12:44, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                      I have mentioned my past comments that if any South Sudanese who needs positions as witnessed in the rebels’ recent proposal with respect to the would-be-formed interim government, he/she can easily join Riek but will come back later because I have seen since 1991 the brain of this PhD holder Dr. Hopeless Riek Massacre is completely empty of valuable knowledge n vision to lead a country.

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                      • 25 August 2014 12:46, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                        Regional, continental/AU and international community need to take note of that that RSS doesn’t have to be de political playing field of empty-minded PhD holders who often fail to see de difference between college degree and educated person in the real political world. We advocate elected but not violent leadership dat causes continued massive destruction, displacement, killings,n humanitarian cos

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                        • 25 August 2014 12:48, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                          Regional continental and international media outlets seem to rely heavily on one-way information channel coming or released from de camp of de SPLM in-Opposition for one reason or another without analyzing de story whether it’s true or not. In essence, Dr. Hopeless Riek Massacre is one of de poor South Sudanese PhD holders who always opts for violence, instead of elections, to achieve presidency.

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