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South Sudan rebels accuse monitors of spying


August 24, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The South Sudanese rebels led by the former vice-president Riek Machar accused the regional bloc, IGAD, of aiding “government spies” in their controlled territories in violation of the regulations and procedures government the monitoring and verification activities between the warring parties.

The accusations come after the death by heart attack of a member of IGAD ceasefire monitors while they were detained by the rebels.

On Saturday, a helicopter of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) carrying IGAD-facilitated government monitors landed in the rebel held territory of Wachop, Wankai Payam, west of unity state’s capital, Bentiu, without permission or participation of the rebels’ component of the Monitoring and Verification Team (MVT).

The helicopter was impounded and its passengers detained by the rebel group.

“These are government spies. We wonder why IGAD facilitated their mission to our areas without our knowledge and participation,” Col Daniel Gatbel Kuach, member of the MVT representing the rebels told Sudan Tribune by phone from South Sudan on Sunday.

He further explained that the rebels’ eight-member component of the monitoring team last month filed a petition to IGAD demanding relocation of the main base from Juba to a neutral country, citing harassment and restrictions to their free movement as challenges.

Kuach said it was a violation for the government monitors to go to their areas unilaterally without their participation.

He also added that partial reports presented by government monitors will be deemed invalid without the input from the rebels.


One of the government monitors reportedly died on Sunday of a heart attack under the detention of the rebels in the area, prompting accusing from the mediation team in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia’s Seyoum Mesfin, the chief mediator at the IGAD, which is trying to broker peace in South Sudan, said the rebels’ action was a violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed by the two warring parties earlier this year.

Seyoum confirmed that the incident happened early on Sunday in the oil-producing Unity state, but he did not disclose the total number of those being held or their nationalities.

A mechanism for implementing the 23 January cessation of hostilities agreement was established to monitor and verify violations, but with representatives from the two parties and IGAD moving together to verify allegations.


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  • 25 August 2014 09:34, by denng

    Would they land the helicopter if they were spies?

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  • 25 August 2014 09:38, by Rami Tot

    spying will never help you any more instead you will die god is not happy with your did and this is the signal of being cowardice community he died when he see enemy whom he is spying.

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    • 25 August 2014 09:42, by Rami Tot

      If they were on regular mission they should include representative from opposition faction rather than that it is spying forget about the helicopter landed this in not a transparent mission at all.

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      • 25 August 2014 10:44, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        a defense mechanism in pyschology. What attacked the heart of MVT
        Member could be a knife or a bullett. My p’ple you’re indirectly digging
        a grave of Riek Machar Teny. Please do good things b’se S. Sudan can
        never be peaceful if target killings persist btn Dinka & Nuer

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      • 25 August 2014 20:26, by Daniel Deng Monyde

        If it was a rebel monitor who had died, it would have been a whole different story, the Rebels would have made a lot of noise about it. However, the government is always prudent in handling such issues, not uncivilized like the rebels. If the IGAD team was not trusted, they would have been respectfully rejected but not detained in a squalid environment by desperados simply driven by lust for power

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  • 25 August 2014 10:10, by Thondet Manyang

    Another Bukarahm in Nuer community? Do you rebel really know them term "monitor or verification"? Illiteracy is another issue. You go back for studies and you will learn more. The huge gaps(more atrocities) you are increasingly proud will not make us stay in peace forever guys. You cannot kill person and say heart attack . We are washing you!

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    • 25 August 2014 10:22, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      a wrong titled-report by the media in Addis. The first report shd be
      killing. The causation looks lame b’se both the govt & rebels know
      their whereabouts in S. Sudan & in foreign c,tries. It’s an
      indication of weak tribal rebellion without social attraction. May their
      souls rest in peace.

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  • 25 August 2014 10:15, by Chol A.

    These rebels will be like M23 of DRC of Tamol of sir laka their behaviors are beyond stupid.

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  • 25 August 2014 10:17, by Thondet Manyang

    Are you now excited with all these nonsenses you are campaigning for? You nothing to the current world since you develop the ideologies of looting and robbing as your sustainable and stable livelihood.

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    • 25 August 2014 10:27, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Ah ah, die with heart attacked on detention!! How about if they were fire with guns?

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      • 25 August 2014 11:13, by Toney Toney Matot

        Gat gan,
        you are stupid and naïve,
        the guy did not die as a result of heart attack but died of deliberate killing as it is known to be your habit. you can fool some one but you can fool all people all the time.

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  • 25 August 2014 13:37, by Ayuen deng

    This is another act that will tells IGAD and international community on how rebels needs peace monitors,So how can the government accept the agreement.In such situation where Government monitor are killed while doing what is agreed upon.

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