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January 31, 2015 (JUBA) – A commander with South Sudan’s armed opposition has called for a united front to dismantle and establish a democratic and diverse system to replace the “tribally-dominated regime”.

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South Sudanese rebels pictured in Jonglei state on 31 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Speaking exclusively to Sudan Tribune by phone on Sunday, Maj. Gen. Martin Kenyi confirmed being part of the armed opposition movement led by South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar against the Juba government.

“There are a lot of ambiguities in the current leadership. There is no vision as to where the country is heading. The government under Salva Kiir is quite incapable of steering the country to towards the right direction. He has created a system which has no sense of accountability, a system which generates crisis and killing,” said Kenyi.

“With all these, I believe, there is a need to struggle together to establish a democratic country which reflects the diversity of our people and which will accept establishing federalism as a way to deal with all these messes and sectarianism,” he added.

Kenyi called for a federal system of government, saying federalism will end ethnic killings as well as the targeted massacres.

The rebel commander accused government of allegedly reducing South Sudan to the level of colonialism, hence the nation’s demise.

“It is always the interest of the people to have a united front to fight against such a genocidal regime, nepotism, sectarianism and tribal tendencies imposed on use necessitated the resistance,” said Kenyi.

He claimed South Sudan leader Salva Kiir was promoting an ethnic domination, a practice South Sudanese should not allow to prevail.

“[The] SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) will fight as one entity to dismantle and establish a democratic system in the country,” he told Sudan Tribune.

Kenyi said he was initially persuaded by the overwhelming pressure and calls to establish Equatorian front, separate from the armed faction under the leadership of the president Kiir’s main political rival, Machar, but later decided to join efforts with other comrades and colleagues because they were also fighting for the same cause.

“There is a call for Equatorian front because people of Equatoria have repeatedly found themselves marginalised and even now in the government of Salva Kiir. They are right. There is no question about. They have been marginalised and even treated as underdogs and called all names, including being branded as cowards even when some of us led in battles and we captured major towns,” the commander explained during the interview.

He said it was in Equatoria where the first liberation movement was started.

“They are things which affect everybody in the country, regardless of whether they are people in Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile or Equatoria. So it is important that we put our ranks together and fight as one united front to dismantle the tribal and dictatorial regime in Juba,” Kenyi said.

CALLS FOR WITHDRAWAL OF FOREIGN TROOPS

Kenyi further called for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces fighting alongside government troops, saying they were causing friction among people in the country.

“I advise them to go because Salva Kiir will not stay permanently in power. They should know that governments come and go but people stay. There are no permanent governments. They need to understand this so that their participation in the war does not become an obstacle in future relations between our people,” Kenyi explained.

“I want them [foreign troops] to reflect deeply on this and to decide immediately,” he added.

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  • 1 February 2015 06:16, by Snipper

    It has been a while since Kenyi rebelled but still he hasn’t done anything! The shit will take shape next week

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    • 1 February 2015 06:40, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      All rebels will abandon this land When Dinkas form their own rebel groups and start clearing out those who want to fail this nation.

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      • 1 February 2015 06:57, by what the hell

        yep Lotodo
        this people are just testing Dinka
        but they are going to regretted one day let them just play with Fire some people will be exile for ever some of this tribe have come from some where, but Dinka got no where to go, and that give us the right to stay here

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        • 1 February 2015 07:07, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Losuba ran away for two things, He thought he was going to be slap in the face by Kuol Like Parido Taban or just for the fear of being send to the front-line.

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          • 1 February 2015 19:35, by Jojo

            Paride can not be compare with the beast. He is peaceful and he loves his work of God. Do you know how Jesus suffered? Slap, rejected because of telling the true & spat upon. Paride brought peace between cobra function & SPLM. He is with high profile than Brig, Bishop Deng Bul

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        • 1 February 2015 13:12, by Hardlinner

          Kiir should allow headliner like koul manyang or malong awan to take over. He is too weak to deal with mass murderer like riek. I now understand that these rebellions as nothing to do with kiir government, but they are anti dinka in element. Time to create dinka defense force to deal with all rebels that are against dinka existent.

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      • 1 February 2015 06:58, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Equatorians are making fool of themselves for sure, hoping that there governors and these two food lovers, Martin and Losuba will kick out this government. in fact this will be our opportunity to steal their gold,teak,chicken and pigs. everything will be loot carry back to Dinka land for developement. Maridi as a quarter for dogs will be erase down in 20 minute and quickly move on to Juba.

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        • 2 February 2015 15:05, by Justin Chicago opiny

          Lotodo Awino Odug,what Odug you are,by beating the Drum of War.South sudanese together beat the Odug and if you are another Odug south sudanese together will beat you as well. Preach peach that is what a sound minded citizen would want to see.Look at RSS through the lens of peace and togetherness of the people of South Sudan. We are one people,one nation.Stop the policy of divide and rule.

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      • 1 February 2015 12:45, by Thokidine

        Lota, u should be ashamed of urself, what rebellion will Dinka form when they ve already formed militia army known as Gelweny? Moreover what Dinka are u talking about when their mothers are being protected by foreign troops? U mean the dead Dinka when they arise will come and fight or u mean the coward walking ones? If u want to praise Dinka, chase all the foreign troops and fight the war ourselve

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        • 1 February 2015 13:03, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          If the Nuer mouth warriors failed to change this gov, Then I do not think the Equatorian cowards will be lucky of the same impossibility.

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        • 1 February 2015 13:20, by Hardlinner

          Thokine, you surely talk like baby. You lack logic in your statement. Remember no single foreiger reside or protect the states of bahr el ghazal from rebels. Be warn if dinka form their own rebels, they hell will loose in south sudan. So don’t sing anti dinka rebellion.

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      • 1 February 2015 13:05, by Hardlinner

        Lotodo, that is the point I would like to add. We need dinka rebels to deal with all anti dinka rebels. We r suffering under kiir too. But when people use words such as dinka domination as base of their rebellion, it raises our eyebrows. Riek should be our number one target. He murdered thousands of our kinsmen and ladies. Whoever back him should be part of our target as well.

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  • 1 February 2015 07:34, by Marco Bul

    These rebels are really foolish.Why do they demand unnecessary nonsenses

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  • 1 February 2015 07:38, by Joseph Canada

    an empty guard make alot of noise!! Cry baby cry!!! You Dinka will form the kingdom that wins. hahahahahaha!!!

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    • 1 February 2015 07:46, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      It is still rough out there, you are rebelling because the government have no money to support your daily alcoholic consumption.mind you, you will still come broke just the way you were.

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  • 1 February 2015 09:17, by Redeemer

    Kenyi was silent but now he has seen some sense in talks so he wanted to make his position clear to have a share in 30% of the rebels, Lol !!!!!!! Our problems in South Sudan is all about positions.

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  • 1 February 2015 11:18, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    Let us come to common sense,
    1- How many Equatirians died since beginning of the armed struggle in first movement?
    2- How many Nuers died in the arm struggle?
    3- How many Dinks died since 1956 up to 2015?
    Pray first and call Jesus Christ name and make your own calculations to find out who are majority then distribute the seats according to the number of the peoples who died for the

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  • 1 February 2015 11:24, by Alfredo christiani

    total liberation of South Sudan .Come on
    Let Equtoria go to the bush to have their bloods joined DINKAs and Nuers who died for this land .they did not participated effectively like Dinak and Nuer. hahahaha you must to get a seat through your people bloods. no joke . SPLA is going soon to crash cowards Equatiran into the bushes of Congo Uganda CAR .Mark my words

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  • 1 February 2015 14:48, by Bauer

    Save Joseph C, the rest of you commenting are a disgrace to South Sudan.In stead of preaching the voice of peace & reconciliation, u r beating the drums of yet another ethnic war this time Dinka & the Greater Equatoria.Why can’t U for once put ur sorry ass down & say let us live in peace as South Sudanese.It seems some of U r allergic to peace & dev’t. Kick out violence & welcome PEACE comerades!!

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  • 1 February 2015 20:17, by Kenyang

    Throwing insults on entire people of Greater of Equatoria because some useless opportunists are running around is unacceptable. This is like calling everyone in Greater Upper Nile great warrior when we know exactly that’s not true. Selfish and known excellent cowards like Riek Machar are genuine citizens of Upper Nile. What’s true, our proud, peace loving Equatorians don’t need these useless wars.

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