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SPLM-IO dismisses gov’t’s “biography” demand for advance team to Juba


December 2, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), led by the first vice-president designate, Riek Machar, has slammed president Salva Kiir’s government for coming up with a new demand which sought biographies for each and every individual of the over 550 SPLM-IO members of the advance team to Juba before the government could approve their return.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar, second left, looks across after shaking hands with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, center-right wearing a black hat, after lengthy peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 (Photo AP/Mulugeta Ayene)

Media comments coming from the office of president Kiir had put forth a new demand suggesting that although the government received the list of 560 members of the SPLM-IO’s advance team expected in Juba in days, there was still need for the opposition leadership to provide detailed particulars or biographies of each member of the team.

A presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny, told the UN-run Radio Miraya on Wednesday that the reason behind the new demand was for the government to know who is who in the team of the opposition membership and for “security reasons”, adding that the biographies should include details of what each individual used to do before joining the SPLM-IO in the war.

He added that the government will then have to decide who it should allow to enter Juba or not.

“The advance team of the SPLM-IO did not come today [Wednesday] because two major issues are delaying their coming. One issue is that they have not provided particulars of individual members of the advance team. The list which they have sent is incomplete. It is only names but it does not say what these people do,” said Ateny.

“The other issue is connected to logistics. The United Nations has accepted to provide transport for 50 members but the list we have received is for 560 members. This issue is not a problem. It can be settled. The government can negotiate with the UN if they provide clear information as required,” he added.

Information and broadcasting minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, however in a slight contradiction confirmed in a separate interview that the government had asked the armed opposition to send a more detailed list of the advance team.

"We are still waiting for them. The list they have sent was incomplete. So we asked them to send us the complete list. We asked them to send us a list written in alphabetical order without title, without status, without seniority, without rank,” said Lueth, contradicting remarks of the presidential spokesman, who demanded biographies.

While the information minister focused on the required alphabetical order of the list, the presidential spokesman said the demand was about their biographies.

But an official of the opposition faction lashed out at the new demand, saying this was unlawful and another delaying tactic indicating that the government was not serious to implement the peace agreement.

“Where is the law which says a South Sudanese returning to the capital, Juba, must have his or her biography checked first? This is unlawful and irrational demand which only indicates that the regime is reluctant to implement the peace agreement,” responded James Gatdet Dak, the official spokesperson of the leadership of the armed opposition faction.

“Our membership is none of their business,” he told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The new demand, he said, was an unnecessary delaying tactic by the government which seemed not to be comfortable with the return of the opposition cadres to the national capital and to the other state capitals.

“Or should I say this may bring suspicion about the intention of the government to prioritize knowing the biographies of our political cadres,” he added.

Dak challenged that nobody asked permission from the government to join the armed struggle and therefore did not need permission from the government to return to the capital in the implementation of the peace agreement.

The membership of the SPLM-IO cadres, he further explained, are a combination of those who fled from Juba and other state capitals and towns as well as those who joined from the diaspora in the neighbouring countries and mainly from the western world.

The opposition leader’s spokesman further argued that what the government should have done was to receive the list containing the names of the members in the team and make the necessary arrangements for their reception.

He reminded that the opposition’s membership is not 550 only, saying tens of thousands more who wish to return to Juba in the near future will do so.

Earlier, government’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, said they were waiting for the list of the advance team so that they could make necessary preparations for their reception including accommodation, but did not put forth the demand for their biographies.

Dak said the new demand would “unnecessarily” make further delays for the travel of the advance team and should therefore be removed, adding that the list of the advance team was already availed to the government.


Dak further told Sudan Tribune that other causes for the delay of the advance team is the logistical arrangements being made by the United Nations and donors in coordination with IGAD, including the provision of transportation of the team from Pagak, the SPLM-IO general headquarters, to Juba.

He also said some of the members of the team from inside the country had no travel documents or passports and the travel documents or Ethiopian visas had to be provided first before they could fly to Juba.

He could not confirm the date for the flight to Juba of the advance team, saying it would depend on how fast the arrangements can be completed “this week.”

The over 550 members, who will include political leaders of the opposition group, will be led by the chief negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, and some other senior colleagues who are members to bodies provided for in the peace agreement.

Their protection while in Juba and other state capitals, Dak added, would be provided by the United Nations.

The team will kick off the implementation of the peace deal which ends the 21 months of violent conflict, mobilize populations in support of its full implementation as well as organize for the reception of their top leader, Machar, to form a government of national unity with president Kiir by January 2016.

The purpose of seeking particulars and provision of list in an orderly manner of the members of the advance team of the armed opposition faction has remained a subject of speculations.

Observers and peace advocates have pointed out that the government was engaged in delaying tactic of the visit of the opposition at the expense of peace and return of stability in the country because those in the government allegedly feel they would be affected by the changes when the transitional government of national unity is formed.

This is the fourth delay of the visit of the advance team, despite mounting pressure on the two main warring parties from within and outside the country.

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and members of the international community urged the two sides to scale up the processes and avoid unnecessary delays in implementing the deal and embark on the formation of transitional government as it was agreed in the regional brokered peace agreement.

Other sources speculated unconfirmed concerns that the government was divided over how to handle the country’s affairs in the face of the peace agreement, with some getting worried that the return of the opposition members with their reform agenda may infiltrate the pro-government’s internal front and further divide them.

Majority of members of parliament from greater Equatoria and Upper Nile regions walked out of the national parliament last week in bitter protest against constitutional amendments which paved the way for creation of 28 states by the president, saying it was violating the peace agreement.


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  • 2 December 2015 22:56, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Welcome back, but provide us with facts about team members. Let me clear this request to you. We need to know who is coming to Juba, their duties, and position. For example, works history, title, and so forth...

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    • 3 December 2015 00:17, by Mi diit

      Why do you want to know details about members of another organization. You are so uncivilized.

      Learn about your members, not other party’s members.

      You are so naive. This is not required in the peace agreement.

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      • 3 December 2015 03:11, by Akook

        Juba never get tired of poking funs of itself

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      • 3 December 2015 07:33, by Frak Cho

        Mi dit, If you do not need details known, then remain in the bush for 22 years.

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        • 3 December 2015 09:05, by Mi diit

          Frak Cho,

          Makuei Lueth’s tribal mindset wants alphabetical order in the SPLM/IO list so that he can easily identify names of certain tribes and group them in isolation.

          He wants Wanis, Gatluaks, Akols, Garangs, etc,. to be listed in groups, and he also wants the Dinka names to be in the first page because many of them start with alphabet ’A’ such as Akol, Agok, Ajang, Atem, etc.

          Damn governemnt

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          • 3 December 2015 09:10, by Mi diit

            He also wants to accommodate the 550 advance team members in different hotels where he can now identify and isolate SPLM/IO tribes, by putting Dinka in a different hotel, Nuer in a different one and Equatorians, etc, in a different hotel.

            This is a request to implement tribalism in the advance team and for the biographies to indicate who to target among them.

            Sinful government...

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            • 3 December 2015 10:06, by Khent

              Mi diit

              No one can deny that people like Makuei Lueth are unreasonable blowhards and demagogues and that the entire ’government’ is illegitimate, but what evidence do you actually have for any of your assertions? You’re just making it all up. You won’t be able to defend any of your claims if I pursue you...

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              • 3 December 2015 10:34, by Khent

                ..You have to stop lying, Mi Diit. Stop creating false scenarios in your head and presenting them as though they had been validated by reputable sources. The vast majority of your fighters are Nuer, so your little theories don’t stack up. And what makes you think that Juba wouldn’t murder Dinka, Chollo and Equatorian members of the opposition when they routinely murder anyone that opposes them?

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                • 3 December 2015 15:56, by Mi diit

                  Khent (Rommel),

                  I know you think of yourself as evidence-oriented man. Ah, not every thing has material evidence. Can I say that you will go to urinate between this evening and tomorrow evening, or will you still ask me for evidence to show that you will urinate between the two evenings.

                  You are mentally sick. Makuei can do any of the assumptions I made, sorry no evidence, but it is likely.

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                  • 3 December 2015 16:00, by Mi diit

                    Your little argument that the vast majority of SPLM/IO faction are Nuer does not prevent other tribes to be in the advance team, Dinka included.

                    And again, Makuei is tribal Dinka man, and his regime has murdered countless people before and so they can do the same again, why not?

                    Do you still need evidence. 15 December had no evidence before it occurred. Not that!

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                    • 3 December 2015 16:02, by Mi diit

                      And so if you agree that Juba can also murder members of Dinka, Colo, Equatorians, etc, then identifying them by alphabetical order backed by their biographies would make it perfect for the work of a murderer like Makuei.

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                      • 3 December 2015 16:07, by Mi diit

                        What I can say of you, Khent, Rommel, or whatever other fictitious name you may come up with in the near future, is that you are an addicted argumentative human, who is paranoid, Machar-phobia, and you think of yourself as sense maker, when you are simply an addicted, stubborn Dinka Twic East tribal chauvinist.

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                        • 4 December 2015 10:52, by Khent

                          Mi Diit

                          You’ve just gone full retard. Never go full retard. You simply cannot argue that your complete lack of evidence [as you’ve admitted] for your retarded assertions is just as strong and as established as fact as a necessary bodily function that must occur daily... How can you be so stupid?

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                          • 4 December 2015 10:56, by Khent

                            The fact that you believe in Ngundeng and all that nonsense immediately precludes you from even mentioning mental health until and when you finally admit that you’ve got a host of mental problems and require professional help. I very much doubt that even 5% of your fighters are from other tribes, and so your argument just doesn’t hold...

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                            • 4 December 2015 11:03, by Khent

                              Riek is even more of a tribalist than Makuei Lueth and has directly murdered thousands of civilians and created conditions that claimed the lives of tens of thousands more in the past, so your argument goes both ways. Why shouldn’t we think that Riek could do it again? Juba wouldn’t need to compile your names in alphabetical order in order to kill all of you...

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                              • 4 December 2015 11:07, by Khent

                                ..And it certainly wouldn’t spare anybody [from any tribe] if they were so inclined to murder 560 members of the opposition. ’Macharphobia’ is just as nonsensical as ’Islamophobia’. Riek has killed thousands of civilians before. He is a chauvinist; he boasted of his tribe’s ability to wipe out a certain tribe [and failed miserably] and claims that it is a ’human right’...

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                                • 4 December 2015 11:12, by Khent

                                  ..for the Nuer to demographically expand onto the lands of others without limit and that he doesn’t see this as a problem, wouldn’t put a stop to it and says that even if he wanted to [and doesn’t] stop the Nuer from stealing Anyuak land [and others] he wouldn’t be able to. So keep your embarrassing accusations to yourself.

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  • 3 December 2015 04:10, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    This groups of advance team composing of 560 members of SPLM/A-IO, must be accommodate in jail.

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    • 3 December 2015 06:09, by Akook

      Ayuiu warmongers will first go to jail or hell this time around

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      • 3 December 2015 07:27, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Government of South Sudan, is aware of who is a warmongering, destabilizing the country putting its into insecurity.

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      • 3 December 2015 08:02, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Good morning rebels.

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    • 3 December 2015 06:53, by J P Puok

      when stupidity becomes the norms even the vultures can created conditions

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      • 3 December 2015 07:55, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        how will that be possible? and why!

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  • 3 December 2015 06:17, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good morning yaa balaad jinub.

    Kiir government does not need peace, CPA1 with government of Bahier didn’t requested the details of SPLA/M when they were heading to Khartoum.
    And the government of Dinka Kingdom asking, we know you are fearing for our coming to your death city you did the delay three times, if we refused to come to Juba only your black market will take your kingdom to the hell.

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    • 3 December 2015 06:23, by Son of Ngundeng

      We already discovered and received the tactics of (Jieng Council of Looters) You began with Nyandeng the wife of the founded father.
      We will give you more extra three days if you will not accepted we will chose our mission to where we know either to Juba through bullets or peace.

      Son of prophet
      New location front line.

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      • 3 December 2015 09:47, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Well, stay out of Juba if you don’t want to give us biographies, but don’t complain anymore.

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    • 3 December 2015 13:43, by Nyesi Ta

      Stupid Makuei under triple stupid president known as Kiir Al Awiir think it is ok to employ their tribesmen into the gov’t w/o asking credentials as was the case for the last 10 years. Some of the tribal idiots here say the 560 members of the advanced team belong to jail, jail them and you will see hell breaking loose all over again.

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