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Senior SPLM-IO official defects, joins South Sudan government


February 23, 2016 (JUBA) – A senior official from the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by first vice president designate, Riek Machar, has defected to the government, accusing Machar of “treachery.”

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar speaks during an interview with Reuters in Addis Ababa on July 9, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

The armed opposition, however, said the defection was based on personal problems.

Aguer Rual, an advisor to Machar, announced his defection to President Salva Kiir’s government at a press conference on Monday where he read out a statement for his decision.

“My decision to join the SPLM Mainstream is in line with implementation of the Compromise Peace Agreement and Arusha reunification agreement,” Rual said.

“As you all know, Dr Riek, Taban and Angelina are known for acquiring power since 1991, 1998, 2002 and 2013 through bloodshed, devastation and treachery. They also continue to defy the call for the implementation of the compromise peace agreement,” he alleged.

He said his reason to join the SPLM-IO was to correct the perception that the war fought on 15 December 2013 was not between “Jieng and Nuer.”

Rual, who joined the opposition faction in 2014 while he was in exile in Australia, was immediately appointed to represent the movement in Australia. He was later on appointed as governor of Lol state, one of the proposed 21 federal states by the SPLM-IO.

He was again removed and replaced with Agel Machar, former South Sudan’s youth leader, who also hails from Warrap state like Rual.

Machar then appointed Rual as his advisor, a position he has now defected from. His defection came a week after another official, Khan Tut, who was part of the SPLM-IO advance team, announced his defection in Juba.


The official spokesperson of the SPLM-IO leader however denied the accusations put forth by the defectors, saying their defections were “personal” rather than “ideological.”

“Well, those who have decided to defect for whatever personal reasons have their right to do so. It should however be made clear that the recent defections are personal and not ideological,” James Gatdet Dak, Machar’s press secretary told Sudan Tribune when contacted on phone on Tuesday.

He said the SPLM-IO has the best policy option to change the country for the better from the current status quo.

Other sources within the SPLM-IO also told Sudan Tribune that Rual’s defection came a result of feeling of isolation as he has not been in good terms with his rival in Warrap state, Agel Machar, the SPLM-IO governor in the area.

Rual was replaced by Agel Machar in 2015 as governor of Lol state following his execution by fire squad of a Dinka of Warrap state whom he accused of not following his orders when he ordered his bodyguards in the area to shoot him dead.

The SPLM-IO leader, Machar, reportedly reacted to Rual’s action by removing him from the governorship position.

Khan Tut, another defector, according to the sources, also defected because he was not appointed as one of the SPLM-IO members of parliament in Juba.


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  • 24 February 2016 10:09, by hellonearth

    The fool is a Dinka and all the Dinka are cursed people. its good that Dinka will suffer. good riddins to him.

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    • 24 February 2016 12:58, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      It’s known already that Riak Machar just wants his wife to be the governor & him the president. Both of them have failed the entire Nuer for their personal interests. I am delighted b’se people are becoming conscious of Riak’s personality.

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    • 24 February 2016 13:10, by Khent


      Ha, ha, ha... die in your hatred and impotence, fool. The opinions of Ngundeng believing animals are worthless. I love it when people like you foam at the mouth.

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      • 24 February 2016 13:54, by hellonearth

        Khent or Jalaby, or whoever you are, let me tell you something. you Dinkas are backward, stone age animals, still attached to his cows, living on hunters and gathering concept ages fool. we are in 2016 of civilization. please go and blow some vigina of a cow and pour cow urine on your head. how can you talk about leading people who are civilized?

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        • 24 February 2016 18:41, by Khent


          You’re a Nuer, right? If so, you are far from ’civilized’. The Dinka are not hunter-gatherers, you idiot. The Dinka are agro-pastoralists. You can hate the Dinka until your face turns blue, buut there’s nothing you can do about it.

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          • 25 February 2016 06:48, by hellonearth

            The beauty of this is that i am not a Nuer, i am a South Sudanese. Dinka are hopeless people. thats all. your government will fall before march.

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            • 25 February 2016 21:09, by Khent


              Keep dreaming. These totally arbitrary dates will pass without incident.

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  • 24 February 2016 10:25, by Son of Ngundeng

    He defected not because we have bad leadership, he defected because he was given 200,000USD by the government.

    Son of prophet
    currently at GHQs Fagak.

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    • 24 February 2016 11:03, by Jurdit Mayen

      Son of Ngundeng,

      What is the prove that he is paid 200,000 USD to defect from io movement? People leaving io b’se it has failed. Now tell me single objective that you people (io) have achieved in your movement apart from coming back to Juba with apologies.

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  • 24 February 2016 12:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Joint government after what?

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    • 24 February 2016 16:37, by Mi diit


      Good question. Aguer now joins the JCE of tribal Dinka chiefdom after killing a Dinka warrap man. Let him gather some information from Kiir and defect again to sell it to Dr. Machar.

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    • 25 February 2016 09:16, by Uncle J

      After he found SPLM-IO is full of shit Nuer ideology, no equal vision for all defectors

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  • 24 February 2016 13:46, by Kerem

    All these suffering is about power struggle. Junub Sudan is cursed and we will never enjoy peace of citizens do not realize the reason behind defections and rebellions and sticking to power

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    • 25 February 2016 05:10, by Frak Cho

      I thought South Sudanese who commend on social media are well to do people but they turn out to be worth enemies South Sudanese people. They are now known for insults and inflammatory writing base on puupet devilish hatred and state lost of self respect. If people have run out of sense to write, then better you post nothing for what write speak more of your personality.

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      • 25 February 2016 08:40, by Mr Point

        I agree.

        South Sudan needs good government and political development.

        Too many comments in these forums are backward tribalism, or else they are just lies.

        In short, very much like what passes for government.

        How can this be improved?

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  • 25 February 2016 05:19, by Uncle J

    Why media say he was living in exile in Australia? I hate how media twisted things to make useless people like Aguer looks persons of interest. Aguer came to Australia as a refugee and tried SPLM-IO as a flat form short-cut to get him into politics. Now that he is at risk in rebels headquarters I think the wise decision for Aguer is to return to Footscray common ground parliament in Australia where he belongs.

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