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Machar’s spokesperson says fighting continues around Juba, claims defeating Kiir forces


August 2, 2016 (JUBA) – Spokesperson of the leadership of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), said forces loyal to President Salva Kiir have been defeated in all fronts around Juba and that the SPLA-IO troops are waiting for an order from their commander-in-chief to move on Juba.

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SPLA soldiers drive past military tanks that were destroyed and abandoned in the recent fighting in the Jabel area of Juba, on July 16, 2016 (Reuters Photo)

Reached by Sudan Tribune on Tuesday morning, James Gatdet Dak has said that “Several hundreds of soldiers” belonging to President Kiir have been killed in the forests in the south, west and northwest of the national capital, Juba, as they tried to hunt for Machar, former first vice president who fled the town three weeks ago.

Machar left Juba with his “small number of troops” after battling President Kiir’s forces for four days in the capital. The former first vice president said he left to save his life, de-escalate the situation in the capital and would return after a third party force is deployed in Juba.

Dak said over 10,000 of the SPLA forces have been defeated in the frontlines with some having now reported to have fled to United Nations protection of civilians cites in Juba, including three military Generals who have taken refuge and refused to go back to the front lines.

But he said only air raids using helicopter gunships is what the government is dwelling on.

“Our forces have defeated President Kiir’s troops in all their frontlines. They have been dispersed in disarray. The government is not telling the truth about what is happening in the forests. Several hundreds of their troops have been killed and dozens of their military vehicles and other logistics captured,” said Dak.

“SPLA-IO forces are in upper hand as we speak and are only waiting for the right time and order from their commander-in-chief to take control of Juba. This will happen soon unless a third party force is deployed in Juba,” he further added.

The South Sudanese army spokesperson was not reachable for comment on these claims.

Asked about SPLM-IO leader, Dak said their, Machar, is safe protected by his forces, saying that all the battles occurred in locations far from where he is situated. Also, he said that the opposition forces have received reinforcements from different locations in the country who have "besieged Juba without the government knowing".

Dak further claimed that Juba-Yei road and Juba-Mundri road have been closed by their forces, as well as taking control of northwest of Juba in Katigiri.

The spokesperson who said he has been in contact with his boss also announced that Machar has appointed Lt. General John Jok Gai, as Sector Commander for Central Equatoria, where he is deployed to coordinate the operations of the army divisions which are commanded by his junior officers including Major General John Kenyi, Major General Mabie Gaar, among other Major Generals in charge of different frontline locations in the area.


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  • 2 August 08:30, by Eastern

    That burnt out wreckage of the battle tank cost lives and money to South Sudan thanks to Kiir’s mentality thinking that war rather than political solution can usher in peace and stability. Painful!

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    • 2 August 08:39, by Khent

      This all too transparent propaganda piece is supposed to convince actors of regional and international significance that regional forces must be deployed.

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      • 2 August 15:22, by Hardlinner

        Khent, if that primitive spoke person think io soldier were that strong, why did they run way from juba from first place. His lies are beyond propaganda. Even five years old kid won’t believe gatdet dak lies. Since you run way from juba clearly show that you are weak and unable to defeat government forces. Keep lying until death mark the end of your lies.

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  • 2 August 08:31, by dinkdong

    War Propagandas. Non sounded legit.

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  • 2 August 08:32, by Lasu lo Denis

    please back your claims by posting current photos of what you are saying otherwise no body will believe what you are saying. Currently we need peace Mr. spokesman. people are suffering my brother.

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    • 2 August 08:58, by Akook

      Funny thing is that people say we want peace but they don’t encourage to tell Salva Kiir in the face.

      Kiir thinks everything is resolve through shooting only.

      Dead mentality for sure. Now Kiir is getting deep into what he cries to get day and night and that is WAR. The country is fed up and sick of his stupidity

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    • 2 August 09:19, by Eastern

      Check this out; the wreckage of this APC lies not far from Pitty Oil fuel station after Gudele one. The stench from the wreckage caused residents to leave the neighbourhood. http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-south-sudan-security-idUKKCN0ZQ073

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      • 2 August 15:18, by Khent


        And the point of this is what? Riek had a battalion stationed in Juba so it’s not sursprising that some vehicles were lost to his forces in those military engagements.

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      • 3 August 00:48, by Mr Point


        That picture is dated July 11 , not July 31.

        The accredited date does not support your argument.

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    • 2 August 13:16, by Force 1

      It’s an obvious fact that Sudan Tribune is in cohort with rebels, because there is no way they can publish such nonsense.

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  • 2 August 08:48, by Akuma

    James Gatdet Dak must desist from empty propoganda, your motive of such information will not spare South Sudan from this conflict and you will be victim of it. Everything has an end and your propoganda will soon come to an end. You better announcement your both death than misinfoorming the world about fighting. Riek is dead for your information

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    • 2 August 09:13, by Panda Odhie

      Do he understood the word hunting really, when hunting mean defeat only few are remain. He is mourning currently but try to cheat the world and their supporters to keep morale.

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    • 2 August 13:25, by Nyesi Ta

      The Arabs use to say Dr. John was dead when things heat up, and infact, they said it over and over again, an intend to demoralize the SPLA. Of course in wars people die, but death does not end the conflict if solution to the very cause of the conflict is not found.

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  • 2 August 09:27, by Eastern

    The carnage between Gudele one and Gudele two is telling. The northern and southern gates of J1 that witnessed close encounters between rival forces will haunt that palace for a long time. The damage on the multimillion SPLM hotel along Bilpam road in Munuki speaks volumes to "midwife" of the monstrous organisation.

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  • 2 August 13:47, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Those of Khent and other Jieng cohorts are not residents of Juba. I wish he could move along jebel road from Jit super market to Toyota and ministry of transport junction and from St Kezito to Lou hospital and Khor Habuba. Dead SPLA/IG littered all these roads. This callous, scerbic, bestial, bilious, fiendish, remorseless and violent Dinka president will always deny anything. Dinkas are a curse.

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  • 2 August 14:51, by Positive Thinker

    Sudantribune has become pathetic. I pitty them. in fact it has contrbuted 100% to crisus this nation has found itself in.

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