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Machar relocated to a neighbouring country: Spokesperson


South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar speaks during a briefing in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa April 9, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri)
August 17, 2016 (JUBA) – Riek Machar, former South Sudanese First Vice President and leader of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), has been “successfully” relocated to a neighbouring country after more than one month of battling President Salva Kiir’s forces in the capital, Juba, and around it, his spokesperson has announced.

James Gatdet Dak, official Spokesman for the SPLM-IO leader, confirmed that Machar was relocated to outside the country on Wednesday, 17 August 2016, exactly one year after he signed a peace deal, which is now “collapsing.”

“Yes, Comrade Dr. Riek Machar has been successfully relocated to a neighbouring country today, 17 August 2016. This is after more than one month after President Kiir and his forces attempted to eliminate him, right from the Palace in Juba, in his residence at Jebel and in the bushes around Juba,” he confirmed to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

“His relocation also came exactly one year after he signed the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan on August 17, 2015, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa,” Dak added.

Dak said Machar was among his forces since 8 July when the fighting erupted in Juba as his bodyguards were attacked; his base and residence were bombed using heavy distilleries, tanks and helicopter gunships.

While he could not disclose the name of the neighbouring nation which Machar has relocated to, he however said he was now safe after a month of continued daily attacks and bombardments with helicopter gunships around Juba in Central Equatoria.

He said the opposition leader will in the next few days make a public statement through the media about the way forward.


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  • 18 August 2016 00:25, by sudani ana

    "his base and residence were bombed using heavy distilleries, tanks and helicopter gunships."

    We’ll, I’m not surprised, Kiir is known for his fondness for firewater :)

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    • 18 August 2016 00:39, by South South

      Talk about your country Sudan and leave South Sudan alone. How many people your uncles in table clothes killed? Millions

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    • 18 August 2016 05:43, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Even government didn’t intended to search Dr Riek Machar for kills.
      Let him go in safe mode as country leadership don’t wants to lose his life.

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  • 18 August 2016 03:59, by Force 1

    If Riek Machar is successfully out of the country to another; do you guys think; he would be silence and not make a video to either BBC or any other foreign press? James Gatdet Dak is extremely feeling so remorseful for the death he caused his own people and their own leaders in general based on false rumors.>>>>>

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    • 18 August 2016 04:00, by Force 1

      >>>>>If he didn’t send a false report on his facebook page that "Riek Machar has been detained by president Kiir on the 8th of July 2016; the attacked on J1 would have never happened and the top IO leadership would have never disappears and believes to be dead according to the rumors. False report killed innocents’ civilians in Bor in 2013 and 14 but this time; the justice is served

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      • 18 August 2016 04:27, by Malakal county Simon

        Slave/Force 1

        Wait for the worse to come.... Dr Machar will make a press conference in the next 24hrs detailing how the failed assassination against him by kiir in presidential guards transpired!!!! You should be a shame/disgraceful of yourself for a celebrating the death of your own leader......

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        • 18 August 2016 04:58, by Force 1

          Malakal county Simon;

          My stopwatch is marked to countdown 24hours and the countdown begin as of now. I can’t wait for that press conference by Riek Machar to happened after the 24hours; look at the time I post this comment and let’s compare it after 24hours.I have my fingers are crossed!

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    • 18 August 2016 09:17, by Dengda

      @ force 1, I don’t think you follow the news, you just responses on your instinct, based on denial and self deception. According to news outlet, not SSBC but other media outlet Riek will release press statement today or tomorrow. watch that space. Second to, if we are really for peace but not Riekphobia, ACRSS according to UNSC will be implement by Riek not Taban.

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      • 18 August 2016 09:28, by Force 1


        If Riek is out there, you don’t have to tell us he is out there but Riek himself would tell us if he is truly out there live and sound.

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    • 18 August 2016 10:39, by Akuma

      James Gatdat,

      South Sudanese people when to hear live broadcast of Riek Machar from internationl mediahouses.

      We want to see Riek on live show not records as usual

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  • 18 August 2016 04:00, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well, Machar went back to enjoy another 2 to 3 years legacy life. Just live in an exile and your remaining years. Just give up on politics and power. You’re finished. Think, where will you hold a peaceful rally in south Sudan? Only in Pagak, Ethiopia, kenya, and foreign countries. You can’t even hold a peaceful rally in the church. Just give up on politics and become cattle keeper in your village.

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  • 18 August 2016 04:01, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well, Machar went back to enjoy another 2 to 3 years legacy life. Just live in an exile and your remaining years. Just give up on politics and power. You’re finished. Think, where will you hold a peaceful rally in south Sudan? Only in Pagak, Ethiopia, kenya, and foreign countries. You can’t even hold a peaceful rally in the church. Just give up on politics and become cattle keeper in your village.

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    • 18 August 2016 04:33, by Malakal county Simon

      Dinka Defend Food General

      If you want Dr Machar to live in exile, and than your violating the signed peace and calling for war.... Right??

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      • 18 August 2016 05:33, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Malarial, I am trying to spare his life. Think about it. Who would want to be rule by macabre? Only some radicals Nuer extremist and power hungry politicians. Machar is killer and power hungry. Wait until I become a president. I am just five steps away to become a president. Machar will be house arrest for life. Accountability and punishment for mismanagement public money for years. The words exce

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        • 18 August 2016 05:37, by Dinka-Defender-General

          The words excellence and honorable will be banned. The new terms will be Mr. Mrs. Mum, sir, madam, camrd, and education title will take over.

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      • 18 August 2016 08:40, by Sir King

        War is okay. You can come with that war you do sing on daily basis. Riek Machar has missed all his chances and he is going to named Warlord and soon he is going to be fought by the world not only South Sudan armies. Peace has come back and if Machar destabilize the peace again, then he going to face the full forces.

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  • 18 August 2016 05:48, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Riek Machar will die a lone Without involving of anybody through his seasonally mistake.
    God known what he will do against his discrimination.

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    • 18 August 2016 08:34, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


      Riek will not die under your hands. He will die of natural causes. Your wishes of killing his political ideas just because you want to dominate South Sudan political landscape is the cause of death to hundreds of South Sudanese and must stop as the country belongs to all including Riek Machar.

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    • 18 August 2016 18:56, by jubaone


      Kiir and the jienges must be scared stiff now that Dr. Riak is still alive and out of the country. He should now mobilize international support to sanction Kiir and his regime. Just starve them by cutting off all routes into Juba, and they will have no energies even to curry guns, let alone run and they will surrender or die like flies.

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  • 18 August 2016 10:04, by Gabriel KK

    Riek was in fact hiding within Juba and has been successfully smuggled out of the Country, to a third Country by ...................? Lets wait and see what Dr Idiot will tell his friends(Kenyan President and Ethiopian Prime Minister). Anyway peace is progressing well with out him.

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  • 18 August 2016 15:54, by Kerem

    Gabriel KK,

    You’re absolutely right. Riek had never left Juba to the bush. He was hidden there in Juba and got smuggled out of the Country to the nearby Congo to avoid Ethiopia and Kenya being seen by South Sudanese as enemies. Now after few days, he will be taken our of Kinshasa Congo to either Nairobi or Addis to start is nonsense

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