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South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda's capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

August 20, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese former First Vice President, Riek Machar, has thanked the United Nations system and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for relocating him from the border and taking care of him, his wife, Angelina Teny, and other senior officials with him.

Speaking through his official spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, who shared the message on his Facebook page on Friday, Machar also thank President Joseph Kabila of the DR Congo for his government’s hospitality.

“The First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO), thanked the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or MONUSCO, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), under the leadership of His Excellency President Joseph Kabila, for their hospitality by airlifting him and his officials from the South Sudan-DRC border and for taking good care of him and his officials in the DRC,” Dak posted Machar’s message on Facebook page.

Machar, he added, also congratulated the “gallant” opposition forces for courageous fight in self-defence in and around Juba, which successfully evacuated the senior political and military leadership of the armed faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO).

Dak also said his boss is fine, but “exhausted” due to 40 days of walking in the wilderness around Juba and towards the Congolese border.

He added that Machar, whom the SPLM-IO consider as the legitimate First Vice President, is establishing contacts with the leaderships of IGAD, AU and the UN, and will soon tour the IGAD member states.

Machar fled the capital when he was reportedly lured to the presidential palace to get killed, but escaped.

His residence was later on bombed by forces loyal to President Kiir and followed into the bushes around Juba with the aim to capture or kill him.

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  • 20 August 2016 09:33, by Kerem

    How much is this guy exhausted. International media houses and interview leaders even if they are on their death beds. Is this the usual propaganda of Gadet Dak or it is another game played by the World war sponsor known of creating crisis to generate money to feed their poor peacekeepers

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    • 20 August 2016 11:53, by Malakal county Simon

      Kerem

      What I thought you should be happy with such great news :-)

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      • 20 August 2016 11:58, by Malakal county Simon

        Cont....

        We must thanks the UN for rescuing people’s leader Dr Machar from the hand of criminal unwanted president Salva Kiir, who want to kill Dr Machar for no apparent reason at all!!!!!

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        • 20 August 2016 21:34, by Kerem

          Malakal County Simon,

          I do not care about him having been rescued. My concern is how UN has broken its humanitarian principle of "Neutrality". Both Riek ad Kiir are no longer good for a sound South Sudanese except those that are based have tribal affiliations

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          • 20 August 2016 23:11, by Mr Point

            The legitimate First Vice President has survived two murder attempts by the incompetent President!

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  • 20 August 2016 13:54, by Mr Point

    Your mistake! Kiir had good reasons to kill Machar. Machar is far more intelligent and has a different point of view over most issues. Machar was imposed on Kiir by IGAD as part of a peace deal to end the civil war caused by Kiir’s last attempt to kill Machar. General Kiir wants war in South Sudan, not peace.

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  • 20 August 2016 16:22, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Dear, Dr. Riek Machar , the government if south Sudan under leadership of Salva Kiir, is not against you, but you are against South Sudanese.

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  • 20 August 2016 16:24, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    President Kiir Mayardit and his leadership don’t wants to lose you in the republic of South Sudan.

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  • 20 August 2016 16:26, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Be patient and stay in exile then come for elections when it is there in the corner.

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  • 20 August 2016 16:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I appreciate country security organs for allowed you to go safely without injury in your body.

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  • 20 August 2016 19:51, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Excellent news even his life is deteriorating with illness. My advice to Machar is that, please stay away from Juba. Second advice is to quit politics. Just lives your life.

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    • 21 August 2016 04:08, by Malakal county Simon

      Dinka Defend food General

      First reason, why should Dr Machar stay a way from Juba and allow unwanted Kiir to continues with the mess-up when he has a constitutional rights in the country like every one else??

      Second reason, Why should he stay away from South Sudan politics when he is the most wanted politician to change South Sudan from the current turmoil created by unwaned Kiir

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      • 21 August 2016 04:22, by Malakal county Simon

        Cont...

        Just to stay in power by all mean.... You must know South Sudan need Dr Machar than Dr Machar wanting presidency!!!! In South Sudan, no one has a ball like Dr Machar to say no to unwanted Salva Kiir to change the country from the current situation and that’s lead me to asked the question below.

        Can unwanted Kiir do the same too??

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