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SPLM-IO says Machar to speak to media at “appropriate” time


August 21, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese former First Vice President, Riek Machar, will speak to the media at an appropriate time, says his official spokesperson.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a press conference in his private residence in Addis Ababa, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (Photo AP/Mulugete Ayehe)

James Gatdet Dak, spokesman for the opposition leader, said Machar was regaining strength from exhaustion after walking for hundreds of kilometers for 40 days in the bushes from Juba, the South Sudanese capital, to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“I understand many people are eager to hear his voice or see him talking to the media. This will happen soon. He is regaining strength from the exhaustion. He walked for 40 days, also dodging bombs dropped on him by President Salva Kiir’s helicopter gunships. But he will speak to the media as soon as he feels stronger,” Dak told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

Dak was responding to circulated rumours on social that Machar might have been in critical situation in hospital in DR Congo or his leg wounded with gunshot. He said the allegations were false.

“No, none of these allegations is true. Only his legs slightly got swollen because of walking for 40 days. He was not wounded. It is obvious that walking for such a very long time would result to extreme exhaustion. However, he has regained strength and it is a matter few days he will appear to the media,” he added.

He also said the rest of the political and military leaderships of the opposition faction are with him are doing fine.

Machar, First Vice President, escaped from Juba when he was reportedly lured to the palace by his political rival, President Salva Kiir, was nearly got killed.

He fled the capital on 8 July when his bodyguards were attacked at the palace and his residence was also bombed. He hid in the bushes with his small number of troops amidst continued bombardments until he reached the Congolese border.


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  • 21 August 22:04, by DHARCHEP

    I don’t know why Riek Machar is on the ran alaways. Everytime he came to Juba he caused the war and ran away. Why do you like to lead the people when you don’t want to face the risky? Why Salva Kiir Miyardit never ran away in Juba? Riek Machar is playing with power. Where are Nuer wariors that some bonehead Nuer people always been preaching in every single day and night?

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    • 21 August 22:23, by jubaone


      Either yours is a mockery or outright jienge idiocy. You cant use heligunships against AK47s and say you´re strong. That was an assymmetrical war. Lets have 1-to-1 and see who will run. Again you attack the Nuer forgetting that you jienges still have Taban Gai. The war is not yet over. Once we drive you out of Equatoria only then there will be peace.

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      • 21 August 22:47, by DHARCHEP

        Jubaone, stop complaining. SPLA had been using ak47 since 1983 until this current time. We fought Jaffer Nimeiri, Thoradaff, Sadik Mahadi and Bashir with ak47, but SPLA is now controling South Sudan. What is Riek Machar controling? Controling your ass? When war came you can use anything you want to use to win the war. Now Riek Machar is using UN as tool instead of Nuer. Shame on him you and him.

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        • 22 August 15:10, by jubaone


          Ya aryan jienge, kudwal, kudwal. Keep cool! Let´s stop it here because exchanges with such dumpheads like you may make me also appear like a jienge. Sorry! I am too fine for that. Do that with your other tailless monkeys in Warrap or Bor or wherever.

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      • 22 August 16:02, by Hardlinner

        Jubaone you have been singing the same song like gatdet dak for over a month and yet nothing happened. For your information, only peaceful transition of power will be welcome in S. Sudan. You people are indeed keeping kiir on power by backing mass murder like riek. 1991 maasacred have totally tinted riek chance for presidency. Peaceful vote is what S. Sudan want.

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    • 21 August 22:28, by jubaone


      Do you jienges have someone like Dr. Riak with a PhD? Of course not those PhD titles bought in the streets of Kampala and Nairobi. Kiir, Makuie, even Taban Gai are simply dumpheads and thats why they are very jealous and want him dead. Your English indicates that you dont have even a Diploma certificate.

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      • 22 August 09:09, by wacjak

        Jubaone! Chinese, Russians, Arabs etc have PHDs not in English but in others. So, accusing Dharchep of poor English as an indication that he/she doeen’t have a diploma is illogical. Claiming that there are no Dinka with PHD is absolute ignorance and hate. You know deep down in your heart there are. However, if a PHD holder were to behave the way traitor Machar is, then it is useless to have it.

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      • 22 August 16:11, by Hardlinner

        Jubaone, the fact that riek can’t live off his PhD clearly shows that his qualification is worthless. We have ten of thousands of dinka people with quality PhDs not useless Riek Phd. The guy can even speak clearly. He is indeed a slow wit. Taban talk better than him, Riek gai kok is extra mile better than him. Indeed we millions dinka people who speak better than Riek.

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    • 21 August 22:30, by lino

      Hey brother, Even yourself can run away if you don’t have equal power. Go ask all South Sudanese Generals if they never ran away in there rimes in bushes, remember those were declared battles.
      In 2013 and now 2016, Kiir is answerable to both fights. Thank God Riek is alive so as Southerners, we will all hear his side of story and the Government version of events will be nullified!!! Go it!!!

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    • 21 August 23:33, by Mr Point

      It clear now that Kiir planned the December violence and the July violence and invented the fake coup story as a way to try and murder his partner in government. Kiir is responsible for the corrupt undemocratic kleptocracy of the failed state

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      • 22 August 04:47, by Akook

        They just want to kill him period!

        They know only politics of death, kill a political opponent and you remain with out one.

        Politics is a game of educated people not jungle people like Salva Kiir. It is very risky to play politics with fools like those in Juba.

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        • 22 August 05:40, by Force 1


          You said "They know only politics of death, kill a political opponent and you remain without one"

          Well; does that sound familiar when John Garang was in power as SPLM/A chairman? How did Makur Aleyeou, Bol Akook and Martin Majier Gai die?

          You see; you can’t be surprise today when you know that was the tradition of SPLM/A playbook.

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  • 22 August 10:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Nonsense, Riek Machar is dead
    James Gatdet Dak should open the happened case to the public instead to cheat the whole nation about Riek Machar life.

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  • 22 August 14:43, by Nibs

    Why do people take this propagandist, Gatdak Dak seriously?! This is the same guy who said juba is under siege! He is a congenital liar who can say anything.

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