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Machar’s health “very stable”, says SPLM-IO official


September 1, 2016 (JUBA) – The leader of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), Riek Machar, has his health significantly improved and currently resides at a residential area in Khartoum after he was released from hospital in the Sudanese capital, his media official has confirmed.

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South Sudan’s former FVP Riek Machar, speaking to visitors at his residence in Khartoum, on 1 September 2016 (courtesy photo of SPLM-IO)

Machar was being treated from “exhaustion and swollen legs” after he was reportedly nearly assassinated in Juba on 8 July by President Salva Kiir’s forces. His residence in Juba was two days later on 10 July bombed to the ground. He fled the capital but was followed by the ground and air forces into the bushes around Juba and hunted down for over five weeks.

His officials said as a result their leader was exposed to harsh weather of rains, cold and walking through mountainous terrains from Juba until he reached the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

President Kiir days later after dislodging Machar and his small number of troops gave him a 48 hours ultimatum to return to Juba, the failure of which he was fired and replaced with his former chief negotiator, Taban Deng Gai.

Machar’s officials said Gai suspiciously cooked the conspiracy with Kiir prior to the July clashes at the palace to assassinate Machar so that he could take his place and the two new partners could scrap the peace agreement.

Machar successfully crossed into the DRC with some of his political and military leaders from where he was rescued by the United Nations peacekeepers in the country and handed over to the DRC government for treatment and care.

He was days later transferred to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, for further treatment. President Kiir’s officials including Michael Makuei Lueth, information minister, and Gordon Buay, a South Sudanese diplomat, claimed that Machar had severe chest infection and his leg was to be amputated, respectively, in Khartoum.

However, his spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said the claims were “lies” coming from anti-peace elements who were wishing his leader bad health or even death in order to dismantle the agreement and return the country to the status quo.

“All those comments coming from Juba about his [Machar’s] health are lies. He has fully recovered from the exhaustion and his health is very stable. His previously swollen leg has recovered. He can now walk well. He has been released from the hospital and stays at a resident in Khartoum,” James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

“He has been receiving visitors at his resident, meeting them and his officials in Khartoum,” he added.

He however added that Machar may soon begin to visit a number of African countries to consult on the “collapsing” peace deal.


Dak said the opposition faction, SPLM-IO, which signed the August 2015 peace agreement with President Kiir is not responsible for the renewed war in the country, blaming Kiir for sparking the war when he attempted to “assassinate” Machar at the presidential palace in Juba, attacked his residence and hunted for him in the bushes as well as illegally removing him from the “peace partner position as First Vice President.”

He claimed that President Kiir’s forces have currently been on offensive against the SPLA-IO forces in the country.

“We are not responsible for the collapse of the peace agreement and the renewed war in the country. President Kiir and his group are responsible. Maybe their plan was to sign the agreement halfheartedly in order to lure Dr. Riek Machar to Juba and kill him. But this is not how peace is achieved, it is rather how violence is perpetuated,” he said.

He explained that fighting has been going on in Central and Eastern Equatoria states this week, including fierce clashes which took place on Thursday at New Site in Kapoeta area.

He also said there is fighting along Juba-Yei road, skirmishes on Juba-Nimule road, and clashes around Renk in Upper Nile, in Nasir and in Jonglei state. All of these, he said, are due to attacks by government forces against their positions.


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  • 2 September 07:59, by allan

    So no marching to word juba today like u always said fuckin lying

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    • 2 September 09:12, by wacjak

      Very good question Allan. Who are now anti-peace, those obstructing people’s movements around the country, planning to burn down Juba and kill innocent people, or those guarding the constitution of this nation. I may not agree with some aspects of this government, but the IO of Traitor Machar and Gadet James is an evil organization.

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      • 2 September 20:09, by jubaone

        Wacjak or Wasak,

        What peace when everyone is fleeing the country run by tailess monkeys and devils? Bankruptcy, hunger, lawlessness, corruption, greed, wanton killings, raping old women and underage girls. These monkeys have brought disgrace and shame on the country. Riak will set that right soon. He is educated and reasonable and not primitive

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    • 2 September 09:23, by Malakal county Simon

      Good news indeed!!!! And now the enemies of peace, can hang themselves to hear such a great news.. Also matching to Juba is not over yet, as you may think.. We are just preparing for the final rain as unwanted president Kiir and his crooks, violated/failed to implement the signed peace!!

      Second to that... ST should suspend you immediately, for using a F word against Sudan Tribune website policy!!

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    • 2 September 15:36, by Hardlinner

      Allqn, it same old lies. Perhaps gatdet Dak should be named the worth liar south sudan as ever had. What i think is that nuer guys who fell to his lies are indeed too dumb.

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      • 2 September 19:17, by Mr Point

        Who is lying?

        President Kiir’s officials including Michael Makuei Lueth, information minister, and Gordon Buay, a South Sudanese diplomat, claimed that Machar had severe chest infection and his leg was to be amputated, respectively, in Khartoum.

        Does Machar now have two legs or just one leg?

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  • 2 September 10:27, by Redeemer

    To be honest, that guy behind the Dr. was laying at Jebel on the 10th of July with good # of bullets not dead but fighting, he was a good fighter

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  • 2 September 10:33, by Redeemer

    In 2013 Riek ran from Juba to Ethiopia, What is wrong with just Juba to DRC? I am sure he will come back only when Kiir + Malong( the Son of the Fox) are dead and he will surely be our president.

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    • 2 September 15:46, by Hardlinner

      You’ll finish before you achieve your goal. Kiir is your enemy and riek is our enemy. So we would see how that motherfucker would ascend to power. It is sad that he would never get to feel the fire like he felt when run away from south sudan to DRC. In fact he should be named mr absent rebel leader. Since he rebelled from juba in 2013, he has spent most of time in neighboring countries.

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      • 2 September 20:33, by jubaone


        You should be coming up with suggestions on the way forward instead of bothering us with this jienge crap and bullshit. You’re obsessed with killing that explains why jiengeheartlands are such a mess. 10 years of jiengedom and idiocy. Dr. Riak will bring some sanity. You jienges, please leave the thinking do the educated. Carry for us water as you’ve been doing in Juba in the 80s.

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  • 2 September 10:46, by Redeemer

    Dr. Riek is thinking that if he addresses the media Malong will go where he is, it was a good chase not bad and not easy to run from Juba to DRC, he use to pay deaf ears when we tell him that Kiir is a fighter don’t take him for graded either you take him seriously or give in. you see now always on his toes

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  • 2 September 11:02, by Redeemer

    Today I believe that what has been going on about Machar being in good heath is a propaganda, if this photo was really taken on the 1st of September just yesterday what fitness is he waiting for to address the media. The man is ......... alive, anyway no one is permitted to talk about it he is for sure alive, but he is living in a set of the following matrices (0 0)+(0 0)= ?

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  • 3 September 05:51, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The youth of Aweil and Gogrial can always come to fight their war of supremacy, oppression in the jungles of Equatoria. Equatoria will welcome you in this vast theatre of war game until justice, freedom and true independence is established in our Juba. Come on Guys.

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    • 3 September 06:32, by Redeemer

      You are very innocent about how the war was fought, you don’t know that the fighting was in all the jungles, that is why Dinka will remain on your neck for a proper reasoning. Sudan civil war was not about Gogrial nor Aweil, it was to liberate South Sudan as you put it, that is why they reach out to help in other parts of the country like Equatoria jungles

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      • 3 September 09:47, by Paul Ongee


        You are right. This image is taken when both eyes of Riek Machar were healthy. This is an old photo taken in Ehtiopian Hotel, just posted to raise the morale of those still allied to Riek. I am sorry to read a "white lie."

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