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South Sudan rebel chief of staff denies dismissing top commanders


January 25, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese rebel chief of staff has dismissed as forgery and misleading reports claiming that the rebel leader, Riek Machar, has issued an order directing him and all the commanding officers to cease communications and briefings with five top commanders loyal to him.

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Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, the chief of staff of the SPLA-IO, talks to the press at a rebel military site in Juba on April 25, 2016 (Photo AFP/Charles Lomodong)

General Simon Gatwec Dual, according to the statement from his office, was reacting to reports claiming on Monday January 23, 2017, that Machar had dismissed five high ranking commanders from his faction.

“The Office of the General Chief of Staffs of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) would like to inform all the SPLA-IO commanders, SPLA-IO units and indeed the people of South Sudan that the officers named and listed in the forgery are some of the most respected and trusted cadres in the SPLA-IO whose enormous sacrifice and commitment to the cause of the liberation struggle, vision and mission of the SPLM/A-IO under the able leadership of Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon as Chairman and Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the SPLM/A-IO,” the statement reads in part.

General Dual said the reports circulated on Monday January 23, 2017, were the work of the government under the leadership of president Salva Kiir Mayardit, who allegedly authorized the Embassy of South Sudan to the United States of America (USA) to design, issue and circulate a forged, false and misleading claims that Lt. General James Koang Chuol Ranley, SPLA-IO Deputy Chief of General Staffs (DCOG) for Administration and Finance, Lt. General Wisely Welebe, SPLA-IO Deputy Chief of General Staffs (DCOG) for Training, Brig. General Malual Beliew, SPLA-IO Acting Director for Logistics, Lt. General Alfred Fatuyo, SPLA-IO Sector Six (6) Commander in Western Equatoria, and Brig. General Wang Chang Thian, SPLA-IO Director of Internal Security had defected from the SPLM/A-IO and joined the Juba government.

The commanding officers alleged to have defected, he said, cannot and should not in any way be questioned, linked to any defection or even associated with the brutal and ruthless regime in Juba. The intention, he adds, was to tarnish the good name of the officers and create confusion in the rank and file of the SPLA-IO.

The statement further added that the Office of the SPLA-IO Chief of General Staffs (COGS) would like to once again remind the brutal and ruthless Juba regime that SPLA-IO has never been stronger than it is now and that the rank and file of the SPLA-IO is no longer vulnerable to forgery, incitements, statements, publications and campaigns of whichever and whatever sorts, forms or designs.

“The Office of the SPLA-IO Chief of General Staffs (COGS) would also like to equally remind the shameless and desperate Juba regime that the habit of spreading fabrications and falsehoods is now as good as dead and will neither salvage the insecurity and instability within the Juba regime itself, nor deter the resolve of the people of South Sudan to not only fight for freedom, justice and equality but also to defeat and end once and for all the autocratic and authoritarian leadership and policies in South Sudan,” it stressed.


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  • 26 January 2017 07:21, by EYE SEE

    Vulture regime of JCE Salva Kiir - shame on u!
    u always live a forgery life & the world & IO will always arrest you, Gang!

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    • 26 January 2017 08:26, by Midit Mitot

      Brutal fabrication from Mathaing Anyoor leadership.

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      • 26 January 2017 09:25, by Posok Pape from Inside

        Lie or no lie,
        Our sitting in where we shall communicate to the world and our suffering communities, Our brothers and sisters whom we even don’t know where they r.
        Guys let us have heart for commiseration for our brothers and sisters.
        If you think it is for fun go to one of the refugee camps either in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya to mention and come and sit back and write the same comments.

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      • 26 January 2017 10:13, by Unionist Agent

        Midit or whatever, are you really a South Sudanese? Do you know what it means to be a nationalist? Do you reflect on your thoughts, paths and decision on daily basis? I am asking you these questions because since you registered your account on Sudan Tribune, all you have been doing and preaching is war, destruction, hatred and rebellion.Why have you been instigating p’ple to chose the path of deat

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        • 26 January 2017 11:41, by Lou Nuer The Great

          VIVA SPLA IO

          these fuckin jienges fabricate white lies on the media to dismoral our gallant force and entire leadership but,never happen.what next your children are dying in uganda no money for renting house while your former concubine turn up against you via Dr machar

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          • 26 January 2017 12:55, by jengelon

            Luo Nuer
            Fabrication,Lear,Manipulator whatever both of you jenge & nuer are fuckin fools you’l remain so until u grow teeth SS will not rest if not divided to three as happened before it’s just a matter of time u’l see Equatoria & part of Bargazal moving away from u it’s already started & to hell with ur dirt the remaining MTN

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            • 26 January 2017 13:17, by Midit Mitot

              @Yaaaaah Nyamnyam/Jengelon,
              Do you guys have a capacity to run your own separate state without Nuer and Dinka? Am doubting, hopefully you have no capacity militarily that could protect your separate state which you are campaigning for, leave that attitude it will not happen please.

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              • 29 January 2017 12:09, by jengelon

                Now you are talking ha what military Equatoria wants we are peaceful people we don’t know even PATA but if necessary we’l hire you jenge to come & work for us but you must grew teeth 1st like your cows exactly like what Trump is doing for the Mexicans stupid jenge we thought how to fight the time you were a Makwaji in Khartoum Advise DON’T TRY US or else

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            • 26 January 2017 18:40, by equatoriaWIN

              exactly equatoria friend

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        • 26 January 2017 12:17, by Midit Mitot

          Unionist agent,
          Let your semi-government stop fabrication about the country, peace is our motto

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        • 26 January 2017 13:01, by Bilpam- 2

          Mr.Unionist,which word do you expect from my brother Midit?Why don’t you be happy when he is talking about war because for our country to be in war forever is what you always sing.

          Time has approached when South Sudanese people will be freed by the freedom fighters.They will be having a right to do whatever each and every citizen does in his/her country.

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        • 26 January 2017 13:13, by koang mi kei

          I would like to assure you unionist if you know what have happened in the entire south Sudan you can tell the trust. Being nationalist without telling the fact can not make you patriotic, I believe south Sudan has infested with many paradise and now they are benefitting in this war. I can agree with midi is right if there is no way out war can be option to show paradise what is not belong to t

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  • 26 January 2017 13:14, by White Nation

    General Simon Gatwech is a man of people we are always behind you, never worry with such statement and Dinkia will come and apology to you one day for what they did to you and innocent Nuer Civilians in Juba.

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  • 26 January 2017 13:20, by DHARCHEP

    That is a picture of a dead body. General commander of looting Gatwech Dual was killed together with Ranley. Why did he appeared here again? Nuer people stop lying to people. Accept your defeate otherwise you are nothing and useless in eyes of others South Sudanese Communities.

    By Dharchep, from Dinka Ruweng Community of Biemnom

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    • 26 January 2017 14:16, by Bilpam- 2

      Who do you think can kill a great man,Simon Gatwech Dual Hoth?Nobody.You like the word ’kill’while killing a Nuer General among his soldiers is not simple.Your weakness is known to the whole world.

      Listen,our objective is not to kill every South Sudanese citizen,but to get rid of the current situation facing its citizens.And I think we will succeed.

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    • 26 January 2017 18:41, by equatoriaWIN

      Jieng dog,

      who are you under God? A dog.

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  • 26 January 2017 22:31, by liel muodong

    This is a faux news made by Gordon Buay. There is no factual evident for that all. Buay is just running his mouth around in order to get his salary from his boss Kiir Mayar. That’s all. Nothing like that has happened

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