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South Sudan claims former SPLA chief of staff joined rebels


Former SPLA chief-of-staff Oyay Deng Ajak with co-accused former SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum Okiech in court during their trial for treason on 9 April 2014 (ST Photo)
January 26, 2017 (JUBA) - The office of South Sudan President Salva Kiir Thursday has claimed that former chief of general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has finally decided to join the armed opposition .

Presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, claimed General Oyai Deng Ajak had rebelled, wondering what could have motivated him after had the opportunity to hold top positions.

“Only greed and exceeding thirst for power, can the one time respected Commander of Operation Jungle Storm (OJS), in the one-time powerful and united SPLM/A duration and after the war of liberation, the former Chief of General Staff, briefly under the former leader John Garang and under Gen, Salva Kiir’s leadership of the then autonomous Southern Sudan, a Minister for Investment briefly at independence, a Minister of National Security in the Office of the President, again becomes the Chief of General Staff of ill-conceived rebels movement- what a world of greed? It is a laughing stock, if not absolute idiocy. God safe South Sudan,” said Ateny on Thursday.

The presidential spokesperson did not provide the source of this information, also no official statement released by General Oyai, or any group to which he is purported to have joined declaring his decision.

It was not possible for Sudan Tribune to know which group Ajak has joined since there are several rebel factions operating in either inside or outside the country.

Observers say he must want to associate Oyai with the National Democratic Movement of Lam Akol Ajawin, the former agriculture minister who resigned from his position in protest of lack of implementation of the peace agreement.

Ajak had being detained with Pagan Amum and other leading former members in the South Sudanese government in December 2013.

During his trial on 9 April 2014, he was accused of rebellion and treason, after allegations that he and the other political detainees had attempted to overthrow the government of President Kiir.

However, the court ordered their release on 24 April 2014 "in order to promote peace and reconciliation among our people".


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  • 26 January 2017 17:50, by Paul Ongee

    The world describes South Sudan as the country full of Generals who want to be Presidents at any cost. Since we know who is who, I don’t think we need to worry about the unfolding situation of who joins the rebels or government as it’s always the case. The question to be asked "Is such individual making significant difference in the rebels camp or making progress on front lines?

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    • 26 January 2017 18:03, by Paul Ongee

      How careful did such individual or rebel leader plan to topple the current government by force in South Sudan? Do they basically want make headlines for prominence? Does such individual or rebel leader believe the the current government will be just sitting idle without defending its position militarily? Is joining rebels an old or a new phenomeno and culture in the country?

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      • 26 January 2017 18:15, by Paul Ongee

        If such individual or rebel leader believes that National Dialogue does not work to stop the ongoing suffering of our fellow South Sudanese in UNMISS PoC sites and refugee camps in the neighboring countries, will continuation of war reduce such sufferings? And for how long will the senseless war last before victory attained? Are we not heading toward Somalization, Iraqization or Afghanization?

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        • 26 January 2017 19:30, by equatoriaWIN


          you sound like a Jieng Dog with no God

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          • 27 January 2017 05:34, by jubaone

            Deng, Akech, Ring etc.aka Paul Ongee is a hopeless and parastic SPLA latecomer, a sucker compared to Oyai Deng. Ongee forgets that his patron Kiir betrayed all his comrades and has brought in hirelings and goons claiming to have liberated the SS. All those Khartoum shoe-shiners: Aldo, Bona, Malong etc. are parasitic beneficiaries after the rest did the job. So are these jienges.

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        • 26 January 2017 19:57, by koang mi kei

          I know some people are not south Sudanese by birth they just come to look for money General Oyai is right to switch himself whatever rebel he can fit, it has been along waiting for him to declare himself like a man so that this paradise can be surprise by your appearance dialogue is not an issue to convince fighter

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        • 26 January 2017 21:52, by Eastern

          Leave Paul Ongee, the man from Nashville, Tenessee alone, for he’s a lost sheep! If anybody considers the overall commander of Bright Star Campsign a traitor, then you must look for alternative meanings of traitors and liberators. Oyay Deng Ajak is an authority on his own. Where’s Salva Kiir when Bright Star Campaign was doing the show in Equatoria?

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      • 27 January 2017 05:43, by jubaone

        Paul Ongee,
        Laugh and glorify your jienges as long as the show lasts. God forbid should this opportunity slip out of your hands, then you will regret being in Equatoria or in the hands of non-jienges. Sadam Hussein, Gadafi, Mobutu all hopeless dictators are gone, Kiir will not be there 4ever. Prepare urexit soon.

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      • 27 January 2017 07:28, by jengelon

        Bra Paul
        You are absolutely right this is the sound of south Sudan corrupted people join,defect,deflect & we’l listen it for lives if not challenged Salva Trump remains oh the deference is Donald Trump choose USA 1st but Salva Trump choose Jenge 1st. so who joined & defected or deflected it’s the same SOUND of everyday corrupted jenge the best option for the SS is three REGIONS as been found.

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        • 27 January 2017 14:37, by equatoriaWIN

          jieng of doom,

          how will you see God? by Equatoria hands

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  • 26 January 2017 20:43, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Oyai Deng Ajak, has counter encourage from somewhere may be, Riek Machar, Pagan Amum or Majak Agot are encouraging him to defect due to the up coming change of government when Regional Protection Force RPF are deployed in juba.
    ? there might be encouragement from somewhere that is caused of Mr. Oyai Deng Ajak, defective.

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  • 26 January 2017 22:24, by liel muodong

    Bravo! Gen. Oyai join your people. the regime in Juba does not want anybody rather than its kin.

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  • 27 January 2017 08:38, by Gabriel KK

    Is too late for Oyai to join rebellion unless if he is greedy like Riek and Lam. Nothing will shake the Government anyway. Kiir government is more powerful than it used to be in 2013 when nuers were majority in the SPLA.

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