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January 26, 2016 (JUBA) – A former South Sudanese army (SPLA) chief has dismissed claims that he joined rebellion.

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Oyai Deng Ajak

General Oyai Deng Ajak, a senior member of the country’s ruling party, described these allegations as false.

"When the time comes, I will make it public to [South] Sudanese people," he said in an audio shared on Facebook.

The former army chief, however, hinted on the possibilities of taking up arms against President Salva Kiir’s government.

South Sudan presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny claimed on Thursday that Ajak had joined ex-First Vice President Riek Machar’s rebel faction as the chief of staff.

Ateny could not back up his allegations, but a document said to have been signed by Machar to acknowledge Ajak’s appointment was disowned by the armed opposition.

However, in a separate interview held with the Australian-based Dinka language SBS radio, Ajak said he remains an member of the country’s former political detainees.

Ajak was detained at the onset of the South Sudanese conflict in mid-December 2013, along dozen others and charged with treasons by the government. The charges were dropped after pressure mounted on president Kiir’s government. The former army chief has since not returned to Juba, despite the peace accord signed in August 2015.

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  • 27 January 06:24, by Akuma

    Gen. Oyai Deng was already rebel since the begin of Dec 15, 2013 crisis. The crisis engineers in his resident in Juba before the eve. However, former detainees and Riek Machar rebellions are birds of the same feathers. No good Cholo unless death one.

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    • 27 January 06:43, by Bilpam- 2

      Mr. Akuma or whatever you call yourself,your useless comments on this media do not make sense at all.

      Yes,Riek and Oyai are the birds of the same feathers as you have stressed earlier.However,their contribution to South Sudanese citizens will never be forgotten even during the 21 years of civil war with the North.

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      • 27 January 09:31, by Akuma

        Bilpham 2,

        Yes I agree with you on the contribution of Gen. Oyai Deng during struggle and independent of South Sudan. On other hand, his shortfall of following Riek Machar deadly dream who has never even contribute even an inch into liberation of South Sudan but just come and eat South Sudan resources. 1991 history record for Riek & Lam agenda still exists

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        • 27 January 14:32, by Bilpam- 2

          Akuma,don’t comment stupidly like that.Dr.Riek Machar is the one of the dignify in the country at large.What did your stupid president Kiir do during the strungle,compared to Machar who commanded Greater Uppernile up to Renk?

          Dr.Riek was also by then an instrumental during the CPA implementation.In the year 2013,Dr.Riek did nothing wrong other than demonstrating his interest to be elected.

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        • 27 January 15:48, by Dinka-Defender-General

          That is white lies. General Oyai Deng did not join rebels. Just keep dreaming. General Oyai Deng loves South Sudan and he is a loyal general to join rebels. Let’s wait to hear from him.

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    • 27 January 06:44, by koang mi kei

      Akuma you right but only men can declare themselves in this kind of war women can not. If general denies the accusations maybe ateny is wrong. To assure Ateny no blame if there are some loss goat who to dog they may came back with bruises in their body

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      • 27 January 10:10, by Akuma

        Mel,

        Gen. Oyai has officially join SPLM-IO and he was appointed as Chief General of Staff (CGOS) by his boss Riek Machar on 25/01/2017 and Teny Wek was correct. If the allegation are not correct. How many South Sudanese people do enter to Riek Machar lists if they don’t have connection with Riek Machar? Oyai & Riek are working together to destabilise the country.

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      • 27 January 11:56, by barbayo

        Riak Machar changing X and Y is not solution of your movement you can not govern rebels in hotel in South Africa, this an end of rebels

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        • 27 January 15:32, by jubaone

          Barbato,
          This was work of some jienge diplomat who drafted and forged Riak’s signature, a criminal act typical of jienges. It turned out to be fake. The jienges even faked the appointment of Joseph Bakasoro as advisor to Riak. Anyway it was not professional enough, the jienges should give it to their forgery Kenyan masters.

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    • 27 January 06:54, by Midit Mitot

      Athuut, Oyai and his colleagues were rescued by Dr Machar in 2013 when the war erupted, and yet acknowledge it from Machar,we don,t need you AYaaaaaaaa nincompoop.

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  • 27 January 06:36, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Gen.Oyai Deng Ajak, cannot deny the claim by government, Riek Machar, appointed Oyai Deng Ajak to replace Simon Gatwich Dual,as chief of general staff on 25-01-2017.
    Government known what is going on day and night at rebels camps. the changes which are going on in the rebels camps has no effects to the country or government.

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    • 27 January 06:53, by Bilpam- 2

      I think fabricating liars is what remain the only option in the government side.Do you expect Simon Gatwech Dual to join you if he is removed from his position?

      If it is not so,don’t waste your time to talk about what we are doing in our movement.Simon Gatwech Dual off-course will be removed after Malong goes to grave.

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      • 27 January 08:32, by john akeen

        Somebody like Simon Gatwech who never went to school before, to you think he’ll go back to the city again to join the national military, I don’t think so because national military they don’t want him anyways, 😂

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        • 27 January 14:02, by Bilpam- 2

          Who has gone to school among you there?Kiir is not educated,Kuol Manyang is not educated,Malong is not educated as well.

          General Gatwech is the one who led many fronts such as Kurmuk and the likes.2013 is the only year for Malong Awan when he decided to murder his own people in Juba. Please,Keep your dirty mouth with red teeth away from him.

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  • 27 January 08:42, by john akeen

    Any SSUDANESE political who refuse to accept the peace agreement that was signed in Agusta 2015 or refuses to go back to juba that person is considere as a rebel without Question until he/she report himself to the national government

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  • 27 January 12:09, by Fair Man

    John Akeen, Akuma and the likes, there is nothing wrong when General Oyai Deng Ajak decides to join the SPLM/A-IO. This is important as his presence will contribute in the collective effort to destroy the anarchy in the JCE led-Government in Juba. Once he does that, a lot of expectations are imminent. The vision of Dr.John Garang de Mabior has been hijjacked and his boys better reclaim it.

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  • 27 January 14:53, by equatoriaWIN

    why do jienge minds lie when their own pockets and hands cannot

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