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S. Sudan’s former military attaché defects to rebels


February 7, 2017 (PAGAK) - South Sudan’s former military attaché in Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda, Gai Chatiem has joined the armed opposition led by South Sudan’s ex-first vice president Riek Machar.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda’s capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

Chatiem, in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, said he decided to join the armed opposition faction to fight for a "just war".

He claimed the Juba regime was using a “divide and rule” policy, described it as the worst ideology for governing South Sudan.

“I have been serving in the government for the longer time and I thought their tribal policy could have improved after several objections from the people, but only learned that the direction pursued by the government is hell to the South Sudanese,” he said.

The former military attaché called for a mass defection from members within the government to join the rebellion in the country.

The armed opposition spokesperson, Col. William Gatjiath Deng, confirmed the former military attaché’s to the armed opposition.

“This morning Monday, February 06, 2017, Brigadier General Gai Chatiem, who served as South Sudan defense attaché in Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda, joined the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO). Gen. Chatiem reported to the SPLM/A-IO Headquarters Pagak and was warmly received by the top SPLA-IO military leadership and command,” Deng said in a statement.

Chatiem is reportedly at the SPLA-IO headquarters in Pagak, where he allegedly vowed to resist the “autocratic” and “authoritarian” leadership and policies being perpetuated by the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE).


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  • 8 February 2017 08:19, by PEACE FOR ALL

    what the hell is wrong with my in-laws, this culture of rebelling and insulting the government then coming back and praising the same government is becoming bulshite. Chatiem now is insulting then in few months coming he will come praising the same government. stop this stupid behaviors and lets call for peace.

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    • 8 February 2017 09:10, by Akuma

      Who cares for your rebellion ya Chatiem, do your rebellion and you will still come back tomorrow praising that goveernment you are disowning today.

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    • 8 February 2017 13:02, by Joyuma John

      I think this chatiam joined rebellion after his removal in the office, not so?

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      • 8 February 2017 14:32, by choldit

        I hope history is not repeating itself. That is B/Gen. chatiem is not another B/Gen. Gatwech puoch two who went to Pagak in April 2015 and attended conference on his arrival. SPLA -IO must assess those false defections.

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        • 8 February 2017 21:56, by barbayo

          Gai Chatiem , comprised government he will joint IO to kill Simon Gatwach Duol and bring soldiers to government to be promote to military high rank, as to be come deputy of chief of general staff in administration and Finance, good enough Gai Chatiem you now reached on ground if you fail to accomplish your mission make sure IO will kill you.

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      • 8 February 2017 14:33, by choldit

        I hope history is not repeating itself. That is B/Gen. chatiem is not another B/Gen. Gatwech puoch two who went to Pagak in April 2015 and attended conference on his arrival. SPLA -IO must assess those false defections.

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    • 9 February 2017 09:13, by Mayom County Troops

      stupid Gai Chatim from Thieng Clan
      Go what will you get from Riek Machar side ?
      you will return nothing with you , better to follow footstep of HE Salava Kiir Mayardit who promoted you from zero level to the rank of Brigadier General .

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    • 9 February 2017 16:23, by Midit Mitot

      My message to IO members, you need to check for Gai Chatiem very well, Am doubting his defection to IO

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  • 8 February 2017 09:28, by Freedom Advocate

    Congratulations and welcome to the people’s movement.
    This tribal govt with divide and rule policy is hell to south Sudanese people. topple this govt and installed freedom and prosperity for all!

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  • 8 February 2017 10:13, by Dr. Rich

    I dont understand why people most nuer like defecting soon they will join again the government and criticize the rebel faction of machar. what i have discovered most IO from the grass roots dont know why they are fighting the governments its just like dinka- nuer fighting

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  • 9 February 2017 04:19, by Dinka-Defender-General

    What? What are you defecting for? What is your objectives and goals for defecting to Machar and his supporters? You dishonest generals or fake South Sudanese politicians are destroying the country. You are the ones who created all these messes we have today in South Sudan. Just go and never come back to South Sudan because you are traitors and killers.

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