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SPLM-IO dismisses rumours of Machar replacement


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

February 7, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - A rebel official from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) has dismissed allegations that the group is preparing to relieve its leader, Riek Machar, and to elect another one.

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First Vice President, Riek Machar, accompanied by SPLA-IO officers, Juba, 27 May, 2016 (ST Photo)

An opposition source who requested anonymity on Monday told Sudan Tribune that the SPLM-IO leadership at the headquarters in Pagak is set to elect a new leader to replace Machar.

The source pointed that Machar’s presence in Johannesburg complicates the decision making process, stressing that he cannot continue to run the movement remotely from South Africa.

But an opposition official dismissed this false "rumours and malicious propaganda", pointing an accusing finger at the government in Juba saying they are "fabricating" such unfounded reports.

"The government in Juba is behind this malicious and baseless propaganda and it should not surprise anyone because this is not the first time for the fascist regime in Juba to manufacture lies with the intention to create confusion and mistrust within the leadership of the People’s Movement under the leadership of Riek Machar," said Peter Oyoyo Kleto, SPLM-IO deputy representative to Republic of Tanzania told Sudan Tribune.

"I want to assure and inform all our comrades and all South Sudanese inside and outside the country that the leadership of SPLM/A IO is fully behind the leadership of our Chairman Riek Machar and his deputy Henry Odwar" he further said.
Kleto called upon President Salva Kiir to accept peace through the revival of the August agreement.

He went to say that the armed opposition movement under Machar leadership has huge support both inside and outside the country, warning that "any attempt to sideline him from the country’s affairs will never bring peace to the country"

the rebel official called on the African union, Troika countries, European Union and the UN to work for a political process to revive the August agreement to end any further bloodshed and end the suffering of the people.

The SPLM-IO leader and former First Vice President is currently South Africa since October 2016. In November of the same year he attempted to regain the headquarters in Pagak near the Ethiopian border.

But the Sudanese and Ethiopian authorities barred him from entering into their territory, in line with a regional decision to prevent the resumption of hostilities in the young nation.


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  • 8 February 2017 12:08, by wise Gabriel

    Look at these Nuer warmongers! you better to be isolated from other part of this country, you are the most useless animals on this planet, you are so cupidity enough, your fatuous Riek vision has come to an ended. so what,s next?

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    • 8 February 2017 15:10, by koang mi kei

      wise Gabriel that is wrong name with wrong person you are stupid Gabriel let me tell you your story as dinka who did not know is background right from birth of dinka you are born to be thief stealing is your talented birth right and eating too much what cause war in south Sudan is you glutton heart which destroyed the image of south Sudan Riek is future leader who can change

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    • 9 February 2017 09:33, by Mayom County Troops

      To:Foolish Gabriel
      better to call your self foolish Gabriel instead of calling your self wise Gabriel
      Nuer are not warmonger please be notified about that , my community vision was just lost by Riek Machar for blind fooling all Nuer to revolt against Govt
      but very soon we will delete it automatically

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  • 8 February 2017 12:56, by Joyuma John

    IO you need to justify it properly, others said there is no any smoke that appears without fire.

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  • 8 February 2017 13:01, by Freedom Advocate

    Wake up guys from your sleepless dream.
    That will never ever happen. Juba is well known of manufacturing lies using to create confusion among the people’s movement.
    It’s a matter of time when the people of south Sudan will realize that the Juba fascist regime has lost direction and topple it once and for all for peace to prevail.

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    • 8 February 2017 19:05, by nuer food lovers

      ????? ??? ?????? ????? ??? ?? ???

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      • 9 February 2017 03:29, by Akook

        Equatorians watch out! Nothing is impossible in the world of Nuer mental inconsistency. The only single major liability for South Sudan people of Nuer origin.

        IO movement as the redeemable vehicle for CHANGE was going to join en masse including by majority of disenfranchised Dinka BUT people say hang on! Nuer don’t stay doing one thing for a while?
        Before little long, they proved everyone right

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  • 9 February 2017 06:09, by Uncle J

    Now the most stupid are now defending replacement of Riek Machar the man who is in exhile he has no idea what is happening on the ground. If South Africa ban him from media like what Sudan did he will completely be isolated. Now that there is no more Obama administration to threaten South Sudan with gay ass sanctions Mighty SPLA have to continue clearing out IO rebels

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  • 9 February 2017 07:44, by Sir King

    I don’t know who EQUATORIANS food lovers follow again, since the leadership stupid Riek is under process to end. How long will you be in war against Dinka. But remember, even though you think Nuer are fighting along your side, and you think they are close to you now. This completely not. Nuer(Naath) are close brothers to Dinka and they can solve their differences anytime but where will you go,DOGS

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    • 9 February 2017 08:30, by jubaone

      Sir King,
      So ya MTN, go solve your problems in your luaks: kill, rape, starve yourselves, that is your jienge culture and business. Perhaps as a sign of solidarity, go visit Pagak or call Riak and talk over with him. Also tell James Gatdet, that you didnt mean to hurt him, you just kidnapped him by mistake. Tell other jienge drifters and vagabonds in Equatoria, there is now NO free food anymore.

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  • 9 February 2017 07:48, by Sir King

    Dinka and Naath respect one other but you Nyam-nyam, do you think you will put up with Nuer or with Dinka without Nuer or with Nuer without Dinka. Shame on you. Ask Luo(Jurchol), we are living amicable and we intermingled, you cannot even differentiate among us. But you, Dog EQUATORIANS, you must go where you came from. President should declare war immediately so that we are satisfy with war...

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    • 9 February 2017 08:16, by jubaone

      Sir King (aryan jienge kudwal aridth),
      I didnt know that MTNs respected Naath (Nuer) to the point that the jienges killed over 10,000 Naath, uh!. Well, maybe jienges think, that is just a game of seek and hide. Pls, Keep this game to yourselves then and leave Equatoria alone. We dont play such deadly and uncultured animal games, we want to develop. You want war, you get it, simple!

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  • 9 February 2017 11:06, by Lou Nuer The Great

    you are right jubaone

    these stupid jienges think that we will forgive them but no more forgiveness untill the give us 15,000 peoples massacred like goats by them

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    • 10 February 2017 00:31, by battalion Dude

      Jienge will fuck up really good guys didn’t play them.

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  • 9 February 2017 11:25, by Sir King

    Lou Nuer the Great,
    You people don’t think well. We have forgotten the 200,000 Dinka Bor you massacred in 1991-1993. And we have also forgotten the over 10,000 Dinka you have massacred in Malakal, Bor, and Bentiu. Does it mean that those ones you massacred were not human beings? That is why I say, you are really half human beings!

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