Home | News    Monday 13 March 2017

S. Sudan wants its armed opposition labelled a “negative force”


S Sudan's FVP designate Riek Machar, arrives in his General Headquarters, Pagak. He was received by SPLA-IO's Chief of General Staff, 1st Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, 12 April, 2016 (courtesy photo of SPLM-IO)

March 12, 2017 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government on Sunday called on regional leaders to designate as a "negative force", the armed opposition forces (SPLM-IO) operating in the war-ravaged nation.

“The president has declared a national dialogue which has been welcomed by all the countries and leaders in the region because the dialogue is the only way to resolve political issues,” said presidential advisor on security, Tut Kew Gatluak.

“Why continue to fight when the national dialogue has been declared? If there are issues, the national dialogue is the platform through which all these issues would be discussed,” he added.

The presidential advisor went on to mention that those who support the war are a negative force and the government would need to take a firm stance for peace.

“But if there are people who refused this dialogue and continue to advocate for war, the region needs to come out clearly to affirm support to the peace agreement and work with the government to declare these people who are continuing to promote war as a negative force,” Gatluak told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

Tut Kew Gatuak claimed the armed opposition forces were “bandits” who had no objectives. “These people who are still carrying arms and killing people are bandits. They have no clear political objectives. Their objectives are simply to kidnap, rape innocent women and loot,” he claimed.

The presidential advisors’ justification for calling the armed opposition bandits was due to the kidnapping of two Indian oil engineers who were taken in an oil field located in Gueluguk North.

The SPLA-IO spokesman Col. William Gatjiath Deng said in a statement last week that their forces captured two Indian nationals who were identified as Ambross Edward and Muggy Vijaya Boopathy.

“Despite repeated warnings from the SPLA-IO leadership, the two Indians engineers namely Mr Ambross Edward and Mr Muggy Vijaya Boopathy working for the Juba regime were captured yesterday Thursday, March 09, 2017 alive during the fighting between the gallant SPLA-IO forces, and the Juba regime soldiers and their Sudanese rebel allies in and around the new oil site at Guelguk north, Adar,” said Col. Deng said.

The armed opposition spokesperson explained in the statement that Edward and Boopathy were captured after rebel forces under the command of Major General Khor Chuol Giet and Brigadier General Gatbel Kuach “disintegrated, defeated, and killed” at least thirty-three government soldiers.

He also proclaimed the SPLA-IO defeated and inflicted heavy losses on government troops and its allies from the Sudanese rebel group.

The rebel spokesman further claimed that the armed opposition took control of the area and warned of unspecified consequences if Juba and its Sudanese allies continue attacking the SPLA-IO positions.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 12 March 2017 22:37, by Dinka-Defender-General

    That’s right. Rebels are "negative force" who want to destroy the country for their positions or self-serving mentality. You just realize that rebels are “bandits and have no political objectives for South Sudan. They are criminals who want to kill, kidnap, rape, loot, and targeting innocent civilians. Moreover, they are pure criminals including their leader Machar.

    repondre message

    • 12 March 2017 23:45, by Naar Sokon

      If any criminal movement be labelled a negative force, Salva Kirr and his cohorts are the most criminal, that is terrorizing the people of south sudan. Creating tribal army know as Mathiang Anyor, and Duc-Beny raping, looting, grabbing land, and killing innocent people in cold blood. I hope the international community set up the hybrid court to jail this criminal leader sooner than later.

      repondre message

      • 13 March 2017 04:26, by Atemjak

        Naar Sokon
        Do you also believed what the so call rebel spokesman said that they captured Indian workers after a fight. God forgive this uncivilized people for they are destroying their country yet they don’t know what they are doing. Better a child of Necessary school from other part of World than this rebel spokesman until if he/she is told A for apple tomorrow he/she won’t say A for dog.

        repondre message

    • 13 March 2017 05:35, by Eastern


      Kiir started the war; why should he expect the region to fight for him. Kiir wants war and that’s what he’s being served right now!!!

      repondre message

    • 13 March 2017 08:10, by Midit Mitot

      Tut Kew Gatluak was barking seriously when he was with Arab during South Sudan struggle, and again barking after this bloody regime of Kiir and Taban. opportunist your time will come to an end.

      repondre message

      • 13 March 2017 13:07, by jengelon

        Eastern,Midit,Atemak & All
        Please do me a favor let know what’s going on what do you want you guys do you want to kill president Kiir please come forward to make Riek be come president you want to kill all the South Sudanese Please go ahead Sorry your lost now a day people are forgiving themselves & repenting coming together to talk so what else please we are sick listening to this kind of talks

        repondre message

  • 13 March 2017 00:51, by john akeen

    of course they are "negative force and terrorist at same time" because there is no one in SPLA-IO knows politics or laws or even human rights, they are not even Christians, they don’t even believe there is God, the only thing that they believe its they’re God its rainbow, they said; They Sacrifice human being to they’re God rainbow, because they believe is the key to haven>>>>>>

    repondre message

    • 13 March 2017 01:34, by john akeen

      that’s why they are killing peoples. Government need to clean this animals out quickly or else they will continue on killing people they’re God rainbow, as you can see they don’t want peace they just want killing and rap, evil mind" they even eat human flash. This peoples are are like aghori of india

      repondre message

      • 13 March 2017 17:03, by anyanya1

        Mr John Akeen your animal cos you can’t differentiate between your animal president and real human who knows right things. In conclusion Dinkas majority r dirty stink animals in ss. One day they will 😢 for help but they will not get mark these.

        repondre message

    • 13 March 2017 05:39, by Eastern

      John akeen,

      Kiir shouldn’t expect the region to fight for him in a war he instigated. Kiir should face his war and quandaries alone!!!

      repondre message

      • 13 March 2017 08:06, by South South

        We want peace in South Sudan. President Kiir wants peace in South Sudan. War is not our choice, but if it’s imposed on us, we have no choice but to make people who are imposing it on us to go to refugee camp in Uganda. Who instigated the war? Someone who killed innocent people on road and called them MTN or someone who has constitution right to protect his country?

        repondre message

        • 13 March 2017 15:52, by Eastern

          South Sudan,

          By the way, those fighting Kiir are simply reacting. Kiir started the war in the first place. There was no problem in the whole of Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal when clashes broke out in juba in 2013. The war that’s engulfing South Sudan is in reaction to the war Kiir started at J1 in July 2016. Kiir has to face this war refugees fleeing the country notwithstanding!!

          repondre message

          • 13 March 2017 15:53, by Eastern

            Kiir’s war is not only sending refugees to Uganda but most of the malual dinkas are heading to the Sudan....

            repondre message

          • 13 March 2017 19:59, by South South


            Great!!! You choose the language of rebels and that’s your choice. Let me tell you these two points:
            1- South Sudan need peace and people who want peace should continue talking and working to get it.
            2- South Sudan must equip SPLA very well and if there people who want to impose war on us they must be sent to Uganda refugee camp.

            repondre message

  • 13 March 2017 00:54, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Who are the negative forces in the country? In fact the government troops are negative? They are fighting for status quo while opposition forces are standing for federalism, democracy, freedom of expression, press, economic development, anti corruption, nepotism and tribalism.

    repondre message

    • 13 March 2017 02:41, by Malakal county Simon

      Were you a bandit Tut Kew during 2012 when you, Gordon were fighting this rogue regime????

      repondre message

      • 13 March 2017 04:01, by john akeen

        Malakal county Simon
        please you need to speak English,I don’t understand what you saying what is that (tut) it sound like fart came from Rebel ass by accident, what Da fuck is tut, you stupid shit aghori

        repondre message

  • 13 March 2017 04:17, by Atemjak

    What a big lie, the Indian were kidnap and everyone is fully aware about that and the so called rebel spokesman came out and claimed without a shame that the capture the Indian after they were fighting, It show that there is no rebel operating at all but groups of suck who don’t even know how to talk leave alone how they lie. Can’t they see they are talking like street boy.

    repondre message

  • 13 March 2017 07:09, by Theallseeingeye

    from who are the IDPs in Equatorial, Western Bahr El Gazal, Upper Nile..etc running from? who has looted the WFP warehouse, NRC and other Humanitarian Agencies, who are rapping women and hungry looking for small girls to rape inside and around IDP sites in Juba , Upper Nile, Wau..etc, who is blocking Humanitarian access to needy people, who is rejecting the formation of the hybrid court...

    repondre message

  • 13 March 2017 07:18, by Theallseeingeye

    who has raped the American inside the hotel in Juba and last but not the least who are the beneficiaries and trying to make revue and profit from blood and the suffering of S.Sudanese (by on-going war they have created and are part of it) by raising work permit Visas to foreigners who are trying to help the very needy people they are killing, raping, kidnapping, torturing..etc....

    repondre message

  • 13 March 2017 07:22, by Theallseeingeye

    Check this link "http://nyamile.com/2017/03/12/priest-kidnapped-tortured-and-killed-by-security-forces-loyal-to-president-kiir/"
    now how is "Negative"? a question for those who have been brainwashed to the extend they can’t even decipher Negative from Positive.

    repondre message

  • 13 March 2017 07:31, by Theallseeingeye

    the Gov wanted to directly benefit from the the very shit the have just laid while it is still wet(and thats kind of nesty), a thing which is contrary to natural cycle of life. Here is My advice let it dry first or just used it as a fertilizer.

    repondre message

  • 13 March 2017 07:57, by Kush Natives

    There’s no needs of calling anybody out there to proof that an IO is already a negative force. They already proven their negativities in many occasions. If the very forces that led by the very PhD holder are still the very less informed. Meaning: Still looting, rapping, and so forth. Then, why those of Midit Mitot, Jubaone, Fair Man and alike are still barking like dogs around here?

    repondre message

    • 13 March 2017 17:53, by anyanya1

      Kush Natives,
      Your personality is very weak in extent u can sell the whole country for money, and you can go with anyone who has money like sharamota,it’s good the same money will buy you a coffin one day,you think u can deceive people but you are deceiving yourself.

      repondre message

  • 13 March 2017 08:49, by Fair Man

    Kush Natives
    The Chief Nuerwew (money lover), bastard Tut Kew Gatluak, could not reason beyond his ass, when his fellow Naat ladies, were massively raped between 11th -12th July, 2016 as they rushed to UN POCs at Jebel after they were deceived that they must returned home, yet war broke out again. His very Nuer paid dearly in 2013, so JCE uses him as a ticket to kill Nuer despite his advisory role

    repondre message

    • 13 March 2017 16:50, by Eastern

      Fair Man,

      You continue to waste your time to engage this dinka zealot all the time. That gives him mileage!!!

      repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Perspectives on Kiir and Machar meeting 2018-06-20 22:48:12 By Santino Ayual Bol IGAD which has been facilitating and mediating the slow-heel Agreement to Resolve the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan shortly abbreviated as ARCISS has unilaterally (...)

SLM’s al-Nur’s response to Troika countries about violence in Darfur 2018-06-20 22:02:28 Response by the Sudan Liberation Movement to statement by the United States, United Kingdom & Kingdom Of Norway on cessation of violence in Darfur By Abdul Wahid al-Nur Dear President (...)

Another electoral farce Sudanese should expect in 2020 2018-06-18 02:08:16 Sudanese Elections Scheduled for 2020 will be Fraught with Dangers andCounterfeiting like its predecessors By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The National Congress Party (NCP) regime’s Elections Scheduled (...)


Latest Press Releases

The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)

Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)

Abyei celebrates Mine Awareness Day 2018-04-05 08:52:03 4 April 2018 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.