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South Sudan rebel leader awarded more ranks to SPLA-IO junior officers


May 25, 2017 (JUBA) – On Wednesday, South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar promoted several hundred officers from the ranks of Colonel and Brigadier Generals in the file of the Sudan People Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO).

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A batch of the SPLA-IO forces after arrival in Juba, 1 April, 2016 (ST Photo)

One officer among the hundreds who were recently promoted revealed to Sudan Tribune that the awarded ranks were a long awaited process from Machar. The officer requested to remain anonymous.

The officer said that most junior officers who had engaged on the ground with pro-government forces since the fighting broke out in 2014 either received recognition or a promotion.

He argued that the promotion in the rebel files was a motivation process in any military institution, adding its’ organisation adds strengths to fight against President Salva Kiir.

“It is a right decision from the commander in Chief of SPLA-IO, Dr Riek Machar Teny to promote any juniors officers because they have done a commendable job to fight the government,” he told Sudan Tribune over the phone.

The officer denied any claims that Machar was promoting his tribe men (Nuer) in the new rebels ranking file, a claim he referred as dangerous to divide their unity.

“That is bogus, Machar has never promoted his tribe men, but what I know is that all comrades from the East, West, and South and North files got promoted in the freedom fighters files,” he said.

Social media has however dominated the armed rebels’ promotions, where several posts with congratulatory messages to officers were put up.

“Your Excellency Dr Riek Machar Teny Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLA/M-IO, allow me to applaud and congratulate you for the trust you have placed in me that has led to my promotion to the rank of Colonel,” Paul Opio Both Wityian posted on his Facebook wall.

The United Nations camps (internally displaced persons) across the country, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have witnessed a celebration of officials.

Machar remains in South Africa with the influenced of East African regional leaders keeping him away from South Sudan after he survived in crossing the DRC wild forest.

The rebel leaders’ supporters both in the country and abroad believe that he is the right leader, despite his controversial replacement with Taban Deng Gai by President Salva Kiir in August.

The recent promotion of officers by Machar revealed the reorganisation of the rebels ranking following their exclusion in the participation of the National Dialogue.

With the rainy season close-by, the rebels hope to regain more control of areas they lost during the dry season through government offensive campaigns.


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  • 26 May 2017 03:42, by Dinka-Defender-General

    We are not surprise for the news. Machar has done this senseless promotions since 1991. It does not mean anything to the government. He always promoting people so they can still fighting for him. What waste of ranks. How can a prisoner promote officers? Anyway, we, the South government will demoted them when they come back. We did it last time during Garang and we will do it again.

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    • 26 May 2017 05:58, by Malakal county Simon

      Dinka defend food general

      Why do you care??? In fact, you should be worries about your ally fake king called himself King Malong who have been denied to go to his home town and now dying in Juba!!hat’s humiliation......

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    • 26 May 2017 06:35, by Kuch

      Dinka-Defender-General, Sudantribune has never been the source of verity chap. Let dig out from other sources, however, it cannot anyone should it turnout to be true. It is how Riek Machar & his followers have been doing things anyway it called "muoc du gaar, in Nuer (award yourselves mate with ranks)" in English. So it cannot surprise anyone>>>

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      • 26 May 2017 06:43, by Kuch

        Our Nuer cousins are bluntly honest in this game of being called "kuor midiit" The sooner our Nuer cousins accept peace so that we start building our country & be looking at our external issues than always be fighting ourselves with our aimless wars, the better for everyone. Do you fellows remember that Riek Machar enticed a lot of Equatorians into joining his aimless armed rebellion when>>>

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        • 26 May 2017 06:54, by Kuch

          he (Riek Machar) came to Juba last year? This game of trotting officers with inflated higher ranks had worked Riek Machar, Matip Nhial, Gordon Koang & other senior officials who are not even Nuers, but other S. Sudanese who parted ways with the mother SPLM/A & returned with their higher ranking officials. And it is always hard to strip them off their ranks lest the mother SPLM/A may antagonize>>>

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          • 26 May 2017 07:04, by Kuch

            them & the status quo would continue, it is the way it is & it has been fellows. But now, this national dialogue will address a lot of issues from A to Z. And when the South Sudanese people embraced what is that we want amongst our own selves, our children & our we want our country to be in the world. Then we will take back our country like when our fathers & brothers started with the SPLM/A>>>

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          • 26 May 2017 07:04, by Kuch

            them & the status quo would continue, it is the way it is & it has been fellows. But now, this national dialogue will address a lot of issues from A to Z. And when the South Sudanese people embraced what is that we want amongst our own selves, our children & our we want our country to be in the world. Then we will take back our country like when our fathers & brothers started with the SPLM/A>>>

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    • 26 May 2017 15:41, by Mi diit

      Congratulations to all the promoted officers.
      Struggle continues.....
      Viva Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhur-gon
      Viva SPLM /SPLA (I.O)

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  • 26 May 2017 03:42, by Kush Natives

    We will NEVER accommodates those fake ranks when peace comes. That’s the only reason you rebels have in mind, seeking ranks under the fake war will not be tolerated! You will all be a regular soldiers when come back from the jingles. If all rebels are promoted into the ranks of Maj. Gen, then who will fight the war for you? Anyway, we’re at the national dialogue process. No destructive comment?

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    • 26 May 2017 05:47, by Malakal county Simon

      Kush Natives

      Speak for yourself Mate!!!! You and who????

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      • 26 May 2017 06:44, by Kush Natives

        Malakal county Simon,
        You will soon run after me when I stopped talking dialogue. Don’t regret later for missing this wife opportunity. You better pick this dialogue up as a tool come back home or you Wil remain a total loser!

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        • 26 May 2017 08:27, by Malakal county Simon

          Kush Natives

          Your bogus dialogue has been overwhelming rejected by peace loving people’s of South Sudan no matter how hard you try to sell it.. And don’t worries about me running after you slave/jaang because it’s will never happen but a wishful thinking.. We have internal rebel who will do the job and kick you out of Juba like your ally, the former governor of Ruweng state before I reach juba.

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    • 26 May 2017 06:44, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      Who are to accommodate or not of opposition forces? The SS had no national army but a bunch of illiterate village jienges disguised as an army. This is a tribal army for Jienge Republic. Riak wants teal reforms in the army which will reflect the diversity of SS in the next 2nd Republic. But first , this jienge republic must be disbanded and destroyed then reforms follow.

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      • 26 May 2017 07:36, by Kush Natives

        Reforms will come when your terrorists halted rapping an innocent civil populations in the country side. By the way, what’s exactly your problems with Dinka? There’s no single comment can passed from you without mentioning Dinka. Anyway, it’s up to you to die with heart attack because of Dinka. We’re here building Luak everywhere in South Sudan possible.

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        • 26 May 2017 10:42, by jubaone

          Bush Natives,
          You jienges are the problem and not the solution and it’s upon us no-jienges to live with it or act otherwise. One thing is sure, you will NEVER live freely in areas outside jienge heartlands except in Juba or Nimule and that also at your own risk. The only solution is you get back to your luaks or face wrath. Eye4eye, blood4blood. No reconciliation until you pull out of Equatoria. P

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        • 26 May 2017 15:30, by Garang Akeen Tong


          If you don,t want Dinka, fake your things and go back to where you belong as your fellow brothers evacuated to Uganda, Drc.

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          • 26 May 2017 21:12, by jubaone

            Garang Akeen,
            Your jienge bogus arguments Equatorians are non SS is a brazen and stupid claim to overtake and posses our ancestral lands. Equatorians have single handedly developed their areas and the parasitic jienge simply wants ready-made things. No. You’re trespassing a red line. Equatorians will hunt MTN till they all quit to their luaks. They don’t belong to Equatoria, they’re squatters.

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            • 26 May 2017 21:58, by Garang Akeen Tong


              Its true that, most of you came from Uganda, DRC & CAR except Mundari and Bari, Am not the one telling you, but you know by yourselves, we will help you fake your things and leave as alone to devolope our country without foriegners like you Door-amokic, we wellcome you to land and now you claim to be owner.

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      • 26 May 2017 11:54, by South South


        I thought you are still perfect in English. I thought you are much better in English than English speaking people.

        " Riak want teal reforms in the army"
        By the way, you did hide during our liberation for 21 years, but now army is so sweet to you and you diversity in SS army, really coward?

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        • 26 May 2017 13:25, by jubaone

          South South,
          Go build your Jienge Republic, I am not part of that shit. Even the glorified ND will fail cos the Kiirminal has no control over the entire country to engage the civil population from the grass roots. Worse more, entire villagers have run away including your jienges to Darfur. The Troika, US, UK and rest have no money to finance any post ND politicisation processes. Just rubbish

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        • 26 May 2017 13:30, by jubaone

          South South,
          What we have now is not a national army, but a bunch of tribal militia; illiterate, trigger-happy and bare-footed-trotting villagers. They are a jienge army for the jienge republic. The new 2nd republic of SS will emerge that is ethnically diverse and educated. These luaknyors are only good as security guards and watchmen and NOT as an army.

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          • 26 May 2017 13:40, by South South


            You are making me laughing at you. You are a kind of a person who run away from his mistakes. This is the only reason you were hiding during our struggle for more than 20 years. Sit, wait, enjoy your computer key board, wait, wait and wait for another 1000 years for your ethnically diverse and educated army to emerge, what a wicked coward person we have in SS.

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    • 26 May 2017 15:28, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Kush Natives,
      You are wrong, wrong and wrong!! South Sudan is a country for all her citizens. But if you think it is your property and you have all that belongs to the country, then your political vision is worthless. SPLM/IO officers will have to be integrated with their ranks in a new national defence forces unlike the present tribal army that stands for Dinka interests.

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  • 26 May 2017 06:30, by Sunday Junup

    Kush Native/ Dinka-defender,
    You are big lair, Kiir always rely on Dr.Riak Ideas and promotions. Where is Dau Aturjong, Lul Ruach and Gach Yoach? Any way no one will join roted government! Regime change is on its way soon

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    • 26 May 2017 06:39, by Kush Natives

      Sunday Junup,
      The same song have been sung for last 5 years since rebels took up arm. Up to now, none of us aren’t seeing the change. From where it is going to come soon? The really change will come through this national dialogue process. Otherwise, I advise you to prepare for an asylum.

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      • 26 May 2017 08:04, by Sunday Junup

        Kush/Kush Native,

        You guys are singing a song National Dialogue bla-bla. There is still pending question ’’DIALOGUE BETWEEN WHO AND WHO’’? I know Dinka will never answer until they announce that National dialogue is not moving because of budget.

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    • 26 May 2017 15:11, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Sunday junup

      You are the bigest lair on the world,
      1- Maj. Gen. Dau Aturjong was been promoted to Lt. Gen. By Dr. Riak and now he was demote to previous rank, that Maj. Gen.
      2. Lt. Gen. Gai yoah was not promoted by Dr. Riak but Omer Al Bashier to replace Paulino Matip.
      3. Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang when bush, as Brig. Gen and come as Brig. Gen. Get it right

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  • 26 May 2017 09:31, by Lou Nuer The Great

    don’t start farting please jienges SPLA IO will entered warrap soon as graduation of 30,000 commandos under way SPLA IO vivaaaa Dr Machar vivaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  • 26 May 2017 15:06, by garrak1520

    officers from the ranks of Colonel and Brigadier Generals"

    Machar’s return to Juba ’unacceptable"
    These 2 points indicate that we are dealing with 2 morons in South Sudan. Moron-1 in South Africa with empty promise , Moron-2 believing South Sudan belongs to him. What do we expect from these 2 morons. Peace will not come as long as moron 1 and 2 (Kiir and Machar)are in charge. Find alternativ

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  • 26 May 2017 15:09, by Faucett Carefree

    This is what we want as a southerner’s .We need titles that are not value in the real world .why do we alllow the naive leaders to rule us?they are not professional but the jungle officers .STOP SUPPORT THEM !!!!!LET US LEAVE IN HARMONY !!!!!WE ARE SOUTH SUDANESE !!!!

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