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S. Sudan’s Machar led forces accused of violating unilateral truce


Rebels protect civilians from the Nuer ethnic group (not seen) walking through flooded areas to reach a camp in UNMISS base in Bentiu, Sept. 20, 2014 (Photo AP/Matthew Abbott)
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 26, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - The SPLM-Io led by South Sudan’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai Friday accused rebel forces led by Riek Machar of violating a unilateral ceasefire declared earlier this week by President, Salva Kiir.

President Kiir on Tuesday announced a unilateral ceasefire without reaching a political agreement with rebels. He also pledged to release political prisoners.

However, Kiir’s unilateral move doesn’t seem to hold fire as South Sudan leaders today lodged accusations against forces of the former First Vice President turned rebel leader, Riek Machar.

In a statement sent to Sudan Tribune, Gai-led SPLM-IO group accused Machar forces of attacking their military base in Nassir town.

"This morning around 6:30 am, we came under heavy fire from Machar forces but they were repulsed around 11 am in collaboration with government forces," reads the statement.

Taban Deng Gai’s SPLM-IO Army spokesperson, Dickson Gatluak, said Machar soldiers suffered heavy losses as they were repulsed back to the river banks.

"Five bodies were found on the battlefield and many more soldiers from the rebel side were injured," Gatluak told Sudan Tribune.

The group accused Machar’s group of less commitment to implement a permanent ceasefire and causing serious violations not only to the recent unilateral truce declared by Juba but also to the regional bloc IGAD brokered peace deal signed among the two main SPLM rival factions.

The group called on IGAD monitoring and verification mechanism to take note of the two attacks allegedly carried out by Machar forces in different locations in Beih and Catjor states following Tuesday’s unilateral ceasefire.


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  • 27 May 2017 08:32, by Malakal county Simon

    Its a usual game for the government to attacks IO forces under people’s leader Dr Machar and portray in the media as if it’s was opposition initiated the attack...... It’s pathetic and we all know from the beginning, who is for peace and who is not...... The government think they have an upper hand to defeat the freedom fighters through military mean, but that’s just a wishful thinking ......

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    • 27 May 2017 08:45, by Mr Point

      Kiir believes that he can declare unilateral truce and everyone will follow. Why?
      Kier started the war by unilateral attempt to murder Riek Machar. He failed in 2013. He failed in 2015 with another unilateral murder attempt.

      How many more times will Kiir fail?

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      • 27 May 2017 20:49, by Eastern

        Mr. Point,

        Kiir thinks he’s the panacea to South Sudan’s problems; he falsely believes he’s the Alpha and the Omega of South Sudan, whereas not!

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    • 27 May 2017 12:02, by jubaone

      The tragedy is how after the Juba Nuer massacre of 2013, Nuer elites have not learnt to unite. The Nuers have become victims and perpetrators of their own selfish whims and greed. The poor innocent village Nuer has no defender and refuge, their greedy leaders have sold them for a bottle of tusker. The jienges can with cynicism smile 😊 and say: the nyagateen are killing themselves.

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  • 27 May 2017 10:11, by Sunday Junup

    I never remember when did Taban declare ceasefire too. Ohohoho!!!! Taban don’t have force but the same force with Malong Awan!

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  • 27 May 2017 10:50, by Dengda

    How many IO we have? . I know there is only one SPLM-IO previously led by Dr Machar and Taban Deng acting as Chairman in absentia of Dr Machar? Why there ar two IO fighting each other, Nuer themselves have to look into that, or divid rule is what happening and your people suffer heavily, Taban is only acting and shouldn’t has forces fighting his mainstream line.

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    • 27 May 2017 23:10, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Dengda, we have more 10 factions or rebel groups in South Sudan. For example, Machar’s Faction, Taban’s Faction, Lam Akol’s Faction, General’s Gatdet Faction, General Thomas’s Faction, Equatoria Arrow Boys Faction, Shilluk Faction, Murle’s Faction, Wau Faction, and so Forth. Thus, we are not surprise about these violations. Each faction is looking for self fulfilment or position.

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  • 27 May 2017 13:51, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Our people in opposition

    Enough is enough, we should repentant from killing ourselves and join us in Gov,t to build our nation, make sure that our country is demacrcy country, no other way to be a leader rether then election.

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  • 27 May 2017 20:59, by Kush Natives

    Where can a villagers militias understand unilateral cease-fire? Half of those villagers militias are wearing milaya, no khaki, that mean that the government is talking to dead woods. Attacking will never stop, because it’s only way for IO to looted and get foods. There’s nothing called cease-fire at point! Let the army retaliate before it too late.

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  • 27 May 2017 21:16, by John Majak

    In my response ur to comments i think majority of u never investigate thinking of Riek Machar. He is unworth than non educated sultan to cause struggle with objectives and could have a little vision on how such objectives could affect people whom he would be their leader and how he would be defined.

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  • 27 May 2017 21:45, by John Majak

    Now remember what Bashir said during negotiation of CPA that south sudanese can not govern themselves that he could not allow us to gain our independence. This is because of u malitias of south sudan who do not believe in universal ideas of humanity but of one,s idealogy to cause chaos and benefit on it. e g Riek Machar in 1991 broke away with his faction and create triblism while still no governm

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    • 27 May 2017 23:09, by choldit

      The same Arab of Sudan ur quoting are the one say false idea has shortest lifespan no matter how attractively one represents it. Dinka people in SS will keep falsifying facts about the war and blame it on Dr Machar who is obviously doing everything to bring peace in the nation that he fought north Sudan to get it during independence war in 80s to early 2000s. Yet ur leaving criminal Salva.

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      • 27 May 2017 23:24, by choldit

        Criminal Salva Kiir who indulge in killing innocent civilians if they are non-Dinka. SS must start telling truth abt that war. Why splm io was not invited to join reunification meeting in Uganda? Why Dr Machar is not invited to nation dialogue if it is a genuine peace implementation modalities factor. Is it not becoz Kiir is making a peace to his own self while implementing war on Nuer?

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  • 27 May 2017 22:51, by lino

    Is the Security Arrangements still holding since July, 2016 incidents in Juba?!!!
    They have been too many fightings and I believe one or more forces and movements are battling government’ forces!!!

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