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SPLM-IO confirms defection of Machar’s top body guards

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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)
June 3, 2017 (JUBA) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - In Opposition ’SPLM-IO Saturday has confirmed the defection to the current First Vice President Taban Deng Gai of two security officers tasked with the protection of the former South Sudanese First Vice President Riek Machar.

In a statement released on Friday, the SPLM-IO led by Taban Deng Gai announced that Col. Khan Elijah Hon Top, Spy Chief of the Body Guards of Riek Machar and Lt. Col. Koryom Wang Chiok, Chief Accountant of the Body Guards of Riek Machar have joined their movement.

Reached by Sudan Tribune, the rebel deputy military spokesperson Col. Lam Paul has confirmed the defection of the two officials from Khartoum, a day after their arrival to the South Sudanese capital Juba.

He said their defection to the government would not hamper the movement struggle, but instead wished them best of luck.

“It’s true the two joined Taban Deng Gai. The SPLA-IO under Dr Riek Machar thanks them for their services and wishes them well in their quest. In the course of struggle, such events are bound to happen and it’s both ways,” he said.

He further said the departure of two officers has no impact on the movement, pointing that the SPLA-IO would remain stronger and powerful despite the defection of two individuals who have chosen the side of the government.

The defector officers met on Friday upon arrival with the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai who welcomed their decision to abandon Machar camp.

"The leadership warmly welcome them back to the fold of the movement after accomplishing a successful mission in the Riek and Angelina family business," said the SPLM-IO Taban Gai

However, SPLA-IO led by Riek Machar downplayed the significant of the two officers although insiders within the camp claimed they had successful role and their quitting would be a big blow to the rebel movement.

It is not yet clear why the two guards left Machar, despite their recent promotion to the rank of Colonel and Lt. Colonel.

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  • 4 June 04:14, by South South

    Peace in our country is more important than individuals. Go ahead South Sudan. Two body guards know more than anyone else in IO. They have seen the collapsed of IO. By this time next year, no IO anymore.

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    • 5 June 09:36, by Midit Mitot

      So what if they have left Dr Machar" those are small insects which does not know where they are going to.

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  • 4 June 04:18, by john akeen

    Finally somebody realized that Riek Machar had died or in prison for life. Will welcome to peace life and welcome back home, I just want to remind you that you’re not fighting with Arab, so please stop fighting yourself and work hurd with your government so you can set up strong government and strong law and order so you can get respect around the world. Please don’t>>

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    • 4 June 04:19, by john akeen

      tell me president Kiir is the problem

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  • 4 June 04:26, by Kush Natives

    Bravo guards! Leave Dr. Evil alone, the sad parts it is that, he wasted your time and energy for no legitimate reason. There’s no reason to keeps guarding evil. Come home and join us in the national dialogue process. IO is coming to an END. It will up to those Midit, Eastern, Jubaone and alike to keeps their negative promise of toppling the government. There’s no another way around to come back to

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    • 4 June 13:16, by Malakal county Simon

      Kush Natives

      Be honest to yourslef and of course to your readers, such a large moment like IO could not come to an end just for two individuals defections, that’s impossible...... IO is a strong moment now and will stays stronge forever until we achieve our "vision" equal rights for everyone and that meant, law above anyone’s......

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    • 4 June 21:20, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      I’ve told you tine and time again that this ND is jienge trash and only fools and food lovers bute into this jienge shit 💩. Dr. Riak was invited to have a teleconference and he has a clear position. The ND has no agenda, no objectives and no time plan. I am too intelligent to join such organizations that are led by half idiots who should actually be carrying for me bathing water. So

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      • 5 June 00:11, by Kush Natives

        Jubaone,
        We will deal with you accordingly, if you Nyagaatist opted for not joining us in the national dialogue process!

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  • 4 June 06:16, by Garang Akeen Tong

    wellcome back bros, s.sudan has more rooms, let stop war togather and work for peace.

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  • 4 June 07:05, by MD from far East

    This not new ,what ever the outcome or impact, citizen need peace ,with your so dreadful President,kiir,gai,Riek who could not meet country Obligation they sworn for, with no binding strategy.

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  • 4 June 16:05, by Mr Point

    The history of all armed resistance in South Sudan is marked by bribery and defection in both directions.

    This is not unusual . It is the normal process under Kiir’s presidency. Last years rebels become this years trusted friends. Last years trusted friends become next years rebels.

    Would constitutional government and economic development be better for the country and its civilians?

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  • 4 June 17:15, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Nuer business at TOP GEAR. These people are not different from their kinsmen the Dinkas. Shifti g gears continuously when the vehicle has no fuel to consume. If these were equatirians they would condemn and curse endlessly. Shame on you uncivilized monsters.

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  • 4 June 19:05, by lino

    Haha!!! Hopefully they will not go and create destabilization within Taban’s IO!!! Watch out!!!

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  • 5 June 16:57, by quiz

    Haha Media war! when did Koryom Nyabuol became top body guard to Dr.Riek? Do he has skill to protect leader? plz, don,t trust media sources again. zes 2 guys defection,ll never bring -ve effect to Dr.Riek Mo,t. I am fearing how Koryom ,ll live Juba wiz his tongue which i knw well.All Taban(Thonaliek)supporters don,t beat ur chest, zes guys will bring nothings to u.God save S.Sudanese frm Media war

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