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S. Sudan rebels downplay significance of Kampala peace accord


South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda's capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

June 5, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan armed opposition faction under the leadership of the country’s former First Vice-President, Riek Machar have downplayed the significance of a peace deal inked between government and a rebel faction based in Yei River state.

The accord was signed on Sunday by Brig. Gen. Hillary Edson Yakani on behalf of Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In-Opposition (SPLA IO). Maj. Gen. Marshal Babanen signed on behalf of the government.

The rebel faction, according to a communiqué issued after days of negotiations in the Uganda capital, Kampala, declared a permanent ceasefire that took immediate effect from 5 June 2017.

But Col. Lam Paul, a deputy rebel spokesperson in a statement issued Monday, described the Kampala talks as “nonsense”, saying the agreement served individuals with no political and military might.

“Hilary Yakani has never been a member [of the SPLM-IO], leave alone an officer of the SPLA -IO, he was rescued together with some of our politicians from Juba last year after the July fight. He was not trained or commissioned by the SPLA-IO and so he cannot sign any agreement on behalf of the SPLA –IO,” Lam told Sudan Tribune.

The SPLM-IO official also questioned the credibility of the defectors and wondered why senior military officer allied to the group in Yei River state did not know about the Kampala peace agreement.

“SPLA-IO is under the leadership of Dr Riek Machar Teny [and] that means any agreement has to be signed by him. He should be the one to do it as our commander in chief, not any other person. What is happening in Kampala is just a project of Governor [Moses] Lokonga and his agent Bishop Elias to help them during these economic crises in South Sudan,” Lam further said.

“This group that met in Kampala does not have foot soldiers on the ground in Yei River state and so government should not think they can roam around Yei without clashing with the SPLA-IO,” he added.

According to the rebel official, any meaningful peace deal capable of the ending the conflict in South Sudan should involve all leaders.

Renewed violence broke out in the South Sudan capital, Juba in July 2016, forcing the country’s rebel leader who was part of the coalition government to flee the young nation. He now lives in South Africa.

The South Sudanese conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced over two million people from their homes, while thousands have been earmarked to face starvation in coming months.


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  • 6 June 2017 09:59, by Redeemer

    Look at how unworthy individual whose mind has been corrupted by Riek, those you are denying where the ones who helped Riek through Equatoria bushes to DRC, I am a living witness, we know our Equatoria sons who sacrificed to carry Riek on their shoulders after being wounded by Malong to DRC and now you are denying them of being IO

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    • 6 June 2017 10:09, by Redeemer

      Taban is now in Juba and do many Nuer, so what is wrong if few Equatorians leave the bush life, after all Riek does not treat the movement like an organization which need strategies but he abandon people everywhere and he wanted people to survive on atrocities(kill to eat) movement

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      • 6 June 2017 10:17, by Redeemer

        Why that you thanked the chief spy and Finance Offer when the abandoned Riek, is it because they are Nuer? All the Nuer Generals are operating by names only but they are in the neighboring counties why are you not calling them refugees only Equatorians commanders are the ones active in the field

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        • 6 June 2017 10:28, by Lango2010

          i think what is going on here is a game as you have realized, the Nuer always praise their side and deny others. i am a witness to the lively history of what Alfred Ladu Gore told us when he was in Pagak two years ago. so it is upto the Equatorian to follow blindly or take their stand.

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          • 6 June 2017 10:34, by Lango2010

            commentators like Juba1, Jur Likang, Nyesita, etc should know that Nuer at not for peace but for the destruction of Equatorian State and after that the Bahr el Ghazal States, to be like the States of Upper Nile. than we state all from Zero that is their Motive. we shall not admit that to happen instead let look for peace to reconstruct what we have destroyed but not destroy more.

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            • 6 June 2017 10:42, by Lango2010

              why are the Nuer SPLA IO against anybody for peace always? can somebody tell me, if you don’t know than there is something to worry about. i will not tell you but keep supporting them and you will reap the fruit of it all. look at Kajokeji, Yei, Mundri,Parjok, Wau, and Raja. they were peaceful but what happen after jointing the rebellions?
              Sword by Sword and eye for an eye the we shall be blind.

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            • 7 June 2017 04:28, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

              Lango 2010,

              If you follow history we’ll, then it would have been your teacher. No freedom is got on a free golden plate. You have to sacrifice for it. In the process there is destruction . That is how we got 1972 addis agreement and that is how we got CPA 2005. Now what we fought against has been instituted by Dinka what do you think we should do? Economy is dead, no development

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              • 7 June 2017 04:36, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

                National treasury depleted by thieves from Dinka community. The government has failed to deliver medicine to the sick and education to the youth and above all they refuse to listen to the cry of citizens just because they were born with guns in their arms. In such situation what do you think should be done? All talks with them is a mockery!!

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        • 6 June 2017 10:50, by Kiir

          Cording to my understanding why the SPLA-IO spoke person thanks those who abandon SPLA-IO, because They left SPLA-IO us individual, their contribution to the Moment con not be deny. When you come to your brother who have signed the fake peace agreement in Kampala with Mag. Gen of SPLA-IG.

          The General who signed on Government side was delegate by SPLA-IG Chief of Staff or by President?

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    • 6 June 2017 11:46, by Midit Mitot

      Government of confusion" any clever group can design their own project to get money. Thereafter, it will be call peace sign between IO and Gov,t! what a country is this?

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      • 6 June 2017 12:00, by Redeemer

        This political project was not in Equatoria, but it is known as a Riek or Nuer Project. to support my point. 1) Riek signed 1997 for a position, 2) Riek signed 2002 agreement for a position, 3) Riek signed 2015 for a position. Ambassador Buany is holding a rewarded position in exchange to rebellion. SSudanese got this game from Nuer

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    • 6 June 2017 11:53, by The Ultra

      Unfortunately Redeemer, The Yakani I know is nothing more than an unpopular opportunist that will be more of a liability to the government than assets. He was the NCP boy in Yei, a position he took to swindle Bashir’s money having known too well that SPLM/A was the people’s party. He later told us he just needed the money.
      My instinct and having known him personally tells me that Yakani WILL never

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      • 6 June 2017 11:56, by The Ultra

        command a significant following in Morrobo road not to talk of a county. I believe it’s just a ploy by Elias and Lokonga to propel one of their boyz to prominence so they can reap big. Let’s see him assembling the rebels
        TIME WILL TELL!!!!

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  • 6 June 2017 11:09, by Kiir

    Some Dinka women, girls, young men and children are begging people for money, others women and girls are busy in the Hotels with men in Country wide. Some Dinka men are killing civilians and looting their properties. Go to James Hotel, Keren Hotel out side. Those women and children are from which tribe? Salva is enjoying South Sudan oil money and his family alone.

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    • 6 June 2017 11:46, by Redeemer

      Kiir Just go in front of Rainbow hotel it is a public place just down American Embassy and go down towards wayway market, we as SSudanese are suffering we are not here for a hatred, we are taking care of many of own people who have nothing to eat and u are saying Dinka, even a blind person who doesnot know what is happening on the street cannot buy your information

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      • 6 June 2017 12:12, by Redeemer

        The Ultra
        You cannot victimize Yakani for being NCP, even Riek supported NCP and fought SPLA and do the whole Nuer as a community accept Hoth Mai was the only Nuer who stood with SSudanese, no community has such less number in the liberation of SS. But Yakani was not a supporter he did not kill anyone or caused any suffering

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  • 6 June 2017 12:08, by Sunday Junup

    Who send him to Kampalla? Just move back to Yei if you were from there and find SPLA-IO. If you sign agreement please try your level best and see if Juba will implement

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    • 6 June 2017 12:20, by Redeemer

      All the Riek IO commanders are in Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and POC, with exception of Oliny and Equatorian field commanders. How did they get there?

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      • 6 June 2017 14:08, by Redeemer

        Mr. Kiir above, some people are responsible they are leaders they want to bring back those who followed them. They don’t want to like Riek who always abandon his followers after getting his share. With Nuer no problem but Equatorians are different you will be questioned, where are our sons twho followed you? that is why they want to bring what they took

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        • 6 June 2017 15:19, by Eastern

          When did Dr. Machar ABANDON his followers? Is it not the politics exclusion that has gone awry? Do you know how Dr. Machar ended up in distant South Africa. Recently when the UN Security Council gave him audiances El Tabani the lapdog was not happy. What has the seclusion of Dr. Machar from the limelight since July 2016 done to the country. What has the bonding of Kiir and Taban achieved?

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        • 6 June 2017 15:23, by Eastern


          The problem South Sudan is lagging behind and embroiled in endless problems is because of citizens like you who don’t ask those leading the right questions. Whi did Kiir backtrack on things he signed in the ARCISS albeit with reservations. Why was there harrasment of IO team in Juba without Kiir reigning in his security? Kiir refused the ARCISS because IT CLIPPED HIS WINGS!

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        • 6 June 2017 15:27, by Eastern

          Kiir wanted to continue swimming in the lake of power given to him by the constitution John Luk Jok help craft. South Sudanese didn’t have an opportunity to make a good constitution and elect their leader. Kiir sneaked into RSS from GoSS thanks to gullible MPs who only cared for their needs without seeing the timebomb the country was sitting on. Now BOOM, here we are!!!!

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      • 6 June 2017 15:34, by Sunday Junup

        I ask who send him to sign that peace?. What I know Kiir sign peace with Ulony,Yawyaw,arrow boys etc but nothing has been implemented. What is a granted that he will implement this? You are food lover bro,

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  • 6 June 2017 16:45, by Kiir

    Redeemer you are not a politician, but you are messenger of JCE who are killing S.Sudanese through Museveni’s wife Nyankiir. Could remember from 1983-2005 did you heard that Sudan Army burn a sigle house in Sudan? Did you heard that single civilian was kill because of his/her tribe? Anyway this is your time do what will please your tribe. Dink do not future. Where are Mith apiol (V8)? Enjoy!!!!!

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  • 6 June 2017 17:03, by Kiir

    Salva will leave the power, but 2 things will happen to him. 1. His children will never hold any public office. 2 Salva himself will not be bury in South Sudan soil when he die bcoz of the crimes he committed in South Sudan. He can be bury in South Sudan soil in Gogrial village if he die in power, but what we know all know his body will be throw in the sea like Usam Binladen. Believe me

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    • 6 June 2017 17:51, by Redeemer

      I am not a politician as being said nor I long to become one. sure you will not say Sudan Killed and burn because you were the agents of Khartoum implementing all this on us. We know you by your roots

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      • 6 June 2017 18:03, by Redeemer

        Wishful thinking, Salva will be buried as a hero, who or where will you get a final say on his burial. His mission now is to put the political ambition of Riek to rest and than we will say thank you Benydit, you can now go and rest in your Palace in Akot surrounded by JCE

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        • 6 June 2017 18:16, by Redeemer

          Do you know that it was Paulino Matip who integrated Nuer soldiers of SSLA into SPLA in 2005 but Riek surrendered by 2002. I know that you are just following him unknowingly that was in his 1991, again he abandoned some in Khartoum and Ethiopia who are now finding their way to Juba. Lastly what did he do to those who helped him to DRC where are they? some requested UN to bring them to Juba

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          • 6 June 2017 21:40, by Eastern


            I like your reasoning! Paulino led ignorant men and died ignorant! Dr. Machar is a man in a different league. You can’t compare mangoes with oranges, just to use a pre-school analogy. Please continue with your current gimmick of national dialogue with friends and Juba and forget about those waging war at Kiir and we waite for a time of convergance!!!

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  • 6 June 2017 18:09, by Fair Man

    You are right but slow of mention. Dr. John Garang, Wol Wol etc will be exhumed from Equatoria soil and taken to their homeland and anyone who was buried by force in our soil. Then, Kiir, Riek, James Hoth, Malong, Mamur, Pagan Amum, Nyandeng, Oyai Deng, Majak D’Agot, Taban Deng, Abdon Agaw, John Luke, Makwei Lueth (all SPLM/A Factions) should identify their suitable burial sites early!!

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