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Machar’s army general, group of officers defect to FVP Taban faction


SPLA-IO chief of general staff, First Lieutenant General Simon Gatwech Dual (C), with members of JMCC from SPLA-IO, Juba, 28 May 2016 (ST Photo)
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 22, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - An Army General along with a group of 9 officers from the opposition faction of Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former Vice President, Riek Machar defect to join the faction of First Vice President Taban Deng Gai.

In a telephone conversation with Sudan Tribune, SPLM-IO Taban faction Army spokesperson, Dickson Gatluak said Brigadier General, Okot David Awai and the 9 officers arrived in the capital, Juba, Thursday afternoon from Kampala when an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane they boarded on touched down at Juba Airport around 11 pm local time.

Upon arrival, the group of defectors were welcomed by Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum and top Army officials.

Their defection, Gatluak said was in response to country’s call for peace.

The 10 defectors are mainly from the Acholli tribe.

The group of defectors will tomorrow meet FVP Deng in his office.

The latest defection comes as the youngest African nation struggles to bring about lasting peace and reconstitute the government and Taban faction armies under one unified command.

"Their return home demonstrates the level of commitment FVP Taban Deng attaches to the implementation of the compromised peace agreement" Said Gatluak.

FVP Taban Deng says his faction as a movement has duty and responsibility to bring back home all military officers and cadres who left the country following the civil war that erupted over 3 years ago.

"We urge all military commanders who took up arms against the government to return home and join the peace process," said Gatkuak.

He said the return of the deserters is a major step forward for the nation to rejoice for peace and stability to prevail in war-torn South Sudan.

"It further boosts the morale of forces and will bring the Army of SPLM-IO and the entire Army in South Sudan"

General Okot is one of the well-known Generals within Machar faction’s Army.

Okot was a commander in charge of Magwi Brigade 9th in Anyanya division in Eastern Equatoria.

He was demoted and dismissed by Machar over allegations that the General had links with Juba.

Since South Sudan has fallen back into a bloody civil war in December 2013, some 1.8 million civilians fled to neighbouring countries.

UN chief, Antonio Guterres, Thursday urged South Sudanese leaders to end the war.

"South Sudan leaders haven’t deserved the people they have," said Guterres after paying a visit to a refugee camp in northern Uganda.

He will participate in a UN-backed summit aimed at raising global awareness of South Sudan crisis in Kampala on Friday.

Uganda currently shelters around 900,000 South Sudan refugees most women and children who most arrived in the past year.

The UN said it needs USD 8 billion to help refugees and host communities over next four years.


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  • 23 June 2017 03:15, by Kush Natives

    Where did they left their army? Welcome back home by the way!make sure you call those starved rebels back to Juba as sosoon as possible.

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    • 23 June 2017 09:42, by Mopedi

      Whoever joint Dr.Riek in Bush aimed at total reform in South Sudanese system of governance, will not just come back to join the regime adamant to the reforms, let them come and leave visionary people alone- we fight not for posts, food but for freedom and prosperity of all SS

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    • 23 June 2017 09:52, by Mopedi

      Taban Deng has lost his political dream, after integration of all his small forces, his post will be relinquished coz no GoNU at that time let those supports him risk their political ambitions, JCE never trust any Nuers leave alone other tribes.

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  • 23 June 2017 04:02, by Newsudan

    welcome, where are those of midiit, Jubaone, your boss Gatmachar is being isolated, in favoured of peace wing faction of STD Group, feeding us everyday with war rhetoric comments. have u ever fought in war and saw men dying,is not like pressing keyboard.

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    • 23 June 2017 04:53, by Kush Natives

      Who knows, those of Midiit, Subaone,Eastern so forth could be among those generals.

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      • 23 June 2017 06:45, by Eastern

        Kush Natives,

        I am here in Juba gleefully rubbing my hands together over the unfolding tragicomedy. "Brigadier" David Awai is a desperate and cunning man just like his counterparts Yakani, Yuma et al in Yei. Until Dr. Machar, Dr. Lam and ALL AGRIEVED South Sudanese are INVOLVED in the process of nation building, I consider everything the usual "dinka peace conference", usless & a waste of time!!!

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        • 23 June 2017 07:36, by Akuma


          This defection from one side to other will not help South Sudan people otherwise Gen. Okot forces are stilling ambushing civilians’ vehicles along Nimule-Juba highways.

          Will his defection to government side will end highways killings?

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          • 23 June 2017 07:48, by Eastern


            That’s the reason I am saying ALL AGRIEVED South Sudanese must be involved in nation building process not the few hungry vultures here and there. Kiir and cohorts are obstinate and don’t want to look at the bigger picture. Taban Deng Gai hoodwinking Kiir and the international community has caused more harm than goo. Ask me how...

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        • 23 June 2017 08:35, by Kush Natives

          Let’s all be honest here please, since you’re a good writer here in sudantribune, let’s say, if you’re in Juba, what question have you ever asked what you called a failed government in Juba? I think you’re a big perpetrator of this senseless violence against South Sudanese. Why do you still dwell in a country that is horribly failed?

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          • 23 June 2017 08:59, by Eastern

            Kush Natives,

            That’s a naive question. I am a native of South Sudan where do you want me to go? Should I leave the country simply because it’s being mismanaged by morons and goons? What is the use of RUNNING out of the country when the goons and morons in power can still bring you back either through submission of coercion? I am going to fight this tribal government from within....

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            • 23 June 2017 16:27, by Marco A. Wek

              Eastern, if you are indeed in Juba, what are you doing to help our country apart from being anti-Dinka as a tribe rather than the government that is not running the country the way it should. Being anti-Dinka would make other Dinkas who may not like how the country is run fight for their survival by making sure they keep the current government in place. Be wise and think wise.

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          • 23 June 2017 09:28, by Mopedi

            Kush Native
            what other unseen indicators do you want Eastern to tell you to shaw the government has failed, simply absent of peace, prevalence of hunger,deaceses,no roads,no hospitals, refugee everywhere, where is the government?

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        • 23 June 2017 10:12, by jubaone

          Right, according to our intelligent sources, Brig. Yakani is still in Uganda and fears returing to Yei according to the fake deal recently made. Unfortunately, one of his closest associates has been thrown in jail in Yei and his whereabouts are not known It appears most of Yakani´s group are thinking of quitting, but the damage is already done. Stay tuned!

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      • 23 June 2017 07:35, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Kush native

        Where are their armies? This kind of rewarding rebelion in become habit to s.sudanse, how came to rewards they killers with ranks, what are theirs achievement? I need clearification here, otherwise, I am going to bush brothers, I am still sergeant since 1998 and I couldn,t sleep outside SPLA one day

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        • 23 June 2017 08:41, by Kush Natives

          Garang Akeen Tong,
          President Salva Kiir should think twice, Why should he be busy bringing in the rebels and chasing down the loyalists. People like you and the rest are getting uncomfortable on the way that Mr. President is handling things.

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    • 23 June 2017 14:51, by Black Nation

      Ya Newsudan, We don’t care about those who were just laying down in kampala and never been in war front, just gathering themselves in East Africa and come and announced themselves that they defect from Machar faction so that g’vt would consider them and give them positions.

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  • 23 June 2017 06:42, by Newsudan

    They are just East Africa niggaz who know nothing about effects of war.using keyboard to incite people is their worse achievement

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    • 23 June 2017 06:49, by Eastern


      NOBODY has incited anybody against Kiir’s tribal regime; Kiir’s government simply turned the non-dinka masses against it. His long time stooge, Elia Lumoro is now seeing what others observed a long time ago. Why can’t you forget about those opposed to Kiir and continue with those who have accepted to EAT THEIR HUMBLE PIE?

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  • 23 June 2017 08:19, by Kojok Lueth

    I hope it is not a plan for the coup!!! Welcome back Gen.Okot you were a loyal to the country may God touch other to come and join the peace to have stability in the country

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    • 23 June 2017 08:57, by Dengda

      @ Kojok Lueth
      I see it the way you see it Mr Kojok, its could commanders who will command within. Second to, people shouldn’t worry of two and previous IO but new emerging IO. Kiir will be killed like Gaddafi, if I may not be wrong. STD is busy building on his position, how come the generals who command brigade just come without process that involved in his troop? Okot may go and another will come

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  • 23 June 2017 08:21, by Sunday Junup

    Please leave us alone. Go and deal with SPLA-N whom still have vision of Newsudan. By the way it is not news of switching side is not new, in two days time you will hear defection from government to SPLA-IO. Also be reminded that when Okot was dismissed by gatmachar, he decided to join camp of Kiir through Taban.

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    • 23 June 2017 09:13, by Newsudan

      Sunday Junup
      am true son of Dr Garang, who stick to his father vision of Newsudan for marginalised areas of South,Darfur,Nuba mts,Beja and Funj, what can you tell about sham fake independent that brought more crises that good.Dr John wasn’t shortsighted to favour South alone.

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      • 23 June 2017 10:42, by deng

        you are wrong the independent was not fake, only generals and politicians are fake and corrupt, they are handling the affairs of nation as they are foreigners not from this country, they don’t care the future of the country even of their children.

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      • 23 June 2017 13:39, by Sunday Junup

        Thanks for your comment, please take those of Salva Kiir with you they wanted to implement vision of Newsudan here in South Sudan knowing that it can never work. All who have Newsudan vision are corrupt and never care about dying civilian.

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  • 23 June 2017 08:51, by Padiet Deng Alony

    "South Sudan leaders haven’t deserved the people they have," said Guterres after paying a visit to a refugee camp in northern Uganda.

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  • 23 June 2017 09:56, by Kojok Lueth


    Actions speak louder than words.
    Kiir was killed by many people we need him to be killed and definitely the new elected president will be killed immediately when the election finish.

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  • 23 June 2017 10:20, by Kojok Lueth


    You are right by the way keep building it.
    Long live the right people to govern.

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  • 23 June 2017 15:04, by real Dinka

    Their stupidity will bring them back again, i wish a total reform in the government and change for the betterment of this great nation.

    Kiir and Riek must go to give peace achance

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  • 23 June 2017 18:02, by Beer

    they a
    re come back home

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  • 23 June 2017 19:40, by Newsudan

    Breaking news:
    unknown men killed Kenya bishop in Juba with machete,walai Junubin

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    • 25 June 2017 12:49, by Beer

      Riek Machar must accept ND otherwise is the only option for him and for South Sudan

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