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SPLM-IO officials abroad call for Machar’s "unconditional" release


June 27, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) representatives across Europe, America, South America and Africa have demanded the "immediate" and "unconditional" release of Riek Machar from his confinement in South Africa.

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Rebel leader Riek Machar shakes hands with South African president Jacob Zuma at the State House, Pretoria, South Africa, July 2, 2014 (ST)

The SPLM-IO officials, in a written petition extended to Sudan Tribune, expressed disappointment over the "illegal detention" of the armed opposition leader.

“We, the SPLM-IO Missions, Chapters Leaders, and South Sudanese Diaspora across the globe strongly condemn the illegal detention of the SPLM/A-IO Chairman, Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, in South Africa and call for his unconditional immediate release,” partly reads the statement.

The Diaspora representatives, in the petition, described what they said was an attempt to have Machar killed in July last year, saying the incident showed the reality for the peace violations and blamed the leadership in South Sudan for having instigated the conflict.

“Surprisingly, upon surviving the assassination attempt in Juba and fleeing to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for safety, we were expecting a swift and strong response and the condemnation of the government of South Sudan from the region and the international community,” further reads the statement.

The officials said Machar’s detention in South African was “unproductive” and "illegal".

This is, however, the first ever call from the political wing of the armed opposition movement, which called for the inclusive and reinvigorated political process of reviewing the agreement of the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

As humanitarian situations remain at critical stages in South Sudan, the armed opposition believes that for an effective settlement to the conflict, there is need to open doors for humanitarian aid to intervene in areas heavily infected by violence.

The officials, in their petition, also urged the region and the international community to condemn President Salva Kiir and his government for abrogating the peace agreement and the alleged attempt to assassinate his peace partner, Machar.

They also demanded that an immediate action is taken from the East African regions, African Union, and the international communities to condemn countries that provide weapons to President Kiir and his government for "executing" innocent civilians.

“The countries selling arms to President Kiir and his government have to be publically identified and reprimanded. The country’s meagre oil resources are being traded for sophisticated weapons, which are then used to target the starving and dying citizens, rather than towards feeding and protecting them,” further noted the petition.

The SPLM-IO representatives also urged the United Nation Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan in order to limit the flow of weapons and ammunition that emboldens the regime to continue the war and target its opponents.


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  • 28 June 2017 05:06, by Theone

    These people are really funny.

    Do they know what DIPLOMAT mean!

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    • 28 June 2017 08:13, by Mi diit

      Dr. Riek Machar is coming back with or without campaign...good job SPLM I.O diaspora chapters.

      Dr. Machar is the only hope for the people of South Sudan.

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      • 28 June 2017 08:32, by Newsudan

        you’re alive, I thought you hang yourself especially when your boss Gatmachar languished in south Africa prison.

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        • 28 June 2017 08:42, by Eastern


          Please humbly take that egg on your face! You loudly and lousily announced that the dude was dead.....

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        • 28 June 2017 15:48, by Midit Mitot

          Any person supporting that rogue regime in Juba, his or her days are numbered, Midiit will not die before you gangs.

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        • 29 June 2017 16:23, by Mookachaar Jieng

          The visionary leader will come to his country soon and he will be the first President of the Republic of South Sudan who will introduce the democratic government ,good governance,justice and freedom of expression and also he will be one who bring back the good history of SPLM/SPLA.The sultan will remain in ICC and his JCE.No doubt

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      • 30 June 2017 05:47, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Mi Diit, the SPLM-IO group is calling for impossible. Machar will will not be released unless he denounce the violence and come back as a civilian not rebel leader. Machar bad records led him to house arrest in South Africa.

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  • 28 June 2017 05:31, by Kush Natives

    Look at these illiterates called themselves diplomats, Riek Machar was locked up in South Africa legally by South Sudanese government. If denounced as an illegal, then who will release him unconditionally? Keeps running around the jungles of South Sudan. We’re going to you lock up all soon or later.

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    • 28 June 2017 08:03, by Midit Mitot

      Kuch Natives,
      Your attempted criticism to those Diplomats is rogue, can you please try to compare them with your idiots leaders in Juba which are failing this nation?

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      • 28 June 2017 08:48, by Kush Natives

        Midit Mitot,
        Don’t act like you’re part of this destabilization in the country which is now entitled to Riek Machar alone, let’s all accept the truth here, Riek Machar was insanely set up to lead this useless brains rebellion against the government. But, few smart gangs where out there thinking that when an idiot Riek Machar achieved the war strategy, then you fools could jump in and assassinate>>

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        • 28 June 2017 08:57, by Kush Natives

          >>>con- him and then denying his success. This is bullshit, and Riek Machar should have calculated that as well before he himself desperately jumped into such conclusion. At the mean time, both of you will remain fools for good, because we the government wouldn’t even truth any crossroads or Nyagaat any longer. We’re now going to treat you crabby till you fools decided which country will u chose.

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        • 28 June 2017 09:03, by Newsudan

          Kuch natives
          I wish we could have a duel with their morons below in Kuek front.
          Eastern vs Newsudan
          Jubaone vs Kuch natives
          Anyanya1 vs Garang Akeen
          Eyez vs Dengda

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          • 28 June 2017 09:19, by Kush Natives

            Ah ah ah ah ah! You made me laugh out loud funny. That could be definitely be a "Bunia au shallut"

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          • 28 June 2017 09:25, by Dengda

            your comparison is confusing, I think I have the same view and ideological position with Eyez. I am pro-change and reform, 10000% against government. I am for new face to leadership of this country and unity among 64 tribes, I am Dinka, but I believes there is no government for tribe, I am against Bar ghazel foolishness of stain our name jieng. So your comparison please shine light on.

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            • 28 June 2017 09:50, by deng

              I am one of your readers and do agree with your view but today you point at Bhar el Ghazal Region,for me I think you are no longer different from those fueling the war by pointing tribe instead of corrupt government I don’t know that one you will be Kiir supporter one day,and I know one thing those who are against Dinka are Kiir supporters and you join them today by pointing Bhar el Ghaza

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            • 28 June 2017 09:56, by Eyez

              People like New Sudan, Kuach and Kush Natives are blindly supporting a tribalist government which has brought nothing but chaos and mayhem to the people of South Sudan.

              The country is in war, the economy has collapsed and the people are voting with their feet by crossing national borders in search of save haven, and all these tragedies were created by the government.

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            • 28 June 2017 10:22, by Eyez

              I like that....."kin kak, keyimot ki" diri gwag. Kilo Jienge a mijok kanan. They look but they don’t see and they hear but they don’t listen, so dealing with them is like dealing with people who have disabilities.
              Tinate lugasir leo.

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              • 28 June 2017 11:49, by jubaone

                In the final analysis, the Republic or State of Equatoria will and MUST evolve from all these chaos. Equatorians will compellingly have to move forward and shake of the "jienge burden" that is holding us back. Our hospitality has caused us this tragic situation. Imagine we hadn´t these "buggages", we would have gone that far, see small Rwanda is just like CES.

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            • 28 June 2017 22:24, by Garang Akeen Tong

              Dengda twi boy

              Today I realise that, you are an idiot really, who didn,t know the basis of current war, if you are not a pool, reread your memory back to 1991, bor, masscre, 2013 masscre tookplace in bor, ayod, baliet, malakal, akoba, nasir, leer, mayendit, guet, nhialdiu, guit, kaljak, mayom, wangkai, bentiu, duar etc. May you recall that memory, we where force to depend this gov,t, when we tar

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          • 28 June 2017 21:56, by Garang Akeen Tong


            Hahaha, do you thinks those militias thugs, have capacity to confront us? the answer is a big no, they are not even a soldiers, but they are begers & jobs seekers, thinking that theirs Dr. Riak will offer them a jobs, they aren,t even know how to read a simple gun AK47. They are in abroad.
            Comrade Newsudan, make sure that we are dealing with madness and teethless dogs.

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  • 28 June 2017 05:52, by Newsudan

    I told you yesterday Riek is park in South Africa for 30 years,he is gone case,replaced him with Gualdit Gatwech Dual(aka wen Adit).our cousins Nuer should come to their senses and stop held their community hostage for Riek.

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    • 28 June 2017 12:32, by Mopedi

      This is a wish-full thinking, South Sudan and it citizens only get peace,political breathe and stability if visionary leader like Dr.Riek has taken over, today the country is being ruled but not being served, Juba University soon be closed-Kiri is ruling SS without development yet some of you are supporting this evils deeds.

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      • 28 June 2017 12:40, by Mopedi

        ...Con, I who speak have a dream that if we continue supporting tribal vision the cost will be further disintegration and more blood shed while protecting our tribal territory in the expanse of the territorial integrity of SS, Kush,Kush Natives, john akeen, Suoth Sudan if what you thought right is being implemented now, your own people will curse you for many nyors who lost their dear life

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        • 28 June 2017 12:51, by Mopedi

          Kush Natives, Kush, john akeen.
          The Political mess in SS is not because of Dr.Riek, Salva.Is rooted in Genesis of Nuers and Dinka,read a story of three brothers (Dinka,Nuers and Atuot) 642 AD. but Kiir and JCE took chance of Kiir being the president to destroy Nuers using national resources. let change from this politics and embrace peace among us.

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          • 28 June 2017 12:59, by Mopedi

            No Dinka or Nuers will win this senseless war only can contribute to reduction of national resources, such as man powers. Taban Deng with vision of self enrichment should be removed after the integration of his forces.then Kiir resign leaving the sit to the least tribe to lead people to election period,otherwise every citizen is suffering not as Nuers or Dinka but South Sudan.

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      • 28 June 2017 13:09, by Mopedi

        I meant Kiir not Kiri.

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  • 28 June 2017 07:08, by anyanya1

    You garbages Theone,kush,newsudan;
    Riak is coming back if u like or liked it, you knew it very well it’s your end when he’s back, you stink dogs.

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    • 28 June 2017 07:42, by Eyez

      You Jienge idiots will soon discover that the World is waking up to the truth, and all the lies and bribery the Dinka government used to buy time will never work any more, because, everyone now knows you people are tribalists, uncivilised and barbaric.

      Dr. R. Marcher will come back, it’s only a matter of time, or else the fire will keep on burning until we free Equatoria of all MTN roaches.

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      • 28 June 2017 07:55, by Eastern


        I couldn’t say it any better.......Thank you!

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      • 28 June 2017 08:02, by jubaone

        Great! In the recent IGAD Extraordinary meeting in AA on 22.06 it was made clear that, there was need for convening a ARCISS Revitalization Forum with all stakeholders without preconditions. They have wiggled, danced but all in vain, Riak will be back. He is signatory to ARCISS and the rest is like having shit below and peanut paste above, just jienge mess.

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    • 28 June 2017 08:36, by Newsudan

      nyamnyam or Anyanya1
      your boss Gatmachar will not see South Sudan again, just hunt rats or monkeys if you have nothing to do,

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      • 28 June 2017 08:44, by Eastern


        Let’s keep at the level of nyamnyam, jenge and nyigat, etc., that way South Sudan will be a great homeland to all....

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    • 28 June 2017 09:07, by Kush Natives

      You’re a great fools n an idiot subhuman among Nueri that I have never heard of, well singing always a song Riek amok will come back is not our business, let me know when he gets here. What we all know n aware of is the coming of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Keep that hope to yourself period.

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      • 28 June 2017 17:12, by anyanya1

        @kush natives;
        How can jieng parasite knows Jesus coming, it easy for likes of you to say anything, nobody will waste his time with your shit, take this, this country is not your mama slippers...

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    • 28 June 2017 21:18, by Garang Akeen Tong


      your dr. Riak should denounce violence, as a first piority and then he should be allow to come as a normal citizen, and if accept that, he should be transport from south africa to Juba, no way out, you just keeps crys forever, others wise your diplomat chapter should be detain (confine) or face deportation to juba and james gatdet in blue house.

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  • 28 June 2017 09:17, by Sunday Junup

    Kush Native/New Sudan,

    Please Paying South African 2.5 Million Monthly to keep dr.Riak away from SS politic is nothing but cowardice act. Why do you want money to fight in behalf of you if you are a real man? Dr. Riak is coming back soon please focus on New rebellion from Awiel and Rumbek, Equatoria and Upper Nile are gone case.

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    • 28 June 2017 09:32, by Kush Natives

      Sunday Junup,
      I am like seriously. I bet you don’t know the what write out here in your daily routine, when you comment. I just realized that you’re on defensive state. But, we’re bringing you into the reality, whether you’re derailing yourself out unknowingly. Equatorian are already rebels. Rumbek is already busy fighting themselves. Last time you said that, South Sudan government is paying>>>

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      • 28 June 2017 09:37, by Kush Natives

        >>some $100,000 I’m in order to keeps Riek Machar Dhuor-gon/wang- Kel in South Africa, now it’s appeared to be 2.5 millions USD monthly. Is your brain really functional?

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  • 28 June 2017 09:54, by Newsudan

    Sunday Junup
    Riek is done deal. whether you bark or commits suicide, he will not come back.30 years house arrest ya pan nyantoic

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    • 28 June 2017 16:52, by anyanya1

      You are really brainless jiengs animal, do you think this country is your mama underwear, you don’t have any right to ban any s.sudanese from returning home,i know you will hang yourself if he comes.

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  • 28 June 2017 10:42, by Good Foe

    The problem started when Dr. Riek Machar said he would challenge Gen. Kiir for Presidency which I don’t see as wrong.
    The government is anti Riek!
    But who will bring the rebels in the bush home? That would have been the easiest way to achieve peace which Deng Gai can’t do.

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  • 28 June 2017 13:18, by pikka

    please any leader which you’re supporting or any political party is good only that we want to see how good they are to lead the country in another level ("all leader are good but what they did is what determine them hehe")

    now who is who to lead S.Sudan to the next level apart from Dr machar and kiir

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  • 29 June 2017 12:11, by gatkhor Nueri

    Soon is coming back,
    no more talk and no more crying.

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  • 29 June 2017 12:34, by gatkhor Nueri

    To my view,no one who will forgive youdinkain this country without Dr.Riak Machar,because is the man of forgiveness.

    i don’t things no one have merciful heart like Riak Machar,
    our people believe 100000000%.

    Riak he don’t like someone to die but President Kiir force him to rebel he is not his choice.

    God will punish us with too much Hungry and Serious Disease until we return ourselves to GOD

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