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Opposition figure, officers defect to FVP Taban faction


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 29, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – An “influential” opposition figure from the opposition faction of Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former Vice President, Riek Machar on Tuesday officially declared that he has switched his loyalty to first Vice President Taban Deng Gai-led SPLM-IO faction.

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South Sudan first vice president Taban Deng Gai arrives in Bor May 9, 2017 (ST)

Major Tut Rom, commissioner of Jotome County in Maiwut state defected along with 15 officers.

In a statement Sudan Tribune received today from the Taban-led SPLM-IO coordination office here in Addis Ababa, Rom said he accepts the August 2015 peace agreement and national dialogue declared by South Sudan president, Salva Kiir.

In August 2015, the two SPLM warring factions signed peace agreement brokered by the regional bloc Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Despite uncertainties, the peace agreement was then welcomed by regional powers and international peace partners as a major achievement to arrest the bloody war in the world’s newest nation.

“As commissioner of Jotome County, I totally fed up for the wrong leadership of Riek Machar since Riek is struggling to fail the people of South Sudan instead of helping them,” Rom said.

He called on those who remain in the bushes particularly the supporters of Riek to put down their guns and join Taban Deng faction to support the compromised peace agreement and national dialogue to resolve the internal crises.

He said the group decided to switch allegiance and loyalty to Taban Deng led SPLM faction after careful deliberation.

The commissioner thanked the community in Jotome County for listening to his advice for them not to participate in the “senseless” war.

The defectors are currently in Pagak county with the SPLM army.

South Sudan erupted into civil war in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy and current rebel leader, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup, an accusation the latter denies.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands and forced over 2.6 million people to displace from their home.

It has also left an estimated 4.8 million (approximately 40% of the population) to face severe food insecurity.


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  • 29 August 2017 21:28, by Nairobimitot

    I am going to Pagak Next week. We will rebuild Pagak very quickly.My assignment is to improve the services in Pagak, and I will be there next week. I wish SPLA of the government to enjoy their stay in Pagak and you should be the happiest soldiers and the citizens because you fought a good fight to liberate your children and old people from Riek Machar mentally incapable and his small brain followers. Taban is a good man and does not kill his people like Riek Machar. Come to Taban and you will have a good, healthy, good life and your country will have people so you can farm and sell your products in the Market without anyone chasing you away. See you all soon in Pagak.

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    • 30 August 2017 06:23, by South South

      Major. Tut Rom, should be welcomed as a hero by all South Sudanese. He is a man of words and deserve more of respects from us,about Reik, he is"FINITO"=Finish. What is left about IO supporters is internet war? Of course, they will get frustrated soon as many leaders of IO will follow foot steps of major Tut Rom, sweet, sweet,Jubaone, tasty? right?

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      • 30 August 2017 07:43, by jubaone

        South South,
        Taban deserted Riak and so many other nyagats and food lovers. That has not changed anything at all. A handful of hungry nyagats will change nothing except come to Juba, live in hotels and get some mulukhia or asida. Even you can’t go to your luak and develop it. Hang out in Uganda or Kenya, get fed and sleep. I am at ease cos neither jienges nor nyagats can do anything than fighting.

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      • 30 August 2017 08:09, by jubaone

        Major Tut Rom should be welcomed as a hero by all "jienges". That should be the reading. Once he realizes, there is no enough food in Juba anymore , he will again dash to the bush. He is driven not by ideological conviction, but by food addiction. I have no worry about that. "Die for an idea that will live, than live for an idea that will die". Jienges live for a dead idea- the jienge republic.

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        • 30 August 2017 08:25, by South South


          Come down, come down, you will see big move from people who are leaving Riek to our government including Equatorias. Dinka and Nuer are the bigger tribes in South Sudan, yes there were some differences created by wicked Reik between them, but now they realize that the only way to unite all tribes of South Sudan should start with unity of Dinka and Nuer, other tribes like Bari will follow

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          • 30 August 2017 08:39, by jubaone

            South South,
            You can kill thousands of Nuers in cold blood and expect them to come back submissively? Well, that is perhaps a jienge-Nuer killing game cos you dont value lives at all. As Equatorians, the best you could do is take this dirty game to your luaks. Kill, maim, displace and starve yourselves, we absolutely dont care. We care once you get to us, then it is blood4blood, eye4eye.

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            • 30 August 2017 10:57, by South South

              coward, I am happy because we chased you away from our country. All these nonsense you are pouring out through internet are meaningless. You never fought any war in your life. Yes, Dinka and Nuer will work out something and make unity between them a real one, Small tribes like Bari will learn from them and follow, that why you are Riek’s follower, you need a big tribe to lead you.

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              • 30 August 2017 19:06, by jubaone

                South South,
                That is the most stupid statement ever. I am satisfied if a good, learned and charismatic leader who loves and believes in SS can lead us even from the smallest tribe. Jienge, Nuer, Zande or Bari are big tribes, what have they brought to us?

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      • 30 August 2017 08:20, by padiit gaga

        whose who go to Arab native are those who are isolated by Nuer due to their evil deed even now he does not have soldiers only him alone,defection of any one without soldiers has No loss. The just only lost because Goss failed only U.N. will be GOSS,the primitive president let our country failed be of tribal leadership is not qualify to lead any people.

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    • 30 August 2017 15:55, by quiz

      Nairobi mitot, how many locations gov,t captured frm -SPLM-IO but have done nothing wc you,re claiming upto now? you always keep lying, don,t you have hope to meet us face to face 1 day? Don,t beat UR cheese 4 defection of zis guy, he simple thoughts there is money in Juba bs Taban always lie them that he ,ll block Dr.Riek but is just dream from you kiir supporters. I suspect you bi-polar disorder

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  • 29 August 2017 21:30, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    The 2018 election is around the
    Corner they should all come back for South sudanese general elections, for those who are visionary this is the right time for your armistice. No any other way around or else you will be omitted
    Welcome back and prepare for your sit coming election

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    • 30 August 2017 20:41, by jubaone

      Don Don Malith,
      The entire country is at war, except in jiengeland. Most people have fled and there is insecurity everywhere. May be jienges will conduct the elections alone.

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  • 29 August 2017 21:31, by Kush Natives

    Welcome back home Mr. Tut Rom! Let Riek Machar alone, beside that, he has nothing to offer any longer. IO is now literally become diminishing, and it’s now coming into ironmelt or finishing point. Now starts building Maiwut state, so that the children could be able to returns to schools.

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  • 29 August 2017 22:37, by john akeen

    Only low live and uneducated people are the one who’s going to remain in the bushes to fight for Riek Machar very soon, especially that stupid gay ass name Simon Gatwech Dual, that guy is so stupid, if you don’t believe me just look at his photos by searching Simon Gatwech Dual in the google site, you will see it in his face

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    • 30 August 2017 01:21, by Nairobimitot

      John Akeen
      Riek Machar likes only stupid people. If someone is the dump, stupid and mentally retarded, Riek Machar will say yes this is my man. He is the right man for the position. That is why he is always a failer. We are not against the failing and the falling of Riek Machar to zero, but we are only caring about the unity of our beautiful people of South Sudan. All of them are beautiful people. Now even dump, and the best of our stupid people of Riek Machar are starting to see why this guy called Riek Machar is a failure always?. I have a dream that one day all the stupid people around Riek Machar will realize that it was Riek who always bring the country down but sadly the country of South Sudan cannot allow you to bring it down. Life is coming back slowly now in South Sudan, and soon the economy of the country will overcome the challenges and will recover and take over Africa.

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      • 30 August 2017 02:00, by john akeen

        Nairobimitot brother
        you’re very right brother, Riek Machar do likes stupid and ugly people because he knows that if you’re ugly and stupid at sametime that mean you’ll do anything so you can die, and he also know that the few educated people who are with him, he know they will leave him anytime,but he believe those stupid and ugly people are they one who will fight for him until the day he dies

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  • 30 August 2017 01:43, by john locke

    Its etertaining to see you kiir cheerleaders cheer about a guy who was bought by taban.. only real men stick to the reason why they’re fighting. Any man who switches sides during a war is usually a coward and is persuaded by positions. Do you think we’ll stop fighting kiir because one man left? Kiirs regime is already crumbling. Riek has just been released by igad. What will kiir do now?

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    • 30 August 2017 02:27, by Nairobimitot

      John Locke
      You said Riek had been released. Do you know how long it will take for Riek to recover? his mind is gone, he is not the same Riek anymore. Now if you tell him to go to Pagak so you can meet him there for a meeting, Riek will say No, I am taking my medicine for my brain. His brain hurts bad. My friend, he is not the same Riek like he used to be. He is traumatized by the war especially when he was running out from Juba leaving all his officials. Haaa, hahaha. He is a little bid crazy now, and if he sees you now, Riek will not be able to know you. He will say I am not sure I know you. Who are you? So give Riek Machar sometimes and a break to take his medicine, so maybe after 200 years, he will come back to South Sudan to be your president. He will be only allowed to run for president in the mental institutions where crazy people elect their leaders because he is very crazy. We have no problem of feeding crazy people because we are capable.

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    • 30 August 2017 02:29, by Nairobimitot

      John Locke
      You said Riek had been released. Do you know how long it will take for Riek to recover? his mind is gone, he is not the same Riek anymore. Now if you tell him to go to Pagak so you can meet him there for a meeting, Riek will say No, I am taking my medicine for my brain. His brain hurts bad. My friend, he is not the same Riek like he used to be. He is traumatized by the war especially when he was running out from Juba leaving all his officials. Haaa, hahaha. What kind of a leader is he? He is a little bit crazy now, and if he sees you now, Riek will not be able to know you. He will say I am not sure I know you. Who are you? So give Riek Machar sometimes and a break to take his medicine, so maybe after 200 years, he will come back to South Sudan to be your president. He will be only allowed to run for president in the mental institutions where crazy people elect their leaders because he is very crazy. We have no problem of feeding crazy people because we are capable.

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    • 30 August 2017 02:57, by john akeen

      You know the funny thing is, Riek Machar Nuers and his Rebels they said that Riek Machar is a prophet like Mohammed, they said if Riek Machar die, they will build Kaaba for him in one of the Nuers states like the one in Saudi Arabia and also they said they will create a holy book similar to Quran under Riek Machar Name so that way Nuer people can say Riek name when they are pray to God>>

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      • 30 August 2017 03:04, by john akeen

        you can look at who Kaaba looks like by going to this website www.muslimmemo.com this is how they want to build for Riek Machar, but the question is which stupid Nuer in South Sudan will allow that in their state?

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  • 30 August 2017 02:34, by john locke

    Nairobi, i love youre antics.. you are a man who i can tell is not intelli9. A man who denies reality. But have fun cheering kiir on. Lets see how long his administration will last. The country is broke. No ambassadors have been paid for months, soldiers are starving. People fleeing by the millions. What a successful leader kiir is.

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    • 30 August 2017 03:10, by john akeen

      Are you mad?

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    • 30 August 2017 03:12, by conservative

      Than I think nobody will fix this situation included machar he have huge challenge by dinka unless the country return into peace like before but dinka and nuer are same dark people no different and Bashir is laughing

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    • 30 August 2017 03:15, by Nairobimitot

      John Locke
      Any leader who is holding power in the time of war is also the president of all the people including those who oppose the President Kiir. The next leader will be chosen by the individuals with the blessing of the President Kiir, not by you or anyone else. If you wish South Sudan President to collapse, you wish your country to collapse which is also the work of Riek Machar. Riek is always pleased to destroy South Sudan, and he is always happy to kill the people of South Sudan. That is how you and other few supporters of Riek Machar have been behaving, wishing your country ill all the time. We understand you very well. We are now going to make sure that the country is safe by getting rid of rebels all over the country. You rebels have no room to sleep here in South Sudan. Sleep outside because you always wish bad to your country.

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  • 30 August 2017 03:28, by john locke

    Nairobi, whats funny is that kiirs government is very equipped militarily. Yet they arill cant defeat us. We chased you out of pagak.youre soldiers are in Ethiopia. Bol and nhial are stuck on the jekou bridge. How are you still losing to us?

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  • 30 August 2017 07:11, by lou nuer

    Tut Room
    Since you were in Jotome you’re money lover only that you have you run out of cows you use to collect from the community of Jotome that is why you declare your defection to Taban Deng. You’re not longer being trusted by communiny due to poor administrative that you have. Since you’re almost to be fired from position you declare you are supporting collapsed peace of Kiir and Taban safe journey

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  • 30 August 2017 08:06, by Maguto

    thousand are coming in and thousand are leaving the government

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  • 30 August 2017 10:59, by lou nuer

    John Akeen and Nairobimitot
    My dear comrades, we are not after Dr.Machar but we are after Nuer right being denied by DINKA and idiots nuer prefer food than the death of their children and mothers being killed in cool blood by Kiir regime and many others. We shall fight you untill coming of Jesus. One man cannot spoil movement. Tut Rom is ordinary person without soldiers only him and lame body guar

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    • 30 August 2017 15:23, by Redeemer

      People are asking why Dinka refused to join this particular rebellion, but if you are wise you can judge the reason simply, this is not a genuine war. Starting from Nuer to Nyamnyam, when they join Riek, the only reason is Kiir’s weak leadership and when they come back reason is Riek’s weak leadership, if they are all weak why putting the country at war

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      • 30 August 2017 19:49, by Redeemer

        James Riek Machar has converted Equatorians into Ngundengism, if you go now people are friendly to MTN after realizing it is not as easy as they thought. Jubaone is fighting a loose battle with the hope that they want to create history, to let you know this you cannot make it on the keyboard my man, the history is one and it was successfully made

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        • 30 August 2017 20:53, by jubaone

          Sorry, Equatorians are not stooges and to be led and herded like jienge cows. Equatorians think and don’t follow foolishly like jienges do. We are free thinkers and doers that is why b4 this jienge shit, Equatoria was the most developed region in SS. We will make it a paradise so you can learn from us how civilised people do things.

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