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S. Sudanese rebels open doors for defectors to return


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

October 3, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese rebels allied to former first Vice President, Riek Machar says doors are open to those who opted to defect because of either administrative problems or personal grievances to return and freely rejoin the armed opposition struggle.

This announcement followed the surprise return of Maj. General Saki Palaoko, who earlier joined the group allied to Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, the former army chief of logistics who formed a rebel group.

The rebels’ deputy military spokesperson, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel said Palaoko left the SPLA-IO after developing administrative grievances and later decided to join Swaka’s National Salvation Front (NAS).

“The leadership of the SPLA-IO under Dr Riek Machar Teny is happy to announce the rejoining of Maj. Gen Saki Palaoko Joseph to SPLA-IO. Gen. Palaoko had earlier left SPLA-IO to NAS sighting administrative issues at leadership domain,” Lam told Sudan Tribune.

He said the official’s return to the armed opposition struggle showed the love he had for the suffering South Sudanese population.

According to Lam, Machar, the rebel’s commander-in-chief welcomed Palaoko to the movement, urging the rest to follow suit.

“Therefore, on behalf of the Garamba park survivors (The SPLA IO Special Force Unit) in Goma and on behalf of entire SPLA-IO forces and supporters worldwide, I would like us to welcome back Major Gen Saki Joseph Palaoko into the SPLA-IO ranks and files,” he added.

Lam said the return of General Palaoko to the SPLA-IO has opened more doors for those who have left due to leadership grievances adding that their forces were ready to address the root causes and to receive any groups willing to rejoin the armed opposition movement.

“The coming of Gen. Palaoko is a sign that the SPLA-IO is ready to listen to the grievances of all those who left the movement and want to come back to champion the reform agenda and achieve the much-needed peace under the leadership of Dr Riek Machar,” he stressed.

Over 2 million people have fled South Sudan since conflict erupted in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir sacked Riek Machar from the vice-presidency. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in South Sudan’s worst violence since it seceded from Sudan in 2011.


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  • 4 October 2017 09:28, by Wutkhor

    You are warmly welcome back Cde. Palako u was one of us during the ash and dark days at the Gramba National park so nobody is perfect not to commits a mistake we live with mistake.
    Our problems re Dinka’s plus their followers thugs.

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    • 4 October 2017 10:00, by Newsudan

      ya militia, you’re too tribal, If you are not aware only two sections out of 56 Dinka sections are heavily fighting rebels, the rest don’t even know your rebellion, besides Mony- Jang " men of Men,are immortal to defeat.

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      • 4 October 2017 11:19, by jubaone

        Bla..bla..jienge bullshit. "men of men?" Alluding to homosexual tendencies? Is it by walking naked with protruding genitals like dangling tails that you think is being men of men? Be your own men and do whatever you like with your menhood in your luaks, but in Equatoria, we know you as aryan jienge and MTN savages.

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        • 4 October 2017 15:54, by Newsudan

          the ways some of you comments here,Jubaone, eastern and the rest,make me realized that Khartoum spies are on this site to stir up south Sudanese to fight on.

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  • 4 October 2017 09:29, by Kuch

    "National Salvation Front (NAS)"
    Why didn’t Mr. Thomas Cirilo called his aimless rebellion army *Naath*? ’Our Nuer ke Nyantoc’ even called themselves "Naath" an Arabic word for *people*, And ’our Nuer ke Nyantoc proudly believe in this filthy name’. Sorry l am going out of topic fellows. Where is the government of South Sudan going to resuscitate or revitalize their so-called peace agreement?>>>

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    • 4 October 2017 09:56, by Newsudan

      wonders will never cease in South Sudan, a militia leader of 10 soldiers calling himself Gen.Z or Y,

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  • 4 October 2017 11:26, by lou nuer

    You’re highly welcome back to People movement with clear objectives instead of that one of Thomas Cirilo of destroyed IO intentional any way you will remain there with no choice.

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    • 4 October 2017 15:11, by chot nyang deng

      mrjohn wet aram IDIOT, u call president apoolish dr who are u the followers of salva kiir, you will come back in to our hand very soon b/c "IO" READY TO WIN THE VICTORY VERY SOON

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  • 4 October 2017 13:48, by John Wetjunub

    Movement with no objectives, when did you become organized to call back those who left you due to poor administration you have adopted in that rebel movement,shame on you Doctor foolish Machor for causing this mess in our nation. The only PHD holder without vision in this world. Anyway you continue fighting your cousins Dinka and remember God will judge you one day one time.

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  • 4 October 2017 15:12, by MC GLazz

    Welcome to SPLA-IO Bound Maj. General Saki Palaoko, let’s fight with useless regime governed by pea-minded president Salva Kir

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  • 4 October 2017 16:11, by John Wetjunub

    Chot nyang, you will never and never achieve that dream Jana Arami for your foolish Doctor to become a president of nation, never until you die stupid with your mindless criminal leader. president kiir will lead you to death.

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  • 4 October 2017 17:52, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    "Door 🚪 🔓 Open for defectors to defects" 👌 but these door 🚪 will automatically close itself by all means, this war is no 👨winnesuccessors.If we really care we shouldn’t be still inviting more defectee for God seek

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  • 4 October 2017 17:52, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    "Door 🚪 🔓 Open for defectors to defects" 👌 but these door 🚪 will automatically close itself by all means, this war is no 👨winnesuccessors.If we really care we shouldn’t be still inviting more defectee for God seek

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  • 5 October 2017 08:22, by John Wetjunub

    tell them bro Don Don, they will open them and again close them those doors they are talking of,idiots who believe in wars and defection all the time.am really tied of these misleading elites of visionless leader.

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    • 5 October 2017 13:17, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      John Wetjunub:People should let from the past,This is a 👨 man made war,& not only that,it’s a self interest, interest groupsthings.If it was a common concern why is it involving a certainethnicity.we needs to move away from this ideological thinking of solving things through violence n learn new ways of sorting thingout.see what happens during Dr Garang time when individual sales 🔫 gun for their

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      • 5 October 2017 13:22, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        For their selfish self greedy,
        That arm sales place was automatically closed 🔐 based on the circumstances that were face then, same thing will apply here,
        When all the ways closed south Sudanese will comes to their sense that killing each other is not the solution

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