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October 4, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese rebel commander has rejected separate arrangements aimed at making him and troops participate in the regional revitalization forum.

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Rebel commander Johnson Olony speaks to the press upon arrival at Juba international airport on 13 June 2013 (ST)

Johnson Olony, the rebel-appointed governor of Fashoda state, claimed such a move was a government strategy to perfect divide and rule policy.

“We heard of the release of the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) timetable. I understand that timetable seeks to make me participate in that forum separately from the SPLM-IO [Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In-Opposition] leadership and structure, which is a policy of the divide and rule. I know it was a design of the government which the IGAD is trying to implement but it will not work because we are part of the SPLM-IO under Dr Riek Machar, and if there is a need, he will be one to participate in that forum on behalf of the movement,” Olony told Sudan Tribune.

He added, “This is our message and this is the message we are sending out through this interview”.

The top rebel commander was reacting to a revitalization timetable released by the regional bloc. The consultations, in which Olony was separately selected as one of the leaders to be consulted, are expected to commence from 13 to 17 October.

Actual consultations, as per the schedule provided, would begin with those participating in South Sudan’s coalition government before it is then extended to other aggrieved parties and leaders.

According to the timetable, IGAD unveiled on Monday, President Salva Kiir, his first deputy in unity government Taban Deng Gai are the first to be consulted followed by the rebel leader Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amum Gen. Thomas Cirillo and former Western Equatoria governor Joseph Bakosoro. Others are Gen. Peter Gadet, Gen. Bapiny Monytuil and Gen. Olony.

The revitalization forum timetable, however, made no mention of the leader of the Federal Democratic Party, Gabriel Changson Chang.

In June, a summit of IGAD heads of state and government decided to convene a meeting of the signatories of the South Sudan peace agreement to discuss ways to revitalize the peace implementation. It was, however, agreed upon during the June summit that all groups be included in a discussion aimed at restoring a permanent ceasefire.

South Sudan government warned that the revitalization forum by the regional bloc, which mediated the 2015 peace accord, should not be another platform for negotiation of the peace deal between the two factions to the conflict.

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

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  • 5 October 02:55, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The people of South Sudan need to reject that scheme of making the country become worse than it is today by dealing with opposition groups separately. If the talk of peace is for South Sudan then all those with grievances should come to the same table and air their views on the affairs of the country then they can take off from there. Olony is right.

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    • 5 October 03:35, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      rebels are regrouping to military solution once more time. this is what Juba needs to before going for weak targets.

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      • 5 October 05:57, by Newsudan

        we all know from day one,Olony is simply Khartoum mercenary, and he cannot accept any peace talk.Jamus SPLA div is doing job in upper Nile Border towns,militia is always militia.

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        • 5 October 07:19, by Malakal county Simon

          Slave/Newsudan

          No body can take that fake amnesty from unwanted president Kiir...... Take an example of recent Arrow boys leader who was lured in through such fake amnesty and was later killed in cold-blood...... Gen. Olony he is not that stupid, and he will never accept such a fake amnesty to be lure in and simply be kill......

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          • 5 October 12:21, by Newsudan

            Malakal county fool
            ya militia, ask your fellow militias around Waat ,it was hot lesson to them,the death toll was 1 ratio 20,SPLA Ajongo forces repulse them so far, SPLA trenches cannot be breached, the rebels lack tanks and vehicles, only Riek witchcraft of tying red ribbons on their forehead and Ak 47

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        • 5 October 10:52, by Wutkhor

          Get ur dirty ass out of this side ya Dinka’s insects... 2nd Lt. Gen. J Olony doesn’t have his own factions he is just the sector one commander and military governor of Fashoda state, he is a man of sense so he will never entertains Dinka’s nonsense of divide n rule tactics.. All insects will be cleans out in SS very soon as we cleans the insects in Waat yesterday morning.

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          • 5 October 16:28, by Newsudan

            breaking news: Lt Gen.Gony Biliu deny of being wounded in Waat fighting but confirmed rebels had been repulsed and being pursued currently toward nearby Walgak by SPLA Ajongo Mawut forces, SPLA oyee,Riek Io witchcraft will be history soon.

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    • 5 October 05:34, by Freedom Fighter

      Sir, dividing people of South Sudan is the agenda of Riek Machar-IO, and it is dead from the day one they turned the whole thing into Nuer vs Dinka. Lam & Olony and who ever out there need to think wisely before it’s too late. People of South Sudan are very smart and love their country

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      • 5 October 11:13, by Wutkhor

        Freedom or Condom fighter..
        Fuck u all Dinka’s insects boys who use to writes nonsense on those side, u guys use to shows us ur abnormalities n animalism ur jiengs re the one who re destroying the country, so this time only secessions no one across SS will bother himself to pick a nation where there re Dinka’s who lives like animals.

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    • 5 October 05:42, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      In face, there is no peace which can be include criminal Commander,
      Johnson Oliny completely dishonored many amnesty which president laid out for him, long ago and yet he refused.

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    • 5 October 07:12, by Midit Mitot

      JUR,
      You are right, JCE government does not want the real peace, how come they sideline out the real person who own and lead the movement?, any peace without Dr Machar is redline in this Country, let them take note of this.

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  • 5 October 04:47, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    This peace ? processes need complete neutral 😑 independent bodies free from any interest groups. But if we play the smart
    Tactic of some playing 🎴 cards where you put some on the table and hide the dangerous one beneath down under then it’s not going to work at all

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  • 5 October 04:50, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    What we need is genuine peace accord, any fermentation is not a correct formula, we need one agenda only peace and stability of the country

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  • 5 October 05:51, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    This is the last chance for all arms group to back for revitalization for peace, failure to comply with it, I think another mechanism should be use within rebels groups.
    They have been using arms struggling and haven’t get any room to defeat Salva Kiir.
    Last message, please rebels you complying with president Kiir scheduled for peace otherwise you will get harm.

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    • 5 October 06:59, by Eastern

      Did you just say Kiir’s schedule for peace or otherwise you be harmed...? Is Kiir that powerful really?

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      • 5 October 07:21, by South South

        All the rebels are cornered in the borders of Uganda and Ethiopia. This is how Kiir is more powerful. Even UN, has asked IDPs in Wau to go back to their homes because situation is calm and under controlled. Who does not see that? Only internet warriors who live 10000 miles away from South Sudan.

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  • 5 October 07:03, by Eastern

    I have said this before and I will repeat it; this an’t time for divide and rule...! EACH & EVERY South Sudanese is a stakeholder in the country called South Sudan and must be heard. Failure to hear what others have to say just because you want to sing your majority bullshit will continue to keep the country in bubbles..!

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    • 5 October 07:29, by South South

      Yes, that’s correct, each and every South Sudanese is a stakeholder in our country and must be heard. The same thing applies to few people, they must hear majority. Any stupid move to impose wicked believes on us will result of some people move to refugee camps and DIASPORA. We are waiting for good, but if that rejected, we have plan B. This is very clear.

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  • 5 October 08:04, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    There will be condition will be set up for rebels group and they are like to cooperate otherwise different mechanism will be use for them to say yes for peace in the year 2018.

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    • 5 October 08:11, by Eastern

      There is no just saying yes for peace in 2018. South Sudanese will have peace which recognises every South Sudanese as equal. The time for lording it over others is long gone.

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      • 5 October 08:17, by South South

        This is very good, people now start knowing their balance and weigh in South Sudan. Equality for every South Sudan is must and all of us will work for that.

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  • 5 October 08:11, by Lenin Bull

    The rebels are resurfacing and restarting their destructive activities because of IGAD’s civil war engineering strategy in South Sudan disguised as peace revitalization. The government of South Sudan and its brave army must be on red alert. Look what is happening in Waat/Akobo? Gen.Olony is busy conscripting tired Shilluk youths in refugee camps in Sudan and soon you will hear more deaths

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    • 5 October 08:13, by Eastern

      What happened to the Mathiang Anyoor boys, are they not begging from people here in Munuki Suk Libya? Come to the said market and see for yourself what I am talking about.

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      • 5 October 08:25, by South South

        Eastern,
        Stop lying old man, you are not in Juba. tell me right now how the sky looks like in Juba. Tell me right now.Tell me right now.I am waiting to hear from you.

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  • 5 October 08:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    President Kiir has experience in war whereby no arms group can defeat Kiirdit in arm struggle.
    Kiir participate in two wars of civil war in between Sudan and S. Sudan.
    Please you will never defeat Kiir if you choose arm struggle.

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    • 5 October 08:18, by Eastern

      Well, Kiir source of the firewood (the dinka youth) will get exhausted, ever thought of that? The arms and their accessories required to fight the war are imported using available resources or those yet to be mortgaged. All these resources are not infinite, they will get exhausted as well. Think again..!

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      • 5 October 08:31, by South South

        We are for peace. But, war can be imposed on anyone, that’s is what we have in South Sudan. Some people thought they will defeat our government in 2 to 3 years, now they are talking about mortgages and resources to be exhausted, now they are talking about young Dinka men not to be there. Wait for another 3000 years, maybe that will happen or maybe not.

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    • 5 October 12:35, by Free at Last Viva!

      eh he! "president Kiir has experience in war..." yes, you are right friend. He only knows war and war only. That is why he is dragging this young country into unwanted civil war just simply because JCE are ruling the country indirectly for him. JCE directs all his actions and that is why he shamefully with drawn statements he made publicly most of the time. He must leave power for able leader.

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  • 5 October 08:13, by Sunday Junup

    Johnson Olony,
    You are man of peace and dignity. I did blame you for supporting goverment in the first place but realize last when you smell Evil from thugs in Juba and joined the real movement for freedom. I know truthful person never switch side easily.

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  • 5 October 08:15, by Sunday Junup

    That is another tactic from IGAD to assolate dr.Riak from his army. next time they will call James Koang separate. They are playing Jieng Council of Evil (JCE) card

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  • 5 October 08:16, by Lenin Bull

    Continu-----
    destruction in Shilluk territories in west bank of River Nile. Equatoria sons and daughters who rebelled initially but latter left SPLA-IO are being enticed that soon IGAD will bring Dr.Riek Machar back to South Sudan by force and hence he( Riek) will reward all his forces with high ranks and positions in government and as such these Equatorian rebels are returning to SPLA-IO(Palaoko)

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  • 5 October 08:24, by Lenin Bull

    Expect more killings of innocent civilians/passengers along Equatoria high ways soon and more attacks and burning of villages in Greater Upper Nile Region and parts of Wau and Raja as SPLA-IO’s strategy to show to the world that they are still a fighting rebel force and that their New NGUNDAENG Dr.Riek should be brought back from Reuben Island.

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    • 5 October 08:55, by Eastern

      "....SPLA-IO’s strategy to show to the world that they are still a fighting rebel force...". If the purpose of such is just to show the world, why don’t you just exterminate these outfits right here at home?

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  • 5 October 08:34, by Lenin Bull

    Some countries which are hiding through this endless peace search in South Sudan want to destroy South Sudan forever. When rebellion is dying is when they will jump to revive it. Why South Sudan alone in the whole world? Why not in Ireland, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Mali, CentAfrique, Libya, Moroco, Uganda, Myanmar,Sri-Lanka, etc. South Sudan is being bullied.

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    • 5 October 12:41, by Free at Last Viva!

      The Answer is simple my dear. And it is because South Sudan has an empty minded rulers, those who think not about the well being of their citizens rather themselves and how they could get rich. This issue of SS become a business for IGAD since they are making billion of dollars on it. So where do you think they will get money if SS become peaceful? that can be realize only if SS has an able leader

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  • 5 October 08:38, by John Wetjunub

    Olony has nothing in mind at all, he is there just to grab civilians properties and ambushing innocent people and kill them with no aim. what a nation even illiterates that have no objectives also claim to be having right to fight the Government. Time will come when all these criminals elites will be arrested here in Juba.

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    • 5 October 13:48, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      you have to know that Yauyau and Olony are who they are because the current government policy of appeasement and rewarding.

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  • 5 October 08:43, by Lenin Bull

    President Salva Kiir and his government must be very careful. What keeps lingering most of the time will one day materialize(Riek and his recurrent rebellion) with help of countries hiding under UN/UNMISS, RPF, and IGAD/TROIKA.Some foreign powers are freely operating and training rebels in the jungles of Kajokeji, Kaya, Yei, and Nimule. Open your eyes folks!!

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    • 5 October 10:42, by Eastern

      Don’t panic..! Museveni is soon deploying best fighting warriors to these towns because he’s going to connect electricity there.The foreign powers, if they are there as you allege, Museveni’s soldiers who are also foreigners will meet them. There are already many foreign influences in the country: Chinese rice, American humanitarian aids, Russian/Chinese arms, etc.

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  • 5 October 08:50, by Lenin Bull

    My brother John Wetjunub, Johnson Olony was a porter and slaughterer of animals for meat employed in Malakal by Arabs during the whole period of 21 years of our liberation struggle. He is illiterate, primitive, and not a soldier in real sense but Arabs and Dr.Lam Akol are using him to destabilize South Sudan. period.

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  • 5 October 08:56, by Lenin Bull

    I always laugh whenever I see Johnson Olony in military attires decorated with general’s rank. This makes mockery of the whole concept of military rank which should be traditionally acquired through training, dedicated national services to one’s country, and gradually through a process.These bastard Nyagats have spoiled military ranks in South Sudan and we badly need a revolutionary to change it.

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  • 5 October 09:02, by Lenin Bull

    If President Salva Kiir doesn’t want to kill this recurrent rebellion in South Sudan, one day this recurrent rebellion will kill him and his bunch of thieves and lunatics in government in Juba. These recurrent rebellion have already killed thousands of innocent civilians(women, children, elderly, disabled, and innocent foreign visitors to our country).Watch out!!

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  • 5 October 09:14, by lou nuer

    Olony has right to deny that fact consultation individually. No need of consulting individual in special movement with objectives unless those group of Lam, Cirilo and many other but for Olony is for Dr.Machar
    Thank 1st LT General Johnson Olony.

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  • 5 October 09:19, by John Wetjunub

    You are absolutely right bro Bull because lacking skills in any field and you forced your self to it,is always dangerous and that is why you see them confusing themselves in the bush. Mislead elites of visionless leader.

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  • 5 October 10:33, by DO IT

    No short cut or easy way to wins these things. Kiir and Machar must finished this business like as they signed. JCE are not for peace

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    • 5 October 10:42, by DO IT

      Although the other gens: should take this notes from Olony by not be fools by Gvtz agents also known IGAD. SPL-IO is under Machar is only opposition that has a power that match with that of JCE.

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  • 5 October 10:57, by Wutkhor

    First of all, i ’ld like to congratulates our brave leader 2nd Lt. Gen J Olony the sector one commander n mighty spla-io military governor for Fashoda state the Shollo kingdom.. He reject insects Dinka’s cheap politics of divide n rule a policies which they blindly trying to adopt it from the successful Khartoum regime but they won’t succeed..

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  • 5 October 12:48, by Free at Last Viva!

    All Of you who gave their comments are just TRIBALISTS and you cannot bring any fruitful idea for this forums. Non of your comments is free from bias to ward each other. STUPIDITY is ruining South Sudan... All I heard and read is Dinka, Nuer etc. empty minded people you want to rule others with empty minds. behave yourselves first before you want to rule others...Lebosh! bunch of thieves!

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  • 5 October 15:01, by Tommy

    We all understand the trajectory JCE and IGAD lead us to, it mean to encourage war base on tribal line in S Sudan. JCE try it hard to dismantle the people movement but fail several time, the fake consultations mean nothing at all.

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