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South Sudan presidential aide claims rebel leader not interested in reforms


October 13, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese presidential aide Friday said that the main South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar is only interested in grabbing power but not in democratic reforms.

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First Vice President, Riek Machar, accompanied by SPLA-IO officers, Juba, 27 May, 2016 (ST Photo)

"It is clear that what Riek Machar wants is not the reforms and democracy he has been claiming but only interested in power. He does not care what the people faces, what they are going through and when people say this, some people do not understand and now they are pushing for a renegotiation of the agreement which they imposed,” presidential adviser on security affairs said Friday.

The remakes come after Machar’s refusal to meet the members of South Sudan’s national dialogue steering committee that travelled to South Africa despite several attempts through South Africa’s Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Tut Kew Gatluak told Sudan Tribune that the national dialogue declared by President Salva Kiir was the only means through which anybody with issues to be raised would be identified and discussed.

The presidential aide further protested the decision of the rebel leader to snub meeting the dialogue again.

“We understand that he (Riek Machar) has again decided to reject meeting the national dialogue steering committee which travelled to South Africa with intent to meet him. They came to his Excellency the President of the Republic and his Excellency gave them go ahead because he wants all the views of anybody with issues to raise and be discussed in such a forum so that there is a return to stability, peace, unity and peaceful coexistence,” explained Gatluak when reached on Friday.

Gatluak emphasised that the dialogue would continue in order to move the country forward.

The SPLM-IO led by Riek Machar rejects the national dialogue process saying the priority should be given to the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement including the ceasefire and humanitarian access to the civilians in the war-affected areas.

However, the rebel leader last week accepted to take part in a forum to revitalize the implementation of the peace agreement brokered by the IGAD countries.


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  • 13 October 2017 22:23, by lino

    Why the Government of National Unity, as claimed to be, afraid of re-negotiations?! If you guys in Juba really understand politics, you should have not asked that damp question.Here is the answer to the question:
    1- You renew the fighting at J1.
    2- New phase of politics in SS needs another negotiation cus you created new oppositions who are SS and their point of view need to be inserted.

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    • 13 October 2017 22:27, by lino

      3- Re-negotiations means some will lose their positions like yourself, and is understandable why many in Juba camp are objecting to it.
      4- Re-negotiations means no more Tom and Jerry tactics in the country and we need everything settled for GOOD!!!

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  • 13 October 2017 22:57, by Naath

    Tutkew Gatluak is a man from Bul Nuer who opens up his ass wide for any Dinka men to fit in his dick. He joined South Sudan government in 2012 purposely to participate in the massacre of Nuer. Has never participated in the struggle resulted in South Sudan independent.

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  • 13 October 2017 23:56, by Theone

    Does sudantribune moderate these vulgarity comments?

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  • 14 October 2017 05:01, by john akeen

    Which dump person in SS think that Riek Machar want peace in this country? Riek Machar has 3 things in his mind, 1 he want to be president, 2 he want to be the first Vice president, 3 he want to be prime minister a prime minister that has power over the country president, if he Riek did not get 1 of this position, SSudanese people should not think about Riek, because he’ll continue on kill

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    • 14 October 2017 05:02, by john akeen

      SSudanese people until he gets what he wants

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    • 14 October 2017 05:27, by koang mi kei

      hey John you are idiot like your mam and your dad, Riek is ready since and kiir is just ready to developed wealth and personal security for their mess in the country who care time will come soon. and do not forget nothing will change south Sudan since it exist not even Kiir or his govt
      now the money your using are finishing and you will be in your senses

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    • 14 October 2017 08:44, by Malakal county Simon

      John Akeen

      The dumb person we have here in this forum is clearly you, who just writes for the sake of writing and with no compelling reasons.... Where on earth a national dialogues can work, when the government still attacking her opponent positions thinking they have an upper hand?? You either go for a genuine dialogue or declare a military means......

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      • 14 October 2017 08:46, by Malakal county Simon


        please don’t play both cards, because they will never work together to achieve your desires goals!!!!!

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  • 14 October 2017 09:20, by Wutkhor

    Haa I can’t laughing at this fat ass idiot called TutKuan GManime... It’s their rights to insult RMT whenever coz when somebody felts hungry with nothing to eats he/she will only point dirty hand on RMT to get atlease a breads, coz life beomce unbearable in the sin city nowadays since they re just being feeds by Chinese with rices.

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  • 14 October 2017 14:56, by Eastern

    Tut Kew Gatluak is the last person to complain...Opportunists who want to always be serving on regimes side should be the last to talk about reforms and stability. It’s only those serving Kiir who understand something about the national dialogue...

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  • 14 October 2017 17:30, by Fair Man

    Don’t worry about Tutkew Gatluak. He is not alone but a majority of Nuer selfish fellows. Those Nuer that desert, including Taban Deng Gai, as the latest Chief deserters are for their stomachs and families. Their future among Nuer are ruined. Practically, their rotten mouths couldn’t convince Nuer survivors of 2013 Massacres to abandon UN POCs throughout the country. Ignore these idiots!

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  • 16 October 2017 04:08, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Really?? A person who went into a castle of enemies with limited protection gear thinking patriotism has taken over Juba only to be fought with superior weapons of the state with the intention of eliminating him.

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