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South Sudan rebels welcome defected army officers’ unit


November 7, 2017 (JUBA) - The leadership of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction loyal to the country’s former first vice-president Riek Machar has welcomed decision taken by officers and soldiers who defected from the government to join rebellion in protest over continued detention of ex-army chief Gen. Paul Malong Awan.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar speaks during an interview with Reuters in Addis Ababa on July 9, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

The army defectors, led by Lt. Col Chang Garang, have threatened armed resistance against President Salva Kiir’s government.

Mainly hailing from South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, the defectors accused the Juba government of creating disunity among people of South Sudan.

Garang, an ally of the former army chief, belonged to the sixth brigade of the second infantry division of the South Sudanese army.

The officer, however, deserted the army after a failed attempt to have him arrested for involvement in a botch move to arrest the former army chief.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the military officer claimed President Kiir was targeting people from Northern Bahr el Ghaza state and that 79 people from Aweil have been detained.

“Two people have already died in custody of the national security [service]”, partly reads the statement Garang issued on Tuesday.

“People are being detained without charges. I was in the SPLA [Sudan People’s Liberation Army] Division 2 in Torit. I rebelled because the government wanted to arrest me. We want the people of South Sudan to be united,” it adds.

Garang, in the statement, openly declared his group has joined the Machar-led rebel group with intentions to topple the Juba regime.

“This is to inform the people of South Sudan, sons of Mading Aweil and the entire Dinka people that myself and my soldiers and officers do hereby declare defection to SPLA-IO”, reads the statement.

“We have joined forces to free Gen Malong Awan and Dr.Riek Machar has promised us to restructure the SPLA-IO military to consider the position of Gen Malong once he is free. I call upon all SPLA soldiers who are truly patriotic and have South Sudan in their heart to join hand with SPLA-IO in order to remove the genocidal regime of Salva Kiir,” it adds.

However, the military officer-turned rebel commander said he and his group of defectors opted to fight for a cause bigger than Aweil.

“Because I have committed myself for a cause bigger than Aweil, I decided to safe my life and the lives of my soldiers by declaring our allegiance to SPLA-IO under the able leadership of Dr. Riek Machar, the legitimate of the federal republic of South Sudan. The only organized and well-structured forces we found around Juba are those of SPLA-IO Major General Benjamin Gore Lojing, commander of the SPLA-IO’s 9th division who is highly disciplined leading to resistance”, further reads the statement.

Meanwhile, the armed opposition forces welcomed the decision taken by the defected army officers against the Juba regime.

“The SPLA IO appreciates Lt. Col Lual for his bold decision to become a real defender of freedom, justice and equality under the able leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny. We are calling upon any patriotic soldier under the Juba regime to choose the side of the people, not the corrupt individuals in Juba who are using them to defend their selfish interest,” Lam Paul Gabriel, the deputy rebel spokesperson said.

Last week, a senior military officer told Sudan Tribune that Garang could have defected from the army with more than six officers and about 200 armed men.

“The information we have now is that Lt. Chan Garang and Major Aguer Atak have gone with more than 200 men. Some of them are members of the Mathiang Anyor, Dinka affiliated militia, who came to Juba for different reasons from areas of their deployments across the country and particularly those who were deployed in Equatoria and Upper Nile,” the officer, who asked not to be identified, remarked.

Awan was one of the three officials recently sanctioned by the United States administration for undermining peace, security and stability in South Sudan.

The sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker said in September, implied freezing assets they may have in U.S. jurisdictions, banning them from travelling to the U.S and preventing Americans from doing business with them.

The nearly four-year conflict in South Sudan had killed tens of thousands of people and driven more than 2 million children out of the country, the United Nations says.


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  • 8 November 2017 01:33, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    How honest are these guys? Until yesterday they were Kiir’s staunch supporters and killers of South Sudanese. How honest are they now after they failed to agree on issues of their self interests?

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    • 8 November 2017 06:53, by jubaone

      We now expect these defected jienges to test their combat skills in the frontlines. IO should immediately deploy them. We also expect many disgruntled jienges to join NAS or any armed opposition bcoz this is necessary. Who knows how long Malong the fugitive will live. After all Akol Kur has brought in several hundred Murles into Juba for a showdown.

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      • 8 November 2017 10:32, by Dr. Duck

        Dear Juba one,
        I am advising you stop that language of Jieng Vs Naas, it still claims more lives. Dear my people why do we forget the issue of Abye? stop preaching war instead of peace. South Sudan isn’t for Dr.Riek and President Kiir. their time is almost gone, let stop war and reconciled for the betterment of our country or nation.

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  • 8 November 2017 01:50, by The Rhino

    Aint that bitch!
    You dinkas/jienges are real bastards,complete jerks.Were these not the same nyors commanders who recently hunted down Machar to death across Equatoria?..were these not the same ghouls who raped,looted,murdered and destroyed-particularly Machars home town Leer,and Yei,Wonduruba etc?Not very long ago,this very caged Queen Malong swore by his own live to destroy Riak if he Riak ....

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    • 8 November 2017 02:03, by The Rhino

      ...comes to Juba alive on two feet to aspire leadership?Indeed we all saw,heard,felt Malongs demonic ugliness July 2016 to eliminate and destroy Riak.We can not forget that,I don’t think so.
      "But anyway, a patriotic South Sudanese is one that can bring all South Sudanese together,bcos thats the way forward,so time will tell who that leader will surely be".
      South Sudan doesn’t need JCE or any...

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      • 8 November 2017 02:16, by The Rhino

        ..tribal conglomerate to lead such a diverse country,no.You can practice such tribal rituals deep down at your luaks,nothing wrong about that,but dare not bring such protocols on State level,this will never work!The results of such practices are what every innocent child,mother,elderly in this country is now facing,..piercing pain and disaster!

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    • 8 November 2017 06:58, by jubaone

      South South,
      The jiengeman is quite, perhaps he is one of those Malong nyors who have fortunately found his way to joining the IO. I knew his tirades where just empty Jienge noise. Welcome to IO.

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  • 8 November 2017 03:02, by john akeen

    Under President Kiir rules, everyone in this country must follow law and order, if you don’t like it, then you will get fired. And I like that, South Sudan elderly people they think that they know something even if they didn’t go to school. Listen to what South Sudanese elderly people say at all times to young people, go to school go to school. I wonder why they say that all the time

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  • 8 November 2017 03:52, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Ha ha.Dr. Machar is the greatest fool of all times. Where are those Dinkas; Atur Jong and Diu Mathok? These guys just want to disrupt the IO in equatoria and Machar is part of the game. I urge the people of Equatoria to abandon the IO immediately.

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  • 8 November 2017 04:24, by john locke

    You call riek machar the fool, yet these people continue to defect to his movement.. is the fool not the man who follows the man who he swore he would never follow? Riek is going to cause great havoc on kiir camp. Wait on it. Wave already chased kiir soldiers out of unity and pagan. There in the trenches in Nasir. Kiir stronghold is June. That’s it

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  • 8 November 2017 08:41, by Jacob Chidong

    congratulation Lt. Chan Garang and comrade Auer Atak for youer deliberate decision you have taken. we as true south Sudanese must be just, bold and truthful to make sure that we are conducting a peaceful life as citizens of the Republic of south Sudan within south Sudan. let us all work together to ensure the safety and freedom of our lovely citizens. congratulation

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  • 8 November 2017 08:58, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    The random arrest for individual concern has to do with conflicts of interest of people bossing to each other.

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  • 8 November 2017 09:03, by gatkhor Nueri

    We welcome you in Big number Comrade Chan Garang

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  • 8 November 2017 09:09, by Landlord

    The world has finally confirm that south Sudanese are not able to rule and govern themselves, Arabs should continue to colonise them for another five years and then ask for referendum again when things get better. that is why USA keeps bringing Omer closer since then. get prepared. I will soon attach the document to you.

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    • 8 November 2017 11:48, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Landlord: folks like yourself are the one to take us back to eat our passed through out "bombit" Arabization is enough and anyone who still interested in isalamization should report himself or herself to the Jalabah. With gays married 👰 pending to be passed across the globe you will Base the music 🎶. What have you guys haven’t seen during your time with Mudukuru? 😱

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      • 8 November 2017 12:11, by Landlord

        Don Don, I’m telling the true thing with evidence. It is not me alone but the action our JCE taking us back as you know. nothing good with Arabs but in comparison to the current situation in south Sudan, which one is better?
        Just wait for my attachments.

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        • 8 November 2017 12:25, by Don-Don Malith Rual

          Landlord:The good Arab is the dead one,if you think there are now folks who could lead that nations of ours, then the true leaders are not yet been born and we should wait them instead of taking the country back to Arabism,marenelasation, mistreatment and humiliation of keeping Southerners hostages, show me the country in the all world 🌍where the latrines still exists and not only that our folks

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          • 8 November 2017 12:30, by Don-Don Malith Rual

            Landlord:Sudan is the country in the all world 🌍that still practices the use of latrines and not only that our folks carry shit in their shoulders, very terrible humiliation in the all world 🌍. Are these the very people’s that you support to rules us? My dear fellow Sudanese who are humiliated worldwide hearkened this properly

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  • 8 November 2017 10:06, by Dr. Duck

    Dear friends,

    Rebellions is not a immediate solution to our South Sudanese problems, let denounce war or violence and let preach peace in the strongest terms.

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  • 8 November 2017 14:28, by pabaak

    Rebels think you have find news fighters, oohh, they will soon left it and come back to government its not the time people of south Sudan still follow visionless leaders like Machar how people have joint him and reiterated back,count them the list is endless

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    • 8 November 2017 14:38, by pabaak

      Anyway the dry season is approaching and any one still hiding will be deal with, we need development to take place in any corner of south sudan, no more using gun to change leadership, if you think you have what’s take to lead people of south Sudan them wait for election.

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  • 8 November 2017 17:42, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Col Chang Garang, you had joined a wrong party. Machar is not a great leader to join. I would rather create a new party or join different parties such as South Sudan Democratic Movement or General Thomas Cirillo Party because the party you joined is White Army Party, not a normal party if I were you.

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  • 9 November 2017 01:49, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Dinka defender:we should not even be encouraging folks to form a party 🎉 revelion if we have really a heart ? for this nation state ; for how long will we be in opposed to the government and governance of the day, we need to adopt the system of democracy within this country of ours.

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