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SPLM-IO says Gen Koryom has defected for health reasons


December 29, 2017 (JUBA)-The deputy spokesperson of the armed opposition allied to the former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar, has confirmed the defection of Gen.Wang Chiok Koryom to the SPLA-IO under Taban Deng Gai.

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Lt. General Wang Chiok Koryom (C) speaks to the press in Juba on 29 December 2017 (ST Photo)

Col. Lam Paul Gabriel told Sudan Tribune that Gen. Koryom has abandoned their camp and decide to switch sides to the Juba government because of what he alleged health problems.

“The SPLA-IO would like to acknowledge the defection of Lt. Gen Wang to the regime in Juba as of today the 29/12/2017. Gen. Wang was one of the bravest Generals the SPLA-IO has. His defection came as a result of his current health condition that cannot allow him to perform his usual duties as a commander,” he said on Friday

He added SPLA-IO welcome his decision, stressing that it is an individual position that would not hamper their activities on the ground.

“We thank him for his services and wish him a quick recovery. It should, however, be noted that the defection of Gen Wang has no negative effect on the SPLA-IO as we will continue to resist the criminal government until a genuine peace is attained politically or militarily,” he added.


Meanwhile, he accused the government of violating a cessation of hostility around Bieh State, and surrounded areas in the Unity region, on Thursday.

“The Government forces left their position in Yuai and attacked our base in Payai, but they were repulsed by the SPLA-IO. This aggression continued this morning of 29 December 2017 at around 7:00 Am as they launched another attack on our position in Paditet Payam”.

He claimed the government forces are planning to launch a full-scale attack on the SPLA-IO positions of in Equatoria, Bar El Gazal and Upper Nile after the high military command meeting in Juba on December 27.

The rebel spokesperson further said the government is despatching SPLA troops from Bor to attack an SPLA-IO base in Ayod.

“Secondly, the government forces are also being organized in Torit to start attacking SPLA-IO positions in Imotong State,” he said.

However, the rebel official said their forces will not stand idly while the government plans for dry season attacks on their territories.

A ceasefire deal was reached between the South Sudanese warring parties on December 21, in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to pave way for peace revitalization forum in the coming next year, but both sides have trade accusation for the cessation of hostility violations.


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  • 30 December 2017 11:34, by Lenin Bull

    Whether in poor health or not Gen.Wang and his comrades deserve appreciation and warm welcome back home and also for choosing peace, love and harmony among our people. SPLA-IO is dying slowly like HIV/AIDS victim. Riek’s coup in December 2013 failed flat, Rebellion failed miserably after killings innocent civilians and destroying civilian properties worth billions of dollars!!. Riek failed miserab

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  • 30 December 2017 11:39, by Lenin Bull

    Riek failed miserably in 1991 after killing civilians in Akoka, Atar, Baliet, Wunlem, Panrieng, Abiemnhom, Mayen Abun in Twich State, Akot, Pagarau, Adior, Duk, Panyagor, and Bor. Riek killed all the SPLA Dinka officers that the attempted coup of 1991 found in Nuer areas and he repeated it in a worse magnitude in 2013 by killing all Dinka SPLA soldiers and civilians found in Nuer territories!!

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    • 30 December 2017 13:30, by choldit

      Lein, are u really a south sudanese? U are talking nonsenses. This is not about misinforming readers on the media about who is messing South Sudan. The cause of the war in 2013 and who started it were established. If these facts didn’t reach u please read the AFRICA UNION REPORT by team led by former Nigerian president. Dr. Riek Machar is now 1 1/2 yrs in confinement in South Africa. But the war

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    • 31 December 2017 07:06, by choldit

      Wang Chok Koryom has gone since March 2017 when Gony Biliw went to Lou but for sure his crossing over has no negative impact in SPLM IO at all. Let him go in peace and stay in peace over there. His action proves Nuer are nationalist people. Everyone goes to where is internet is but our Dinka come out of other movements to join only the Dinka lead systems and go against the Nuer they fear. Sorry!

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  • 30 December 2017 11:41, by Lenin Bull

    Riek is going to fail miserably in coming elections if he will attempt to stand elections for any position. Welcome back brothers(Wang and his troops).

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    • 30 December 2017 12:26, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool,
      Perhaps you desperately need these soothing and reassuring actions of defectors. Why dont you just go back and help rebuild the lives of your shattered jienge folks in your junk states than concentrating on attacking Riak? Riak is NOT the reason why you jienges are running away from your luaks, even in the absence of war. You are just lazy. Truth is hard and bitter

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      • 30 December 2017 12:33, by jubaone

        Lenin Fool,
        All these "nyagat returnees" may come back, but nothing will change. IO (Taban), FDs, Arrow Boys, all returned, has anything substantially changed on the ground? Your uncle Gen. Dau Aturjuong returned, has anything changed for the Awelians other than he got a position in IG? Recently several jienges butchered themselves in Lakes/Jonglei States, was it Riak? Be candid

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        • 31 December 2017 10:50, by Rami Tot

          General Wang Chiok Koryom is a great Man, IOs should not look at him as he did wrong thing,there are things we need to reason, first of all he fought behind IOs with all his strength during previous four years and he is a old man we can not blame him when he is sick because he is need a treatment for sometime and come back home as for me I totally respect him even if he is with kiir

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      • 31 December 2017 15:48, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, just sh.t up and do what you do best such as drinking, smoking, eating, and sleeping.

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        • 1 January 04:14, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Dinka Shit,

          Jubaone may drinking and eating, blah, blah blah but you can continue butchering the innocents of South Sudan for your lust for political power. Who is better Jubaone or you? You write what seems to lack sense. Do you not aet and drink? Then what are you made up of?

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