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Two senior military officers defect from Machar camp: official


January 13, 2017 (JUBA) – Two senior military officers have defected from South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) loyal to former first vice president, Riek Machar, an official said on Saturday.

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South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar speaks during a briefing in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa April 9, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri)

The spokesperson for the SPLM-IO faction allied first vice-president Taban Deng Gai, Col. Dickson Gatluak Jock, identified the duo as Brigadier General Gabriel Guet and Brigadier General Micheal Tuak from the rebel’s fourth division headquarters in the former Unity state.

“The Leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) is profoundly grateful for the wise decision taken by the two officers to join the SPLA-IO under the wise and able leadership of General Taban Deng Gai, the FVP [first vice president] of the Republic of South Sudan,” Jock said in a statement.

Also said to have defected, according to Jock, is the commissioner of Jekou county in South Sudan’s Maiwut state, James Kueth Chuol.

Chuol, allegedly defected on 12 January 2018 along with 63 soldiers.

“The commissioner who defected from Chany payam is currently in Pagak,” Jock stressed, adding, “I commend them [those who defected] for their wise decision and good steps taken towards the restoration of peace and healing wounds in the country”.

A spokesperson for the Machar-led faction was unavailable to comment.


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  • 14 January 10:27, by jubaone

    Nyagateen "Dogs of War", they are driven by their stomachs and sell their allegiance to any highest bidder. They have NO principles and who knows, they shall again run away once Riak comes in as highest bidder.

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    • 14 January 10:44, by Kush Natives

      I thought that we all advocating for peaceful solution in our country! If so, then what’s the point of insulting the patriotic fellow who have gave up killing their own country men and women? If you to continue fighting, then it’s high time for you to army your keyboard and head to frontline. The really men in arms are tired fighting visionless war. Let’s welcome them peacefully, no more

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      • 14 January 12:21, by jubaone

        Bush Natives,
        Live and die for an idea that will live and not live and die for an idea that will die. You got it? Peace is NOT just an abstract thought, it is something that must be touched and felt. I DONT have any feeling to share that with any jienges right now, not even nyagateen bcos, they themselves HAVE NO peace in their junk states. So stop bullshitting. SS is now a "s**thole" country.

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        • 14 January 16:10, by South South


          Let’s work for peace in 2018. The return of these officers from Reik’s camp tells us two things:
          1- Peace is coming in 2018
          2- No hope in Reik’s camp
          You are a good man with good education, I want you to see things clearly in our country right now. forming these small factions there and here will not do any harm to Juba government.

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    • 14 January 19:22, by Nairobimitot

      Those who are still wanting the war to continue need to ask themselves about what is right for our country.
      What is more important for the future of our family, war or peace?
      And if you are fighting for somebody, what will you gain from that person?
      It is better to have peace. Peace will bring a good life and people will be happy again and live a good life in homes. It is not right that people are living in refugees camps like Kakuma that I now live.

      If you want war, you need to make peace now it is straightforward to make the order when you want to make peace. You cannot be fighting for years because of somebody who gives you nothing.

      It is better that you fight for all the people of South Sudan because you love them. And that means Peace in 2018. No more war, no more.

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  • 14 January 11:57, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Kush Natives

    The question every South Sudanese would ask is why did these idiots who change positions for Cham let millions of people die? They were there as allies of Dinka in the government of Self Service before. Are they now returning to forge yet another strong alliance to oppress South Sudanese? What has changed that is good for them in Juba now. People who have no principles in life.

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  • 14 January 16:37, by Eastern

    I really don’t care as long as it involves the GATLUAKS, the GUETS, etc. Dishonesty runs deep in the blood of these Nuers who were brought up in the streets of Khartoum!

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    • 14 January 17:16, by South South

      Support peace Eastern. No one wants to fight senseless war in South Sudan.

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      • 14 January 18:49, by Eastern

        South South,

        Which feace? Have you just woken up from your slumber to realsie that feace is what every South Sudanese must work for? When some of use were saying all along that we shouldn’t for peace but work for it, some of you folks though that was being coward!Now let’s look for peace or feace...

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        • 14 January 20:24, by South South


          Please put the past behind and think about future of your country. What I find very hard to swallow from you guys is that you fire bad words against the entire Dinka tribe when some Dinka fight back, you take that as the only problem we have in South Sudan. You are calling Dinka names days and nights. What do you expect from Dinka? Sit with their hands behind them and let you a busy them

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    • 14 January 21:23, by Mayendit

      Eastern, Jur-Likang-a-likan’g And Jubaone
      Southern Sudanese people are getting tried about war which has been attached to personal interest therefore, those who are still waiting Massahi /Misasai of Nguen-Denng Bong prophecies to rule South Sudan which is impossible to happen in my view. All of you, can you quitting supports war Ideologically?

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      • 15 January 06:01, by Eastern


        I am a realist and worship nothing! Kiir supported by his dinka tribe remains the main obstacle to peace and stability. The sooner your realise this the better!

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  • 14 January 21:39, by Mayendit

    Welcome once again, brigadier general Gabriel Guet and brigadier general Micheal Tuak and also let us welcome SPLA IO of Jokou county Mr. Jamese Kueth Chuol and others thousands SPLA IO undecided yet however, all Southern Sudanese rebels are highly welcome back, because we need to rebuilding new nation and we must accepted each other to lived as one people and one nation under name of South Sudan.

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    • 14 January 22:00, by Nairobimitot

      Mayendit, Thank you brother, we need peace in our country so we can have a good happy life in our country. We can make up for our lost ones and redeem ourselves.

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      • 15 January 00:58, by choldit

        Nairobimitot, what a naivety u have brother? Can u really make peace by joining Salva Kiir who violented 2015 peace Agreement in July 2016 by attacking Dr Riek Spla IO forces in Juba? What are u going to do differently this time? Cheat SOUTH SUDAN PPLE by Implementing one side peace by claiming SPLM IO is Taban and Lol? That doesn’t work! Now Taban have other intentions of moving out of Juba.

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        • 15 January 02:23, by Mayendit

          I want you to be specific and tell us what happened before the SPLA of Salve Kiir made attacked on SPLA IO led by former vice president turned rebel leader?. The pro Riek Machar were on plan with their friends and it had been discover. He was asked to contributed soldier need to be send to W,Bhar El Ghazal State and he refused. He was running another office believing as he was a president

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        • 15 January 02:34, by Mayendit

          Continue on: Choldit
          I would like to tell you that, I am not longer pro president Salve Kiir Mayendit anymore because he seem to be unable to lead but I’m supporting peace, unity for all, good government system, fixing economic broken, good leadership and with all these mentions, we do not need Militarily mean to change regime because voting is another powerful weapon to defeated leader.

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