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SPLM-IO denies threatening to wage "endless war" in South Sudan


March 30, 2018 (JUBA) - The armed opposition, SPLM-IO, denied issuing threats to wage "endless war" after the IGAD conditional decision to terminate the confinement of the group’s leader in South Africa.

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South Sudan’s First Vice President, Riek Machar, calling for reconciliation and forgiveness at St. Thomas Parish, Juba, 29 May, 2016 (ST Photo)

Last Monday, the IGAd Council of Ministers decided to end the confinement of the armed opposition leader Riek Machar in South Africa "on conditions that ensure he will renounce violence and not obstruct the peace process and he is allowed to relocate to any country outside the region and is not neighbouring South Sudan".

Even if the decision was taken against the will of Juba government, it was seen by the supporters of the rebel group as unfair and frustrating because they believe that the regional community give more consideration to Juba in its decisions and they have always to pay the price.

There were reports by some media that a rebel official called Mawwil rejected the decision and vowed to carry out "endless war" in the country after describing the IGAD leader as "Kiir agents".

"The SPLM/SPLA (IO) wishes to emphasize that we did not issue any statement threatening to wage war. The intention behind the fabricated information is to categorise the Peoples’ movement as the party inciting violence and obstructing the peace process," said a statement released by the SPLM (IO) director of information and public relations.

The rebel official further renewed the group "full commitment to the peace process and to a negotiated settlement as the sole means to end the conflict in the country".

The SPLM-IO signed a cessation of hostilities agreement with the South Sudanese government on 21 December 2017. The IGAD, African Union supported by the Troika countries said they would impose sanctions on any party that breaches the deal.

Speaking to Radio France International on 26 March, Machar’s wife leading figure of the armed opposition Angelina Teny said the IGAD decision was, in fact, a transfer "from one prison to another".

"We don’t know what crime he has committed that justifies him being kept for a year and a half without charge," she added.

Teny further called for more neutrality from the regional body adding it was a necessary condition to achieve a lasting peace in South Sudan.


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  • 31 March 12:14, by jubaone

    The IO must NOT be apologetic to anyone except to the people of SS. If it stands for unity, equality and prosperity, then whichever jienge scumbags who try to thwart these ideals must be fought against uncompromisingly. The jienge republic is the embodiment of satanic and evil forces and it’s only morally logical to fight it. Only complete destruction of jienge republic can SS know eternal peace.

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  • 31 March 15:45, by Eastern

    Dr. Machar’s SPLA-IO may have been fatigued by war and would want to bury its hatchet, but true South Sudanese would continue fighting against facist and the tribal kleptocracy in Juba.

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    • 1 April 05:48, by Koryom2

      Eastern & Jubaone,
      When are you coming back to South Sudan to come & oust the current govt out of power by force idiots? Your losers Like Rebecca Nyandeng, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Thomas Cirilo, Lam Akol & Co. have been honestly asked to come back to South Sudan & register your parties, join the "national dialogue" & help in the restructuring of our constitution>>>

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      • 1 April 05:54, by Koryom2

        and contest in elections against the SPLM-IG. But your losers are cowering in foreign capitals. Waiting for their foreign masters from the US, the UK, their UN, NGOs & some of their creepy allies like *ethiopia* to negotiate on their behave their sorry assess return to the current government. What do your losers smoke really?>>>

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        • 1 April 06:04, by Koryom2

          All these losers l have mentioned above were parts of the same failed system you blame Salva Kiir about, l mean all of them. What has gone & change with them in those foreign capitals? Nothing, absolutely nothing. The losers have even taken a back seat some of these days. And their foreign masters from the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some countries here in our region like North Sudan,>>>

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          • 1 April 06:12, by Koryom2

            ethiopia & Kenya to some small extend, and even some idiots in the AU which are vetting for their European & the US in exchange for foreign aids, arms supply & to simply make their living over the backs of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. This is what is happening. But as always, tell some our ’Nuer Ke Nyantoc’, Shilluks & some Equatorians the facts and they will ignore it>>>

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            • 1 April 06:31, by Koryom2

              Have a look on these links losers: http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/931230833?-21266:8599
              Just have a read on how Kenyans some of our losers are refusing to leave their country, ’view us & our country’. I always go to Nairobi but l have never ate a food prepared by a Kikuyu. Do Kikuyus even have a descent food like our Ayot (Kisira)?. Anyway, these are the facts we always tell some of our Nuers, Shilluks>

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              • 1 April 06:37, by Koryom2

                and some Equatorians that they are a big snags to our country & people’s progress. Every time we want to move ahead, they started their aimless armed rebellion & work against the South Sudanese people’s interests, but work for their foreign masters interests simply for the free food. I am not making this one up----it is here if any idiot wants to find out>>>

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                • 1 April 06:44, by Koryom2

                  The Kenyans, Ugandans, ethiopians, our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, the US, the UK & their NGOs all claim to be feeding our country & our people in their countries, really? What do Kenyans, Ugandans, North Sudanese & ethiopians have than our country & us? Absolutely nonsense. And this bring us to why we keep inform some of our Nuers, Shilluks & some Equatorians to get the hell out of>>>

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                  • 1 April 06:50, by Koryom2

                    these filthy so-called UN POCs compound & prepare their damn to grow their own food. But the fools are refusing, the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy criminals in between have taken hostage as their bargaining cards to crawl their evils selves back into our country. So that the hyenas would come & plunder our country like they had/are still doing in DRC, CAR, Libya,>>>

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                    • 1 April 07:57, by Koryom2

                      Iraq, Afghanistan & some other countries they are still Geo-politically chess game playing against for their selfish ends like *Yemen, Syria or Ukraine* But the losers & their foreign masters are playing with fire though fool, we are back some of our South Sudanese fools>>>

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  • 31 March 18:37, by Theone

    The real SCUMBAGS are those who go to bed with hate and wake up with hate.
    Most of you live in the Western counties with Welfare.

    You have lots of time to Hate (LAZY SCUMBAGS )

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    • 31 March 19:07, by jubaone

      You must be sick if after all that the jienges have done and turned our country into a shithole and still be loving and caring.

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      • 31 March 19:28, by Theone


        Tell us which country in the world have no problems that can be solve. And as far as I know there is no country built-up with Hate

        If you love your country, try to love your comrades even you disagree with them.

        Disagreement is not a human being thing as long you keep it civil

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        • 31 March 19:31, by Theone

          I meant disagreement is a human being thing

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    • 1 April 04:51, by Nyesi Ta

      Living on welfare is far better than stealing public funds.
      All of you including your president, are living on loots. What happened to the economy of your kalam farik republic of Jenge where corruption like cattle wrestling is the order of all the govt institutions. Kulakum haramiya.

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