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South Sudan armed opposition calls for Machar’s unconditional release

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Abiye Ahmed addresses a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 4, 2015. (REUTERS Photo)

April 1, 2018 (JUBA)- Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO) has formally requested the unconditional release of its leader confined by the East African bloc of IGAD in South Africa.

The major stakeholder in the peace revitalization forum made his claim in a letter to the nominated Ethiopian new prime minister Abiy Ahmed who will be sworn into office on Monday, April 2.

The move comes to protest to the decision of the IGAD Council of Ministers to end the confinement of the SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar "on conditions that ensure he will renounce violence and not obstruct the peace process and he be allowed to relocate to any country outside the region and are not neighboring South Sudan; designated IGAD Ministers will propose and decide a possible location".

Henry D. Odwar Deputy Chairman, SPLM/A (IO) wrote to Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and new IGAD Chairperson, explaining what his group has done to demonstrate its commitment to a peaceful settlement of the conflict in South Sudan and who was obstructing the efforts to finding a lasting peace.

“Your Excellency, I would like to submit to you that the conditions set that Dr Riek Machar should renounce violence and not obstruct the peace process are obstacles and are intentionally placed to frustrate the process and his participation," wrote Odwar in a March 26 letter seen by Sudan Tribune.

"We are aware that the SPLM-IG (the government) representative participated in the closed doors session where decisions were made by IGAD Council of Ministers. I am once again humbly requesting the unconditional release of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) Chairman and Commander in Chief, Dr Riek Machar and his participation in the HRLF (High Revitalization Level Forum)," he further stressed.

The second top opposition official said the SPLM-IO in a letter to the former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had requested the release of all political detainees and abductees and prisoner of war, pointing that his group has released the POWs and did not have political detainees and prisoners

He urged the regional bloc, the IGAD, to put in place measures to hold the government accountable for attack on their positions in February attack in Nasir and to sign DoP (Declaration of Principles) and to ensure the government should not participate in future IGAD Council of Ministers meeting when deliberating on South Sudan crisis because the government cannot mediate a conflict in which it is a party.

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  • 1 April 22:29, by Games

    It is an unfair for IGAD Council of Ministers for targeting the wrong guy while leaving those who are terrorizing our people daily, such people like Salva Kiir and his unknowns gunmen and Taban Deng Gai and his Militia.

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    • 2 April 00:39, by Theone

      Do you know the difference between the Rebel and government?

      Riek is not a new rebel,he has been a rebel for entire his friking life. Regional and international community know that

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      • 2 April 21:24, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Theone

        Tell this folks, Riak rebelion is known regional and internationally, he should denounce violence as a way foreword to secure peace, but if he fail to comply with, he should deserve deportation to s.sudan

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      • 3 April 10:54, by Ngor Geka

        Theone, Riek rebellion happened only once in 1991. And it was a just rebellion, otherwise South Sudan would not have gained it in Independence in 2011. As of that of 2013, it was Kiir was rebelled against South Sudanese people. I ask you to read and assess the current situation today and then come back to me. The latest person is James Want’s former Press Secretary.

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    • 2 April 08:07, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      The unfair lifted of confinement of Dr. Riek is unaccepted, even there was no reason to confined him in the first place, however so call IGAD is now known, Dr Riek is the only solution to conflict, they need to create political peace or drop the mediation, keeping Dr Riek outside will only escalate war, this mean the solution to war is not there until IGAD come back to their normalcies.

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      • 2 April 09:13, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Mr. Puok

        Have you confess in your mouth that, Dr. Riak is problem to south sudanse people?
        Your Riak should bear accountibilities of 1990s, 2013 and 2016 to present, he should deserve deportation if he fail to denounce violence, and stand before court of law like James Gatdet Dak.

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        • 2 April 10:27, by jubaone

          Garang Akeen,
          Hang yourself. Riak is coming back and if that bothers you, rebel and go to the bush. You may have nowhere to go. Equatoria will not take you refuge and Nuers or Murles on the other hand are anxiously waiting for you, ya aryan jienge.

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          • 2 April 11:39, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Jubaone

            Yeah, Riak is coming back as a normal citizen, I don,t have problem with him, but if he come back with violence, Am more prepare to fight him.

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            • 2 April 14:26, by jubaone

              Garang Akeen,
              That is stupid. No one comes with violence except the jienges who in their nature are rude, violet and savage. You expect Riak to sit with folded arms, while you terrorize, rape and kill? No. Unless jienges renounce violence, SS will KNOW NO peace.

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              • 2 April 21:03, by Garang Akeen Tong

                Jubaone

                Are you not ready for peace without Dr. Riak?
                Jubaone tell me brother, how many people die because your Riak Machar? Since 1991 to date.

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                • 3 April 08:41, by Sunday Junup

                  Garang Akeen Tong,
                  Peace was not sign last Month because Kiir reused to step down. How many people die because Kiir refuse to listen to South Sudanese voices? Are you not ready to sign peace because of Kiir?

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                • 3 April 08:46, by jubaone

                  Garang Akeen
                  Jienges killed thousands of Nuers in cold blood, thousands of Equatorians, Fertit, Collos etc. Did you mention anything? Millions displaced, millions starving all by jienges. Dr. Riak did not do such a mess. Jienges have turned the country into a stinking shithole. No worthless ND, no compromise with jienges. Case closed.

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                • 3 April 10:38, by Midit Mitot

                  Garang Akeen,
                  I agreed with Jubaone, if you people don,t need Dr Machar back to government system then there is no peace in South Sudan until the end of the world, take note of this, no surrender @Yahhhhhh forks.

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        • 2 April 17:33, by Free at Last Viva!

          Mr. Garang,

          What keeps Dr. Riek, not Riak as you call him, is because all South Sudanes Politicians hate him for the only reason almost ALL civilian likes him. As a result, they are doing everything within their reach, including killing innocent civilian so that he will never rule South Sudan - impossible.
          Yes, Dr. Riek disagreed with Dr. John Garang on ideology of SPLM/A.

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          • 2 April 20:43, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Hey gatnyere

            1991, 2013 and 2016 are undeletable in our history, you are decieving yourselve, if you are still advocate for war to overthrow gov,t.

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    • 2 April 08:42, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Games

      Targeting wrong guy like your Riak Machar is in position, it isn,t a sin, your Riak is problem to south sudanse people, we know who is Riak more then you yaa Mr. Games.

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    • 2 April 13:22, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      SPLM-IO are claiming nonsense

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    • 3 April 09:57, by Midit Mitot

      Games,
      You are absolutely right, those idiots can not release Dr Machar with conditions while the real criminals are busy killing innocent citizens.

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  • 2 April 01:09, by Games

    Theone
    NO, I don’t know the differences between the Rebel and government in South Sudan? could you illustrates that to us if you don’t mind?

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  • 2 April 05:42, by Kush Natives

    So, telling Riek Machar to stick to violence and abstracting the peace is what you the thugs want, so, that the civil populations can still suffer, while you the rebels still dancing in the foreign hotels? Isn’t a bullshit? FYI, Riek left Hubs conditionally, when he left, he wasn’t leaving with the necktie on, get it right! Riek is done! Case closed. Next-

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    • 2 April 06:18, by Koryom2

      If Riek Machar is their god then let the fools go & bring him back to South Sudan & will come met the same fate. If Riek Machar is the *fools oxygen* then let the fools die off & leave us & our country alone. The fools have been informed to get the hell out of these filthy UN POC sites & prepare their damn lands to produce our own foods for our own consumption & to sell our surpluses to get>>>

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      • 2 April 06:34, by Koryom2

        more money. Since there is no more war in our country. But idiots are refusing, the *losers end game* is to remain in these UN so-called POC sites & *used by the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between in here in our region* as blackmails & bargaining chips to our country & our people>>>>

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        • 2 April 07:36, by Games

          Evil Koryom2
          Hang yourself, Machar is coming back soon to the country. I know you are Machar supporter too as along you love free foods.

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          • 2 April 08:16, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

            Dr Riek is the South Sudanese leader except JCE, even the ordinary Dinka are supporting Dr Riek with their whole heart, time is our witness.

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            • 2 April 10:43, by Garang Akeen Tong

              Simon Puok

              Gatnyere, you are very funny, let me you, you Riak will never rule south sudan without support from Jieng.

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  • 2 April 08:30, by Eastern

    Keeping Dr. Machar out of the South Sudanese political equation = keeping instability and insecurity in the country. Morons are forgetting that Machar leads one of the largest constituents outside the tribal regime in Juba.

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    • 2 April 13:53, by okello

      @Eastern if you don’t want peace than keep talking of Dr.confusion who is born rebel and he will die rebel. Dr. devil Machar is already done and he will be brought to south sudan has dead body like Magisu of Ethiopia. However, keeping him outside of south sudan is only best option. Those who now still fighting will lay down their weapons soon and enjoy peace. Changing Kiir by force is deadly.

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      • 2 April 14:30, by jubaone

        Okello,
        Peace cant come with the kiirminal and his fellow jienges, who in their nature are non-peaceful. Look at your jiengestans-just shitholes. Only cowards and fools will lay down their arms. Jienges are armed and the rest MUST arm themselves too. If jienges are in for a showdown, then we go for it. NO COMPROMISE. Period

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        • 2 April 15:15, by okello

          @Jubaone,Eastern,Game & Dr. devil supporters. am not Jeing, I am nationalist who love South Sudan regardless your tribalism hatred. Yes you hate jeing but are you able to eliminate them in south Sudan? Please think wisely and I am sure our attitude of tribalism mentality is what keeping jeing in power. Those who now fighting kiir government are more foolish than Jeing in my opinion. peace please!

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          • 2 April 15:56, by Eastern

            okello,

            Who cares with your lowlife. If you are a Dinka or hired to rant on behalf of the most disorganised tribe.

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            • 2 April 17:20, by jubaone

              Eastern,
              During the 21 yrs, jienge savages were on a sex spree raping Equatorian girls. The result is a multitude of half idiots and scumbags left behind. Okello could be one of these creatures. We will deport you to where your savage father comes from. Equatoria is better off without any of your type. KOKORA or death. Case closed. Next.

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          • 2 April 17:15, by jubaone

            Okello,
            I see you have succumbed and would be better off as a jienge lapdog than a free person with equal rights. No one is interested in eliminating jienges and jienges can’t do likewise to the rest. We just want jienges to go to where they belong and just leave Equatoria in peace. Is that difficult to understand? The kiirminal has given them several jiengestans, but still squatting in Equatoria.

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            • 2 April 17:22, by Games

              Okella
              You most sounds like one of those JCE supporters. Anyway we have had enough with your bulshits and it is better for all of us to destroy that call Dinka country. No more compromise

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