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May 9, 2018 (JUBA) – Exiled South Sudanese rebel leader, Riek Machar will not return to Juba without his forces, an armed opposition official said.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda’s capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

"We do not trust Salva Kiir. We cannot allow our chairman to return to the capital without heavily armed forces that are equal to the forces of the government in Juba," Peter Gatkuoth, the deputy head of the armed opposition’s information committee told Radio Tarmajuz.

The official’s remarks came days after President Salva Kiir publicly admitted he had allowed the rebel leader, currently exiled in South Africa, to return the nation he fled from after the July 2016 skirmishes.

Kiir said this during last week’s National Liberation Council (NLC) meeting of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

But Gatkouth said the exiled armed opposition leader needed to be protected especially after what occurred when he returned to Juba.

“Machar will return to Juba when there is a negotiated peace agreement through the revitalization forum. We are committed to peace because we know our people are suffering,” he stressed.

During last week’s meeting, the NLC endorsed the Arsuha reunification agreement to reunify fragmented factions of the SPLM.

In January 2015, delegates from three factions of the SPLM party signed a 12-page agreement in Arusha, Tanzania, laying out key steps toward reunifying the party.

Those who signed include the party loyal to President Kiir, the SPLM-in-Opposition led by former vice president Riek Machar, and a third made up of party officials who were detained when the conflict began in mid-December 2013.

The SPLM, South Sudan’s ruling party, was initially founded as the political wing of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). The party, in the aftermath of the civil war that broke out in the country in mid-December 2013, split into the SPLM-Juba faction headed by Kiir, SPLM-IO led by Machar and that of the ex-political detainees.

The civil war in South Sudan, the United Nations says, has killed tens of thousands of people and forced a quarter of the country’s 12 million people from their homes. More than half of the population are reportedly in need of food aid.

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  • 10 May 11:23, by Games

    You look stupid when repeatedly and repeatedly same mistakes. You better stick with that words that Machar will return to Capital with Equal forces to those of JCE and I have to to look after the special Unit that will protect the Chairman

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    • 10 May 13:21, by Khent

      I really don’t see why Riek should be allowed to bring an armed force into Juba, because I don’t recall the SPLA being allowed to station thousands of soldiers in Khartoum; in fact, the SPLA had to withdraw forces from the entire North. The SPLA was only allowed to remain in the South and that arrangement was a derivative of centuries worth of grievances.

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      • 10 May 13:40, by Eastern

        There you go....

        The Khartoum based regime did not hinder the movement of SPLA security personnel in the streets of Khartoum. Dr. Garang was allowed to attract the mammoth crowds that thronged the streets with others just out of curiosity. The regime in Juba began killing SPLA-IO folks in Juba barely a month after their arrival in town.

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        • 10 May 13:56, by Khent

          Eastern

          Did Khartoum allow thousands of SPLA soldiers to be stationed in Khartoum? You’re trying [and failing] to conflate a personal security detail with an actual military detachment. There is no way Riek’s arriving in the capital with a military detachment. We will not allow foreign powers to impose such an arrangement.

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          • 10 May 14:07, by Eastern

            Khent,

            Dr. Garang himself did not see the need for a huge force to protect him because the security arrangement made for the principles were being honoured unlike what Kiir did here in Juba. After shifting the uniformed SPLA soldiers 25 km outside Juba, youths drafted largely from cattlecamps in Bahr el Ghazal were hurriedly sneaked in and armed to the tooth and deployed throughout Juba.

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            • 10 May 14:24, by Khent

              Eastern

              You have to properly contextualize events and arrangements; the only reason Khartoum complied with the security arrangements is because they were scared stiff and being blackmailed by Washington at the heels of its ludicrously named ’war on terror’. The United States probably thought that we would be yet another compliant State to the Washington-Wall Street consensus...

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              • 10 May 14:35, by Khent

                ..and would therefore opt for them over China and the rising East. I have yet to see concrete evidence for Juba’s coup claim, but Riek does have a long history of subversively associating and relying upon Western business interests. British business interests and individuals like Tiny Rowland were instrumental in providing Riek with certain supplies and support in the 90s...

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                • 10 May 14:35, by Khent

                  Riek Machar linked up with Western instruments of regime change (IRI) in 2013. The International Republican Institute is an offshoot of the National Endowement for Democracy, which is an unofficial derivative of the CIA. The National Endowement for Democracy deposes elected Presidents and governments by orchestrating coups and "colour revolutions".

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                  • 10 May 14:37, by Khent

                    The IRI is just one [1] of the four [4] organisations that the NED [CIA] controls and funds. And here they are: The International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS).

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                    • 10 May 14:47, by Khent

                      “Freedom House” and the Soros Foundation are also of keen interest; they too partake in these geopolitical maneuvers. These organisations were responsible for the coup d’etat that removed the former President of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, after he refused to comply with the neoliberal economic policies of the Washington-Wall street consensus.

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                      • 10 May 14:48, by Khent

                        These organisations were also responsible for the so called colour revolutions of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus; the “rose revolution” installed a compliant, NATO aligned puppet in Georgia; the “orange revolution” did the same thing in the Ukraine… and it goes on and on and on.

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                      • 10 May 20:16, by jubaone

                        Khent
                        Don’t expose your half-backed intelligence here by fixing irrelevant examples not pertinent to the subject matter. Eastern has elaborately put it, that mutual trust and adherence to agreed principles was the reason why Dr Garang needed no SPLA battalions as protection force while in Khartoum. The kiirminal doesn’t hold on to gentleman’s agreement. Just lawless.

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                        • 11 May 03:41, by Khent

                          Jubaone

                          I really don’t care what you to say on the matter, because you’re an imbecile. Riek will not be returning to Juba with a military detachment; that death-deserving traitor is only alive because Salva is an imcompetant dolt. I would not have allowed Riek to return in 2004 — like Garang so gracefully permitted. The traitor should have been told to join his Arab masters.

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                    • 10 May 14:51, by Theallseeingeye

                      Khent
                      CPA was another different agreement and it has nothing to do with the current mess, every crises should be handle according to its context, we are not dwelling in the past please, we don’t care if Khartoum had never allowed single SPLA soldier to enter Sudan at all, if the SPLA had not demand that it was up to them, but we just don’t trust this Jienge Kiir bastard.

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                      • 10 May 15:15, by Khent

                        Riek is not returning to the capital with a military detachment. Riek should be happy to be alive, considering that hundreds of thousands of Southerners were killed by people (Arabs) that he strengthened militarily in the 90s with the windfall from control of the oilfields. I blame Salva Kiir’s stupidity and weakness for this situation...

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                      • 10 May 16:07, by jubaone

                        Khent
                        Between Riak and the Kiirminal there’s no more trust and it’s only logical that Riak brings his entire army to guarantee his safety especially after the heinous crime of July 2016. Either Riak brings the accepted army with him or none. This goes also for Thomas Cirillo, Col. Bakasoro, Gen. Gatdet Yaka and other armed groups.

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                        • 10 May 16:22, by Khent

                          Well, there will be no other armed force in the capital, and this really should extend to every other corner of the country. South Sudan is a complete joke; traitors have consistently been rewarded. If I was in Salva’s position in 2005... I would have made a law barring the political participation of anyone that established military alliances with the enemy...

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                        • 10 May 19:04, by South South

                          jubaone and Eastern,

                          The only time Riek will come to Juba with his huge forces is when he defeated us first then moves to Juba with anything he wants. Until then, we are in Juba and we will be the only forces in Juba. Stop talking like a little boys.

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                          • 10 May 20:32, by jubaone

                            South South
                            The only time SS will know peace is when jienges are defeated completely. If that doesn’t happen, then the only consequence is break up of the country. No more jienge bullshitting and business as usual, NO. Non-jienges have reached a tilting point and doesn’t matter now, the war must continue.

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          • 10 May 14:20, by Games

            Khent
            Sometimes you comment like a Salva Kiir but you are a bit smart than him. Khartoum had no intention to kill Dr. Garang at the time while Juba are desperately wanting to kill Dr. Riek Machar. You know the differences but your tribalisms view on Nuer in general is blinding you to see the facts

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            • 10 May 15:04, by Khent

              Game

              A bit smarter, you say? You people believe in Ngundeng, so I won’t be having you asses my intelligence. You people exalt Riek and view him as brilliant despite the absolutely moronic decisions he made in the 90s... decisions that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the near destruction the movement...

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              • 10 May 15:05, by Khent

                Riek’s political, military and economic alliance with Khartoum contributed to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of lives and the misery of millions more. Riek was instrumental in Khartoum’s ability to not only take control of the oilfields but to secure them as part of his military alliance with the Ignaz Nazis...

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                • 10 May 15:06, by Khent

                  ..And in doing so he enabled Khartoum to purchase billions of dollars in advanced and devastating weaponry, which was then unleashed on those that did not follow that death-deserving TRAITOR - the Dinka in particular. As a direct consequence of Riek’s actions, Khartoum became infinitely stronger and their war on us [not you] intensified. We hold you responsible for a lot of those casualties.

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                • 10 May 16:17, by jubaone

                  Khent
                  Your anti Riak tirades are those equally articulated by the majority jienges. Apparently, you exalt all those coerced nyagats like Taban, Ezekiel Lol, Gathoth Gatkuoth, Ruai Koang etc without flinching. How despicable! If Riak turned in today and joined the jieng bandwagon, you would witness a flurry of congratulatory messages.

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                  • 10 May 16:33, by Khent

                    Jubaone

                    I don’t support any of those traitors because they were with Khartoum during the war. Unlike Salva, I firmly believe that traitors should be permanently kept out of the political environment. Were I Sovereign, the military would have been significantly strengthened to the extent that no General would even dare entertain the idea of raising arms...

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                    • 10 May 16:56, by Khent

                      I would have done everything to establish a military industrial complex; one that would meet our needs for small arms, mortars and artillery ammunition. I would have invested billions into purchasing Smerch rocket artillery, strategic and tactical drones, Su-39 CAS aircraft, Ka-52 attack helicopters and T-90 tanks. Everybody would know that if they raised a finger for even a micro-second...

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                      • 10 May 17:05, by Khent

                        ..their bodies would be laid down for an eternity. These weapons would ensure that only hair, teeth and eye-balls are left, and I would make everybody aware of what they’re up against - especially if they’re opposed to the laws barring traitors from participating in any political position. People like Yau Yau would be rewarded with death - instead of positions.

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              • 10 May 18:02, by Free at Last Viva!

                Khent,
                We are in 2018 now, can you leave what happened in the past for the past and focus only on the current issues? On Behalf of Dr. Garang, Dr. Riek apologized for all that had happened during the course of struggle, and that includes 90s incidents not only on Bor, but on all who were grieved. Hating Dr. Riek will never prevent him from entering Juba because you are just NOTHING to prevent him

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                • 11 May 03:35, by Khent

                  Viva

                  A traitor’s "apology" is worthless - it means nothing. I don’t know of many countries that would allow traitors to be VP and then aim for the Presidency. Treason is still punishable by death in a number of liberal democracies like the United States. Riek will NEVER be President.

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  • 10 May 13:05, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    "We do not trust Salva Kiir. We cannot allow our chairman to return to the capital without heavily armed forces that are equal to the forces of the government in Juba" Stupid! You can remain in the bushes with your so called Chairman. What do you think the composition of the South Sudan Armed Forces will be when you come with a force that is equal to the SPLA Army?

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  • 10 May 16:08, by Nairobimitot

    The Riek Machar will be allowed to bring in young soldiers again to Juba, this times the same thing will happen. There is going to fight, and Riek Machar will be going the same narrow road still.
    But I am afraid this time Riek may not reach Congo.

    Riek can learn from his wrongdoings, and he can try to make peace.

    If I am Riek Machar, I will negotiate peace with the government, and I will tell President Salva to put my troops to national army SPLA immediately.

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  • 10 May 16:09, by Nairobimitot

    I wish our country peace and I do not know when we are going to have peace. I hope we will one day have peace.

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  • 11 May 17:40, by Mookachaar Jieng

    SPLA/M-IO will come to Juba with heavy army forces which will be equal to Mathianganyoor,gelweng, and titbany.
    The reason is to chase out the sultan of bar elghazel from the nation house and people city either to be killed or remain in exile for the life. Makuey Lueth,Taban,wek ateny ,lol and Elias lomora will run like chicken or goat to uganda and kenya

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