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S. Sudanese rebel leader returns to South Africa


June 23, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) – The leader of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction, Riek Machar on Saturday returned to South Africa where has been confined for the nearly two years.

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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)

Sudan Tribune understands that the South Sudan rebel leader and his two bodyguards left Ethiopia at 11:40PM aboard Ethiopian Airlines ET 859.

Machar was in Ethiopia for face-to-face discussions held on 20 June with President Salva Kiir under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) chairperson, Abiy Ahmed.

The regional bloc, in a communiqué issued on 21 June, said the South Sudanese rebel leader should be free to leave South Africa to any country of his choice except the IGAD region and that he shall be allowed to enter into and exit from Sudan and Kenya for the duration of the peace process.

IGAD also mandated the Sudanese President, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir to facilitate a second round of face–to-face discussion between President Kiir and Machar within two weeks to build on the Addis Ababa face-to-face talks.

The meeting, to be held in Khartoum, is expected to discuss and resolve the outstanding issues on governance and security arrangements including measures proposed in the revised bridging proposal of the IGAD Council of Ministers.

At the planned meeting on Khartoum meeting, according to IGAD, the leaders will also discuss measures to be taken to rehabilitate the South Sudanese economy through bilateral cooperation between South Sudan and neighboring Sudan.

The Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to facilitate the third round of face-to-face discussion between President Kiir and the South Sudanese rebel leader to facilitate the revitalization process and report the outcome and way forward to the upcoming ordinary session of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

Meanwhile, the regional bloc condemned in the “strongest” terms the repeated violations of the ceasefire agreement by the parties as reported by the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Mechanism (CTSAMM) and the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), saying Kenya shall further investigate the violation reports submitted by CTSAMM and JMEC and report to the next summit for appropriate targeted punitive measures to be taken.


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  • 24 June 2018 09:26, by jubaone

    Dr Riak should just go ahead with his business of commanding and coordinating the strategies and tactics of the IO. Whether IGAD likes it or not, they will get back to him. The Kiirminal on his return to Juba reported to JCE, that he had rejected Riak’s participation in the next TGoNU. The bloated parliament has no use cuz the Kiirminal is controlled by jienge senior criminals.

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    • 24 June 2018 09:31, by jubaone

      Dr Riak’s IO and SSOA must coordinate their activities to ensure that the jienge regime does not have a strong foothold in Upper Nile and Equatoria. Control the oil fields and any strategic areas in Equatoria and don’t allow any commercial activities in both regions. Bahr el Ghasal is just an appendage, no strategic and economic relevance. That is what matters.

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      • 24 June 2018 09:37, by jubaone

        In the end greater Bahr el Ghasal will turn into an open grazing ground for cattle or open human zoo. Ensure that the war continues till most of them flee and unable to return. That is happily happening. Today, Bahr el Ghasalians are also on the run 🏃. No development, unable to access foods and supplies through Equatoria except from Khartoum. That must continue.

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        • 24 June 2018 09:42, by jubaone

          Interestingly, even most hard core JCE oldies are idling in Juba with their families outside the country. They can’t return to their ancestral lands let alone building houses or homes for themselves. That is necessary so that they all become vagabonds without a place they call home. Their only identity will be the language. Today over 30% of their kids haven’t seen their ancestral lands.

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          • 24 June 2018 09:49, by jubaone

            Even as most SS were being repatriated, most jienges chose to come straight to Juba. They had no places to call home. Though they stole billions of state monies, no single one of them ever put up structures in their luaks. Rather, most bought properties in Uganda or Kenya. Jiengeland is worse off than b4. This will continue and has to continue. Meanwhile, Equatoria must keep them on the run 🏃

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            • 24 June 2018 09:59, by Eastern


              Thanks for your candid views.

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            • 24 June 2018 14:02, by The Rhino


              Thank you for your strategic and eloquent explanations.Riak should synergize with SSOA and pursue a policy of zero tolerance towards Kiir and his tribal JCE gangs.These worthless medievals(JCE) morons have no business interfering in politics at State’s level.Instead of them advising Kiir to become a successful cattleman in Bahr El Gazal,they maliciously invest in ruining the country....

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              • 24 June 2018 14:11, by The Rhino

                ...These jienges will never find peace.The only language is,keep and confine them in holes and trenches until they change attitude.No safe havens for jienges!

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                • 24 June 2018 19:48, by jubaone


                  Thank you. We will never relent and jienges must wear thick clothes, cuz its going to be different this time. Not the lapdogs like Wani Igga, Joseph Lagu or Elia Lomuro but a new breed of seasoned and hard core Equatorians: Eastern, Thin, Lino, Rhino, Theallseeingeyes, etc.. Keep them on the run 🏃. We salute our Nuer comrades: Malakal, Games etc.. Keep the jienges on the run 🏃.

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                  • 24 June 2018 22:46, by The Rhino


                    South Sudan will never have peace until our beloved Equatoria and Upper Nile is totally jiengefree.These worthless morons backstabbed and betrayed us.They must reap and pay what they sow,full stop!

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    • 24 June 2018 11:07, by Kuch

      Mr. Jubaone,
      Give thanks to Mr. Salva Kiir, he has been the one who let our country & our people bullied by our enemies all the times. But let’s be objective this time around. No one wants the evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states’ paymasters, their evil juus, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), some of their Bantus & some of their>>>

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      • 24 June 2018 11:14, by Kuch

        creepy allies in between in our country & over our people. Reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM. There are many problems in Burundi, Kenya, ethiopia, Somalia, DR Congo, Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Darfur, Southern Kordufan, Southern Blue Nile, Mali & other countries. But here in South Sudan is where every hyena around the world is desperately salivating to poke its/her long nose into>>>>

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        • 24 June 2018 11:18, by Kuch

          simply because of our resources, lands, our Nile waters & of course, to fight the present of China out of our country by proxy. And to re-unite our country & our people with cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan & the evils can go and brag----WESTERN CIVILIZATION. Good to our traitors, thieves & losers & their foreign masters. Watch this space>>

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          • 24 June 2018 11:24, by Kuch

            The criminals are going to be seen in the ’museums in future if they are not very careful’. Our country & our people are not of their so-called ’ANGLO-AMERICAN empire never has & will never ever be’ and our people are parts of so-called ANGLO-AMERICAN’s subjects/slaves, never have and will never ever be’, reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM>>>

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            • 24 June 2018 11:38, by Kuch

              Let Mr. ’Salva Kiir & his bunch of lowly informed advisors’ should take their *myopic & cowrdiness on the chin & ponder* about it. Why did the fool(s) let Mr. Riek Machar and his allies got a way in 2016 shootout in Juba? Now, our Riek Machar of ’all evils & his bunch of foreign puppets/stooges or allies like Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Rebecca Nyandeng, her son, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirillo,>>>>

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              • 24 June 2018 11:44, by Kuch

                Costi Manibe, Uyai Deng Ajak & bunch of our foreign puppets/stooges’ who sold their souls to foreign powers and our enemies in exchange for power----in other words, to be re-installed into power in our country & over our people. Good with our traitors, thieves & traitors. That is not gonnna happen under the sun as we know it or even in million years to be precise.>>>>

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                • 24 June 2018 11:52, by Kuch

                  There are some evil people on earth who just like other people & their countries, and ’those other countries & their people’ don’t like them back & their countries. Our country & our people have been taken hostage by our greatest enemies on earth: The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states’ paymasters>>>>

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                  • 24 June 2018 12:00, by Kuch

                    their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their Abeshas (so-called ethiopians) and even their creepy Bantus allies in Kenya. My South Sudanese bunch of fools, Mr. Riek Machar was brought back from South Africa by lowly Abesh (ethiopian) creep *to come & use* him as a way to tell our Salva Kiir lowly informed Salva Kiir that the Abeshas (ethiopians) prostitutes have authority>>>>

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                    • 24 June 2018 12:08, by Kuch

                      over South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. And that they, (Abeshas, so-called ethiopians) can bully our country & our people if they damn can. And our president Salva Kiir of all fools was summoned to the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa to go and be lectured by a *lowly Abesh (so-called ethiopian)* And off, he went. Fellows, we are back. We are going to bomb our enemies out of our country

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                      • 24 June 2018 12:14, by Kuch

                        once and for all, reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM. Our country & our people are not of the so-called ANGLO-AMERICAN empire, never have & will never be. WW3 is going to start here in our country & we are going to bomb our enemies to near extinction out of our country & over our country>>>

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        • 24 June 2018 20:05, by jubaone

          Kuch aka koryom2

          The Kiirminal has rundown the country just within 2 yrs. Were it not for Dr Garang, and the SPLA/M headed by the Kiirminal, there would be no SS. The Eritreans, Habesha and Ugandans did the dirty jobs. I am not bothered cuz I know it’s just a question of time and the jienge republic will collapse.

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  • 24 June 2018 10:04, by Nairobimitot

    Jubaone one, it is very shameful to see people like you who do not even know what they are talking about. The government of South Sudan is more significant than your Riek Machar and his raccoons. Stop talking about Riek Machar because he will never become a president of South Sudan. We will find someone who will rule after President Kiir but not Riek because he always brings problems and killing innocent people. He is now returned to his beautiful hotel, and you may call it Detention Center. Riek Machar can only come to help build the country through advising so he will be an adviser to the president Kiir. We accept him to go to Juba because that is his country and nobody is opposing his come to Juba. He also has to reject violence and talking about it to his crazy followers. After all, I congratulate Reik Machar for coming back to South Africa. I hope he will have an illusion that it is Juba.

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    • 24 June 2018 11:36, by okello

      Riek Wangkel is now done because he always act stupid never new that president have power to detain anyone threat to people of South Sudan outside country. maggot like Baari one slave and alike think that Kiir is one tribe president but why world and region invited him to attend event? i Have never seen baari chief or Nuer cheif being invited to attend even Khartoum event. lets frogs make noise

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      • 24 June 2018 11:57, by jubaone


        Juba is in Bariland not jiengeland. Without Bar and Juba you would still be running around like hunters and gatherers. Thanks to God, the Bari have made you human.

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        • 24 June 2018 12:32, by okello

          Ya Baari slave tell mundari that Juba is yours. what i know Present of all south Sudanese in Juba make Juba safe and clean not you whose made juba rotten with no single latrine in recent years of your master. I am not even interesting to hear Jienge either. I am very concern about your regular tribalism manners that you die of stress without achieving it. Riek is now done in cage at less he change

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          • 24 June 2018 13:18, by padiit gaga


            Anyuak Thief of church money don’t insulted Bare the fought for this land than you Anyuak, you don’t have story in this land may be in Gambella Don’t insulted Dr.Machar is not wangkel maybe don’t know word wangkel. Machar now is free and lead s.sudan except Gambella your country.

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        • 24 June 2018 17:54, by South South


          Your hopeless tribe is called Bari not Bar. What a wicked stupid loser old man!!!! Talking about military strategy plans as if he knows anything about it. Juba is ours and if that kill you, go to any ocean near you in Diaspora and drink from it.

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          • 24 June 2018 19:23, by jubaone

            South South
            Just try to take the capital city from Bariland and you jienges can only learn and depend on us. You tried Ramciel, it didn’t work. We are your owners and without us, just worthless jienge. Truth hurts but must be told. Take it or leave it.

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      • 24 June 2018 11:59, by Redeemer

        Sad news
        IO Bieh State, Koang Rambang Chol was worried to death when he informed that Riek has signed peace with Kiir in Adis. and that there are high chances that Riek may sacrifice him for the IO atrocities and hand him over. R.I.P

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      • 24 June 2018 13:06, by padiit gaga


        Don’t insulted Dr.Machar is not wangkel and is also wise is not like you, you are thief who steal money from church in Ethiopia many friends called me from Egypt that you steal money from different churches and now you end up as jobless. Riek is now leader of s.sudan who fight for freedom all except who never fight for s.sudanes he is release and now is free to role.

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        • 24 June 2018 14:52, by okello

          Padiit you all begging in Ethiopia and travel frogs tribes whose your aim rebellion nothing else you think about. You are less contributors to South Sudan since you just run between Ethiopia and Sudan. Now south tribes team up and achieved goals of independent and allow you back regardless your rebellion attitude against them, but turn down and run back for help what disgrace tribes are you?

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    • 24 June 2018 11:53, by jubaone


      I am not bothered by this jienge crap and rhetoric. There’s nothing new of substance. It’s simply repeating the same jienge nonsense initiated by jienge criminal enterprise, jce. Keep it to yourself. Sorry, try something new.

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      • 24 June 2018 12:10, by Redeemer

        As you are declaring the IO usual activities of killing and burning cars, buses and commercial trucks on roads, one funny thing is, don’t deceive yourself that victims are all Dinkas, I know some are your closed relatives

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        • 24 June 2018 12:20, by Redeemer

          For your information, Bhar-el-ghazal will never become a gazing ground under any situation and as you speak there are ghost villages in Upper Nile and Equatoria think about that. No matter how long you guys will continue with war, non of you will step in Bhar-el-ghazal keep on dreaming

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        • 24 June 2018 15:45, by Eastern

          Redeemer aka Slave,

          Of course non dinka or family members who have chosen to work with the dinka regime can be dealt with the way one would deal with a dinka in these issues. Next observation please...!

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    • 24 June 2018 20:19, by Proverbs


      For your info, Machar didn’t fly back to South Africa. He went to Khartoum instead!

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  • 24 June 2018 13:42, by conservative

    He can go back to relax in hotel awhile people suffering omg drwangkel da I encourage the president next time to stay home and send his first VIP to lead also instead of him so he can face taban Deng Gai cause why our president keep wasting time with this busters wangkel Dr who so stop calculating to be the president by force

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  • 24 June 2018 18:44, by @you

    You been told not to insult Dr machar.
    Again I saw your comments.
    What do you want from him?
    Calling him wangkel will kill you one,
    Day my friend.
    We will see later

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  • 24 June 2018 20:29, by Kenyang ll

    Early 2014, my friend, a Nuer asked me what I think of Dr. Riek after realizing I disliked Salva Kiir. I replied to him that I hate that man since 28 Aug 1991, day we heard his declared defection at our Pibor outpost, cold, wet and hungry. I emphasized, one reason of not liking Kiir is being part of those awarding betrayers like Riek and opportunists while isolating heros and true liberators.

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  • 24 June 2018 20:54, by Kenyang ll

    He responded softly but my friend we can’t have peace without Dr. Riek. Our conversation has more to it. As a man of principle, nothing has changed and will never change on regard to our history but I do recognize Chuol point. Dealing with Riek is not just about Riek Machar but dealing large portion of Nuer community who truly believe in him.

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