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Athor seeks modification on executive pardon over fate of his forces


By Ngor Arol Garang

December 18, 2010 (ABYEI) – General George Athor Deng Dut, senior member of the southern army - the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) - who rebelled against the regional government he failed to become governor of Jonglei state, in the last April’s elections, said Saturday he needs clarifications on the executive pardon issued to him and his forces.

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General George Athor Deng (ST)

In October, South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, issued an executive order pardoning some of the south’s armed groups that were not part of, or had splintered from, the SPLA.

The presidential decree issued on Wednesday 6 October, 2010, covered General Athor, Gabriel Tanginya, Thomas Mabior Dhol, Colonel Gatluak Gai, and Colonel Robert Gwang among others. The order, however, said that the armed forces covered by the amnesty must lay down their arms before beginning the process of integration into the southern army.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune from his base in Korfulous on Saturday, Athor, a former Deputy Chief of General Staff for political and moral orientation for the SPLA, said he was committed to a peaceful dialogue with leaders from the government of the semi autonomous region of south Sudan but need the president to modify the order to give breathing space to his forces.

"We are committed to peaceful dialogue with the government of south Sudan because peace is what our people want," said General Athor admitting that he has met with a delegation from the government of south Sudan led by Episcopal Bishop Daniel Deng Bul.

"Because of our commitment to peace in order to reach peaceful settlement over demands that [are] being negotiated, I have met the delegation sent by the government of south Sudan on Wednesday 15 and have assured them of our commitment to peaceful dialogue," said Athor.

Dok James Puok, spokesman of the renegade group in an interview with Sudan Tribune from Malakal town on Saturday also confirmed the meeting of the South Sudan delegation with General Athor but said needs President Kiir to modify amnesty he issued in October so as to accommodate fate of their forces.

"Yes, the delegation of the government of south Sudan met General Athor on Wednesday. This was after our delegation met him first on Tuesday to brief him on the processes of negotiation," said Dok James Puok.

The official spokesman said they have discussed all their demands and raised concerns on the condition, which required forces of the General Athor to lay down their arms before joining SPLA forces.

"Some of the issues we discussed with delegation of the government of south Sudan were simple issues but one of our major concerns is the fate of our armed forces because the amnesty was not clear. The president needs to make it clear so that it covers the fate of our forces," said Dok.

On his part, Bishop Daniel Deng Bul said: “Yes, we have met General Athor and held successful discussions with him and his team.”

The bishop, however, said he had returned to Juba to brief President Kiir about meeting they had with General Athor and to seek way forward over the issues they discussed.

"We have come back to brief president about our meeting with General Athor and to seek way forward," said Bishop Bul declining additional comments.

Kiir is attempting to unify the south politically and military ahead of the regions self determination referendum in January.


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  • 20 December 2010 04:20, by Bol Deng

    Dear Southerners,
    Athor Deng is complicating issues at this critical time which need every South Sudanese to witness the great success of SPLM/A for decades. What clarification does Athor want while kiir Mayardit issued a pardon to him and others militia,so that we can uprooted the problem of NCP together?
    You are told that SPLM allowed you with your little force in the South just for the seek of peace and referendum in the South. This guy might be one of those who had lack of understanding. I loss faith in him, sorry about him indeed!

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    • 20 December 2010 15:31, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Many thanks to His Lordship Daniel Deng Bul for his peaceful commitment to bring harmony between the government and the rebel groups within Southern Sudan.

      My gratitude also goes to his excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit for his good and unity-loving government and for his maintaining peace in the country.

      I also say thank you to renegade George Athor for accepting amnesty issued by the president as well as other armed groups.

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  • 20 December 2010 04:56, by Land-of-Cush

    I don’t understand what pardon Athor needed rather then speciel pardon given by president Kiir in Oct 2010;and I don’t see what might make him scare since he kills less then what kills by Tanginye who already accepted the pardon and released his army and get integration in SPLA army.

    This man and his group might fight to get more ranks as more civillian jion him also he might need them to come back to SPLA system and get pay as SPLA do.

    I don’t care about all this; Kiir should give any things to all needed for southerners to get peace and fair and facing only Arabe north.

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  • 20 December 2010 05:09, by landlord

    we ve a bed weather here in Europe so it is hard to acessing the site but we got littile bid. Caming to this uncle Athor DENG DUT, HE MUST KNOW WHAT IS CALLED BELONG HE MUST BE CArEFULL WITH WHAT HE DEMANED OR HE WILL NEVER GOING TO FORGIVEN FOREVER SHAME ON HIM OR WE WILL CALLED DEATH TO HIM sooner than later

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    • 20 December 2010 07:39, by Nhomlawda

      To: Southern nationalists excluding traitors

      Gen. Athor, one of fierceful and highly respected generals in the SPLM/A’s struggle for freedom had completely spoiled his reputation.
      I do not see anything so special about general Athor’s forces to be given special considerations from other forces in South Sudan who had accepted president Kiir’s pardon as it is. Gen. Kiir had given him and his forces freedom to wonder in the South and to gain from her riches after independence but he still demands more issues to create problems with other armed forces who had already accepted the annesty as it is. Gen. Athor’s soldiers should not be given any special consideration that had not been extended to other armed forces otherwise it will be translated as tribal consideration.
      Furthermore, we don’t want SPLA to be comprised of soldiers who are loyal to individual generals but soldiers who are loyal to our motherland we had fought so dear for. We do not need soldiers who are ready to rebel on simple issues such as governor’s position and individual hatred of another person you might happen not like in the Government of South Sudan.

      SSLA should amend Armed Forces Act to ensure no military general or personnel who retires from the army to join politics straight way before three years after his/her retirement date. All retirees in the army should take three to four years as civilians or served in civil positions that are not elected such as ambassadors’ position before joining politics. Army officers should not leave barracks and participate in politics immmediately for they are not mentality prepared to accept defeat since defeat is a hardly accepted result in the army.
      Athor rebellion was a failure in SSLA’s SPLA Act of 2009 and it is high time, SSLA revisit that act and revise it to incorporate this position banning men and women in uniform to abandon their positions in the army and rush for political posts. Men and women in uniform need to retire first in the army and spend minimum of three years without political affiliation before joining politics. This will safe us from many troubles which may be caused by power hungry generals like General Athor if such loopholes still remain in the Armed Forces Act.
      Athor and all those people who consider their interests first before our motherland should be forgiven but we should not forget their names and their deeds including Nasir faction and current highly corrupt officials in GOSS.


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      • 20 December 2010 09:14, by landlord

        nomlawda Ak freedom you need to know hidding agender those who just smuaggling themselvies into Spla re food lover and confused and you will see what will happen to those pradoned, Athor is doing these to scure the feature of his loyal foreces but he is not athreat anymore to southrense,

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        • 20 December 2010 11:36, by choldit

          Here we go on what nomlawda called tribal atitude. Landlord, or whatever ur name is, the food lovers are now clear after we stayed on our own Southern Sudan for 5 yrs.They loot the public funds for their own self, relatives or thier tribe. Those guys can’t fight for the South let alone for thier own needs as they already got what they want.

          How can you prove that Athor is not a threat to the land of Cush as you said it? As for me, Athor is and will be a threat to this nation until he is given the right treatment he asked for, the ultimate!


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  • 20 December 2010 14:48, by Ujil

    Kiir,forgive them and whatever they want give,promote them into top military position and retire them the next day

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    • 21 December 2010 00:03, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      Dear sudanese people

      What we have to put in mind that,Athor was not running away for no cause. Like those groups of Nuers intruders who have join SPLA some years ago they just fighting old Garang group for tribal reason. But they no personal problem in SPLA. That is why they can join back easily.

      Athor have been pinpoint out in the SPLA/M with personal interest that is running SPLA/M. there is no properly Rule in SPLA that securely personal influencing the movement.
      He can be kill cold blood,by his bitter oppenant in SPLA/M.

      All those Tangginya have personal problem SPLA. They join freely if they have been Pardon. If any of you listen to Nguendeng song very well. can take a movement to listen again.

      "Goore ee kuol, kiir ee naag ee joorgii Athor eeyee, nak jee gooy. cuong cung cike wee tieeb" "ee eee wee wee Rang guar reeye naak ee joorgi eeye, nak jee goy"

      It is mention that there is a plots to kill Athor. if anyone know Thojang and Naath can understand NgunDeng songs well. Because those Songs are mix Naath-jang. Even Nuer does not understand them. It go beyond Nuer,do not understand some. they not only think that related to themselves parts.

      go to www.lounuer.org

      you will download NguenDeng songs from Nuer traditional songs.

      There is a plot to kill him. it is Positivel plot in our movement, is not innocence inside. There is still a lot of way to go after Marol have been defeat in Arang.

      Tone of Liberator.


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      • 21 December 2010 04:38, by landlord

        ah ah they don’t know what will happen to them in de feature

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