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S. Sudan rebels elect new leader after George Athor’s demise


January 9, 2012 (JUBA) - The National Liberation Council (NLC) of South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A) on Sunday announced it had elected Lt. Gen. Peter Kuol Chol Awan as the new leader of the south-based rebel outfit.

Lt. Gen. Awan replaces George Athor, the SSDM/A‘s former leader who was mysteriously killed on December 18, 2011 by a Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) unit in Morobo county, Central Equatoria, where he is alleged to have embarked on a recruitment drive.

The rebels later issued a controversial statement which claimed that their leader was killed by the Ugandan government, but both the South Sudanese government and Kampala deny Uganda was involved.

A statement from the rebel headquarters describes Lt. Gen. Awan as “a very experienced fighter and a shrewd politician who has been tested in the field”. He is reportedly a graduate in theology and social work from Nairobi University, Kenya.

“His political experience and military capabilities are seen as assets to liberate the people of South Sudan from corruption lords in Juba”, reads the SSDM/A statement.

Upon his election, the rebels say their new leader pledged full allegiance to the movement’s course, and urged the people of South Sudan to unite behind the Southern Sudanese revolutionary forces fighting to liberate the new nation from the “clique of criminals” that run the country.

He reportedly vowed to fight for liberty, justice and democracy in the newly independent South Sudan.

Meanwhile, SSDM/A has completely dismissed reports that it had embarked on negotiations with the government, both at the state and national level, following the death of its leader.

“We would like to inform the media that the SSDM/A is not negotiating with the Jonglei state government nor [South Sudanese President] Salva Kiir. It came to our attention that the government of [Jonglei Governor] Kuol Manyang is spreading lies in the media that it is negotiating with soldiers of our Movement. That information is a blatant lie which has no grain of salt,” further reads the statement.

In a rather bizarre revelation, the rebels also urge civilians to avoid visiting Malakal, in Upper Nile state and Bor, the Jonglei state capital, warning of a series of “surgical operations” they plan in these towns, including Juba, the South Sudan capital.

However, a spokesman for the southern army has dismissed the new developments within the rebel camps as mere propaganda, saying that the SPLA is prepared to deal with at any threats to national security.

"If they [SSDM/A] has appointed a new leader, then that’s their own business. Our mandate is to protect our people and ensure peace and security,” Phillip Aguer told Sudan Tribune on Monday.


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  • 9 January 2012 06:50, by NUER ONE

    @ LT Peter Kuol Chol,
    YOU are for death only,What are you fighting for,MAD DOG,
    wait for election,we don’t want war.If you want it,kill your people like Athor and lastly he was killed.

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    • 9 January 2012 08:25, by Ayuen deng

      Peter Kuol chol.

      Don,t be other victim of misgaurded war,you will never succeed in that war. please come back home and look after your children instate of hovering in the forest.

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      • 9 January 2012 08:47, by Alier42

        @ Ayuen Deng
        you are really a woman i can not blame you .if you are satify with the money of corruption you are also dating with the big names in Juba ,that is upon you but you need to shut your mouth in our struggle.

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        • 9 January 2012 09:02, by Alfredo christiani

          Dear Alier 42
          What are your objectives and principles of SSDM/A?
          FYI New born country has a lots of rooms to accommodates classified and unclassified staff, look at national assembly, we have those who don’t known ABCD or Arabic the same thing at the state level and they’re being honored
          Killing your own peoples and latter on to be kill has no sense.
          Late Kuanyin Bol killed his own peoples

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          • 10 January 2012 05:30, by Wed Deng

            I really don’t understand why the brothers get confuse,the dear elected leader is not called Athor and what made Athor to formed the revolution against the SPLM was for his own. You Peter,don’t abuse yourself in staying in the bush doing nonsense which will one time lead to lost of life. Imagine, SPLA is very huge and you are to be counted. You yourself have not been contested for governorship.

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        • 10 January 2012 04:55, by Alagaya

          people with senseless mind will think like that. We waged the war for Twenty one years while there was no saries. Therefore, greedy people try to wage war again six months old (baby)Nation. i personally lost my grandfather,uncles and cousins and i am not complaining yet.I fought many war and never regreted,but free my people. When i comment here people think I am rich with oil money, but I am not.

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    • 9 January 2012 10:53, by Aarai Baka

      Is that new rebels leader casket ready and the site of burial? is SPLA going to gives his body to his family like what have happened to Athor deng body? no need to kill all others rebel but their mastermind leader, one by one until all of them got finished. No peace talk at this time. all traitors must have to pay a price for their lives other than, no peace talk with them.

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    • 9 January 2012 13:05, by Legacy Elites

      In order to succeed in any military action, you need to organize yourselves scientifically using proven and approved methods of modern warfare. If the right man is elected, Kiir and Kuol will flee very soon. We the people of South Sudan are tired of this corrupt and gangsters Kiirian Lake Statian regeme

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  • 9 January 2012 07:17, by Lang

    Another dead man walking.

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  • 9 January 2012 08:05, by Alier42

    Mr peter

    we want you to be a man of his own wards like the most tactical military strategist of all time Athor.you also own us an explanation on how you are going to carry on with the movement philosophies.yes there is question about you being a leader, everyone will be fully behind you as long as our main agenda is to remove the corrupt institutions of kiir in Juba as simple as taking water.

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  • 9 January 2012 08:42, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    Peter Kuol Chol

    Pliz there is no aim of fighting your own people just come home and you be given the seat you and stop war otherwise you will be birds feed ’’we don’t want any more war in South Sudan’’

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    • 9 January 2012 09:46, by Ming Dhal

      Peter Kuol Chol Awan

      That is an other death sen tent you signing stop nonsense warning, since i came into existence i didn’t get a confused and undefined human being like you.
      How could you change from priest to rebel leader? Do you really mean to save the same God or some thing else?
      Time will bring you all enemies of peace into justice

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      • 9 January 2012 12:43, by wacjak

        What a shameful living creature is this so called Peter Kuol. You have indeed spoiled that Godly name. For whatever reason, why are you fighting that war? Athor wasn’t given the gubernatorial position and that was why he fought, what of you? Do you want to die mysteriously like your predecessor?
        Alier 42,can you join your folks and stop mouthing in this webpage.This is for learned and peaceful pp

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        • 9 January 2012 19:56, by Alier42

          @ wacjak
          do you think you are more learned than i do ?.i do not want to pick up your arguement because of your stupidity simply.

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  • 9 January 2012 13:55, by athor deng

    "If they [SSDM/A] has appointed a new leader, then that’s their own business. Our mandate is to protect our people and ensure peace and security,” Phillip Aguer..Bullshit, how come you didnt protect Murle?..You are not protecting anybody, protect your money and shut your mouth..

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  • 9 January 2012 15:14, by MoMur

    I have no problem with the formation of new political party or electing new leaders to the elective position. so my advice to you Lt Gen Kuol is to come and stay with people inside not in the bush again. we don’t want more death.every body’s life is crucial to the Republic oh South Sudan .

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  • 9 January 2012 19:48, by whatsayyou

    To Theologist Lt.Gen. peter Kuol.
    Please think twice don’t be mislead, SSDM/M claim that they are fighting for liberty Where were they when people of south sudan were fighting for liberty of whole south sudan? And if they were there then that was a real fight for liberty but now what you are doing does not make sense.please stop fighting,come home and fight corruption politically you will win

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  • 9 January 2012 20:27, by mosa mel

    Mr Awan

    Please don’t waste your image with noncense but coming to join us in juba to beat this curropted govt through politics. It is easy for us to win this case but through gun is the more this curropted govt has chance to rule forever belief me.

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  • 10 January 2012 06:58, by Lokorai

    Reporter for the rebels,

    There is no University called Nairobi University in this region...

    But am also not surprise that every Dinka will always want to be a leader whether in the bush or out of the bush.

    People who don’t have anything to offer will always stand up to say ’we are here’ like this cow boy in Juba.

    Death to you!


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  • 10 January 2012 08:13, by Apolloos

    What a profession wasted!!!!!!!!! A professional trained Theologist accepting to lead a rebel movement. Oh God is never there. God was there he should have summon him to hell.

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