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South Sudan rebel faction abandons war against Juba


May 7,2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan announced on Monday that a group of rebels have abandoned their armed struggle and returned to the country’s capital Juba, apparently in a response to a presidential amnesty to all rebel groups.

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South Sudan soldier, Unity state, April 24 2012 (Reuters)

A rebel militia of 215 men under the command of Major General John Dueth Yiech and Brigadier General James Duoth Lam are now part of the South Sudan army (SPLA) claims Juba .

Yiech said in a statement broadcast on South Sudan TV (SSTV) that he was ending his rebellion “voluntarily because we do not want to cause instability to our people and motherland”.

The SPLA’s spokesperson, Philip Aguer, said that the militias were sent by Khartoum to attack Kadar oil field but then decided to join the SPLA. He said the militia was met in Foluj, Upper Nile State.

Aguer further the move of the rebel leader "a blow" to Khartoum government which, according to the SPLA official lost "such a big number of troops and weapons."

Sudan and South Sudan trade accusations of supporting and harboring rebel groups from both sides.

Khartoum says Juba support the SPLM-North and Darfur rebels who fight against the Sudanese troops in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

A recent road map endorsed by the African Union and United Nations demand the two parties to stop backing rebel movements.

The group was received on Saturday by Brigadier General Malaak Ayuen and the commander of SPLA division one, Major General Jakuc Jul, commander of Paloge division six, Colonel John Yuel and two area commissioners.

Ayuen said 215 forces peacefully surrendered in a convoy of 11 open Toyota pick up trucks carrying different military equipments stressing it was provided by Khartoum to destabilise Juba..

"This is what we have telling the world, that Khartoum provides arms and trains militia groups to destabilise South Sudan. This has now been proved today as you can see and hear from them. This is no longer what the Government of South Sudan is saying. It is being proved," Ayuen said.

The South Sudanese army explained they preferred to engage discussions with the rebels instead of fighting them and their peaceful approach was successful for both parties.

SPLA Colonel John Yuel said they received information about the presence of a rebel militia in the area and rather than launching a direct attack on them, decided to begin discussions. An agreement was reached on May 5.

Duoth said the rebellion had ended because they did not want to damage the nation’s oil infrastructure or road system.

He also claimed that the rebels had brought with them all what was given by the Government of Sudan in Khartoum and there are 500 members of the militia groups who have remained behind and expected to follow them.

He urged remaining rebels to join the SPLA.

Major General Duit Yiech was one of the SPLA commanders since the end of 1980s. He however defected and joined the Khartoum Peace Agreement of 1997.

When Riek Machar rejoined the SPLM/A in 2002 he did not rejoin with him. Instead, he remained with his new boss, Major General Gordon Koang Chol, who is also currently abroad and expected to rejoin the SPLA and his forces with Maj. Gen. Duit Yiech. Both were members of Anya-nya II even when Machar was still in the SPLM/A in 1980s before the split of 1991.

The announcement of the rebel defection came after statements by rebel leader, Tong Lual Ayat, to Sudan Tribune on Monday where he said he was in discussions with South Sudan’s vice-president, Riek Machar, regarding his troops being absorbed into the SPLA.

The leader of the rebel South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SSPLM/A), has declared an end to his rebellion and joined the system in South Sudan.

Ayat said in a statement released Monday that his intention was to topple the government in Juba, which he accused of dictatorship.

Ayat said he will not rebel again but maintain his political party to participate in democratic changes in the new country.

Ayat was a member of the SPLA before forming the United Democratic Front in 2009. He formed the South Sudan People Liberation Army (SSPLA) in 2011. The SSPLA was in a coalition with fellow rebels, the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) but relations broke down in February, with the SSLA claiming that Ayat is an agent of Juba.

The rebel SSLA confirmed in a statement put out on Monday that Ayat is no longer connected to them, accusing him of producing spurious information on behalf on Juba.

The rebel group also acknowledging the defection of James Duith Yiech and James Duoth Lam, but claiming it was a result of their being "replaced by young and educated officers who would safeguard the democratic revolution."

This decision was a result of discussions by a coalition of rebel groups on the "political organ that would serve as basis of National Transitional Council".

The statememt also denies Juba claims, saying only 130 troops defected. It is signed by Gordon Koang, head of South Sudan Defence Force; James Gai Yoach, head of SSLA; Johnson Olony, head of the South Sudan Democratic Army; Thomas Thiel, head of the National Democratic Front.


South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar, was briefed on Monday in his office by the committee for implementation of the agreement between the government and the South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A).

The committee briefed Machar in the presence of the leader of the SSDM/A, Peter Kuol Chol, who succeeded late rebel leader George Athor Deng who was killed in December 2011.

The meeting discussed the importance of speeding up the process of reintegrating into the SPLA the SSDA forces from their various assembly points in Jonglei state.

SSDA forces are assembly in a number of different locations in Jonglei state and are concerned that the reintegration process has been very slow.


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  • 8 May 2012 08:46, by Xeno

    That was very courageous and well thought move by that rebel general and his forces. You can’t be called an "INSECT" and still don’t see that you are being used to destroy your own house, when you are another insect too.

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  • 8 May 2012 08:53, by viper

    They are welcome back home, but they should not claim the big ranks that they are holding. We, in the SPLA are tired of militias integration with those big ranks. These guys should be integrated as privates (pvt) only. There is no legality of considering the current ranks that they are holding. SPLA should demote them all and those who are above the ages of services should be relieved

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  • 8 May 2012 08:57, by E. Defense Forces
  • 8 May 2012 08:57, by Udukcana.J

    why call southern sudanese insects and worried about who will pay them more.pay each of them billions but they are still southern sudanese.I don’t think south sudan pay them to come back;may be they have seen the reality of being sent for their brothers to kill.sudanese officials in uganda for talk on south sudan.

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    • 8 May 2012 09:17, by Dinkawarrior

      Welcome back home brothers!

      You have seen it by your eyes the death of children in Unity Stat!

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  • 8 May 2012 09:06, by CHUOLJBOL

    Polish always can be use by wise men as tools and turn against their country,and illiterate think what can destroy their own nation, let them come back forgiven is available in south Sudan for those who defected.

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    • 8 May 2012 19:44, by panom lualbil

      Thanks to Major Generl john dueth yiech, B General james duoth lamu, duith yiech and more but I’M tired of mentioning same names same folks who brought shame and libel. But anyway, your coming when sent to seize KADAR will affect other rebels as well leaving alone ur lied of flipfloped of destablizing motherland. You tried fool.

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      • 8 May 2012 20:18, by panom lualbil

        But SPLA isnt that weak 2 be disble by SLAVE MILITIAS who pay overleft foods to kill their ppl. This is what should be your first apology not what you dont want to. Ur 215 men even all of you rebels with few KALENJCHINCOPS couldnt caused you a WIN to SPLA. You wouldn’t go more miles away from KHARTOUM either,otherwise you could be finish all by spla. Afterall, what I can tell you is your good luck

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        • 8 May 2012 20:34, by panom lualbil

          OMAR BASHIR would have banned you b4 anmnesty you just claimed. Culture where man fuck man in ass don’t like you unless you already adopted it. They only used ILITERATE PPL like you for overleft foods ya collected. Also SPLA has room for visionless foodies. Enjoin but don’t be shame too much.

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  • 8 May 2012 10:04, by Joseph

    Welcome and congratulation to brothers we decide to return back home, my advise will go to the leadership of RSS; Please free people like Gabriel Tang, Mabor Thol and Gatwech Joack who are in prison in Juba. This will speed up the coming of other militias/armed forces because their aim was to join the SPLA.

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  • 8 May 2012 10:31, by E. Defense Forces

    Why are welcoming and congratulating this traitors? How about those innocent South Sudanese civilians Women and Children they KILL. Shame on you for glorify Murders. Bashir is 1000000% right for calling us insects because we done value life except Cattle.We fought and lose our families for nothing.

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  • 8 May 2012 10:42, by Pauli

    Hi brothers Southerners, we should be happy to receive our brothers who were misled by NCP. We are ready to forgive them but we will not forgive the NCP and Omer Beshir with his gay government. The people of South Sudan don’t hate the North Sudanese but if one them try to provoke us like what Jalaby is doing, we will act responsibly and maturely against the evil fake arabs of Sudan.

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    • 8 May 2012 20:45, by panom lualbil

      They were not misled by NCP but you were just nervous to read the whole text. NCP do not invite rebels but welcome them full stop.

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  • 8 May 2012 10:55, by General B

    We are fully welcoming them back because we all share common thoughts as one nation. I request SPLM to open a door to let more people come from Khartoum although we face short budget for the more new comers.

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  • 8 May 2012 11:30, by MKee

    these crooks didn’t just come voluntarily as they put it. I am sure they have witnessed and realised that s.sudan is stornger than ever-SPLA and that they won’t manage to resist - I mean they have seen it at Kuek and many other border areas. they claimed that they don’t want 2 destabilise s.sudan!!amazing where were their senses when they took arm and be misled by Khartoum 2 kill their own childre

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  • 8 May 2012 11:38, by MKee

    they have to put aside this old formula of moving between SPLA and sudan like the case of riek and many others. This time we got a nation to build and every thing need to be done diplomatically - not by arm as our common enemy is gone! S.sudan have always been so soft on handling these rebellion within and I think that why a lot of guys have been doing it as a way of earning life.

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  • 8 May 2012 11:47, by MKee

    We still welcome them back for now as they know there are a few traitors who killed thousands of people and are still leaders in south & north sudan - riek & omar. let them be reminded that time is coming when those who move between south and north will have not to be welcome!!! and that time is not far. bos south and north sudan are now different countries.

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    • 8 May 2012 12:00, by Mi diit

      khartoum is being cheated by smart militia ahahaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaa...........

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      • 8 May 2012 13:17, by Dinkawarrior

        To the Dinka Cowboy?

        We are still waiting for our Prisoners(of war POWs)in Khartoum! Where are they Mr. President? You have been rushing to released their POWs but Egyptian are now being so quiet, would you please tell us more about our POWs!

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      • 8 May 2012 15:11, by Emporio

        @ Mi diit

        there no smart reble do you think, the staff they brought with them is equal the death they cause in south,or killing of innocent in south was good,the rebel in south sudan are dumb ass no nothing about south future juba president is to weak to show anyone who defect a lesson

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        • 8 May 2012 16:22, by Mi diit


          I do forgive whoever worked with the Jalaba whether during the time of Anya-nya One, Anya-nya Two, SPLM/A, or Republic of South Sudan if they come back to fight for us in a movement or join our government. I like the weapons and vehicles they have brought.

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  • 8 May 2012 14:52, by Emporio

    MR juba lord mayor i know you too nice to your gang around you dont be so niave to much amnesty no good acommodating every one who rebel to make his own name in SPLA that will damage the organisation,how many fuckin group in SPLA,The rebel can never find peace they knows what is good and despite themselves,does evil,the value which supports them is never given to them once and for all

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  • 8 May 2012 15:33, by Abraham

    Welcome, welcome, welcome back to your motherland. Aranised African Muslims of North Sudan will come to sense soon or later.

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