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May 31, 2010 (JUBA) — A renegade general renewed his criticisms to the government of Southern Sudan for its management of the electoral process last April, stressing that other generals discontented from the elections have joint him.

George Athor Deng delivers first campiagns speech in Bor on March 1, 2010 (ST)Forces loyal to ex-SPLA general and former candidate for Jonglei Governor, George Athor Deng, attacked SPLA barracks in Doliep Hill, Jonglei, last April. The United Nations attempted to broker a deal to end his row with Juba over elections results but Southern Sudan government declined the offer because of the difficult conditions he had posed.

Since, his troops clashed with the southern Sudan several times and the semi autonomous region witnessed similar incidents in Unity and Upper Nile States, months ahead of a crucial referendum on self- determination.

"I have many people who joined me, one of them is Colonel Galwak Gai and the other is David Yauyau, and we have others in other areas," said the former SPLA deputy chief of General Staff Lieutenant General George Athor Deng in an interview with Reuters on Monday.

Athor was referring to General Gatluak Gai of SPLA, who had been angered by the alleged elections rigging by the incumbent governor, Taban Deng Gai, in Unity state, and David Yauyau of Pibor, who also voiced his rebellion on the "rigging" of the elections.

Yauyau, from his part, confirmed to Reuters he was coordinating with General Athor.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune yesterday from Khartoum, SPLM former candidate for the Presidential elections, Yasir Arman, accused the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) military intelligence and security services of supporting the rebelled generals in the South saying they implement plans to destabilize the southern region.

"We have very accurate intelligence about continued efforts by the military intelligence and security services to undermine stability in southern Sudan," he said. "These schemes threaten the whole peace agreement," he added.

He further disclosed that they had discussed the issue with the National Congress Party. "This operation is designed to evade the referendum through igniting internal wars in the south," he stressed.

However the Sudanese army rejected the accusations saying the renegade generals do not need to SAF weapons to rebel.

The SAF "do not need to arm militias in the south at this time," said Alsoarmi Khaled Saad the official spokesperson of the Sudanese army in statements he made to Al-Aayam newspaper.

He pointed out that the UN was monitoring arms movement in the areas of ceasefire.

He further challenged the southern Sudanese army (SPLA) to reveal the names of individuals allegedly supported by the Sudanese army (SAF) and the amounts of money the army paid.

The Southern Sudan will conduct a referendum on self-determination next January on whether to remain within the current Sudan or to declare an independent state. The ruling National Congress Party says it would work to convince southerners to vote for unity while many SPLM leaders call openly for separation.

In Khartoum, the First Vice President and President of Southern Sudan Government Salva Kiir Mayadrit on Monday met with southern Sudanese figures members of the National Congress Party and former militia leaders who integrated to the Sudanese army.

Riek Gai, leading NCP member and former presidential adviser, said the meeting aimed to create a conciliatory spirit among the people of southern Sudan in this very sensitive period ahead of the referendum.

The delegation included Gen. El-Tom Al-Nur Daldoom, Gen Gabriel Dank, Gen. Thomas Abor, Gen. Gordon Dom Chol, Gen. John Doerr, Gen. Brigadier Gai James Gai and Gen. Brigadier Tor Gayn.

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  • 1 June 2010 07:15, by Gatwech

    Oh my God!

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    • 1 June 2010 07:27, by Gatwech

      Rainny season will be worse unless peace is reached with Gen. Athor.

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      • 1 June 2010 07:42, by Dinka Boy

        Gatwech,
        Don,t just make statement without explaining it.
        How can peace be reached with Athor? Tell u.

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        • 1 June 2010 08:11, by Jetson

          Wy not Deng, peace is the best....

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        • 1 June 2010 09:00, by jalabi

          Dinka Boy,

          It’s simple equation:
          Money + Valuable ministrial position = Peace

          Regards

          Jalabi (Abo Jalabia)

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          • 1 June 2010 14:25, by Ahmed Chol

            Jalabia,

            We will die on our feet than to live on our knees

            You the arabs are turning southerners against southerners for the sake of unity but this will lead to an all out war in the next 50 years. Assassination of your top leaders will follow from all this fake untiy. Businesses will be vandalized. Insecurity will be everywhere including Khartoum. We will die on our feet than to live on our knees. Rebellion will be everywhere. Peace will not prevail in Khartoum and we will make a hell out of the God forsaken town. Our relationship will be worst than that of Palestine and Israel. We are tough people, we don’t give in cheaply. SPLA will give birth to Anya-nya III.

            Ahmed chol, one of the future commanders of Anya-nya III

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        • 1 June 2010 17:42, by MJriaksdca

          SPLM needs to deal with Athor’s problem right now. If it is not going to do so, chances are Athor may disrupt referendum pollings in January next year. Should he do that, referendum may be lost for good.

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      • 1 June 2010 08:52, by M.Cool.J

        Dear readers,

        I can see as you all see too that things are really really heating up,seriously boiling.If Gatluak Gai the man I know from my very earlier age is siding with George Athor,people will suffer.

        The rainny season will greatly make it worse ever as you my friend have said it right.The brave guys now are in all the corners of South.

        I ask George Athor and Galuak Gai not to deal with everybody,but to deal with the hyenas,riggers.

        Go on!!!!!!

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      • 1 June 2010 08:52, by samuel_kur@yahoo.ca

        Brother Gartwech. southern Sudan doesn’t need any effort to spend with General Athor dialogue, i am sure Athor and plus will regret too much when the government of south is taking it seriously, it must be in every one information that the government of south Sudan is testing the hearts of people who are mentally weak then they will be facing consequences soon not far before referendum instead to go with them to the promise date.

        I am very confident that our government will extend its long arm soon and crash those weak hearts, and up regretfully no doubt in that believe me or not George Athor will regret too much or my be he have regretted already, but doesn’t have any option to come back to government, as he got crazy when he received little money after long he didn’t see the money and he thought he became powerful, but he was totally wrong and wrong til the day of his death, Athor will regret the day of his birth.
        Long live South Sudan, long live our referendum in 2011.

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        • 1 June 2010 09:17, by Dengtaath

          samuel Kur,
          You must be in your own world, you do not see what every body see at this point of time, crashing the renagaded generals is both hard and easy if you are able to see the consequences of that exercise.
          Never repeat again that Goss must crash those generals, they not Athor alone now, they are group of generals with NCP pushing them to destroy the peace, don’t tell us shallow words, peace must take place before the end of June.

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      • 1 June 2010 11:11, by julius mowanga

        Reading the military mentality is an intellectual task,and it’s so complicated to the ordinary citizens to comprehend and analysis,even for the political experise to read whats between the lines. Rebellion against the authorities around the world,has been considered as a legitimate way of revolutional struggle for fredom and democracy,protected by the might of their elites in the armed forces,as in Sudan April 1985. It has been a fundamental principle of liberation movements around the world,that whatever taken by force should be returned by force. As the situation in Jongle State getting worse from bad every passing day,the local communities who caught in the middle,considering those rebellion generals are their vocaling tool of their grudging and disappointment of SPLM/A conduct.The history showed us that,all the rebellions against the authorities,never thrived without the local citizens’ support,so any military attempts against it will result in a huge loss of civilian lives. Hence Gen; Athor took upon himself the responsiblity of expressing the refusal of Jongle State’s mases of the outcome of the elections,as been rigged by SPLM/A security apparatus,he gained the legitimacy of his rebellion conduct; militarilly.

        SPLM/A has played its stand contra these rebelion negatively,and considered by these supportive communities,where the rebelion took place,as aknowledgement to the commited crime, stealing the will and votes of the electorals.Thus SPLM/A became the enemy of the freedom ambitioned ordinary citizens.It has to be encountered by all availble meansAs a matter of fact, the current SPLM/A is not reflecting the interests and hopes of the people of SouthSudan.

        The masses rushed to the streets of Khartoum to wellcome Dr; John Garang as a liberator and a messiah of the powerless margnalized Sudanese .But his inheritors procreate the Old-Sudan way of governance,and engulfed themselves in a rampant corrupt and betrayal of the same people that supported them for two daceds of the liberation struggle.

        Those who thinks that,the most important issue right now is the referundom,and we have to put aside our differences, that insparked by SPLM/A highjacking the the SouthernSudanese votes.So, if there is no military uprisal?!How those ordinary citizens, who have been disarmed,can encounter the dictatorial SPLM/A’ might ?! if not the zealous ex-commanders of the Liberation Movement assumed the task ???

        SouthSudan was fighting with itself to launch fair,free and transparent democratic atmosphere,but SPLM/A denied to implement that demand,but resorted to the use of the utmost power against its people,thus aborted the democratic political change that stated by the CPA.

        Freedom fighters can’t sit idle and let SPLM/A eliminate our freedom and political existence,for the sake of the referenda.The liberation and freedom price paid by us and our fallen heros,is binding us to quell the enemies of our Movement,the sham SPLM of GOSS....So please be honest and sincere in your comments and analysis of the current political situation,Sudan wide...

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    • 1 June 2010 07:43, by Kur William

      Dinka Boy I really like the way you used to put your comments on this scraps news about these illiteracies Genreals who are igniting rebellen against the elected governemnt.

      I urged the leadership of GOSS not bother themselves with these rebels the only solution is just a military means.

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    • 1 June 2010 09:27, by actiongatkuoth

      oh my God
      the more you refuse the peace dinkas the more consequency you will face .
      you run after money and coruption dinka while other tribe runing after peace in the south;
      may God will healp you with money you for dinkas’
      thank

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    • 1 June 2010 11:43, by Akau Malek

      What a joke! Who knows why jalabas are not scared by the forth coming referundum? What i do know is the fact that SPLA leadership is scrumbling for wealth and leadership forgetting their role of liberating south sudan and and it’s people who had been under greatest mother of suferings all along. The likes of Athor are fighting a rebelious war in order to fill their pockets not southern sudanese interest. I don’t care who wins that symbolic elections, i care about someone who protects the interest of people of our beloved southern sudan. We should have used those elections to unite us not to creat great damage our unity of which we all need the most. To hell with all selfish leaders in the SPLA and God bless the people of mother land.

      Diehard southerner

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    • 1 June 2010 14:59, by talentboy2

      look at him, wearing a business tie and claim to be politician or military man.
      i cant believe a son of Dinka become south Sudan virus infecting nearly 2 states of our young country.
      i want him to be arrested immediately

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      • 2 June 2010 06:50, by DeltaBravo

        It is true my brada this Athor must face the music soon. He didnot complain before election,he own House,Suv, while people are suffering and now he think he know everything. he is stupid greedy general.

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    • 1 June 2010 16:01, by Apalangorok

      Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa big lie YOU are nyagat, you jump out in your beatiful car and good house in Juba and run to bush to die with mosquitos.

      Have a peacefull death my brother..........................

      Agutayook
      freedom fighter

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  • 1 June 2010 07:17, by Dinka Boy

    Dear South Sudanese,

    I really don,t want to hear the rebellion of these general in the South at all.
    SPLM must do something to stop these because i don,t like it completely.
    Why is the problem of Athor and the rest always deserving South Sudanese?

    If SPLM mind about referendum,then this chronic rebels must be check by all means.
    Who are these militia? Gen. El-Tom Al-Nur Daldoom, Gen Gabriel Dank, Gen. Thomas Abor, Gen. Gordon Dom Chol, Gen. John Doerr, Gen. Brigadier Gai James Gai and Gen. Brigadier Tor Gayn.

    NCP said that they are not arming any militia? Wow! Why do they like bribe like this?

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    • 1 June 2010 07:42, by Kim Deng

      Dinka Boy,

      You expect all those Generals to be from Nuer ethnic group, don’t you? Let me give you the background one of the Generals, let’s take General El-Tom al-Noor, Mr. Tom is from Dinka of BEG and his forces has been fighting against the SPLM/A since 1983, but your hatred against one ethnic group failed you to acknowledge this fact.

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      • 1 June 2010 14:47, by Mike Mike

        Is that little boy who is called Dinka boy want what to be done to those of Gen- George Athor Deng who took arm against SPLM/ A because of that simple election?. Such kind of mistake which were been committed by those people do happen every where in any government and there should be away of handling them. Don’t be surprise of any mistake my dear all these grievances can confront any leader and they can be settled administratively and one cann’t put himself in worry about all these simple problems. we hope Salva Kiir knows how to handle them in his capacity as president of the South. Athor is our brother if he lose control and turn to be the enemy of the South then leave him alone God will punish him on what he did to the people of the South and it is not fair for us to keep on focusing about him all the time.

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    • 1 June 2010 07:48, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      yesterday, president kiir after sworn in again for that hollow force of vice of the sudan, met with the confused and enslaved south sudan generals,but they did not honored his called for conciliations. one thing i don’t like about our people is that they respect arabs leaders and the defy fellow southern leaders. they looks more loyalt to bashir than to their own brother Kiir, that is the sight inferiority.

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      • 1 June 2010 11:47, by Man of facts

        look at your mouth!!
        what do you call concilliation. Kiir the confused guys has remained with some fews days to be overthrown.go ahead gen. Athor, the truth factual dealers are behind you for the change of indemocratic ways of rulling that kiir is cultivating.

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    • 1 June 2010 17:03, by Gatran-in-raan

      Mmmmmmm... southerners, you shouldn’t live in south as deserted cur, you must learn from the 21 years of war that claimed over 2m
      loose the roof before it’s tighted
      TA
      Gatran

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  • 1 June 2010 07:58, by Manyang

    George Athor Deng, Colonel Gatluak Deng and Yauyau cannot be solely blame for taking law in to their own hands. Lack of political maturity combine with personal greediness push people off the political limits.

    Majority of peace loving south sudanese are not happy with what SPLM had done in the last election. The point is, even if the election was rigged as others have claimed this will not justify arm uprising in the south. The individuals who had taken up arms due to the last election are being driven by their own political and material greediness.

    It is becoming clear SPLM is showing lack of leadership in dealing with the political mess it had created in the last election and start blaming external forces. This lack of leadership will encourage more materials driven politicians to join their likes. Decisive action is urgently needed to deal with this unfolding situations in the south.

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    • 1 June 2010 09:11, by wang

      Third time appearances on the screen,the guy is too close to complete his mission. Very scary stuffs. it time for Kuol to handover that stolen governor post to the right deserving candidates.

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  • 1 June 2010 10:01, by Padiet Deng Alony

    God help those who help themselves.
    Election was rigged in the north while no arm conflict among themselves, why not South Sudan big??????????? why why why why??
    Why at this time let ask our selves,we know human being has strength and weakness.why bloodshed the innocent poor South Sudanese due to egocentric act, let try to respect ourselves so that we secure the future for the generation to come otherwise we were just fighting and do not know what we fought for.
    let separate from the north then deal with the internal issues or we all face the consequences that measns for every action there is equal and opposite reaction.who benefit here?

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    • 1 June 2010 15:30, by actiongatkuoth

      Hi dear reader
      election was ended peacefully in the north.

      but southerness has done not thing peacefully.

      why not peace in the south ?
      there is no free fair in south.

      look at south leader who is he?????

      is he a human or an animal???
      if he is human with common sense why coruption in south ??????

      dinkas leadership is not leadership that is why southerness are deing.

      your time is over dinka

      recall jakok loklooh history dinkas .

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    • 1 June 2010 15:54, by william wol

      I have just agreed with one of commentators who said let`s get separated from our common enemy, oppressors and killers of our parent therafter we will correct ourselves internally.Absolutely Athor had spoiled his image in the face southerners whom he had liberated by liasing with those of Tom alnur who were bought by common enemy to distabilise his own fellow brothers in the south for the sake of money.I can recall that he was a liberty fighter then no need of him to takes arm against those whom he fought for to liberate.

      Moreso, I would like to appeal to all southerners that do not give the room to the arab proverb which said the stone should be crashed with othr stone. They had been utlising illiterate southerners as tools for destructing the south since independency.However,to spell out that we are not like those previous southerners, we must know how to deal with oppressors at all levels.If one won the leadership today, another one may wait for tommorow patiently without evade the snags to remainants of wars, specially southerners because we can not become governor at the sametime.For those who can disearn even God can see south sudan is not like before to be honest.

      Thanks to the liberators and curse to traitors

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  • 1 June 2010 17:44, by Kur

    The people of south sudan will not cower in fear because of some empty threats from a mad criminal. They will face our wrath. Whom does Athor want to rule? He will rule in hell. Evel man.

    Kur

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    • 2 June 2010 05:29, by Angelo Ajiech Manyuat

      Dear readers,

      SPLM should not negotiate with rebels. In fact, George Athor and his renegade generals must be captured and bring to justice for killing innocent soldiers who have nothing to do with the election. As a matter of fact, we cannot tolerate this time those who will disrupt referendum for the sake of their interests. SPLA must speed up and do something about George Athor’s problem before it’s too late. SPLA Oyee!

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      • 2 June 2010 06:22, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        "SPLA/M have too many Criminal in it"

        SPLA is now murdering southern Sudanese citizens.
        they went after Athor, turn their guns on civillions, rather hunting for Athor.
        They rape women,even of girls of 9yrs.
        Shut every civillion they find.
        How do you think of this kinds of Goss army?

        Is that the Goss Soldiers? what do you think if I am in SPLA and heard my sister have been rape by SPLA soldier.
        My eyes will be like an evile to that foolish soldiers.
        And their cammanders who were leading that evile troops.
        War of self liberation is not over yet. If the goss does not think far beyond to attract civillion. and treat them like it flesh.

        Goss is for people

        No Governmen without people. Army come from civillions.
        they are not plant under the trees. Goss for the people and rule for the people. No people no Goss. This Goss seem like is getting run by criminal who order them to kills civillions.

        Tone of liberator

        Nguetbuny

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        • 2 June 2010 06:47, by Angelo Ajiech Manyuat

          Hey bro, SPLA never rape anyone in South Sudan since they been fighting for 22th years. So please shut your big mouth up and let them do their job. Spreading baseless information will lead us nowhere.

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        • 2 June 2010 07:32, by Dinka Boy

          Nguetbuny de Luelpiny ,

          Stop complaining because you have been supporting the messed that Athor create since day one. SPLA get mad because mr Athor always killed them innocently. If you guys keep covering up Athor then Civilian will be cross fire like what happen in Gajaak Nuer in 1980s when they cover up those of Gai Tut.
          Please, i want Athor to leave the State so that the civilians will not be crossed fire. That is what i have been telling you that fighting can not solve aproblem or relief any. Athor would have stay or come to Juba to negotiate with SPLM what make him disagree instead of choosing abullet as his only means. Now, who will be blame? You have to know that SPLA does not want to killed Athor and that is a afact but he is now killing himself.
          Thanks
          Thanks

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          • 2 June 2010 11:00, by david kong paul

            Dinka Boy,

            Tell me when will you open your mind and eyes to start criticizing your own army/government? You jump up to troposhere wheneven some one points out the wrong deeds of our government and army. You think those who criticize were/are not part of this government? You think those who criticize were/are not heroes/heroine like you? We all fought for this freedom and we know what we wanted to achieve,democratic governance. To me it does not make sense to insult any one who try to positively or negatively criticize the government b/c this can make the the later improve in performance.

            Another thing is that Gajaak community was not trying to cover up the late Samuel Gai when SPLA started to kill them a massive manner. However, they were protesting against SPLA for forcefully robbing their properties like cattles and grains.

            In here you acting like you don’t give respect to Samuel Gai who is still a father of this ongoing liberation struggle, ah?

            Man sit back and relax so that you be able to filter ideas and thoughts.
            I know you will end up the most bitter enemy of your government some days if you are not a dictator like them. I mean when you lately start to realize the wrong doings of it. Do you know Turabi? he brought the NCP lead-government to power but now he turned out to be the most bitter enemy to NCP.

            Thanks

            Dave Rock

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          • 2 June 2010 15:23, by Marco A. Wek

            My advice to some of our brothers who always support those who want to cause the instability in Southern Sudan is, please stop this madness. It won’t do you or your people any good. Are you really Southern Sudanese and if so, do you still have living relatives or friends in the South? Do you care about them and their well being? What will you gain when those people you support to cause this instability in the South go in rampage killing innocent people some of which may be your relatives or friends? Would that make you happy?

            People like uncle Athor should understand that becoming a leader is not everything in life. If his aim of standing for election was to serve people of his state, why put their lives in danger? Is this just because he thinks the election was rig? Uncle Athor should rethink what he is doing and find a civic way of solving problems. There is always tomorrow and there will be another election and if people truly want him to represent them, then they will vote him in next time.

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        • 3 June 2010 00:50, by bakuluk

          you are right brother,I heard that too.they kiir army rape they infant girl.because they want show themselve to every one in souther that no one can run against them,any more.

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