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Rebel commander says S. Sudan conflict shouldn’t be labelled as tribal war


January 15, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Unity state rebel commander Maj. Gen. James Koang Chuol said current conflict in South Sudan should not be viewed as a tribal war, describing it as a struggle against dictatorship.

He has strongly condemned those framing the violence as a war against the Nuer and Dinka tribes.

Chuol , who last month defected from the South Sudanese army (SPLA), accuses president Salva Kiir of intentionally inflaming tribal tensions, saying he lacked leadership skills.

The SPLA’s former fourth division commander in Unity state blames the Kiir administration for the deaths of nearly 2,000 members of the Nuer tribe.

However, Chuol refutes suggestions the rebellion against the government was motivated by tribal loyalties, saying it had been instigated to restore democracy in the new nation.

“Our war has nothing to do with tribal line, but we are committed to eliminate Kiir out in order for South Sudan to become a free nation”, Chuol said in a phone interview with Sudan Tribune.

Chuol further accused Kiir of betraying those who had fought for independence during the more than two-decade-long civil war with the north.

He has urged other tribes in South Sudan to participate in what he described as the struggle to bring change in the country.


Chuol has described the Ugandan government’s decision to deploy troops to fight alongside government forces as “regrettable”, but maintained rebel fighters would not be intimidated.

“[The] Ugandan UPDF is nothing to our forces ... we are ready to clear them out one by one. In some days to come you will hear [that] the government troops will [be] run out of Bentiu town”, said Chuol.

Chuol has backed the preconditions set by former vice-president-turned rebel leader Riek Machar, who has insisted on the release of political prisoners and the withdrawal of foreign troops before negotiations on a ceasefire.

The rebel commander said government troops who attempted to mount an offensive in Guit county on Wednesday had been driven back to the capital, Bentiu.

Rumours have been circulating that rebel fighters are mobilising as part of a massive military campaign to recapture Bentiu from government forces.

However, Chuol denied any mobilisation of civilians, stressing that soldiers under his command would liberate the town soon.

Government troops recaptured the capital of the oil-rich state earlier this month after it fell under rebel control following an alleged failed coup attempt last month, which Kiir accuses Machar of masterminding.

Violence erupted in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on 15 December after clashes between Nuer and Dinka members of the presidential guards.

The violence has spread throughout the country, with government troops loyal to Kiir and forces aligned with Machar fighting for control of strategic areas.

The violence has halted most of South Sudan’s oil production


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  • 16 January 2014 12:38, by siddaw

    That is the style which is going to be used by Kiirdit so soon.

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    • 16 January 2014 15:44, by Tong dut

      Dinka, Nuer meaningless war.
      Uganda is involved in meaningless stupid war.

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      • 17 January 2014 00:19, by Johndumo14

        BREAKING NEWS 17.01.2014
        Riek Machar has been wounded by Uganda war planes ,he is in critical conditions,he is beeing treated by medicine sanfrontier in an known location in Nasir.

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        • 17 January 2014 06:24, by michael coma

          Johndumo,I heard the same thing yesterday that Riek Machar was attacked by six Gunships at a place called Gadiang based in Twic east area.So what you have said here might be true.Riek’s are numbered.

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          • 17 January 2014 06:31, by michael coma

            Riek’s days are numbered.No more ambushes use by rebels again as SPLA and Uganda’s army are using terrible technologies for detecting them from long distances.Even if Machar is taking his treatment from unknown place,the govt is watching him day and night.

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    • 17 January 2014 00:28, by Johndumo14

      The military situation have changed on the ground,Uganda Migs 29 and Helicopters gunships are hunting down Dr Riek Murder,this time no hide out,your days are numbered.The blood of the inocent people are crying out for justice.Even if Salva make peace with you,you still have many enemies,President of uganda will deal with you.

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  • 16 January 2014 12:40, by Hardlinner

    Your Nuer rebellion will take you nowhere. The fact that only stupid nuers are the one joining rebellion clearly indicated unpopularity of it in ss. South sudanese knows you militias hate stability and in to additionthat, your primitive mentality of looting others people properties was your main reason for rebelling.

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  • 16 January 2014 13:12, by Bentiu son

    Congratulation CDR Lt Gen James Koang Raanlek for clear definition of the current political crisis within the RSS. The current political turmoil was the political ones within the SPLM ranks before Salva Kiir turned it tribal. Infact is is not bt Dinka v Nuer but it is bt Pro-democracy v pro- dictatorial system.We believe your statement that soon ur forces will flush out Kiir’s miltias in Bentiu

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    • 17 January 2014 12:07, by Planetmars

      That is what happen when you don’t investigate before you defect. Calling other tribes to join the war only show the desperation to stay alive. Fight and finish your own war within your initial definition of this war, don’t try to change it. The other tribes are currently with the national army to defend the system because it was created by southern Sudanese.Finish your fight and come join us.

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  • 16 January 2014 13:35, by philipdit wol

    When they two Elephants fight the only suffering is grass., please a two day of yesterday independent nation is not yet invloves into dictatorship. if you are confuse do n,t try to confuse ohter.

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    • 16 January 2014 14:22, by chol

      Look at this fool rebel commander it not over yet. You can’t kill innocent civilians and destroyed three states capital to ashes .is that what idiots Nuers call democracy.ICC will soon charges Machar and his brain dead commanders for war crimes

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  • 16 January 2014 14:53, by Gatluak

    I am as well very sure that Uganda M7 will regrets his devil act. My worry is innocent Ugandan who will face thw consequences of their leader.

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  • 16 January 2014 15:33, by Jamjamez

    Mr.Koang Chuol, I gree with you on one thing only, that Kiir was trying to be Museveni and shows some aspects of dictatorship. But you turn this into a tribal war. If it isn’t tribal war,why did you slaughter the people or Parieng? including a 4month old baby. You are demonds and not human beings. You slaughter all the Dinkas in Bentiu. You are just savages.

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    • 16 January 2014 16:26, by Bentiu son

      Idiot Jamjamez,which Dinkas are you proud with? You guys,we do tell you that Jaang can’t face Nuer warriors in warfield without shielding yourselves with manipulated 62 ethnic groups,sellout Nuer boys n hired mercenaries like Ugandan Army UPDF,Sudan’s rebels JEM,SRF,SPLA-N and Toboros nomads.I challenge you cowards/Jieng to face Nuer without backing up if you can.

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      • 16 January 2014 17:03, by Jamjamez

        Bentiu savages!
        I can not argue with you ofcourse, you won’t stop running your mouth. Thats what you are only capable of. I was trying to correct something from Koang Choul claims but as always, you don’t look further, I can’t blame you, I can’t argue with sub-human like you. Better a dead person than you. Fact is not all Jaang is fighting, if that happen, you won’t be calling names here.

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  • 16 January 2014 20:43, by Paac

    I hate this two tribes Dinka and Nuer both forehead tatoo are destroying the newer country now, what bebefit are you getting from this war? absolutly nothing, lay down your weapons, time for peace, no time for war.

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    • 17 January 2014 06:36, by 4Justice

      Leviticus 19:28 (NIV)“Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord".

      1 Kings 18:28 (NIV) "So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed."

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  • 17 January 2014 08:22, by Agutthon

    This illiterate guy is lying. Keep it to yourself. I wonder whether you ask yourself why your forces are same tribe?

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