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S. Sudan rebel leader appoints more deputies to chief of general staff

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January 2, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese former vice-president, Riek Machar, turned leader of the rebel SPLM-In-Opposition, has appointed two more senior rebel commanders as deputies to the chief of general staff of the rebel forces.

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South Sudanese rebel troops loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar stand on guard in Unity state capital Bentiu on 12 January 2014 after recapturing the strategic town from government troops (Photo: Reuters)

In the orders released on Friday, Machar has appointed Major General Elias Lino Jada Kulang as deputy chief of general staff for administration. He also appointed Major General Martin Terento Kenyi as deputy chief of general staff for moral and orientation.

The appointments, dated 21 December, were released a day after announcement of the appointment of the chief of general staff and two other deputies plus the Inspector-General for SPLA.

In the first orders released on Thursday, Machar appointed Major General Simon Gatwech Dual as the chief of general staff, with Major General Peter Gatdet Yak, Major General Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang and Major General Gabriel Gatwech Chan (Gabriel Tangyinya) for military operations, logistics and Inspector-General, respectively.

Appointment for deputy chief of general staff for training is yet to be released.

APPOINTMENTS REVOKED

Rebel leader’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Friday that appointments for governor of the newly created Sobat state and five county commissioners had been revoked due to “irregularities.”

In the orders for the appointments released on Thursday, Machar appointed Duer Chuol Kur as governor of Sobat state.

He also appointed Colonel Kang Guoch Deng as commissioner of the newly created Malou county, Luke Mok Kueth for Nasir county, Colonel Nhial Puoch Jak for Kewer county, John Wiyual Kuach Bithou as commissioner of Thorow county and Isaac Tor for Wanding county.

However Dak said there was still a need to carry out further consultations with the communities concerned.

“The Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of SPLM/SPLA, Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, has revoked some of the earlier appointments on Sobat state. Irregularities have been discovered in the selection of candidates for positions,” he said.

“Representatives of communities in the said state and counties have asked for adequate consultations in selecting a governor and their respective counties commissioners,” Dak further explained.

Earlier, the opposition leader’s spokesperson explained the importance of establishing a civil administration in the rebel controlled areas and beyond, saying they would mobilise the populations in support of the movement as well as provide security and coordinate humanitarian interventions.

Machar’s rebel group has been fighting against president Salva Kiir’s government for over one year, accusing the latter of dictatorship and instigating the war. Kiir accused him of planning a military coup.

Peace talks mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has stalled in Addis Ababa with expected resumption in mid-January.

Observers said the two warring parties have prepared for expected worst violence this dry season as both sides have been organising and arming their fighters during the past wet season.

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  • 3 January 2015 05:35, by Kim Deng

    The Mighty Nuer Warriors (MNW) are more than ready to confront Dinka Kingdom and its allies for 30+ years.

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    • 3 January 2015 11:35, by Marco A. Wek

      Well, Kim Deng Riek might not be alive in 30 plus years if you people want to be president of South Sudan so bad to the extent the whole tribe follow the quest of one crazy man. Good luck with that.

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    • 3 January 2015 15:33, by Hardlinner

      Since when have kenyi swear his alliance with riek rebels. Nuer are indeed morons. Kenyi made it clear that he was fighting parallel rebellion to that of nuer rebels. Good luck with your nuer rebellion. We will finish you before you attain you foolish goals.

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  • 3 January 2015 05:54, by Kim Deng

    Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai, Nyam-Nyam...),

    For your info, this war, which was imposed on Nuer nation is not about to free other coward Jurs, but Nuer. Therefore, you have right to form your own defend forces as Nuer has done it. Thereafter, all those forces would come together and form a gov’t for all. Dr. Riek’s interest and that of Nuer Nation might not be the same as you may assume.

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    • 3 January 2015 07:40, by BM-21

      Peter Gadet Dak@Is It not a government of Nuer now?
      Appointed all Nuers as GENERALS, COGS SPLA-IO Nuer Deputies are all nuers what about other Dinka who are with your idiot rebellion, likee those of Maj.gen Dau Dau Aturjong Nyuol and so on...................?
      any waay will not blaimed Dau because ..........but he will come back alone.

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    • 3 January 2015 07:44, by Peacocktail

      anyone with sound full brain will understand the decisions behind this careless selection of Nuer as day light dreams. the same 1991 administration which failed reinstated again and again. Naath you better declared failed and return to Mayardit government then forming non viable state and counties. Riek refusal to change his gangs name and just stick to SPLA shows the man is greatest fool in our

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  • 3 January 2015 07:42, by BM-21

    Gadet@ don’t cheat your self/ves where will you go and govern ?

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  • 3 January 2015 08:00, by Chol A.

    Wow! Dr hopeless Nyariek still insisting with nonsense, let’s wait and see how his naive tribalist commanders will operate.

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  • 3 January 2015 13:15, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Bad onions are not needed this time around.

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  • 3 January 2015 18:29, by Kerem

    Only fools and money lovers can follow the SPLA-io because they do not see further than their noses. How can they appointment of all top military generals and their deputies be 99% Nuer dominated meanwhile one of their objectives for fighting the government is to balance the government? IDIOTS !!!!!!!!!

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