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South Sudan’s rebel leadership unveil plan to enlist more fighters

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February 2, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s rebel leadership have announced plans to embark on concerted recruitment drive across the country in bid to boost its ranks.

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Rebel fighters aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar march through a village inside rebel-controlled territory in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 9 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Abdalla Kuot, spokesperson for rebel fighters under the overall command of General Dau Aturjong, told Sudan Tribune that the movement’s top priorities remained “the issue of human dignity, fair treatment and equitable distribution of wealth, power and adopting democratic ideals and good governance”.

“The other issue is the system of governance and you know one of the demands made by the people of South Sudan in [the] 1947 Juba conference was the issue of federalism, because in the back of their minds, federalism was not about division of people, but rather taking the government closer to the people and to allow them [to] take complete charge of issues of their concern,” Kuot said in an exclusive interview from an undisclosed location on Monday.

“Federalism is all about participation and involvement of the local people in the decision-making processes and policy matters,” he added.

Kuot said the rebel faction under the leadership of former vice-president Riek Machar planned to intensify its recruitment efforts in and outside South Sudan

He said the aim is to boost the ranks of rebel fighters and push pro-government forces out of strategic towns and areas, as well increase pressure on the country’s ruling party (SPLM) to accept a peaceful settlement to the crisis.

“We now have more than 10 active fronts. There are already more than three major fronts in Bahr el Ghazal and another front in Lakes state will soon go into operation,” he said.

The newly appointed Lakes state commander, Major General Khamis Abdel Latif, will soon join forces in the field.

He will be tasked with leading a mass mobilisation and recruitment campaign.

“We need more fighters to join the movement,” Kuot explained.

The leading opposition figure has also welcomed the outbreak of a fresh rebellion in Western Equatoria, describing the development as the people’s patriotic choice.

He said the rebel faction’s leadership had already spoken to the leaders of the new group and offered their support.

“Our leadership has already spoken to comrades who decided to pursue one of the ways to rescue this country from total collapse. We welcome their decision. They are our comrades. They are fighting for the same cause. Our objectives are their objectives; to dismantle the dictatorial regime in Juba and establish a democratic system,” he said.

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  • 3 February 2015 07:55, by Sir King

    Go ahead Aturjongdit,
    Stupid Kiir Mayardit and Malong Awan( Manh e Lony)will leave very soon and we establish good governance for our people to flourish.

    Thanks

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    • 3 February 2015 08:31, by Ayuen deng

      Kiir Mayardiit will only be change through Election by bloodless hand man not Dau Aturjuongdit or Riek .and so Dau must stop fooling my fellow youth in the bush.because there is no way to defeat a mighty government remember SPLA fought for 20 years with million dead where will Dau and Riek get those????????

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      • 3 February 2015 14:04, by Bentiu Sudan

        Ayuen Deng,

        Salva Kiir refused to be to challenged by resting the opponent because he afraid he may lost the election yet claim he is legitimate president. Kiir dismiss anyone who disagreed with him in the party and outside party. How do you expect Kiir government to be changed through peaceful election when Kiir him is not allowing election to be conducted?

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        • 3 February 2015 21:30, by Muorcienggok

          You are a real Bentiu nincompoop, you can’t make a single statement without an error.why would you always waste your time commenting incomprehensively? stick to what you know,too much eating,looting,greed and destruction but you envesils will pay dearly, God is watching.Author:wen kucbeny Wek

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    • 4 February 2015 02:21, by Hardlinner

      Kiir can only be replace by current government official not riek. To rebels, warn that you are going to open death trap in bahr el ghazal region. The traitors that have joined you are awaiting their death sentence. Any one that follow riek is marked man and must be kill along with riek. Riek must be capture n slaughter like ISIL does to their captives.

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  • 3 February 2015 08:07, by Ayuen deng

    Youth should stop being fools a round by politician who fail the government after being removed they run to their community to form a rebellion, we should first analysts the cost and benefit of rebellion to our children not the politician Like Riek and Dau Aturjong. Just take example in Bor community how many have fail the government and we have not joint any rebellion thisis due serious analysis

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  • 3 February 2015 11:31, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Abdallah Kuot, the newly appointed commander Gen. Khamis, his aim is not to destroyed peoples of Lakes state. Khamis, didn’t disclosed his choice why he joined Al-Qaeda under Riek Machar, to fighter with elected government under president Kiir.
    Khamis, will be stay in peace, till he will come to government and to people of Lakes state.

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    • 3 February 2015 17:35, by what the hell

      Khamis abdellatif
      is one of the that done have direction he switch side all the time the man can’t be trusted, his own family cannot trust him so forget people of lake state, i know the man personally, his like a Prostitue politician so done even dream of lake state to joint Rebel with capital R, their is no people BHAR al gazelle will be part of your unless rebellion

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  • 3 February 2015 19:13, by Kerem

    Khamis Abdalatif, is just an old female goat that cannot be followed by any he goat. It is only Greater Upper Nile that can blindly support fake ideas from hungry politicians

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