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Murle faction announces defection to S. Sudan rebels


February 13, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – In a unexpected move on Friday, a splinter group of the Cobra forces of Greater Pibor Area of Murle ethnic group has announced their defection from president Salva Kiir’s government and declared their allegiance to the rebel leader, Riek Machar.

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The South Sudan government delegation and their SSDM/A Cobra faction counterparts after sigining a final peace deal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 9 May 2014 (ST)

In a press statement to extended to Sudan Tribune, the commander of the Greater Pibor Forces, Colonel Paulino Zangil, said Pibor forces have joined Machar’s rebel movement and accused the government of dishonouring a peace agreement the area leadership signed with the government last year, describing the deal as a “hoax”.

“On behalf of the Cobra forces, we declare our opposition to the regime of Salva Kiir Mayardit. This regime has killed our people. It dishonoured its commitment to peace agreement with Cobra forces. The Greater Pibor Administrative Area is a hoax. It is meant to deceive the people of Greater Pibor,” declared the force commander on Friday.

Colonel Zangil further accused president Kiir’s government of trying to use the Murle forces in Jonglei state to fight against the rebel group and neighbouring Nuer communities seen to be anti-government, saying the Murle had chosen a peaceful co-existence with their neighbours.

“We also reject the attempt by the regime to use the Cobra forces and Murle people to fight alongside it in this unjust war,” he said.

The government forces have been trying during the recent months to persuade the Cobra forces to participate in attacks on the rebel positions in the Lou Nuer territory in large Jonglei state.

The Pibor area force commander seemed to have echoed a previous observation by the administrative leader of the Greater Pibor Administrative Area, David Yauyau, who in December last year disapproved government plans to involve Murle in the conflict , saying his area should not also be used as a launching pad to attack the rebel positions and preferred dialogue with Machar’s group.

Colonel Zangil accused the government of not implementing the agreement and now using “tactics to promote ethnic conflicts between neighbouring communities”.

Yau Yau, who rebelled after April elections in 2010, signed a peace agreement with government last year, giving the Greater Pibor administrative area special status under the office of the president.


The commander of the Cobra forces further declared his area’s full support to the 21 federal states proposed by the rebel group under the leadership of Riek Machar and declared Pibor a state.

In the states created by the rebel group on the basis of former old districts, Machar has elevated Pibor to a federal state.

“The Murle are for federal system of governance. We therefore declare Pibor a state,” announced the area commander.

“Finally, we announce through this press statement our joining the armed struggle led by SPLM/SPLA under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny,” he said.

Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, confirmed to Sudan Tribune that the Pibor force commander made the announcement after consultations with the rebel leader.


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  • 14 February 2015 06:30, by Malakal county Simon

    Unwanted Salva Kiir has created divisions, tribalism, corruption, and most of all the ongoing sense-less war....... kiir must go in order to rescue our country not being taking by either UN or Uganda.......

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    • 14 February 2015 07:01, by Ahmed Chol

      Give him another state to rule, right? There are more people looking for positions but the number of positions are fewer than the number people who want to rebel if they don’t leadership. Rebellion will never end. God help us.

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      • 14 February 2015 10:53, by Ayom Ayom

        David Yau Yau and Colonel Paulino Zangil need to solve their differences in an appropriate way instead of rushing to the media. BOSS is always right and you have to comply with the order and directives from the Boss. Colonel’s demands are not realistic and cannot be meet, if you choose to create split within the Cobra faction and wage war against the people of Murle, it is up to you

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    • 14 February 2015 09:40, by Ayuen deng

      Murle youth should distance themselves not to Joint this propaganda and self gain power struggle, there is no meaning in these rebellion in South Sudan because our leaders have decide to misused us in search for their power,So anyone of us was born with a purpose not die fighting for somebody gain.it’s us who choose who to rule us, So why die in rebellion instead of Voting peacefully.

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      • 14 February 2015 23:17, by Nyesi Ta

        you will be told to choose Kiir in what you call peaceful balloting. There will be no freedom of choice under Kiir Al Awiir dude. Instead fight to create the condition that guarantee suffrage that is free and fair from intimidation.

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    • 14 February 2015 16:18, by Son of Ngundeng

      Dear All:
      Its very great news we believe Murle tribe are strong enough like Lou Nuer, this rebellion will mark the end of dictator, Kiir Tiik YualYua Yua will hung up in dilemma with his friend Khaled Bora. And Ismail Konyo will do nothing because his Sultan-ship expired since 2012 no any Murle son will listen to him again.

      Song of Ngundeng
      currently in front line
      Pathay Jonglei State.

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  • 14 February 2015 06:44, by Kiir

    Sallva Kiir thought that he finalized the deal by making David Yau Yau Chief of Administrative of Greater Pibor Area. That is not enough, Murle need their State.

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  • 14 February 2015 06:48, by Kim Deng

    The only people who can be counted as neutral in this imposed war are Murle and Anyuak. The Murle are smart enough not to be misled by coward Jaang/Slaves.

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    • 14 February 2015 14:56, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:

      And who were your people during the war if not cowards and slaves? Khartoum remembers your service, you hypocritical slave. Most tribes in South Sudan have maintained neutrality. Just months ago, the leadership in Equatoria complained that Equatorian soldiers were removed from the military.

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      • 14 February 2015 14:58, by Rommel

        The only tribes that are against you, are the tribes that know you. The Shilluk didn’t want to join your rebellion and didn’t fight you until your mindless Nuer militiamen started killing, raping and pillaging all throughout the lands of the great Chollo people. The Mabaan and Burun don’t like you because you’ve been occupying their lands since the 1980s...

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        • 14 February 2015 15:05, by Rommel

          Why didn’t you win your war against the Dinka when you had Khartoum as well as virtually all the tribes in the South on your side in the 90s? This, of course, in addition to your alliance with Khartoum through the SAF, PDF, Murahaleen and various Arab tribes on the border.

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          • 14 February 2015 15:05, by Rommel

            You people incessantly complain about only three [3] to four [4] thousand Ugandan soldiers, but we had to contend with 100, 000 SAF troops, tens of thousands of PDF militiamen, the Equatorial Defence Force, the Bari dominated Popular Resistance Movement/Army, the Mundari militia and tribes like the Toposa, Lotuka, Didinga, Boya, Acholi and many others...

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            • 14 February 2015 15:06, by Rommel

              We also had to fight against the so called ’Fertit’ - a name applied to more than a dozen different tribes in Western Bahr el Ghazal’s Raga county. These tribes included the Kresh, Yulu, Shat, Balanda, Feroghe, Buja, Kara and Banda. In addition to this, the tribes of Wau county either had conflicts with the Dinka or didn’t join the SPLA. These tribes included Bongo, Gollo tribe and the Ndogo.

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              • 14 February 2015 15:07, by Rommel

                We were bombed with an air force many times larger and more powerful than the Ugandan air force for well over a decade. A plethora of deadly munitions [including the clusters that you complain about] were used against us. Artificial famines were created in our lands while Khartoum fed Nuer militias in Unity State, Jonglei and Upper Nile State like dogs. We lost over a million Dinka.

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                • 14 February 2015 15:08, by Rommel

                  I have read articles in which the Nuer bemoan the suffering that they’re experiencing and how they’ve never had it worst. I agree. Your alliance with Khartoum shielded you from the affects of war. You really didn’t suffer during the war and so this is kind of a shock to you, isn’t it? The Dinka know sacrifice and suffering. You are fighting only two [2] Dinka sections due to Salva’s unpopularity

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                  • 14 February 2015 15:10, by Rommel

                    I actually want the Ugandans to withdraw. I would love nothing more than for that to happen with immediate effect. We didn’t need the Ugandans when we defeated you in the 90s, even when you were allied with the SAF, the PDF, the Misseriya and the Rizeigat Arabs of the Murahaleen, the LRA, the Equatorial Defence force and the Bari dominated Popular Resistance Movement/Army.

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                    • 14 February 2015 15:15, by Rommel

                      The Ugandans really should withdraw. Salva Kiir should resign and military command should bring back the veterans that fought Khartoum and Riek during the civil war in command roles. We didn’t need the Ugandans before and we really do not need them now. We just need Salva Kiir to resign. I am tired of his weakness, stupidity, myopia and flabbiness.

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  • 14 February 2015 07:29, by Kiir

    Salva Kiir have killed 11,000 Murle between 2010 & 2013. Among those

    1,000 are men
    8,000 are women
    2000 are children.

    The SPLA under Salva Kiir Mayardit leadership have finished Murle

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    • 14 February 2015 09:17, by Koang

      Unity of South Sudanese is gone and hatred is intensifying at the highest speed and no one actually cares to stop it.

      They said "Those who rebelled, rebel For-No-Reason.

      One, only one man works all day and night to make life difficult for South Sudanese.........

      We innocent citizens are caught up in the Cross-Fire-No where to run-easy prey to kill.

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  • 14 February 2015 10:23, by Kur William

    Such wave of rebellion will not affect ongoing peace negotiation between SPLA-Juba and SPLA-IO.This move by Murle commander will be consider in two ways,he might rebelled in hope to be rewarded a new post or either he is enemy of peace.Where were he in the first place when the civil war broke out and knowing Salva Kiir is wrong ?

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  • 14 February 2015 12:08, by Zeki

    Dear Salva Kiir

    I strongly advice you president to use Grader, there is too many wild grasses growing.

    I also call upon Dinka in general where its called Dinka to united and address the current uprise in Country, bcoz Dinka are mostly pple who can defense or destroy wild lizard.

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  • 14 February 2015 12:48, by Ambago

    My dear Colonel Paulino Zangil

    First I congratulate you for this bold decision. We are all for peace , but that doesn’t mean that we have to fight to maintain the status quo.

    Any force that delays our call for immediate implementation of federalism based on the 21 states structure is an enemy and must be fought !. Well done !

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  • 14 February 2015 15:28, by Bentiu Sudan

    Dear Colonel Paulino Zangil:

    Congratulation on joining the SPLA-IO under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar. You have taken a decisive step toward ending tribalism being practice by President Kiir. I thank you a lot for refusing murle people be used by Kiir against Nuer. President Kiir used Shilluk and people of Maban against the rebels. As a result Shilluk and Maban areas were destroyed.

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  • 14 February 2015 16:21, by Mapuor

    Murlei should refuse to follow that devil.SPLA is still very strong and those who sabotaged operations during Yau Yau war are already dealt away with. Peace is not achieved through rebellion. If Murlei do not want to be part of SPLA than that is fantastic. Let them go back to their cattle camps.SPLA is a national army that fights any where to defend the country

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  • 14 February 2015 17:18, by Kim Deng

    Jang (Rommel),

    UNlike Maban and Burun, the Murle as a community seems to have learned its lessons, which were given to them by Mighty Nuer Warriors (MNW). The very people can complain more about Nuer occupation towards their land are Anyuak. For example, Chotguur, Makuach, Tiel, Maker, Malual, Achua (Itang), Akado, Abol, Ochom...Teregak have joined Nuerland just in 1990s.

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  • 14 February 2015 17:22, by Kim Deng

    Shilluk and Burun deserve to be given the same lesson given to Murle by MNR.


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    • 14 February 2015 17:45, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:

      Delusional, as always. When did the Murle supposedly learn their lesson? Ah, I see, they learned their lesson after you attacked them in 2012 with 30, 000 militiamen. But if they truly did learn their lesson, why then did they kill hundreds of your people in Akobo, Ayod and Uror in reprisal attacks?

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      • 14 February 2015 18:01, by Rommel

        Try to understand this if you can, but this is actually about personal and tribal interests. It’s personal because people like Paulino Zangil think they can elevate themselves if their counties can be raised to the position of States, complete with governors, parliaments, ministries and ministers. This is about power, you simpleton. It’s not about your tribe...

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  • 14 February 2015 18:50, by Kim Deng

    There is a big difference between Nuer and Dinka when it comes to war. If a Nuerman says, the sky is BLUE a Dinkaman would say it’s RED. A Nuer nation would only need logistics support, while Jaang/Slaves would not only need logistics, but also rely on outside help.

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    • 14 February 2015 19:27, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:

      You are the only tribe in South Sudan that believes that you can be resurrected upon dying on the battlefields, because your ’prophets’ told you so. The sky is most certainly blue, but you would argue that it’s red if your ’prophets’ told you it was red.

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      • 14 February 2015 19:31, by Rommel

        The big difference between our two tribes is that the Dinka lost over a million people fighting Khartoum while you slavishly served them and were thus left unscathed. The big difference is that bombs were dropped on our villages whilst you received food relief, weapons and ammunition from Khartoum’s cargo planes. Don’t ever compare our two tribes. You’re just traitors, slaves and cowards.

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        • 14 February 2015 19:36, by Rommel

          Are you really going to argue that your people only received logistical support from Khartoum? That was the extent of it, was it? Ah, but it couldn’t of been, because Paulino Matip was a Major-General in the SAF. When we engaged his forces, we were bombed from the air. He is also known to have operated side by side with the Rizeigat and Misseriya tribes.

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          • 14 February 2015 19:38, by Rommel

            There’s not a single tribe in all of Sudan [North & South] that doesn’t know that you formed desperate and shameful military alliances with the various regimes in Khartoum, with a clear emphasis on forming alliances with the SAF, PDF and the Misseriya and the Rizeigat Arab tribes. You’re the cowards. Stupid slaves.

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  • 14 February 2015 18:54, by Kim Deng

    In 1908-10, the British sought to end the Nuer occupation toward Dinkaland and established control over the area. A new border between the Nuer and Dinka was established at the favor of Dinka at Duk Padiet, fifty miles north of Kongor, and the Ghol, Ric, and Nyarraweng were awarded about four thousand aquare miles of territory they had previously lost during Nuer expansion.

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    • 15 February 2015 12:32, by Hardlinner

      Kim deng u are indeed stupid. For ur info the greater bor dinka only constitute 10% of dinka population. Perhaps you would sound logical if u talk of greater bahr ele ghazal where almost 90% of dinka lives. If u guys were indeed warriors, why can’t wage your war in greater bahr el ghazal region. I’m pretty sure u have learned your lession 1991 when riek forces were totally annilated in lake state

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  • 14 February 2015 18:55, by Kim Deng

    Although a substantial portion of this grant represented an uninhabited no-man’s-land between the Nuer and the Dinka, the Nuer were also required to relinquish territory under active occupation. The Nuer undoubtedly viewed the transfer as a government-sponsored Dinka invasion.

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  • 14 February 2015 19:02, by Kim Deng


    Read this article between the lines. If not because of Uganda army involvement in "Dinka-Nuer war," your coward King, Mr. Slava Kiir would have been dead or exiled.


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    • 14 February 2015 19:41, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:

      All you do is repeat the same lies over and over and over again even when they have been thoroughly debunked. The Dinka as a whole didn’t consort with the British so as to establish an alliance. Only one Dinka section [Duk] worked with the British after they came under attack from the combined force (s) of multiple Nuer sections...

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      • 14 February 2015 19:45, by Rommel

        .. By contrast, how many Nuer sections joined Khartoum? Virtually all of you. All of you! Not a single section rejected an alliance with Khartoum. You keep on repeating the details of dynamics from hundreds of years ago as if mattered. It’s your standard pressure response. I’m quite frankly surprised that you keep falling back on it...

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        • 14 February 2015 19:46, by Rommel

          I don’t have any aversion to the truth, and so I’ll readily concede that because Salva Kiir allowed the Nuer [Khartoum’s erstwhile allies] to dominate the army at a whopping 70%, you most likely would have taken Juba. Any tribe would have succeeded under similar circumstances. It was Salva’s stupidity [not your ability] that allowed you to get so close.

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          • 14 February 2015 19:54, by Rommel

            Salva Kiir is your greatest ally. You really should be thanking him. He integrated tens of thousands of Khartoum compliant Nuer militiamen into the very army that they had fought against for decades. The fact that you were the majority in the army explains why you were successful in the initial stages of the conflict. We didn’t need the Ugandans when you burned your villages down in the 90s.

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            • 14 February 2015 19:59, by Rommel

              Correction:.. when we burned down your villages in the 90s.

              People think they’re fighting the Dinka in this war. That’s not the case. They’re fighting select clans from only two [2] of the fifteen [15] Dinka sections. Salva Kiir has recruited people from his father’s side -Gogrial- and people from his mother’s side -Aweil-...

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              • 14 February 2015 20:01, by Rommel

                The people of Tonj [Warrap] and Lakes State are angry with Salva Kiir and haven’t joined this war. The Dinka of Greater Upper Nile have also not joined the war, and this is why Salva’s private army within the SPLA is only 15, 000 strong. He should be forced out... and an army of 150, 000 should be mobilized, trained and deployed.

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                • 14 February 2015 20:37, by Bentiu Sudan


                  Why are you writing to many no sense sentences. Are you cursing, praying, or you are just so desperate about the await fall of your tribal government?

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                  • 14 February 2015 20:50, by Rommel

                    Bentiu Sudan:

                    I don’t pray. I won’t pray. You people are worthless. You couldn’t win with the help of your Arab masters during the war and you won’t win now. We lost a million people and we still kept you in check. We fought the SAF, PDF, Murahaleen, SSDF and a dozen other groups and you were still crushed. Just pray that Salva stays in power. He keeps you alive and needlessly proud.

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                    • 15 February 2015 08:27, by Koang

                      Rommel-Genius Rat.

                      You are 100% not a dinka, are you?

                      If you were, then we Nuer have some problems to solve, but certainly you are not, you dislike us because we are friends to our best brothers in the North but we are not stupid as you think.

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