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Johnson Olony’s forces declare merger with SPLM-IO

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July 1, 2015 (NAIROBI) – A Shilluk community-based forces, known as Aguelek commanded by Major General Johnson Olony, have officially declared their merger and incorporation into the armed opposition forces of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), under the leadership of former vice president, Riek Machar.

Rebel commander Johnson Olony speaks to the press upon arrival at Juba international airport on 13 June 2013 (ST)

The declaration for the merger was signed on Wednesday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, by officials from both sides after 7 days of engagement over the details of the agreement.

The declaration stressed the importance of joining forces against president Salva Kiir’s government which they accused of genocide and “slipping the country into abyss.”

“The country is gripped by serious problems (genocide, crimes against humanity, hate, civil war, insecurity, land grabbing, rampant corruption, tribalism and nepotism, spiralling inflation, bad leadership, etc),” partly reads the declaration.

A 4-person committee or delegation from the two sides signed the document in a press conference held in Nairobi on Wednesday. On SPLM-IO side, Henry Odwar, who handles file of engagements with other political groups and forces was the lead signatory to the document while on the Aguelek side, Jukino Fidel Nyikayo, chairperson of the delegation was the lead signatory.

Political and military leaders of the Aguelek forces would now be appointed to various capacities in the SPLM-IO movement per the agreement.

Earlier, the Aguelek delegation carried a letter from their overall force commander, Johnson Olony, to the opposition leader, Riek Machar, declaring his intention to join the rebel movement and mandating his delegation to work out the details of the merger.

Mabior Garang de Mabior, chairman of the rebels’ national committee for information and public relations witnessed the signing ceremony on behalf of the chairman of the movement, Machar.

In his statement, Mabior said the agreement was a major step in accordance with the movement’s policy to engage other political forces in the country.

He accused president Kiir’s government of many violations to the cessation of hostilities agreement and reiterated the SPLM-IO commitment to the peace process to end the war in a peaceful political settlement.

Johnson Olony defected with his forces from the government in April and captured the capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state, Malakal, and Melut, headquarters of Melut county which is adjacent to the main oilfields of Paloch, in joint operations with SPLA-IO forces before the towns were retaken by the government. On Saturday, the joint forces again recaptured Malakal and have remained in full control of the strategic area.

Meanwhile, Angok Arthur Akuein, son of former Southern Sudan’s minister of finance before independence in 2011, also separately declared his joining the rebel movement during the same occasion in Nairobi.

In his statement Akuein said he decided to join the movement under the leadership of Machar because it carried the needed ideas for reforms in the country.

“Today I declare my utmost support and allegiance to the SPLM/A-IO under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny, and to all comrades aligned to the historic reformist movement. The SPLM/A-IO has become a matured “idea” of total reforms that will set the platform for a nationwide coalition of political, economic, and social inclusion, which will result to a New South Sudan with secured brighter future for the suffering citizens,” he said.

Akuien who was a youth leader for greater Bahr el Ghazal region, urged the youth in his home region to rise against president Kiir’s government in order to establish a new administration that will implement reforms in the war-ravaged nation.

(ST)

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  • 2 July 2015 08:06, by Mi diit

    Great!!! General Johnson Olony’s weapons he conned from Malong Awan helped a lot. This war is about weapons. Dr. Machar should bring weapons if he wants to force Kiir out. Fighters are there but without weapons you can’t fight with your bare hands against tanks and helicopter gunships.

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    • 2 July 2015 08:28, by Kiir

      Salva Kiir have no visions. He is a center of corruption.

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      • 2 July 2015 08:56, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        It is real sad for SPLA units who took the town for free failed to deployed and secured the town surroundings. How could veteran units, got flushed out of the town so easily by shilluk’s children who were only trained for three weeks. sad indeed!.

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        • 2 July 2015 20:37, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

          Do not take those Chollo lightly,they have a very experiences veterans from SPLA,North SAF govrt and traditional mature poeple. Who never joins war before,have a highly spirits to fight. They are well organized than those Nuer white Army criminal. They need to be taken seriously,their joining of Rebellion could lead to Govrt loosing Oil field in Northern Upper Nile.

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          • 2 July 2015 21:10, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            You may be right because the government is being run by people who thinks they can out-mart their rivals. The saga of recent reinstatement is one case in point.it was too quick and too good to be true.How do you make such brave decisions without first consulting with military and the grassroots. real politicians first think about positives and negatives of any political process.

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            • 2 July 2015 21:33, by Lotodo Awino Odug

              The reason for uptick in violence is that rebels want to score points knowing that Juba is desperate to bring about peace be it short-live or long-lasting. rebels are only destroying their towns for nothing, they can’t and will change this government by force, as Nuer are abandoning their movement,so who Shilluk think they are?. they must be kidding themselves.

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    • 2 July 2015 08:42, by Clausewitz

      War is never only about weapons. If it was, you would have defeated the SPLM in 91 when you allied with Khartoum. You had a numerically superior force with fighter jets, bombers, rocket artillery and helicopter gunships and yet you still failed.

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      • 2 July 2015 08:45, by Clausewitz

        Do you really think that the weapons that Khartoum might provide you are going to make people surrender to Riek when people didn’t surrender to fighter jets, bombers, rocket artillery, 100, 000 SAF troops, 70, 000 PDF militiamen, 50, 000 of Paulino Matip’s Arab slaves and militiamen from Gabriel Gatwec Tanginy, Gordon Kong and many others?

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        • 2 July 2015 16:45, by Mi diit

          Rommel (Clausewitz),

          As somebody said two weeks ago, you are just arguing for the sake of loving to argue senselessly. If weapons do not play greater role in war, why didn’t you capture Juba, Malakal, Wau, etc. for 21 years? Tell your SPLA to fight with only klashnikovs if the white army will not chase them like rats. America had military superiority over Iraq in 1991 because of weapons.

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          • 2 July 2015 23:12, by Clausewitz

            Mi diit

            We were fighting on multiple fronts against the SAF, PDF, Murahaleen, LRA, Equatorial Defence force, Popular Resistance Movement/Army, the Mundari, Didinga, Toposa and Lotuka militias and the so called Fertit - a name applied to more than a dozen different tribes in Western Bahr el Ghazal’s Raga county. These tribes include the Kresh, Yulu, Shat, Balanda, Feroghe, Buja, Kara and Banda.

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            • 2 July 2015 23:19, by Clausewitz

              We had to contend with a quarter of a million enemy forces and we still controlled our areas. Our sons in Mour-Mour division were in control of Gogrial, Rumbek, Tonj, Aweil, Yirol and many other Dinka areas when the CPA was signed. Khartoum had to airlift supplies into Juba because we controlled all the roads. We were in control of some of the towns and the vast majority of the countryside.

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              • 2 July 2015 23:23, by Clausewitz

                We were also in control of Magwi, Yei, Kapoeta, Kurmuk, Kor, Yabu, Zanziber and many other areas. You want to trivialize and denigrate the sacrifices made during the war because you weren’t part of it. You didn’t fight on multiple fronts. You weren’t targeted by Khartoum. You didn’t starve to death in apocalyptic, artificial famines. You didn’t lose a million people. You don’t know sacrifice.

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    • 2 July 2015 17:32, by Ayuen deng

      Those who signs that agreement should have their own Sons in fronline this will prove sincerely in all their claims but not another person’s sons to figh for personal gain War I think Nuer and Shiluk should revise that deal.

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  • 2 July 2015 08:38, by chuol

    Congratulations to Gen:Johnson Olony ( Aguelek) for clear version to joint SPLM-IO. It’s a time for reformist to get united and fight young nation’s dictator government.

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    • 2 July 2015 08:46, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      bullshit, all of you will be humiliated to last bone, don’t let you little high from the capture of Malakal fool you.it will be retaken and of you hopeless militias will go back to your hiding spot of Addis.

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  • 2 July 2015 09:51, by chuol

    Those who think Malakal will be retaking from SPLA-IO/ Aguelek’ are not wisely put their statement! All reformists are connexion together and well equipped this time, just surrender or accept peace>

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  • 2 July 2015 10:14, by Mapuor

    Nyagats fought the SPLA in 1991 and were defeated.Chollo/Dr Riek coalition is not new. They will soon surrender in the same way they did in 2002.Greater Upper Nile towns will turn into bushes where hyenas will stay. Let Nyagats enjoy displacement and destitution, those are their reforms. Sons of thieves are joining them. Who does not know Athor Akuen?

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  • 2 July 2015 17:24, by Altruistic

    I can’t comprehend - How can the same people that were in the leadership position or in the government said Kiir’s government is corrupt, but they did not say that when they were a part of that governemnt, in fact they were busy stealing and looting South Sudanese money and now they are calling for a reform.

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    • 2 July 2015 17:26, by Altruistic

      They are not reformists, they are a bunch of theives who want to unify under what so called "reform"

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  • 2 July 2015 17:44, by Hardlinner

    Angok should first condemn his corrupt dad before talking nonsense on the media. We youths of greater bahr el ghazal can never follow corrupt and mass murderer like riek. In fact if we were to rebelled, we would do it through our selected leader. Both kiir and riek are corrupt and power greedy. We are on stand by to launch our rebellion against riek any time. But let kiir deal with him first.

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    • 2 July 2015 18:12, by Malakal county Simon

      Slave/Hardlinner

      Cheap talk will not take you anywhere...... May I ask you a question, what the reason for you to form loosless rebellion against powerful man like DR machar????

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      • 3 July 2015 06:30, by Clausewitz

        Malakal county Simon:

        Who are you calling ’slave’, you Khartoum boot-licking traitor? You are a worthless dog. The reason someone would fight against Riek is simple — he’s a traitor.

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  • 2 July 2015 17:56, by Altruistic

    Indeed, he should not have opened his mouth at all when it come to corruption. Of cause South Sudan needs reform but will not come from the vary people who looted our resources. Let wait and see how they both [Kiir and Raik] are going sort out the mess they have created our nation.

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