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New rebel group formed in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state


May 10, 2016 (JUBA) - Officers from the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Opposition in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state have defected and formed their own faction.

Map detail showing South Sudan’s border state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal

The officers previously under the overall leadership of the First Vice-President, Riek Machar, have asserted that the 2015 peace agreement signed with president Salva Kiir, has not addressed the cause of the war.

The group is yet to announce the name of their faction and under whose leadership and the objective of the war they have declared to pursue.

An armed man identifying himself as Colonel James Deng Mayar told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that they have announced a peaceful split from the armed opposition forces under the overall command of General Dau Aturjong, who allied himself and his forces to the First Vice President, Riek Machar.

The group, according to Mayar, has decided to join rank with brigadier General Agany Ayiii, one of the government officers who changed allegiance and joined General Peter Gatdet Yak, one of the senior rebel commanders, who defected from the rebel faction under Machar.

Gadet and several officers, some of whom have already returned to the country under separate arrangements, have rejected the peace agreement signed by the government and armed opposition in August last year.

“I confirm that we have split from SPLA-IO and joined General Agany Ayii,” Mayar told Sudan Tribune during an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

“We decided to continue with the struggle because we have to realize [Machar] was not committed enough to lead the struggle to achieve the objective of the war. We wanted to change that system and to establish a new system based on democratic principles," he explained.

He accused Machar of having allegedly failed to fulfil commitment he made to change the government under President Kiir and accepted the position in unity government under the terms of the peace deal which did not address the issues which caused the war.

Thousands of lives have been lost and properties destroyed, mainly in Upper Nile region at the height of conflict.


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  • 10 May 2016 21:53, by Marco A. Wek

    Nonsense, come back home. Not all opposition groups were going to get ministrial jobs. Enough, many people already lost their lives. You people always do not do what you make people believe you would do but instead you people do for your own gains. Like the father like the son. Only fools will be tempted to die for no reasons. They rather die of hunger then wild dreams.

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    • 11 May 2016 00:17, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Common now, what are you fighting for? You did outline your objectives and visions to us. Anyway, you’re wasting your time and soldier lives for your greediness idea. I personally blame president Kiir for all these messes specifically by the officers. South Sudan people are crazy and must examples done to other officers in case for them to stop these activities of rebelling against government. We

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      • 12 May 2016 01:22, by Nyesi Ta

        Kiir Al Awiir should kill all the existing officers if he wants to stop rebellion, otherwise rebellion will not stop as long as there is dictatatoship, tribalism, nepotism, killing, and abuse perpetrated by those hulligans under their visionless leader in Juba. And I assure our masses that war will not end if Kiir Al Awiir remains in power.

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    • 11 May 2016 12:07, by Hardlinner

      there are better ways of those left out to contribute to their welfare by engaging in farming. south sudan need to grow food than relying on donors and imported foods. i urge all youths to say no to rebellion. it is youth that die in war created by old fools. active rebels, Kiir, Riek and all their conies are thieves and do not care about the welfare of everyone.

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  • 11 May 2016 06:46, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Comrade Dau Aturjong, shouldn’t solve his problems through rebellion, everyone body had come back for rebuilding if the country rather than to rebelled.

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  • 11 May 2016 07:51, by Akuma

    Supporters of SPLM-IO have no objectives, missions and vision for their rebellions. If Riek Machar don’t outline the main objectives of his rebellion again government, how come the junior staff like James Deng Mayar have objectives and vision? Their objective and vision is have ministerial posts or other government positions whom they will never get until they die in the bush.

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  • 11 May 2016 08:33, by Kerem

    Col James Deng Mayar shouldn’t hide his purpose of splitting from SPLM-IO. Simply all those who joined Riek were promised to get positions and they blindly accepted not knowing that positions are limited.

    Now after realizing that he is left out and he knows he committed crime in N’BEG, he wants to join another rebellion

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    • 11 May 2016 16:18, by Mapuor


      Rewarding rebellions is bound to trigger more rebellions

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