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Machar’s residence bombed during recent clashes in Juba: spokesperson

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Anyuak community leaders giving necktie gift to FVP Riek Machar, and bead gift to his wife, Angelina Teny, at their Jebel Kujur residence, Sunday, 12 June, 2016 (ST photo)

July 12, 2016 (JUBA) – Residence of the South Sudan’s First Vice President, Riek Machar, has been destroyed during the four days of fighting between his forces of SPLA in Opposition (SPLA-IO) and SPLA troops loyal to President Salva Kiir, his official has confirmed.

Machar’s prefab house in a makeshift residential area is located about 5 kilometers away south of the national capital, Juba.

“Yes, it is true. President Salva Kiir’s forces bombed Dr. Riek Machar’s house at Jebel using helicopter gunships. Perhaps they thought he was inside the building. The aim was clearly to harm him,” said Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak.

Dak however said Machar was already outside his residence when helicopter gunships attacked his house on Sunday, the day President Kiir’s forces, he said, attacked their base in the morning hours.

He said he “strongly suspected” that President Kiir’s forces started the fighting at the J1 Presidential Palace on Friday with the intention to eventually harm Machar in cross fire and then deny having knowledge about what had happened.

“I do strongly believe and suspect that the fighting at J1 was pre-planned. Although I cannot directly point finger to a specific culprit at this point, I believe that either President Kiir had knowledge about the plan or someone senior on his side planned it,” he said.

Dak further narrated that he suspected that the plan was to attack Machar’s bodyguards outside the palace with the hope that he was going to flee from the palace and then get caught in cross fire outside the palace.

He however said because he did not move out of the palace and his bodyguards were inside with him and were also close to President Kiir, it was impossible for someone inside the palace from President Kiir’s side to start shooting for the safety of the two leaders, adding until when Machar’s forces came to escort him back to his residence in Jebel.

The opposition’s spokesperson added that it was evident that either President Kiir was not in control of his forces or he blessed their actions in denial when his forces again on Sunday attacked Machar’s residence and military base using helicopter gunships and tanks.

He said tt was the second time that Machar’s residence has been targeted by forces loyal to President Kiir.

In December 2013, his house located in the heart of Juba was destroyed when heavy artilleries from tanks were fired at it, but he narrowly escaped.

Dak dismissed blames claimed against him that he posted a message on his Facebook page on Sunday which incited the violence at the presidential palace.

“This is rubbish. Yes, I did post a message, but I did it about 30 minutes after the fighting already erupted at the palace, not before it. I was only reacting to what had happened, and I narrated the suspected intention behind the attack on Machar’s bodyguards. Those accusing me are liars. How did I incite a situation which had already occurred? I suspect that they dislike the fact that I did condemn their evil intention,” he added.

He also dismissed a narration from information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, that the fighting at the palace was started by Machar’s bodyguards. Dak said it didn’t make sense that the small number of Machar’s bodyguards would have started the fight when they knew that their leader was inside the palace and they were outnumbered.

“Imagine a situation where the President invited his deputy to his office and suddenly the President’s bodyguards, backed by a huge force in hundreds that suddenly appeared within the vicinity of the palace, started shooting at the bodyguards of his deputy. Is this not an intention to harm the deputy?” he asked.

He claimed a suspicion that President Kiir’s group was planning for war and to harm Machar, starting with the killing of the SPLA-IO officer, Lt. Col. George Alex Gismala on Saturday a week before, the firing at Machar’s soldiers on Gudele road on Thursday, the attack on his bodyguards at the palace on Friday, and the offensive on his residence and military base on Sunday.

Dak however said there is need to respect the declared ceasefire, review and operationalize the security arrangements in Juba and in other major towns in South Sudan in order to save the peace agreement from collapse.

(ST)

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  • 13 July 2016 08:18, by Eastern

    I live in the same neighbourhood with Dr Machar and I told this forum 2 days ago that Dr Machar was the target of the latest onslaught using attack helicopter, rocket launchers, tanks and SPLA-Kiir infantry. Dr Machar’s house and his fleet of vehicles were all distroyed. I have some photos of the scene of crime. Gathering evidence for future trials at The Hague!!!!

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  • 13 July 2016 08:20, by Eastern

    There are a couple of drones in Juba with infra red cameras used for photography. These toys are handy, I love them!!!

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  • 13 July 2016 08:25, by Eastern

    SPLA-Kiir quickly alter/conceal scenes of crime. At the Lou modern clinic at Gudele, they quickly removed bodies from the carnage of July 7, 2016 and replaced the spots where bodies were collected from with sand filled empty plastic jerry cans! Some bodies collected from the streets were interred in unmarked graves/sites to conceal war crimes. The drones exposed SPLA-Kiir on these!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 13 July 2016 08:40, by Khent

      Riek should have been permanently left out in the political cold after he returned disgraced in 2002...just after Khartoum tore up his pathetic agreements with them. He’ll NEVER be President and he’ll eventually end up dead just like the 30 000 civilians he murdered in 91.

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      • 13 July 2016 08:52, by Eastern

        Khent,

        Stop dwelling on the past; why do you people act deceptively? Why did Kiir with sign the ARCISS if he’s not ready to implement it to its letter and spirit. Why the prevention that an agreement has been signed only to lure Dr Machar to come to Juba to get him killed. Do you see the cost of that futility in term of loss of lives and properties in Juba? Get a life!!!!

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        • 13 July 2016 13:12, by Khent

          Eastern

          You assume too much by associating me with lower life forms like Salva Kiir simply based on my ethnicity. I actually want this Agreement to stand, but because I think outside the box... I can see that compliance with this Agreement doesn’t necessarily mean that Riek can ever become President. It would be almost too easy to prevent Riek from attaining that position...

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          • 13 July 2016 13:37, by Khent

            ..and this could all be done without the use of force - unless others react violently to it. Salva Kiir and his circle of idiots could negatively affect Riek’s polical fortunes provided that they make a few strategic sacrifices here and there. It should start with Kiir’s resignation; this would also apply to Paul Malong and to that monster from Lakes State that orchestrated the Juba killings.

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      • 13 July 2016 13:36, by jubaone

        Khent,

        You jienges are really traumatized after the SPLA split of 1991 and the aftermath in Bor. You now use that as argument to justify your hate and disdain for Riak to the point you would easily choose Omar Bashir instead of him. You want him out of the way, so you jienges can have free hand on the South. You exaggerate a lot.

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        • 13 July 2016 14:52, by Khent

          Jubaone

          This is not about trauma — it’s about principles. We will not be governed by a traitor; a traitot that was deluded enough to believe that he and his tribe could wipe out the Dinka, and he found out the hard way that he was sorely mistaken. We will NEVER accept him the same way we did not accept Bashir, unlike certain regions and tribes that were part of Khartoum’s militia network.

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          • 13 July 2016 19:54, by jubaone

            Khent,

            As a reminder, Abdel Bagi Ayii, Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, Bishop Gabriel Roric, Arok Thon, Aldo Ajou Deng, Bona Malual, Moses Machar etc.You don’t have to be a proxy militia only but a jellaba stooge and protege as well.That is where the jienges built their reputation as sellouts

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            • 13 July 2016 20:36, by Khent

              Jubaone

              Those Dinka "sellouts" were just individuals without armies whereas Equatoria had half a dozen Khartoum compliant militia groups with tens of thousands of members. The Nuer were Khartoum’s favorite stooges and provided Khartoum with over 80 000 traitors. There is no comparison.

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              • 13 July 2016 21:04, by Khent

                We have over 3 million people and you think that less than a dozen individuals are representative of us!? We have a larger population than all of Equatoria and you had tens of thousands of traitors working for Khartoum... and considering that a lot of tribes only returned after the CPA was signed, perhaps you should contextualize and temper your rhetoric...

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                • 13 July 2016 21:11, by Khent

                  ..No tribe has fought the Arabs the way we did; no tribe has sacrificed anywhere near as much; no tribe has fought the Arabs for as long. We’ve been fighting them since at least the 14th Century and you want to posture? We sacrificed more than all the tribes in Sudan combined.

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  • 13 July 2016 09:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    This holycost must be counted on James Gatdet Dak, what he explained is need to mess up the geniuses of the problems.
    Of course, Riek Machar, was not intended to be arrested by the president.

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    • 13 July 2016 09:45, by Eastern

      Ayuiu,

      Gatdet’s post is posthumous, it did not incite but rather report the matter. I wish he’d not pull it down so that others would also have their say!

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  • 13 July 2016 09:56, by Force 1

    Isn’t it the same Riek spokesman who spread rumours that Riek was captured when Riek and vice president Igga were at press conference and that false rumours lead to Friday lost of lives to this day especially nuer in general. When are these people going to learn that spreading false rumours is dangerous?

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    • 13 July 2016 10:23, by barbayo

      James Gadet is not blaming you it was fact you did it intentional post your facebook and some media that Machar was arrested ,it will remain in your history you killed thousands of South Sudanese by your mouth.

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  • 13 July 2016 22:54, by DHARCHEP

    Gatdet,
    Who are you telling it to? We know that the place was bombed to flash out those who are against the government of South Sudan. Nuer and Gays Equartorians need to go to Gambella.

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    • 14 July 2016 09:18, by barbayo

      there was fighting in Pagak due to majority Nuer from Ethiopia deceived by Raik Machar to go South Sudan and work there as South Sudanese National all of them now are killed and their family particular Gambella attacked pagak this morning.more information are coming

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