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Expert writer Eric Reeves apologizes for predicting false coup in Juba


July 16, 2016 (JUBA) – An expert writer on Sudan and South Sudan, Professor Eric Reeves, has apologized for posting a message which predicted that a coup was to be staged in Juba on Monday, 11 July 2016.

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Eric Reeves. (Photo: sudanreeves.org)

Reeves, a US citizen, on 10 July posted and tweeted a message, saying that he had sufficient evidence that South Sudan’s First Vice President, Riek Machar, was going to lead a coup on Monday, 11 July, 2016, to overthrow President Salva Kiir’s government.

The message immediately attracted fierce criticism from Machar’s spokesperson who accuszed him of trying on false allegation to incite further violence which already erupted on Friday, 8 July, at the Presidential Palace in Juba.

In his response on Thursday, 14 July, on a post on his website, titled, “A Retraction: Concerning Riek Machar and a possible coup in Juba,” Professor Reeves said he apologized for his “irresponsible” message.

“I am herewith retracting my brief Web posting of July 10, 2016, specifically the claim that there was sufficient evidence in my possession to characterize the situation in Juba and elsewhere in Sudan reflecting an incipient coup, led by Riek Machar. The evidence as I had and have it is insufficient to justify such a characterization, and I deeply regret posting without fuller evidence in hand,” Reeves further wrote on Thursday.

“It was irresponsible, and I accept that characterization,” he added.

Reeves however said a lot of information he had based his prediction on were coming from Juba.

“A great deal of what I referred to was information coming from sources on the ground in Juba, particularly the nature and specifics of the violence that engulfed the city,” he said.


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  • 16 July 2016 11:16, by Eastern

    Eric Reeve is entirely to blame for the mess at J1 for the fierce attack by Kiir on Dr Machar’s residence! Nosey Whitemen who claim to know more about Africans are part of the African problems. Mssssstwwww!

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    • 16 July 2016 11:52, by Malakal county Simon

      Eric Reeves

      You should know like every one else that any information that come from Kiir faction always need more additional sources in order to have a concrete evidence before rushing and post anything in the web.... You now have totally damage your image and no one will believe you any more due to your unprofessional and irresponsible behaviour.... I hope lesson learned!!!!

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      • 16 July 2016 13:02, by Son of Upper Nile

        Dr. Adwok Nyaba humiliated him intellectually through an article replying his baseless claims, that is why he has no way except to apologize. But what about lives & properties lost & affected by his baseless claims. I think South Sudanese in US should file a law case against him

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        • 16 July 2016 14:11, by Eastern

          Thanks, Son of Upper Nile,

          Is it possible for you to share the link to that intellectual discourse. Dr Nyaba is thorough in his analysis/discussions.

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      • 17 July 2016 12:00, by Mr Point

        Unfortunately Eric Reeve has been misled and misinformed by a source from Juba.

        As a professor Eric has forgotten that relying too heavily on a few partial sources will result in poor work handed in.

        Some common sense and awareness of the significance of current affairs is what this academic needs.

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        • 17 July 2016 12:04, by Mr Point

          Eric, would you be so kind as to write an essay on the similarity between Salva Kiir and King Lear?

          King Lear was an old foolish ruler who brought civil war and disaster to the country when he divided it into too many parts under the command of his relatives.

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    • 16 July 2016 17:19, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Eric’s Reeves, has discovered the really evidence on Riek Machar, plane a couple, but he changed his mind to apologized due to his safety in the hands of Riek Machar, militias Forces.

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      • 16 July 2016 18:22, by Akook

        I was wondering what the heck went wrong with the real Eric Reeve I read a great deal about his writings

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      • 17 July 2016 09:57, by Eastern


        Sorry to tell you this: you sound a zillion times VERY STUPID!!!

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        • 17 July 2016 11:48, by Mr Point

          Wild statements without a grain of truth in them, with no supporting evidence anywhere, are a complete waste of readers time.

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  • 16 July 2016 18:53, by lino

    Eric, you have been helping the marginalized People of Sudan for long time, but remember posting lies can’t help it in SS. Everything in that country can be seen as a truth. There were not coup in December 2013 or in July 2016, but there are hatreds among SS tribes that need to be managed in a wise way and not through guns!!!

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  • 17 July 2016 05:52, by Force 1

    Did Eric Reeves help you to become idiots as well to fight the war you don’t have any clue of? If you’re too dumb to never question any war you are told to fight by your superiors; then don’t asked any question after you pulled the trigger!

    Make no mistake about it; I am "Force_1" and I am from BOR!

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    • 17 July 2016 10:01, by Eastern


      Very humaliating for you Bor folks. The problems of Southern Sudan then and South Sudan now have left your people strewn all the way starting from Sherikat in Juba, to Melijo in Numule and various refugee camps in Uganda which at the moment are largely occupied by Bor people. You can chest thump, but the truth is very bitter!!!

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  • 17 July 2016 11:52, by Mr Point

    Force 1 was making a very good point that South Sudan has been betrayed by too many people following leaders without question.

    Since independence everything has gone badly wrong due to bad leadership and tribal conflict.

    If there were no guns, no tribes and no private armies we might have roads, bridges, economic development.

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    • 17 July 2016 11:55, by Mr Point

      Force 1 was critiquing those dumb fools who follow Malong and Kiir.

      Back to the subject : when will the profound writer Eric Reeve start to mention the malign effect of the Mathiang Anyoor under Paul Malong, the author of this winter of our discontent.

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