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South Sudan rebel official resigns over lack of arms supply


March 12, 2017 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese rebel official has resigned amid accusation that their leader, Riek Machar failed to supply weapons and ammunition to troops operating in the greater Equatoria region.

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Machar speaks on a mobile phone after an interview with Reuters in Kenya’s capital Nairobi July 8, 2015

Col. Nyariji Jermilili Roman, who deputy spokesperson in the office of the armed opposition leader, announced his resignation over the weekend.

Roman is concerned over the performances of the opposition movement.

“It is worth mentioning that, over three years, you intentionally failed to supply our forces in Equatoria with arms and necessary logistical support, an act that endangered many of our men lives because their capacity to defend themselves was greatly affected, hence the death of Gen. Elias Lino Jada and Gen. Martin Kenyi,” said the ex-rebel official.

“I first joined the movement and was eager to work for the purpose of achieving democracy and prosperity in the country under the leadership of the SPLM-IO, since that very goal could not be achieved under the SPLM [South Sudan’s ruling party] leadership,” he added.

Roman warned of the disastrous consequences lack of arms will have to the movement.

“We were not taken seriously on many occasions, even when some of us tried to warn you of a possible attack by the government on July 4th, you ignored the warning and as a result, many of our soldiers ended up losing their lives,” he said.

He says the disintegration of rebel movement will not bring peace to the young nation.


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  • 13 March 2017 08:57, by Midit Mitot

    Nyam-Nyam can not stay in the bush for some good months without Delicious food, go back to Juba regime, you will be slaughter like he goat.

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  • 13 March 2017 09:28, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


    When truth is mentioned you write, talk shit!!That is the reality people go to fight for liberty and succeed and not to die. Nyarji is right.Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal need weapons to defend themselves. The people of these regions should not be used as cannon fodders and ladder rungs with which to climb to presidency that will definitely support tribalism and other evil practices

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  • 13 March 2017 09:35, by Ater

    Col.Nyariji,where will Riek acquired ammunition to supply you with? come to your sense Equotarians,Riek is fail leader with his foolish tribesmen rallying behind him.

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    • 14 March 2017 03:00, by Nyesi Ta

      The main supplier of military hardware such as ammunition and weapons is Kiir Al Awiir himself. Most of the weapons the gallant forces of SPLM-IO have come from the ill trained jieng militia called Mathiang Anyor, an equivalent of interahamwe, a Hutu paramilitary organization that commited genocide in Rwanda 1994. Juba supplies SPLM-IO through ambushes.

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  • 13 March 2017 09:50, by Ater

    South Sudanese need right leader who has interest of the people in heart not a leader whose main objective is to dislodged claimed Dinka goverment.Rebel leaders are possessed by tribal sentiments, and not national sentiments.I failed to understand why other tribes dont realized these facts,Dinka family members are murdered in cold blood here in juba by the hungry Kiir Dinka soldiers,and no

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  • 13 March 2017 09:59, by Ater

    perpetrators brought to book even if they are apprehended.The problem in south Sudan is not for any tribes or individual but is cutting across the spectrument

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  • 13 March 2017 10:03, by Yang Man

    if he is leaving the movement, where is he now,and if he is resigning where is he now?
    many official who have been resigning have no visions of what they are doing but looking for where they can eat what they have looted and come back to other side

    shame on the founders of south Sudan

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  • 13 March 2017 10:04, by Gatnyai

    not inadequate of ammunition supply alone but the SPLM/IO is more tribalism than SPLM/IG their aim is targeting one tribe than change the system of the Government thus lacks the real vision.....

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  • 13 March 2017 10:04, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


    The problem our people have is ignorance. National issues are turned to be personal or tribal a thing that the whole nation is suffering from. Kiir will go so is Machar but the country will not therefore bad leadership should be got rid of. Kiir must go and Machar must wait for elections.

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  • 13 March 2017 12:30, by Eastern

    The reasons Nyarji Jermilili cited are genuine but not compeling. SPLA-IO has been able to stave off attacks from tribal militias of Kiir, notably, the Mathiang Anyoors for months now. However it appears the leadership in the bush is hiberanting now, not good for the future of South Sudan!!!

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    • 13 March 2017 20:33, by South South


      I thought you will capture Juba soon, but it turns out you have zero soldiers in Equatoria. Army generals are gunned down and that why the rest of soldiers escaped to refugee camps in Uganda.

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  • 13 March 2017 12:31, by Liberator

    Dear Folks
    Rebellions is not something easy,SPLA-IO of Riak Mach will be like LRA of Uganda ,Haha Mark my word ,finished walai , the people who are currently fighting government will be considered as criminals not rebels full stop

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  • 13 March 2017 13:50, by Kush Natives

    Nyariji Jermilili Roman,
    Because people don’t get it clearly, when you’re told to google the history this man called Riek Machar since his birth. In stead, you choose to google the cassava. Now, where are you going to surrender? Where were you thinking Riek will obtained supplies, when you took stupid decision of rebellion? You should have taken this decision in July 2016, when Riek tried_con

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  • 13 March 2017 14:01, by Kush Natives

    Trying to manipulate or twist another failed story? The man"Riek" has no returned in his brain, he’s has got no capacity of gaining memory at all! By the way, you’re not too late to realized your dream or save some lives of your fellows followers, join us! So, that we wait for the 2035 election all together. We already prayed for the peace and reconciliation in our nation, so that peace prevail.

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  • 13 March 2017 15:00, by Kat Cok

    Disintegration of rebel movement will not bring peace to the young nation. Integrate them to where? It appeared that rebels are joking, they are rebelled and come back while the president is the same. What will happen one day all rebels will be like LRA.

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  • 13 March 2017 16:01, by Andrew Ngang

    Dear south Sudanese we shall not be free from until our leaders choose to lead us and acts wisely in their tenures, we must leave the desperate leaders to struggle for their individualization of looting our life and resource for their own welfare, our country has experiences a long economic inflation due to the war of incitement, killing your child, siblings is really funny of time

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  • 13 March 2017 18:55, by Dak tak

    This man, Nyarji has resigned twice from the movement, and anytime he resigned he usually hurled unnecessary blames and insult. Hope you won’t return this time for your new master, Thomas cirillo will carter for your wish. Where on Earth could another country openly spoil her regional interest by helping the rebel? The main suppliers of the weapons are the defeated government soldiers.

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  • 13 March 2017 18:56, by Dak tak

    This man, Nyarji has resigned twice from the movement, and anytime he resigned he usually hurled unnecessary blames and insult. Hope you won’t return this time for your new master, Thomas cirillo will carter for your wish. Where on Earth could another country openly spoil her regional interest by helping the rebel? The main suppliers of the weapons are the defeated government soldiers.

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  • 13 March 2017 20:34, by The Rhino


    Wars through out centuries have been complex and very intricate. its not about the supplies you get from your enemy by simply neutralizing his army bases or foot soldiers,surely not about dependently anticipating leverage from a trusted third party when the heat is on....its all about more, about the genuine reasons why in the first fucking place you as an oppressed decide to pick an axe and

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  • 13 March 2017 21:06, by The Rhino

    cut down your enemy to oblivion,so that you and your next generations won’t face the same challenge or challenges whatsoever the time to come.Your reasons must be genuine and cogent as well as well compatible and driven by the pain of your people.History reveals all these facts, David and Goliath,WWII..etc.Therefore Equatoria must rise and shine,the State must use all necessary means...

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  • 13 March 2017 21:46, by The Rhino

    to rescue itself from the mess. Equatorians must take back what is theirs and protect it.You know what the Airlines tell you after a take off at the airport?...."Safety warnings, please safe yourself before saving your neighbors life!. The truth applies on the ground. Now, if you start a War, keep up a clean fight and stay focused,use every support you can get and avoid flip-flopping.

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  • 13 March 2017 22:22, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Thank you Col. Nyariji Jermilili Roman for the information inside the opposition. The government of South Sudan is aware you don’t have supplies and the foods for the soldiers. Thus, we are coming to help you out. Remember, Machar is a prison number 221391 or nice way to make him for better is like say he is in medical leave or house rest in South Africa. In fact, he is a prison #221391.

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    • 13 March 2017 22:29, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Continue... Col. Nyariji Jermilili Roman, just come back to Juba with shame. P. Kiir will forgive you. Roman, where do you think prison #221391 will get the supplies and foods for the soldiers. There is no guns black market for prisoners like your leader. Machar career is finish. He will never leave South Africa unless he retire and go back to Unity state to farm or live as civilian. Facts.

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  • 14 March 2017 02:10, by john akeen

    Equatorians shouldn’t be involve in that stupid war in the first place, they should be against any person who want to destroy SS or SS people for long time like Reik, because if we go back to the history, Equatorians are the first south sudanese peoples who picked up arms against Arab of sudan in 1947 all the way to 1971 and then SPLA came in 1983 and finished the achievement successfully in 2011>

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    • 14 March 2017 02:14, by john akeen

      the question is why do you want to destroy the dream that you have already achieved successfully?

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      • 14 March 2017 10:45, by DumoMakuachdit

        War must stop in South Sudan!

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    • 14 March 2017 02:44, by Dinka-Defender-General

      John Akeen, who told you Equatorians started the liberation of South Sudan? Majority of Equatorians are bunch of lazy people who like to drink, sleep, and complain without actions. They always attempt to hijack people ideas or plans. Dinkas started fighting Arabs and whites before 219 BC. In fact, Nuer and Dinka were brothers before they had an argument and separated in 412 BC.

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      • 14 March 2017 02:54, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Continue..In 1700 hundred, a Dinkas people resisted a slave which led whites people to signed peace accord in 1800 hundred. Dinkas were excluded from the slavery and given special treat such as guns and cars. Leader likes Deng majok in Abyei. I think you have been miss-educated about South Sudan history or you don’t know these facts. Please reexamines the facts.

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        • 14 March 2017 06:07, by john akeen

          Mr. Dinka
          I think you don’t know the history of south sudan from beginning, the first person who started conflict with arab of Sudan, his name was Ronald Loya a lot of south sudanese people like you they don’t know him, but just wait until our government come out with the original historical of southern sudan. The will tell you and me the real story

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          • 14 March 2017 09:46, by Malakal county Simon


            Came to moment alone with his two hands, and he will leave again with his two hands...... No affect whatsoever!!!!

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