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S. Sudan armed opposition fighters defect to rival faction


October 21, 2017 (JUBA) - A group of South Sudan Democratic Front (SSDF) fighters under the overall command of Lt. General Gordon Kong Chuol that fought alongside the armed opposition faction headed by former first vice-president Riek Machar have defected and joined the Gabriel Changson Chang-led Federal Democratic Party-South Sudan Armed Forces (FDP-SSAF).

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Gabriel Changson Chang (file/ST)

The group, in a statement, said they opted to quit the Machar-led armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) owing to shortcomings in the rebel movement.

“When Dr. Riek Machar knew that we fight for change, he deceived us to bring our armies to Kuek and fight to SPLM/A-IG side by side for the right of the people of South Sudan, he told us that take your soldiers to Kuek and stay over there with his forces,” partly reads the group’s statement.

It further added, “When we came to Kuek, he said go to Magany and the time we reached Magany, the Magany area commander for SPLM/A-IO forces Chigach Gatluak has started his disarmament to our solders and put some of them in jail, he did not want our forces to stay in Magany and organize ourselves because we have different objectives meanwhile SSDF has been fighting for change and the SPLM/A-IO is fighting for positions”.

Machar, who is currently exiled in South Africa, leads a rebellion that has seen tens of thousands of people killed, and over 2 million displaced since 2013.

In August 2015, a peace agreement signed between South Sudan’s main warring factions halted the conflict and paved way for the formation of a coalition government, which appears shaky with renewed war in the country.

The defectors claimed Machar signed the 2015 peace agreement without consultation with all opposition groups that have fought for the same cause, and SPLM/A-IO leadership has not addressed root causes of the problem.

“The SPLM/A-IO government is being run without constitution and its leadership has been using the same system with SPLM/A-IG in Juba,” they said.

In the statement, the defector claimed Machar, his wife Angelina Teny and South Sudan first vice-president, Taban Deng Gai run the armed opposition movement, allegations which Sudan Tribune could not independently verify.

In August last year, at least 1100 soldiers who defected from South Sudan People Patriotic Front (SSPF), a rebel groups based in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, allegedly joined Chang’s South Sudan Army Forces/ Federal Democratic Party.


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  • 22 October 2017 10:41, by Wutkhor

    Can ST verified the names of those patriotic men.. Those guys have right to switch to chanson camps coz our IO has been doknizes n RMT n his wife have highjacked the movement as their property, I am in IO simple for sake of Nuer identity not of objective nor change since RMT has made the movement as g family ententy

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    • 22 October 2017 10:51, by abrahamovic

      you are just an idiot if you had no objective in the io but you are only check for nuer Nungdeng card then why don’t you just cpme here to Upper Nile and be circumstanced ?

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      • 22 October 2017 11:06, by Wutkhor

        abrahamovic monkey
        I didn’t said that I don’t have objective ya idiots criminal baboon, I just speak out the truth about Riek machar how he has turn our movement has his family ententy, to follow a Dinka’s or lure to Dinka’s led illegitimate government is better to died free

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      • 23 October 2017 09:16, by padiit gaga

        He is nothing Change in and Jiang has No armies no one have been heard that they make attack or capture any city, their defection no loss in SPLA I.o because theirs is just aparties.

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        • 23 October 2017 09:27, by padiit gaga

          ChangSon is still alive that is good Nuer never been heard about him his defection has nothing to loss in I.O because he is not either apart of I.O nor G.I but now he want to join Nuerwew No body about him even now is first time to heard about him. No one will go after him.

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    • 22 October 2017 13:22, by Nairobimitot

      You are an idiot. Bad news for you. Go to the bush and hide.

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    • 22 October 2017 13:49, by Nairobimitot

      To all Rebels and Riek Machar Supporters
      You rebels are leaving. They are defecting to the government. Enough is Enough. Riek Machar has killed half of the millions of people in South Sudan. Many people have died to defend Riek Machar who is an ignorant. Much More will die in the Name of Riek Machar. I ask WutKhor who I orignally call WutDual to go to Khartoum to see by Himself. If you are Riek Machar Supports, it is straightforward and easy for you to catch a disease and die.

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    • 22 October 2017 14:40, by Nairobimitot

      All Riek Machar supporters have crossed the river and migrated to a big village call Idiot City. On their way walking, we stopped them and asked them questions. Where are you going with the small children who are nine years old, The commander of Riek Machar Army who is WutKhor said they were told to go to Idiot City, and from there they can meet Riek Machar. We asked the Riek Machar supporters. Can we come too and follow you? They said NO, You cannot go with us. We asked why? Their commander who said that his name is Wutkhor replied. Well because you have to be trained to be idiots first. If you do not have any Idiot qualification, you can not come to our Idiot City because it is only for Idiots. We said okay, but then He said, you guys look like smart people, why do you want to come to Idiot City, he was outraged. We said, it is Okay, you can take your army to your Idiot city. We left, and we went to Juba. Three months Later, after a long Wait, their leader did not show up in the City, and everybody was wondering why the leader did not show up. One Idiot soldier said, maybe he is still in South Africa for eye treatment because he got only one eye. Every Idiot was mad at him. They all got up and wanted to kill him. But Then the commander had quite everyone and telling them to calm down. He said, listen, listen, my army. I am WutKhor the Commander. What this little, short and idiot soldier has said, is very true. I got two eyes, and Riek Machar got only one so who is better? Who can see well and take you further? The Commander Wutkhor was very serious. Every idiot soldier has shut up. The commander got them thinking. After few minutes, all the Idiot soldiers have decided to abandon the rebellion. They said, we, not the trust either Whutkhor or Reik Machar.

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      • 22 October 2017 16:51, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Uh haha!😂 😂 haha 😂! Folks like this funny guys are my favourite people who made
        melaugh 😁 😂 haha 😂 until I’m physically in pain 😂 haha 😂
        Ohooo! 😂 my God, how did the snario ended?

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      • 23 October 2017 02:58, by john akeen

        Hahahahahaha that commander is very right

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    • 22 October 2017 15:35, by South South

      Ho, laughable, some Nuers, not all Nuers, need to be trained first on how to lead people. They luck leadership skills. How many factions do our Nuer cousins have? Answer:
      1- Riek-IO
      2- Taban Debg-IO
      3- Peter Gadet- IO or something else
      4- Gordon]Kong Chuol:South Sudan Democratic Front-SSDF
      5- Gabriel Changson: Federal Democratic Party-South Sudan Armed Forced: FDP-SSAF

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    • 23 October 2017 08:06, by Joyuma John

      My Dear Nuer,
      Allot of defections and rebellions should let you be reached by doom day with out achieving your objective, be settleed , formed one movement and stop defections here and there, otherwise you may bring shame to your own selves.

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  • 22 October 2017 10:41, by abrahamovic

    you had made another wrong turn this useless creature looking like happy frog and mame changson Chang had never fired a single bullet he is just a thief you had better join the national dialogue under std peace wing or come back to government otherwise you will die in the bush like wild animals

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    • 22 October 2017 10:45, by abrahamovic

      those guys are liar where is the geographical location of magany here in south Sudan? dump ass soldiers

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      • 22 October 2017 10:50, by Wutkhor

        U can’t know that place call mangan idiots it’s an small area near to kuek ya arian dinka villager

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    • 22 October 2017 10:47, by Wutkhor

      Abrahamovic idiots baboon
      A person with all humans sense n creatures can’t joints ur crimes sense in juba, u re delusionally sicks n permanently mentally disorder whom do u thing u can fool, Dinka’s insects will only fool incapacity pples, ur Dinka’s deadlocks will just dieds like ur dead economic soon ur Chinese rices will finish n u will start killing ur dirties asses in juba.

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      • 22 October 2017 11:00, by abrahamovic


        you Nuer are the most people with mental disorder here in south Sudan everywhere you stay restless event a bushes you are confused like mad dog and your. No body is care how much you insult Dinka coz dog bark camel march so just bark my dog I am OK here

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      • 22 October 2017 13:28, by Nairobimitot

        you are not WutKhor; You are WUtDual

        You are sick; you see a brain surgeon to take a look at what is wrong with your brain. You are saying dirty things that nobody is saying. Sudan Tribune should delete your name because you do not have any argument presenting.

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        • 22 October 2017 14:00, by Wutkhor

          Nairobimitot or money asses
          U re just a dinka kitchens boys, we left u in juba when Dinka’s insects attacks us from J1 all the way to DRC so plz just eat ur dirties bloody money well n feed ur dirty big stomach until it can be bigger than that of TutKuan Gatluak dirty stomach which is full of worn

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  • 22 October 2017 16:37, by Lou Nuer The Great

    stupid wutkhor don’t joke you are jienges who comfuse the people that name SPLM/A io is national movement not Nuer movement ya fuck you

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    • 22 October 2017 21:47, by Mayendit

      Lou Nuer the great or whatever your hiding name maybe

      Please do not blamed Mr. Wutkhor for backing away from Riek Machar Teny. He has the rights to express his view but general speaking, many Nuers citizens are now saying, they wrong to supports their Son that has no clear objective in many rebellions. Very soon the holdout rebels will joins Taban Deng Gai and the South Sudan’s government mark it

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  • 22 October 2017 21:35, by Mayendit

    What a confusion from these people?

    General Gordon Kong Chuol has been one of the rebellion for his life time since the late Paulino Matip Nhial was present in Upper Nile communities and he was a rebel allied to former vice president Riek Machar Teny but he is changing side to support Gabriel Changson Chang. Guys, I got to tell you all that, South Sudan nation has all what will fits us together

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  • 22 October 2017 22:00, by Mayendit

    If you can not do your things at your own home what will make you a good leader? Dr. Riek Machar had signed the peace agreement in 1997 with Khartoum regime and he was been award worth more than 400 million dollars and he never done anything to his own Adok or Leer communities. He became a v.p, but still thinking he will do good if he become a president of South Sudan. Go home and do your things

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  • 23 October 2017 09:14, by Lou Nuer The Great

    koang chuol is sudanese army not south sudanese don’t confuse that lies in tribunes as facts

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  • 23 October 2017 11:22, by John Wetjunub

    what a confused group rebellion and defection every now and then ? walai these food lovers are totally out of sense.

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