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Machar not granted asylum to live in Ethiopia: SPLM-IO


October 30, 2019 - (KHARTOUM) – South Sudan’s armed opposition movement (SPLM/A-IO) has dismissed reports that Riek Machar has been granted asylum to be accommodated and exiled in Ethiopia.

“In reference to the above, the SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to categorically refute the malicious propaganda and fake news that created and circulated by anti-SPLM (IO) and anti-peace elements; dated, October 30, 2019 – subject: H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon has been given asylum officially to be accommodated and exiled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,” Puok Both Baluang, the SPLM-IO’s information and public relations said in a statement.

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

He clarified that Machar has not been given asylum by any country.

“Dr. Machar is still in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum where he was unjustly placed under house confinement by the IGAD since he was transferred from Pretoria, South Africa on June 24, 2019,” said Both.

“The Ethiopian passport picture with the name of H.E. Dr. Riek Machar, which was used maliciously by the enemy of peace, was issued to him by the Ethiopian Government to ease him for the quest for peace, while visiting Addis Ababa on the invitation of H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to convene the first face-to-face meeting between him and President Salva Kiir Mayardit in June 2018,” he further stressed.

The armed opposition official urged the public to be vigilant and not succumb to “malicious” propaganda and “fake news” being circulated.

South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy-turned rebel leader Machar of plotting a coup, allegations he denied.

In September last year, South Sudan’s arch-foes signed a revitalized peace agreement to end the country’s civil war that killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

The revitalized peace accord stipulates that there shall be a transitional government formed in South Sudan after eight months of a pre-transitional period for 36 months.


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  • 31 October 2019 10:16, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    No smoke without fire

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  • 31 October 2019 10:40, by james john luka

    You are wright no smoke without fire. For the sake of peace, he should stay away for a while. He is obsess with power & his life but discounted the lives of others. Greedy idiot!!

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    • 31 October 2019 10:48, by Games

      We all citizens to this country and there are no single persons has a right to dictate the others. Dateline is approaching and you those useless Juba supporters are feeling the heat right now.

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      • 31 October 2019 11:22, by South South

        Oh, my goodness, Riek is an Ethiopia citizen. He has Ethiopia passport, ho, my God!!!! He is not South Sudanese citizen, ho, my!!!!

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        • 31 October 2019 12:21, by Malakal county Simon

          Bone-head called South South is dancing because he is behind the news...... Dr Machar was a Ethiopian citizen long time ago, but you couldn’t know that because you’re simply a bone-head who believed in concocted lies!!

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          • 31 October 2019 12:36, by South South

            Iam laughing to see our Nyagats running around between South Sudan and Ethiopia begging for positions and free food.

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      • 31 October 2019 14:08, by james john luka

        Games, which Game are you? Games reserves?

        You are a gibbering ape in a zoo. What heat are we feeling? Yes we are all citizen to this country and we have rights to choose what to do, where to live. Like you choose to live in the bush and I choose to live in Juba, while Riek has that right to take refuge in Ethiopia what’s wrong with that?

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    • 31 October 2019 12:09, by Malakal county Simon

      james john luka/slave

      If we don’t tells the truth, we will never enjoy a peaceful country in the world.. He was under house arrest for good 2 years in South Africa but did the Salva Kiir stop the violence?? Did the War stop while he was absent?? And how can a victim like Dr Machar obsess with power??

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      • 31 October 2019 12:12, by Malakal county Simon


        Please eat quietly and dead South Sudanese, will call you and those who destroyed this beautiful country with lies one by one, because you’re enemy to them and you’re also enemy of peace!!

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      • 31 October 2019 13:41, by james john luka

        Malakal/Ansar Ngundeng (Ngundeng Follower)

        Yes I agree with you, we will never enjoy peace in this country if riek and his supporters never stop believing in ngundeng prophecies, but not the truth as you said. what truth do you have in mind idiot? demon himself!!

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  • 31 October 2019 13:23, by deng

    No Surprise for Riek to have Ethiopian Passport most of Nuer from Ethiopia have South Sudanese Nationality Like James Gatdet also South Sudanese have foreign nationalities like US, UK, Australia and Uganda.

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