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SPLM-IO says dismayed by Kiir’s amnesty for Machar

August 9, 2018 (JUBA) – The SPLM-In Opposition said they received with shock news about the presidential amnesty for its leader Riek Machar saying it is an insult in the face of the peace process.
“The SPLA IO is dismayed by the statement of Salva Kiir trending media yesterday the 8/8/2018, that he gave Amnesty to Dr Machar,” said a statement released by the SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel on Saturday.
“This is not an only gimmick but an insult in the face of the signed CoH (…)


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SPLM-IO rebukes calls for Equatorians to join Bakasoro & Cirilo

August 2, 2018 (JUBA) – The spokesperson of the main armed opposition group has reprimanded Equatorians calling on SPLM-IO members from the greater Equatoria to join two groups led by opposition leader from the region and to quit Machar group.
As the signing of a revitalized peace agreement is approaching, there are calls in the social media for Equatorians to join two groups led by two Equatrians: former governor Joseph Bangazi Bakasoro and former army General Thomas.
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Fighting erupts around South Sudan’s Wau town

July 20, 2018 (WAU) – Heavy fighting on Friday broke out between the government army and SPLA-IO rebels in South Sudan Wau state, while both sides accuse each other of starting the hostilities. The fighting took place in Ngo-Bagari Bagari, located 12 miles south-west of Wau, with heavy artilleries sounds being hard throughout the day.
The government and rebel groups signed a permanent ceasefire on 27 June 2018 in Khartoum, in the latest attempt to end the ongoing conflict.
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SPLM-IO denies plans to attack South Sudan roads

July 14, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s main armed opposition group Saturday slammed false press reports published in Juba about alleged by SPLM-Io generals plan dubbed ” Unknown gunmen” to attack and loot civilians and commercial convoys across the country.
“This is completely an unfounded allegations meant to tarnish the image of the SPLA IO something that a media outlet is supposed to avoid professionally,” said Lam Paul Gabriel SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson.
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SPLM-IO repulses govt attack on its positions in Yei River State: rebel spokesperson

July 12, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese main armed opposition group said its fighters have repulsed an expected attack on one of its is positions in Yei River state, killing five government troops.
“This morning the 12/07/2018 at about 09:50 AM the regime’s forces left their base of Sokare and launched an aggressive attack against the SPLA IO defensive position in Mangalatore, Kajo keji,” said Lam Paul Gabriel SPLM-IO deputy military spokesperson.
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SPLM-IO accuses South Sudan army of fresh attack in River Yei

July 10, 2018 (JUBA) – As discussions over the governance chapter are stalled in Khartoum, the main armed opposition SPLM-IO Tuesday accused the South Sudanese government army of attacking its positions in Yei River State.
“This morning the 10/07/2018, over 200 regime’s soldiers went out of Morobo Town and attacked the SPLA IO base at Isebi in Lujulo Payam of Morobo County, Yei River State,” said SPLM-IO military spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel.
In a second statement, Gabriel further said Yei (…)


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South Sudanese warring parties exchange accusations of breaching ceasefire

June 30, 2018 (JUBA) – With the start of the permanent ceasefire in South Sudan on Saturday, the warring parties traded accusations of attacks in Wau state.
The SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel issued a statement claiming that the government army on Saturday morning carried out an attack on their position in Mlboro, Wau State.
“The aggressors came from Wau and Aweil on 14 Land Cruisers, 3 Woral trucks and 4 APCs. This happened just hours after the ceasefire takes effect. The (…)


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Blunders of SPLM-IO

Blunders of SPLM-IO
By Duop Chak Wuol
Fighting against an established system is not theatrical. The general rule for an armed rebellion is not to appease people; it is to fight for a cause using necessary political and military means. The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition’s (SPLM-IO) strategy of focusing too much on peace and ignoring arming its military wing, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO), is not a plausible policy. If the SPLM-IO wants to win the (…)


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S. Sudan rebels warn over “fake” news on peace talks

June 26, 2018 (NAIROBI) – South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) has warned its members and the public not to get news on the ongoing peace process through “fake” channels.
“The SPLM/SPLA (IO) is a popular movement and our members will be aware of any final decision that is made,” the group said in a statement signed by its chairman for information, Mabior Garang.
In the 26 June release, the armed opposition movement appealed to members to only rely on information from official (…)


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SPLM-IO accuses South Sudan army of fresh attacks in Wau

June 25, 2018 (JUBA) – The SPLM-IO on Monday accused the South Sudanese government forces of carrying out a series of attack on its positions in Wau State and called on the ceasefire body to investigate into the claims.
SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel said the army since two days ago attacked several rebel positions in Wau state including Omboro, Bagari, Engo halima and Baslia, adding they have inflicted heavy casualties on the assailants.
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South Sudan rebel-appointed state governor dead

June 24, 2018 (LANKIEN) – The rebel-appointed governor of Bieh, one of South Sudan’s 28 new states, Koang Rambang Chol has died.
Chol, recently blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council over the ongoing crisis, died after a short illness in a rebel-controlled area of South Sudan.
The armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) described the death of Chol as a great loss to the movement led by former first vice president, Riek Machar.
The SPLM-IO deputy chairman Henry Odwar said they lost (…)


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S. Sudanese rebel leader returns to South Africa

June 23, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) – The leader of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction, Riek Machar on Saturday returned to South Africa where has been confined for the nearly two years.
Sudan Tribune understands that the South Sudan rebel leader and his two bodyguards left Ethiopia at 11:40PM aboard Ethiopian Airlines ET 859.
Machar was in Ethiopia for face-to-face discussions held on 20 June with President Salva Kiir under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) (…)


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S. Sudan’s Kiir not ready to work with Machar: official

June 21, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir is not ready to work with the country’s rebel leader, Riek Machar in the next Transitional Government of National Unity, an official said.
“We don’t want Juba to be deserted. We want our people to live in peace and harmony. Riek Machar should wait for elections and that is our position,” the South Sudanese information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth told the state-owned SSBC television on Thursday.
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S. Sudan rebels welcome Machar’s release from S. Africa

June 20, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) – The diplomatic corps of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) have lauded the Ethiopian government and the regional bloc (IGAD) for organizing face-to-face talks between Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed attended Wednesday’s meeting, which saw the two rival leaders meet for the first time after nearly two years.
The meeting between Kiir and Machar was to discuss all outstanding issues (…)


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South Sudan army attacks rebel positions in Eastern Equatoria, claims spokesperson

June 17, 2018 (JUBA) – SPLM-IO spokesperson accused the South Sudanese government of attacking their positions in the Imatong State of Eastern Equatoria region and called on the ceasefire body to investigate the aggression.
Lam Paul Gabriel said in a statement released on Sunday evening that the SPLA-IG launched an attack on their base in Pogee from Ngomoromo at about 06:30 pm
“The forces left Magwi yesterday and crossed into Uganda via Lobone border point where they launched the attack (…)


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138 South Sudanese rebels abandon Gen Cirilo, rejoin SPLM-IO

June 16, 2018 (JUBA) – A total of 138 members of South Sudan Liberation Army-In-Opposition (SPLM-IO), who initially joined the National Salvation Front (NAS), led by Gen Thomas Cirilo have denounced the group and returned to the armed opposition movement led by Riek Machar.
In a statement, Col John Kaden Elisa, who led the group of defectors, said they incorporated into NAS by Lt Gen John Kenny Latio, a senior commander of SPLA-IO, when he also joined the NAS.
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South Sudan oppositions accuses gov’t forces of fresh attacks in Wau

Jue 15, 2018 (JUBA) – The SPLM/A-IO Friday accused the South Sudanese army of attacking its positions in Wau State and called on the UN and regional bodies to investigate this violation of the ceasefire agreement of December 2017.
According to the SPLA-IO Deputy Military Spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel, the attack occurred on 13th June, at around 5:00 am when the government forces hit the SPLA IO position in Bagaari area of Wau State.
“The SPLA IO forces of Div. 6 withdrew tactically to (…)


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S. Sudan rebels accuse army of attacks in Yei River state

June 9, 2018 (YEI) – South Sudan armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) has accused the pro-government military of attacking its base at Kenyira in Mugwo payam of Yei River county.
“The attackers ran back in disarray with suspected casualties and our gallant soldiers captured three AK47 from the coward attackers,” said Wayi Godwill, a spokesperson for the rebel-appointed governor.
He added in a statement, “We are outraged by this attack which led to the abduction of a boy and an old man by the (…)


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