Category: SPLM/A In Opposition

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.
President Kiir met his rival and the (…)


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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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Government forces attack rebel positions in S. Sudan’s Fashoda: SPLM-IO

June 8, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan army, the SPLA, carried out fresh attacks on the rebel positions in Fashoda state, said the SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson Col. Lam Paul Gabriel. Gabriel said four rebel fighters have been killed in the surprise attack on the SPLA-IO headquarter in Ardeb on Thursday afternoon before to manage to repulse the attack.
“They came from Dafa (Kaka) and Thorguang a distance of more than 1 hour’s drive which shows how prepared they were,” he said. The deputy (…)


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S. Sudan army and rebels killed civilians despite ceasefire deal: monitors

May 30, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army and rebels massacred civilians, burned children alive and gang-raped women, despite a ceasefire agreed upon in December last year, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) said in a new report on the war-torn nation.
The 14 CTSAMM are yet to be publicly released despite pledges by regional leaders to have those who violated the ceasefire agreement punished.
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CORRECTED: Senior SPLM-IO official quits, joins S. Sudan’s ex-army chief

May 30, 2018 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese armed opposition official has joined South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) led by ex-army chief of staff, General Paul Malong.
“ I want to inform all my comrades, men and women to unite our ranks and files under the SSUF/A leadership so that we overthrow this futile regime under deranged leaders in Juba,” said Major General Acuil Lual Acuil.
He appealed to all opposition groups in the country to join the Malong-led movement to effect change in the (…)


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