S. Sudan armed opposition diplomat dies in Norway

April 22, 2018 (KAMPALA) – A senior South Sudanese armed opposition (SPLM-IO) diplomat has died, the group’s leader announced in a statement.
Daniel Wuor Joak, who represented the armed opposition movement in the Scandinavian countries died on Friday in Norway.
In a statement issued Saturday, the SPLM-IO chairman, Riek Machar, said the movement had lost a strong figure in its diplomatic wing.
“CDE Daniel Wuor Joak has been the SPLM/SPLA (IO) representative of Scandinavian Countries. He (…)


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Fresh fighting erupts between South Sudan rival forces

April 19, 2018 (RUBKONA) – Fresh fighting erupted between South Sudan’s two main rival forces, with each side accusing the other of violating the ceasefire accord.
In a statement issued on Friday, the deputy military spokesperson for the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), Lam Paul Gabriel accused the Juba regime’s forces of allegedly carrying out offensives against their troops.
“The regime’s forces are on offensive against the SPLA IO in Wunulyet- near Juba and Gezira in Rubkona county. (…)


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SPLM-IO says South Sudan army carried out fresh attacks on its position

April 13, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, Saturday accused the government forces of attacking their positions in Northern Liech State.
“This morning the 14/04/2018, the regime’s forces came out of their trenches and attacked the SPLA IO positions in Boaw and Nhialdiu and some forces are already on their way to Mir mir and Rukuai in (Northern) Liech state,” said SPLM-Io deputy spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel.
The rebel official further claimed that Northern Liech (…)


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Machar and AU chairperson discuss S. Sudan peace deal

April 13, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar and the African Union chairperson, Mousa Faaki Mohamed met on Thursday in South Africa to discuss the ongoing peace process.
The two leaders, during the meeting held in Pretoria, discussed the high-level revitalization forum, challenges facing the process and the role of other peace partners, like AU and the five African countries that form the IGAD-Plus.
The IGAD-Plus nations (Algeria, Chad, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa) (…)


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S. Sudan rebels say repulsed army attacks in Upper Nile state

April 1, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan rebels say they repulsed an attack by pro-government forces in the areas of Ketbek and Padanyang in the Upper Nile state region on Saturday and Sunday morning.
The rebels’ deputy spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel told Sudan Tribune that the attackers were repulsed with “heavy defeat”. “The regime’s forces left their position in Wechyaradiw and attacked the SPLA-IO [the armed opposition faction] controlled areas of Ketbek and Padanyang. However, the SPLA-IO (…)


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S. Sudanese rebels accuse government force of multiple attacks

March 27, 2018 (JUBA) – A rebel faction allied South Sudan’s former first vice president, Riek Machar have accused the Juba army of carrying out attacks the country, particularly in Payai payam, an area located in Pieri county of Bieh state on Tuesday morning. Similar clashes reportedly occurred last week between the armed opposition fighters and pro-government forces in Upper Nile and Yei River states. Colonel Lam Paul Gabriel, the deputy rebel spokesperson told Sudan Tribune that their (…)


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South Sudanese rival forces clash in multiple locations

March 25, 2018 (JUBA) – Rival South Sudanese forces have issued statements in which each side blames the other of initiating new clashes in violation of the ceasefire in multiple places in the country, raising doubts over the commitment of the parties to ending war.
The spokesman of the army, Lul Ruai Koang told a news conference over the weekend that rebel forces allied to the exiled former first vice president Riek Machar and other armed opposition carried out attacks in the Upper Nile, (…)


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S. Sudan army says repulsed rebel attack on Nasir town

March 22, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) on Thursday claimed the armed opposition fighters under the overall leadership of the exiled former first vice president, Riek Machar attacked Nasir town in violation of the signed ceasefire agreement. Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Lul Koang said Nasir town came under on Wednesday afternoon from three separate directions, but the attackers were repulsed after government forces in the areas used heavy artillery to thwart their attempts to (…)


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S. Sudan rebels deny recruiting foreigners to their ranks

March 15, 2018 (JUBA/KAMPALA) – South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) have denied allegations that they are recruiting Ugandan youth into their ranks.
Ugandan media had reported on Tuesday that security operatives have arrested a preacher in the northern district of Lira for allegedly conscripting Ugandan youth into the South Sudanese rebel movement that is fighting to topple the government of President Salva Kiir.
Lam Gabriel, SPLA-IO deputy military spokesperson, said in a (…)


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South Sudan rebels deny recruiting refugees in Ethiopia

March 4, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan rebels have rubbished claims they have recruited civilians in the refugee camp in the neighbouring Gambella region of Ethiopia, stressing the claims was a mere propaganda.
Lt Gen James Koang Chuol SPLA-IO Deputy Chief of General Staffs (DCOG) for Administration and Finance told Sudan Tribune on Sunday he was accused with several other senior commanders of recruiting refugees in order to compromise the group’s relationship with the Ethiopian government. (…)


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Former South African military sentenced to death in Juba

JUBA, Feb. 23 (JUBA) — A South Sudanese court Friday sentenced to death a former South African military who worked with the former South Sudanese First Vice President on charges of conspiracy to overthrow the government.
In addition to charges of conspiracy, Colonel William John Endley was accused of illegal entrance into South Sudan, espionage, conspiracy, waging an insurgency, and terrorism.
The retired army colonel was a military expert recruited to advise on the preparation and (…)


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South Sudan rebels release two Kenyan pilots

February 19, 2018 (MALAKAL) – South Sudanese rebels have released the two Kenyan pilots in their custody after receiving compensation for the family of a civilian killed when their plane crashed in Akobo, a town in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, a rebel spokesperson said.
The plane crashed in January, killing a woman and several livestock.
The rebel’s deputy spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel, was quoted saying that $107,700 (Sh10.9 million) was paid as compensation.
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South Sudan rebel warns executing spokesman will affect reconciliation

February 17, 2018 (JUBA) – The diaspora wing of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of the former first vice president Riek Machar has warned the government against executing the death sentence on James Gadet Dak, former spokesman of the rebel leader, saying it will gravely affect the IGAD-led reconciliation process.
The head of the SPLM-IO in the United States of America said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune that the sentencing of (…)


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South Sudanese rebels call for regional and international efforts for Dak’s release

February 12, 2018 (JUBA) – The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In opposition (SPLM-IO) condemned the death sentence on the spokesperson of the group’s leader and called for regional and international pressure to ensure his release.
On Monday, a court in Juba sentenced James Gadet Dak, the spokesperson of SPLM-IO leader to death on charges of treason and incitement against the government.
In a statement issued from the venue of the peace revitalization process in Addis Abab, Mabior Garang (…)


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South Sudan court sentences Machar’s spokesperson to death

February 12, 2018 (JUBA) – A South Sudan court has sentenced to death by hanging James Gatdet Dak, the spokesman of the rebel leader Riek Machar, citing multiple provisions in the constitution as the basis upon which the verdict was reached.
Dak was facing several charges including treason charges. The special court announced the verdict sentencing him to death by hanging on Monday morning.
The lead-defence lawyer Monyluak Alor Kuol described the verdict as a political decision.
“You (…)


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South Sudanese rebels accuse Juba government of propaganda

February 11, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese rebels have accused the Juba regime of spreading negative propaganda, yet it continues to attack its positions in violation of the various cessation of hostilities agreements.
Garang Mabior, armed opposition’s external relations director, cited the May 2017 unilateral ceasefire Kiir declared, but “immediately” attacked rebel bases in Pagak and Maiwut.
“The SPLM/SPLA(IO) also takes this opportunity to denounce the negative propaganda being fabricated (…)


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S. Sudan rebels confirm receiving defected officials

February 10, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s armed opposition faction allied to the country’s former first Vice-President, Riek Machar have confirmed receiving two officials who defected from government.
The deputy military spokesperson for the rebels, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel said General Samuel Bidit Puot (Abieth) and General James Tot Jok reported to their coordination office in Khartoum on Friday.
“The duo were convinced by Gen. Taban Deng Gai to work under his leadership in the regime, but (…)


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SPLM-FDs call on IGAD to end Machar’s confinement in South Africa

February 10, 2018 (JUBA) – The Sudan People’s Liberation faction of the Former Detainees (SPLM-FDs) has called for a release of the former First Vice President Riek Machar from a confinement in South Africa, pointing out nothing much has changed even after his solitary detention.
According to a letter signed by Pagan Amum, the SPLM-FDs asked the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, in his capacity as the Chairman of the IGAD and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, to help in the (…)


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