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SPLM/O-IO, New Zealand, condemns the biased IGAD Nairobi Heads of State Latest Meeting

Press Statement; Ref: 02/17, March 28, 2017:

The office of the Representative of the SPLM/A-IO to New Zealand has strongly condemned the position of IGAD 30th Extra-ordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government held on March 25, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Nairobi Communique of the Summit of the IGAD Summit on South Sudan deviates from the truth and does not reflect the reality on the ground.

The Nairobi Communique released by the Members of the Heads of State and Government is nothing more than rallying support for President Salva Kiir Mayardit to continue his agenda of war on the innocent people of South Sudan.

The forces of the SPLM in Government have recently intensified their atrocities against civilians and blocked food aid to the people of Leer and Mayiandit, in Bentiu. Unity State. However, there has been no single time where IGAD Member State condemns President Kiir’s atrocities that he continues to commit on his people; the IGAD has blessed him to do more harm than good instead of intervening as a regional bloc that works for peace in the region.

As much as IGAD praised President Salva Kiir in article 4 in the Communique, this does not require a rocket scientist to know that IGAD participatory voice in South Sudan conflict is to protect the perpetrator in order to destabilize the country. The IGAD Communique is unwarranted, biased, and would damage the spirit of peace in South Sudan.

It is to be recalled that some member States of IGAD such as Uganda fully and actively involved in active combat (2013 and 2014) in South Sudan and used toxic cluster bombs as documented in 61-page of UN human rights report in 2014.

The recent concluded Nairobi Communique of the IGAD Summit on South Sudan is the return of President Yoweri Museveni to the war in South Sudan but in a different footage.

The world must be informed that IGAD the region is not working for the welfare of South Sudanese people but their demise. The people of South Sudan will never see the light of peace unless the region has abandoned its selfish interest in war ravaged nation.

Likewise, anything that delays the return of peace to South Sudan is for the best interest of IGAD as its tactics are to impede, obstruct and disrupt peaceful solution of the South Sudan conflict.

In all of its 8 points in the Nairobi Communique, the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government GAD did not mention SPLM/A-IO by name as if does not exist, this is contrary to the reality that Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition under wise leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny is the largest revolutionary struggle in Africa and beyond. SPLM/A-IO adheres to resuscitation of ARCSS.

The SPLM/A-IO advocates for peace and believes in peaceful settlement of the conflict in South Sudan. IGAD as a regional bloc has no interest bring about peace, and has no intention to urge President Salva Kiir Myardit to stop his forces from raping women, forcefully displacing people from their homes and refrain from denying humanitarian aid to the populations in need.

Similarly, IGAD finds it difficult to tell Kiir off for the crimes he commits because South Sudan oil revenues made President Salva Kiir and IGAD two peas in one pod.

Overall, the steps that have been taken by the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held on March 25, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya are the buying time tactics that are aimed to delay the resuscitation of Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan. The language of exclusivity used by IGAD is the language of war-mongering. Unless the tone is changed, it cannot bring stability to war-torn nation.

Gatluak Pal Chuol
SPLM/A-IO Representative to New Zealand

LATEST: Lt.Gen. Thomas Cirillo and his newly-formed NAS “is not in anyway in problem with SPLM/A-IO”

PRESS RELEASE, MAR/26/2017;

Message from Lt. Gen. John Jok Gai,
Commander of SPLA-IO General Headquarters, Equatoria Region.

This serves to inform all South Sudanese in the country and the diaspora that Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka of the newly formed NAS is not in any way in problem with SPLM/A-IO as many people have speculated.

The party he is running now was already under SPLM/A, headed by Hon. Abdurrahman Sule and Maj. Gen. Elias who were assassinated in Uganda in 2015 by South Sudan National Security. They were assassinated in the name of SPLM/A-IO.

Therefore, I, Lt. Gen. John jok Gai, SPLA-IO Commander of the Equatoria Region had a fruitful discussion with Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka in Ethiopia on the 9th March 2017 at 6:30 pm.

During the conversation, Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo assured me that what had happened to Maj. Gen. Tanginya (Gatwich Chan) in Upper Nile region can and should not repeat itself in Equatoria region.

In light of the aforesaid, SPLA-IO calls upon all South Sudanese to stop any negative propaganda aimed at creating wrong image of the relationship between Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka and SPLM/A-IO.

Lt. Gen. John Jok Gai

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On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 2:2 PM, Wayigodwill Edward Bizi.
wrote:
Dear Media Outlets,

Find the below information from Lt. Gen. John Jok Gai, Commander of the SPLA-IO General Headquarters in the Equatoria Region for your publication.

PRESS RELEASE

To the United Nations Security Council, African Union, IGAD, Troika, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

This morning the ruthless, brutal and genocidal militia of Salva Kiir and Taban Deng Gai are planning to launch an attack on SPLA-IO positions in Yei River State within these days.

I am bringing this to the attention of the region and the international community that SPLM/A-IO is for peace. And that we shall defend our positions against any attack from the anti- peace elements of Kiir and Taban.

Secondly, the dialogue Kiir is preaching is fake; it is not for peace but to blindfold the region and the international community while the regime uses it for planning war. In the recent past Kiir’s Mathiang Anyoor and Dut ku beny have been busy gang-raping girls and women, pillaging property and villages and brutally killing dozens of innocent non-Dinka civilians in Yei town and some of the parts of the State. This included brutal murder of a clergyman in Yei town on the 10th March 2017 and another one in Kajo-Keji County. They also killed a Ugandan bodaboda cyclist in Yei town and many more women.

The suburbs of Yei town (Sopiri, Hai Dam, Nyomgbe, Lutaya and TTC areas) have become slaughter places of civilians by Kiir’s tribal forces. They are using terrorist tactics to wipe away the non-Dinka population.

SPLM/A-IO calls for resuscitation of the collapsed ARCISS signed in August 2015 for it’s full implementation, but not less or more the controversial 28 and 32 States. They must be revoked because they are creating more conflicts and divisions among the South Sudanese people over land borders.

Thirdly, we are calling on UN and all humanitarian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to extend humanitarian support to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in the SPLA-IO liberated areas in the Equatoria Region.

While SPLA-IO strongly condemns the adamant and continuous denial of access to humanitarian workers by Kiir’s collapsing regime, we also call upon the region and the international community to impose pressure on Kiir to allow access to humanitarian corridors in the region regardless of who is in control of the area in need. END

Bakasoro of SSNMC calls for Coalition of all anti-Kiir Opposition Groups

Message from the Chairman of SSNMC: To: All opposition groups including G10

Greetings to you all in the name of our savior Jesus Christ. I believe all of us are aware and continue to experience the untold suffering of the people of South Sudan. Man-made famine has engulfed our entire country with more severity reported in Upper Nile State. But of recent we have also heard reports that our people are dying from famine even in the home State of the President, Warrap State.

While people are dying of famine, South Sudan Government is purchasing antinovs and guns of mass destruction instead of buying food to feed the hungry. There is bombardment of villages, killing and rapping of innocent civilians.

The humanitarian and security crisis is beyond comprehension with millions of people seeking protection in neighboring countries and in the United Nations Protection of Civilians Centre inside the country. There are numerous human rights watchdogs’ reports warning of looming genocide.

There are extra-judicial killings by the secret agents. There is no freedom of speech and association. The
economy and social order have crumbled. Physical infrastructure has fallen apart, road networks deteriorated and transport or movement of goods/services and persons grounded to a halt.

The agenda for nation-building has been abandoned, leadership for common good has been forsaken, there is no social cohesion, and so South Sudanese are disintegrating into their ethnicities.

The Agreement for Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) has been intentionally trashed or derailed, with no intention to renegotiate it to make it more inclusive and bias. The geopolitics of the region is affecting the speedy resolution to the conflict. The list goes on.

Amidst this untold suffering our people are resilient. They want us leaders to come together and get this matter sorted out so that they can all return to their normal lives. To make this happen, I solely believe we need to compose ourselves.

We need to coordinate, consult, collaborate and cooperate as a united opposition to the Government. We need a
concerted effort of all oppositions and circumvent by all means and costs any sort of friction. We must do everything possible to evade falling into the trap of “ethnic superiority” or the psychology of “superiority
complex”.

The geopolitics in the region is very complicated that if we don’t play it prudently, we will jeopardize any effort we are aiming to achieve. We need to understand why our neighbors behave, so that we draw a clear
agenda to address the concerns of the people of South Sudan and also the reasons that drive such interventions.

By doing so, we will eschew emotional reactions and handle matters rationally, with care and diligence.

Let us also use media prudently because media is like a double-edged sword.

The best approach for all of us is to join hands and forge a new direction (road map) to change the governance system in Juba. Our supporters and friends would like to hear that a round table conference is held for all oppositions to agree to collaborate and work jointly while respecting each other establishment in case we decide not to merge.

I am calling for all of us (oppositions) to have a discussion about formation of coalition of South Sudan oppositions. Consultations between us is paramount, as we are all in the same boat, in which if one opposition group fails, it is a failure for all of us.

I am sure we are all aware of the politics of “divide and rule”. Let us avoid past mistakes by accepting and recognizing the strength of each other and move-on as a united opposition to deliver liberty, justice and prosperity to the all people of South Sudan who have longed for these for the last 60 years.

Let us avoid the dirty politics of master Vs slave. We should also avoid at least for now which position we hold or fighting for. It is the people of South Sudan who will decide who will be their leaders after liberation.

SSNMC will continue to advocate for peaceful resolution to the problem of South Sudan. May God bless our intention.

Date: 24 March 2017;
Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro
Chairman
SSNMC
CC:

SPLA-IO will only negotiate with Pakistan Govt. for release of Pakistani captured oil worker

PR: On Sunday March 19, 2017, and despite ranting, the gallant SPLA-IO forces of Division Five (5) under command of CDR Major General Khor Chuol Giet came under heavy and excessive attack by the Mathiang Anyor government forces in and around Adar Yiel.

During the intense fighting that lasted for some two (2) hours, the gallant SPLA-IO forces managed to fight back and repulse the Juba regime aggression, killing fifteen (15) of them on spot against two (2) SPLA-IO fatalities.

While running for their dear lives and retreating in total disarray into the bushes of Adar, the defeated and visibly exhausted Mathiang Anyor government forces abandoned one (1) Pakistani oil worker namely Ayaz Hussein Jamali whom we captured alive and have since relocated to our Pagak HQRS.

In the afternoon of the same Sunday March 19, 2017, our gallant SPLA-IO of Sector Two (2) under the command by CDR Lt. General Maguek Gai Majak intercepted another movement and aggression of Mathiang Anyor government forces towards our bases in and around Lapapam and Lalob.

In the ambush our gallant SPLA-IO forces carried out on this movement and aggression, some eight Mathiang Anyor government forces were killed and one (1) ZY loaded with ration was captured in good condition.

No doubt, the continuous provocation and aggression by the brutal and ruthless Juba regime against the SPLA-IO positions and bases once again sends a clear message to the people of South Sudan, the region, the United Nations and indeed the international community that the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) regime in Juba means war by the true meaning of the word.

The SPLA-IO would like to one more time remind all national and international oil workers to immediately leave and evacuate from all the oil fields in South Sudan, since the brutal and ruthless JCE regime in Juba is using billions of US dollars generated from the oil production and sale for purchasing more lethal arms; prolonging this war; intimidating and killing non-Dinka South Sudanese; burning, destroying and erasing non-Dinka homes and villages; displacing, depopulating and worse still exterminating non-Dinka communities; starving South Sudan to death; and consolidating and maintaining itself in power.

As for the above-mentioned Pakistani oil worker captured during the fighting with the Juba regime aggression this past Sunday, the SPLA-IO will only negotiate his release with his national government.
Press release
By Col. William Gatjiath Deng

Spokesperson for SPLA-IO

Western Bahr el Ghazal SPLO-IO Commander, Gen. Faiz Fatur resigns & joins Gen. Cirillo’s NSF

Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In-Opposition
Western Bahr ElGhazal Front
Sector Commander

Comradeship, Dr/ Riek Machar Teng Dhur-Goon
Chairman SPLM-IO, C-in-C SPLA-IO

Know of: Simon Garwech Dual
Chief of General Staff, SPLO-IO

From: Faiz Ismail Fatur Boy
Military High Command, Member
Former Sector Commander

Resignation from SPLM/A-IO
His Comradeship, Dr. Riek Machar,
Accept my revolutionary Salutations!

Allow me through you, to extend my greetings to all comrades who tirelessly took arms against the dictatorial regime in Juba, namely Awelek, The Arrow Boys, Cobra and the gallant Fertit Lions. I do not fail to extend my salutations to our beloved people who patiently await change.

This letter is intended to serve as my official resignation as a member of the SPLM-IO. The resignation comes into effect this Tuesday, falling March 9th 2017.

As you are cognizant, the political mess, insecurity and the dire economic cart are rapidly ingesting and swallowing the innocent people of South Sudan whose hopes and aspirations for change are placed upon us. It’s now five years since we started resistance, albeit little is being done towards realization thereof.

The revolution is ripe beyond doubt to topple the fragile regime in Juba, however, this change can only be arrived at through proper organization, well articulated vision and proactive leadership.

We have, in so many occasions, deliberated on such issues and often given untrue promises to my shame.

I have been here at the GHQs as per your directives to settle the issues related to logistics, unfortunately, the promises remained on your mouth and never seen any light into action.

I forewarned against un-necessary promotions which you often do without proper consultation. Now, the Army is curtailed by officers without assignments, shamefully at some places you find a brigadier leading a squad. How are we different from Kiir then?!

The velocity of incidents in the region and the world is unbearable if things are not diplomatically worked out in favour of our people. All in all, you could have assigned any PB members some of your duties in your abstention.

Cde. Chairman, be reminded that we lost so many precious souls when we could have avoided so, just because of improper planning. I sometimes wonder whether we really want change of the regime or reforms.

Given these reasons, it is unforgiving to idly stay in the SPLM/O-IO. I therefore disengage any political and military commitment with IO, hence announcing my allegiance and full support to the National Salvation Front under the leadership of General Thomas Cirillo Swaka.

In the end, I call upon all South Sudanese who aspire for a total change to rally behind the National Salvation Front, particularly the People of Western Bahr el Ghazal.

Long Live South Sudan
Long live the oppressed
Long live the National Salvation Front

Gen. Fauz Usnauk Fatur Boybushes, , South
March 2017
Military High Command, Member
Former Sector Commander

Gen. Khalid Butrus Bora, C-in-C of SSDM/A announces merger with Gen. Cirillo’s National Salvation Front

South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army

General Headquarters – Office of the Commander-in-Chief

Under the auspices of the Cde. Khalid Boutrous Bora, Chairman and C-in-C of the South Sudan Democratic Movement and Army, SSDM/A, a high-level meeting of military and political leadership convened in the liberated areas in South Sudan on March 15th, 2017.

The meeting deliberated on the current political, economic and security situations in the country and debated all proposals or initiatives related to the way forward.

After fruitful discussions and explorative considerations, the meeting collectively and willingly resolves the underneath:

I- A sketch out and suggests a concrete road map towards a final solution to the current crises;

11- Our full and un-conditional endorsement of the manifesto or adherence to the declaration sited by Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka, the Chairman and C-in-C of the National Salvation Front;

111. Its dissolution and joining the National Salvation Front, being part and parcel thereof, and in conjunction with the national call made by Gen. Thomas to wed or merge efforts and ranks of our people as the best means to forge operative peoples’s resistance in order to topple the regime in Juba and;

1V. Beseeches with our masses and appeals to them to rally behind the National Salvation Front in order to rescue our innocent civilians from the merciless hands of Juba dictatorial establishment, restore the peoples’ dignity, bring about full freedom and realize social justice.

Enough is enough!

Till when shall our people continue to suffer and live such dire economic and insecurity conditions. We believe that soon our masses shall see a new beginning towards triymmph as we dedicatedly work together.

ALUTA CONTINUA!!

Long Live South Sudan!
Long Live the Liberation!
Long Live Freedom Fighters!
Long Live the National Salvation Front!

Gen. Khalid Butrus Bora,
Chairman, C-in-C SSMM/A

MAR/09/2017

S.S Democratic Front of Dr. Lako J. Kwajok wholeheartedly endorses Gen. Thomas Cirillo

Date: 6th March 2017

Dear Lt. General Thomas Cirillo,

The South Sudan Democratic Front would like to congratulate you on your courageous step to oppose the regime of President Salva Kiir. We wholeheartedly endorse your leadership at this historic moment and welcome the opportunity to work with you in firstly removing the current regime of President Salva Kiir, and secondly rebuilding a South Sudan that works for everybody.

We appreciate the personal sacrifices you have made over the decades in your efforts to liberate South Sudan; and now again taking perhaps the greatest risk of all to free South Sudan from the tyrannical regime currently in place. In taking this risk we offer our support and commitment to this cause.

As you are aware our people are suffering in various parts of East Africa in refugee camps, fleeing the hostile and unsafe situation in our country. Thus as a result, we would also like to lend our energy and efforts to collaborate with you to help alleviate their sufferings.

Therefore we would like to echo your sentiments for the upholding of due respect to our people and country.

Yours sincerely,

Signed,

Dr Lako Jada Kwajok
Chairman, South Sudan Democratic Front – SSDF

Juba Kiir’s murderous Army repulsed at Khorfulus and Canal by SPLA-IO

Date:3/3/2017;

While ranting about the said National Dialogue and declaring a meaningless political prayer on March 10, 2017, the brutal and ruthless Juba regime attempted today Friday, 03 March, 2017, to attack the gallant SPLA-IO base at Ataar from Khorfulus and Canal.

After intercepting the movement of the Juba regime murderers towards Ataar, the gallant SPLA-IO forces laid an effective ambush on them between Nyithor and Ataar.

In the fighting that lasted for about three (3) hours, the gallant SPLA-IO forces killed more than seventy-three (73) Juba regime soldiers on spot, and captured some seventy-six (76) AK -47, ten (10) PKM and seven (7) RPG-7 in good condition.

The remaining and fleeing Juba regime soldiers have disintegrated in the area, as the gallant SPLA-IO forces continue pursuing them towards their Khorfulus and Canal bases. It must be recalled Khorfulus and Canal was the latest scene of brutal massacre of more than thirty-seven (37) non-Dinka civilians.

In the village of Koulthok, the brutal and merciless Juba regime soldiers surrounded the innocent non-Dinka civilian population and burnt each family in very own their houses alive.

The massacre of this innocent non-Dinka civilian population is once again a stark reminder to the people of South Sudan, the African Union, the United Nations and indeed the international community that the Juba regime under the very leadership of Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) is more than committed to erasing and exterminating non-Dinka South Sudanese from South Sudan.

The gallant SPLA-IO forces also repulsed another attempt by the Juba regime to attack SPLA-IO bases in and around Mayiandit, killing eight (8) and other wounding six (6), before pursuing the remaining Juba regime soldiers to their Mayiandit base.

By Col. William Gatjiath
Spokesperson for SPLA-IO

Kiir’s Evil Administration: Equatorian Community in the UK congratulates Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka & all those who left President

Press Release, FEB/28/2017;

The Equatorian community in the UK congratulates Lt. General Thomas Cirillo Swaka for his courageous decision to leave the evil and illegal government of President Kiir. The evidence that you provided supports the view all of us share that President Kiir is creating a Nazi-like state in South Sudan, with Dinka as a superior tribe over the rest of the tribes of South Sudan. The international community need to realise the gravity of this fact. He needs to be stopped before he and his cohort can achieve this evil ambition and cause further damage to the people of South Sudan.

We also congratulate all those who have resigned their respective offices in the Government of President Kiir, and the army (the SPLA) for realising that their presence in the system was contributing to perpetuating the demise of the people.

We urge all those still serving the present Government and helping it to advance the evil policies against the people of South Sudan to seriously examine their own conscience and take the necessary decisions.

The current Government of South Sudan headed by President Kiir is an illegitimate one. In addition, its actions are contrary to peace-building, which is characterised by mass human rights abuses, mass civilian displacements and refugees, starvation, and forced occupation on land belonging to other tribes.

In his address to South Sudan National Legislative Assembly on 21st February 2017, President Kiir asserted that his National Dialogue was “South Sudan owned and led process and so our supporters should stand behind the steering committee and secretariat”.

We urge the international community to withdraw their support from the Government of South Sudan. The government is pursuing a non-inclusive national dialogue, by design and intention that is unlikely to bring peace to the country but contrary, if allowed to progress in its current format, it is likely to prolong the suffering of the people of South Sudan. The reasons why Kiir’s National Dialogue is doomed and unlikely to bring total peace across South Sudanese are:

1. Mass resignations from the Government. This suggests there is no freedom of expression and dissatisfaction with the policies of the President, and no confidence in the present Government from across South Sudanese people.

2. There are reports of confiscation of passports of some Government officials belonging to non-Dinka tribes who are suspected to resign or leave the country in order to prevent them from doing so. The government is therefore a repressive regime.

3. Pursuit of war against opposition and freedom fighters. In his speech to the Parliament in Juba on 21st February 2017, President Kiir confirmed that: “The Government will pursue peace through the national dialogue and take extreme measure to neutralise anti-peace elements anywhere.” If he means peace, he should talk with his enemies.

4. Unlawful abductions and detentions of fellow South Sudanese that has extended to foreign countries. Examples include the abductions and detentions of Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Ezbon Idri in Kenya in which the Government of South Sudan is suspected.

In conclusion, we urge the international community to withdraw their support from the current Government in South Sudan, as it is no longer legitimate nor does it represent the people of South Sudan following the collapse of the peace agreement in July 2016. The international community must seek a way of establishing a legitimate government in South Sudan that respects and safeguards its people rather than seek to exterminate certain ethnic groups and opposition forces as a way of achieving peace.

For contact: Mr. Federico Awi Vuni; Email: federicovuni58@gmail.com

Note to the editors and readers:
Equatoria was one of the 3 colonial provinces of Southern Sudan lying at the southern end of the present Republic of South Sudan, bordering 5 countries namely Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DR Congo, and Central African Republic. It is roughly one third of the country geographically and in terms of population and hosts the national capital Juba.

It is inhabited by various ethnic groups many of who share similar cultures, values and history of peaceful co-existence and are collectively known as Equatorians. Until July 2016, when the latest outbreak of war occurred, Equatoria was a beacon of peace in South Sudan.

Brig.-General Camillo O. Aleardo Paul, In-charge of SPLA Logistics Support, resigns from Kiir’s army

FEB/20/2017
Another top-ranking SPLA Headquarters general, Brigadier-General Camillo Otwari Aleardo, the person in-charge of Logistic Support Brigade, SPLA Bilpham has resigned citing corruption and tribal monopoly under Chief of General Staff Paul Malong Awan and his boss President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Brig-General Camillo Aleardo gave the following reasons for his resignation:
—Mismanagement of public funds to equip and serve only your Dinka ethnicity,
—Promotions of your own people depending on the extent of loyalty to individuals, no merit or qualification;
—Gross violations of the operating laws (SPLA Act 2009) and the national constitution;
—Avoiding the ethics of professionalism,
—Defamation of the SPLA through malpractices such as use of army uniform to commit robbery, theft and rape which are not punishable according to you.

These are many of the disheartening reasons facing the nation at large and shall be dealt with through resignation and stepping up the effort of being vocal about them.

Brig. General Aleardo concluded his remark that, “I am an eye witness, I am sure it is a high time to disclose your tribal intentions and unmasked your corruption. As for me enough is enough, it is up to the people of South Sudan to either be silent or have their say on your regime. As I present my resignation, I am honoured not to be a part of this fascist system ever in the history of the people of South Sudan” he concluded.