Disgruntled Top Generals and Politicians Disowned By IDPs

The internally displaced persons in UN protection camps within the capital, Juba(Photo: Nyamilepedia)

The internally displaced persons in UN protection camps within the capital, Juba(Photo: Nyamilepedia)

August 13, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The Jikany-Nuer Community at the United Nations Protection sites in the national capital, Juba, withdraws their supports from their sons, Maj. Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth, Hon. Changson Lew Chang and suspected members, who recently defected from the SPLM/SPLA in Opposition.

The community, which compromises of the victims of the current conflict, strongly condemns the disgruntled politicians and generals for their decision.

“We, the Jikany – Nuer community at UN – Protection site in Juba condemned the action taken by General Gatoth Gatkuoth and Changson Lew Chang who declared their defection on Tuesday in Sudanese capital, Khartoum”  Said the community chairman, Mr. Bini Kuajien Tut

“In strongest term, we rejected the action taken by General Gatoth Gatkuoth, General Chuol Gake and Changson Lew Chang against the SPLA/SPLM – IO Movement under leadership of Dr. Riek Machar.” The Jikany-Nuer community declared.

The Jikany-Nuer community identifies themselves as one of the good communities in the country, who have managed to accommodate several liberation movements on their land, which has been relatively stable and close to borders.

The community objects to stand behind individuals whom they accused of defecting to fight for their personal interests.

“We are against the sons/daughters from Jikany – Nuer who want to divide the entire Nuer Community for their own self – interest. ” Mr. Kwajien said.

Fighting For Personal Interest

Through most of his briefings and conversation with friends, politicians and journalists, the former Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistic, Maj. Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth, has made attempts to clarify that his former chairman and Commander-in-Chief of SPLM/SPLA, Dr. Machar, has failed to coordinate a successful transfer of the office of Logistic to his leadership.

General Gathoth believes that the office of logistic is being managed by Gen. Taban Deng Gai, the Chief Negotiator of SPLM/SPLA, despite his appointment to head logistics.

The disgruntled general believes that he was being humiliated by Dr. Machar and Gen. Taban because they are “in-laws”, and concludes that the movement has been turned into family enterprise, something that he now has to fight to change.

To his community, however, fighting over personal interests will not be entertained this time.

The community strongly warns her sons and daughter to abstain from spilling blood for personal interests, citing that the community has had enough.

“We, the Jikany community know that Gatoth Gatkuoth and Changson Lew have defected from Machar’s Movement because they were removed from their positions” part of the reports reads.

“We, the Jikany –Nuer will not follow such people like General Gathoth who is after his personal interest. We call upon the entire Jikany – Nuer community wherever they are not to follow such leaders. Enough is enough, Jikany – Nuer suffered the brunt of several factional divisions since from the inception of SPLA/SPLM in 1983 to the present time after South Sudan gained its Independent as a country in 2011.” Jikany-Nuer Community declares.

Defection After Defection

While addressing members of Jikany-Nuer community in Nairobi, Kenya, General Gatkuoth reminds his community that Dr. Riek Machar has defected several times in history, citing “the 1991” as an example but to his dismay, Gatkuoth believes that Machar’s defections “never benefited South Sudan or the Community”.

His community in Juba, however, reminds the general that for every time Dr. Machar has defected, Gen. Gatkuoth has also defected, and in addition the general reportedly defects from the defections of Dr. Riek, citing the 1991, 1997, 2013 and 2015 as examples to justify that Mr. Gathoth has defected, at least, as twice as much as Dr. Machar.

” It is not a surprise to us because General Gathoth is not the first time for him to defect from Machar’s Movement; he did this in 1997, when he defected from South Sudan Independent Movement (SSIM) to Thuara-Jikany Movement that led to the loss of 500 lives of Jikany – Nuer youth because of General Gatoth self-interest together with General Chuol Gake.” the community said.

Unlike Dr. Machar, who defected from the SPLM/SPLA mainstream in 1991 over the inclusion of the vision of Self Determination for the South and democratic reforms within the movement, which again triggered the 2013 split, Gen. Gatkuoth has no clear vision to restore peace and stability in the country.

The twin generals have declared to fight the two warring factions under Dr. Riek Machar and Mr. Salva Kiir to establish either a military government or a Transitional Government of National Unity that would be led by neither Kiir nor Machar.

According to General Gathoth, who spoke on BBC, the generals will only accept a transitional government that will be led by a non-Nuer and non-Dinka, believing that the two communities and their leaders are symbols of hate, division and failed Leadership.

It remains to be verified how the generals, who have long history of defections and now sanctioned by the United States, European Unions and the United Nations Security Council, will restore, stabilize and reconcile the nation without involving the two major tribes and their leaders in the driving seats of Transitional Government of National Unity.

15 comments

  • chuolkhan

    VERY GOOD KUEJIN TUT YOU DONE IT WELL SHOW THEM LET THEM SHAME ON THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO SUPPORT THEM IT WILL NOT AND IT COULD HAPPEN FOR SURE WE WILL DO THE SAME HERE WHERE EVERY WE ARE WAIT FOR SOME DAYS ALL NUER WE AGREED WITH ONE THINGS LET THEM GO ALONE OUR INTEREST STILL ON GOING THEY ARE NOT ONLY NUER THEY ARE NOT PEOPLE WHO FOUGHT WITH DINKAS JUST A MATTER OF ORDER FOR THEM TO DO THERE ON GROUND WE FOUGHT TO DINKAS FROM THE BEGINNING NOT THEIR INTEREST IT IS COMMON PROBLEM TO EVERY ONE AMONG US

  • chuolkhan

    There is no division at all Nuer will still do the same let them go bravo ,bravo nuer in poc site /UN house there in Juba

    • Lualdit

      Naath nuer cannot afford any division at this time. The issues that the general raises can be resolved. Anyone with an interest of the Naath people cannot support any division again. I am appealing to General Gatdet and General Gathoth to please consider and put the interest of Naath people above any disagreement with Dr. Machar. It will be the ordinary nuer people that will suffer and perish due to this unwelcome division. Please reach out to Dr. Machar and resolve the issue amicably. The IGAD-PLUS peace proposal is in Naath interest and therefore, let not ruined it.
      To Gatmachar, all the naath young intellectuals are 100% behind you, but please reach out to those Generals and work out the differences between you. A wise leader listen to others and reconcile with others.
      Naath will come out from this confusion stronger in God name.

      • Well done General Gatdet and General Gathoth plus Changson , This war is just to make DR:RIEK to be vice president again and when he was there he did nothings to Nuers , better President Kiir assigned most of the Nuers to be military Zone commanders .Kiir love Nuers, so much he convinced even Paulino Matip Nhial to joint him, welcome back brothers , what ever happen will be count to RIEK Machar ,,who is greedy to rule by expenses of Nuer and Dinka blood. Why Riek want himself to rule and he hate other Nuer sons to rule , he only see himself as educated among the Nuers , Riek war is meaningless to Nuers in particular , Now most of the Nuers lost every things just to bring him back to the government through threat and intimidation against democratic government of sixty four tribes . Nuer community better you learned from the passed mistake , Riek Machar is there to finish people sons . No rewards or to be paid because you have burnt and killed a lot of people , make sure ,what is in Juba is a government of 64 tribe , they are not fearing to be intimidated by RIEK ,through Nuers , This Time it will be Nuer attacking Nuer , Dinka or government have no interest to attack Nuers civilians if they are not misbehaving .

        • Wise Fox

          Hi Lualdit,

          You guys should take action quickly to prevent division among your community, because some of them are now being bribed by the so-call Jieng Council of Elders (Warrap’s gangs).

          Nuer shouldn’t be deceive by Dinka government, they should not Bribe by Dinka gangs in Juba, it is up to Nuer people if they are going to accept Dinka’s policy to divide them. To me it seems like those generals are betraying their own Nuer brothers and sisters who were massacred by Dinka government in Juba and other states, since from 2013 – 2015. We the Chollo people are going to fight Dinka led government without division until we achieve our goal.
          Agwelek will fight Nyankiir mayardit & her husband Museveni of Uganda. Agwelek airdefend brought down 5 Ugandan gunships plus 1 helicopter of Dinka gangs.

          • Lualdit

            brother Wise Fox,
            I hope Dr. Machar will reach out to these generals. There were no need in the first place to dismiss the general if their issue were requesting logistic to fight the war successfully. But if they have difference motive because they are bride by the Jaang, then they will pay the price because the naath will not want to be divided again. Dr. Machar if this peace proposal failed, then he need to dedicated himself to this war. Chollo and Nuer can liberated Uppernile at no time. The oil in paloich should not be still flowing if the war was given priority and Nuer civilian that are being hunted in the swamp in unity state would not be going through what they are going thru. Gatmachar need to listen too.

  • Karab

    Well done NUER! Who can unite NAATH if not Riek Machar? Riek Machar has rallied the majority of south sudanese around him let alone his tribe the NUER. Everytime, there will be confused idviduals, selfish individuals & traitors like Gordon buay, They should be discouraged by all means. Otherwise, the juba group has miserably failed in thinking that by confusing the two generals, they will confuse the whole people. that is a big no. SPLM IO is collection of smart & geneuine people & the whole south sudanese have udnerstood that. There is no going back! Only going forward is for SPLM IO.

  • Deng II

    Chuolkhan, don’t you comprehensing that IDPS are rejecting them while they are in IDPS camp? What are they going to do? If IDPS want to fight , let them move out from comfortable IDPS camps where they(IDPS) get food free in charge. You know what, I personelly don’t like Nuer population to reduces to her sides in this moment while we have border war waiting for us. I want peace, but Riek Machar and Taban Deng are cancer in South Sudan.

  • Deng II I thought you will declare your loyalty to those two Gen. If you term them as peace lovers. Congratulation Naath Nuer community.Dr. Riak split of 1991 championed independent of south Sudan in 2011 which those of Agumut and Deng II are enjoying. Now again he will install democracy and Federalism, i know Dinka are Jealous because they never achieve what they proposed. I.E vision of New Sudan

    • Rio Jeneira boy

      You can move to Rio Janeiro or Nigeria if you want. South Sudan is four years old. We don’t want to rush to your Federalism. Our people will decided in Future through ballot like what they have done for Independence.

  • Monyjang

    There is no smoke without fire.
    It was Lual Ruai and now the very generals!!!!!!!
    What the people with rebellion genetic????????
    I fear, they will rebel in heaven

  • Greedy of power will destroy South Sudan,many generals in Nuer side and that need to change in future.

  • Dup Dup

    Wow! you IDP do you like peace that is going to lead by Kiir who killed your family and burned them to lead u again.,very big shame..This confusion happened here in Ethiopia ,why we are all silence.why u like to be blind full by some wrong elements.who are devastating SPLA-IO .We are here with them and we did not do that b/se we know wrong business distance your selves from them

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