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Machar’s right-hand men coordinating quasi-deals in Khartoum

July 2, 2021 — The SPLM/A-IO Director of Military Intelligence (MI), Maj. General Dhiling Keak Chuol and Brig. Gen. Simon Bangoang Tuong are reportedly operating in Khartoum, Sudan.

Machar's tiger division in Magenis, Northern Upper Nile(Photo credit: supplied)
Machar’s tiger division in Magenis, Northern Upper Nile(Photo credit: supplied)

According to senior military official, who spoke to Nyamilepedia editorial team from Khartoum, Dhiling who has been the center-piece of SPLM/A-IO controversies, has been in Khartoum on a private mission since last month.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity said the two officials are coordinating “suspicious activities” that are likely to incite more misunderstanding within the ranks and files of SPLM/A-IO.

“Dhilling and Bangoang have been here with us for weeks trying to bribe generals to mobilize forces to stand up for Machar” The senior official said.

“They are disbursing money, arms and ammunition without clear directives but we know what they after. This is part of the reason we had misunderstanding in Magnesis in May because they sent arms and ammunitions to tiger [Machar’s military unit in Magenis] without informing the Chief of Staff, 1st. Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual”He continued.

Asked if the Director of Military Intelligence has established communication with the Chief of Staff, he said no and he doubts if he will.

“Dhilling is operating on his own. I’m not sure if Dr. Riek Machar has control over what he does but we are aware he is in communication with the Tigers battalion”. He added.

The Chief of Staff of SPLA-IO, Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, dismissed Dhiling in May over military supplies that were directed to Tiger without his consent; however, the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief, Dr. Machar, stepped in to dismiss Gatwech’s order.

Since May, Machar and Gatwech have not been in good terms and attempts by Machar’s office to dismiss the Chief of Staff were downplayed in Magenis.

According to the Chief of Staff, he was appointed by the military council and to dismiss him, the military command would have to convene a convention to make such a decision; an argument Machar also overlooked.

At the time of this writing, attempt to reach Maj. Gen. Dhilling or Machar’s office were not returned!

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