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Riek Machar Announces South Sudan 'Resistance' Movement

FILE - A July 26, 2013 photo shows former South Sudan VP Riek Machar speaking to the media to announce he will run for the presidency in 2015 against President Salva Kiir, who sacked Machar and his cabinet this week, Juba, South Sudan.FILE - A July 26, 2013 photo shows former South Sudan VP Riek Machar speaking to the media to announce he will run for the presidency in 2015 against President Salva Kiir, who sacked Machar and his cabinet this week, Juba, South Sudan.
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FILE - A July 26, 2013 photo shows former South Sudan VP Riek Machar speaking to the media to announce he will run for the presidency in 2015 against President Salva Kiir, who sacked Machar and his cabinet this week, Juba, South Sudan.
FILE - A July 26, 2013 photo shows former South Sudan VP Riek Machar speaking to the media to announce he will run for the presidency in 2015 against President Salva Kiir, who sacked Machar and his cabinet this week, Juba, South Sudan.
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South Sudan's former vice president says he has formed a "resistance" group that will fight the government to ensure democracy and good governance in the war-battered country.

"We decided to organize a resistance against the regime," Machar told VOA in a telephone interview from an undisclosed location.

"So, yes, if you heard troops in Upper Nile, in Jonglei, in Unity States, in Equatoria saying what I am saying, yes, we are now an organized resistance against the regime," said Machar.

The resistance group, called the SPLM/SPLA -- an amalgam of the name of the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the South Sudanese army -- wants to see democracy, pluralism, free elections and good governance take hold in South Sudan, Machar said.


Machar went into hiding in mid-December when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy of mounting a failed coup against him, which the government said kicked off weeks of bloodletting across the country.

Machar has denied trying to oust the president  in a coup. In his interview with VOA, he insisted that he and others in the ruling SPLM merely wanted to democratize the party.

"The struggle in the SPLM is a struggle of people who want the SPLM to be a democratic movement," he said.

Machar was fired from his post of vice president in July, when Kiir reshuffled his entire cabinet. Since then, the former vice president has been a vocal critic of Kiir, saying he has "dictatorial tendencies" and vowing to challenge him for the leadership of the SPLM ahead of general elections in 2015.

But he said he did not launch his resistance movement in order to better position himself for a run for the presidency.


Machar invited the 11 SPLM leaders who were detained when the unrest broke out to join his resistance movement against Kiir.

Seven of the 11 have been released, under the terms of a peace agreement signed 11 days ago by the two sides in South Sudan's conflict. But the government said it has enough evidence to charge the four other detainees and three more political leaders who fled when the fighting broke out -- including Machar -- with treason.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, flanked by seven South Sudanese detainees released to his custody, speaks to reporters in Nairobi.Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, flanked by seven South Sudanese detainees released to his custody, speaks to reporters in Nairobi.
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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, flanked by seven South Sudanese detainees released to his custody, speaks to reporters in Nairobi.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, flanked by seven South Sudanese detainees released to his custody, speaks to reporters in Nairobi.
​Machar said that he wants an end to the fighting in South Sudan so that the country can focus on much-needed development. But Kiir has forced his hand, and is forcing war on the people, he said.

"I myself am tired of war... I share the views of people who say, 'We do not want any more war. We want our people to reconcile. We want our people to develop and catch up with the rest of the world.' But Kiir Mayardit is forcing this on us... Therefore, the people have the right to resist," Machar told VOA.


Foreign observers have described the peace deal signed by the two warring sides as shaky, and a spokesman for Machar said Monday that government forces violated the agreement over the weekend when they attacked Machar's hometown in Unity state and other towns held by the anti-government forces.

Talks to reconcile the warring factions in South Sudan are due to resume on February 7th.

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by: Joujou from: Pieri/Uror
February 19, 2014 8:57 AM
Dr.Machar was really in position take over but most of they people are now crying out because of such killing and some 1991 survivers recalled such massacre which was political instability.
war is not solution and our lou youth are more victims in any rebellion carried out by one person of which most of they tribes misunderstood us as we don't know what we are doing as Nuer.
Anyway...................

by: malolo from: south sudan
February 19, 2014 8:46 AM
let use the right term in right place and time. democracy, pluralism, free election that DR.Riaak want to see in south, is that the way democratic countries used it?????? good governance is to kill people or to talk without violence?????? will people come together(pluralism) because they are fear you??????? understand english term DR. before use.
am not understand what is meaning.

by: Richard okeny william from: Nairobi
February 06, 2014 4:11 AM
Um really sorry if we south sudanese are developing our new nation with burials of innocent people all over our country.God's image is being destroy, forgive us father for sin.....

by: Big Boyz. Kurcek from: Juba,South Sudan
February 05, 2014 11:04 AM
Am so wonder want i heard these words from Mr Riek, lives of innocent ,devlopment,freedom,and His Rebels kills innocent live,e.g bline ,crepple,olds women & children,they had detroyed all the strructuers in every towns they capactured, like in his own Town of Bentui, Malakal& Bor, so he can not talks ofpeace,as he had committed this atrocite, pliz you has to forgets abuot the leadership instead togives chances these blines white armies reform them,coz they are based on tribalism line,

by: Akim robert zakaria from: Juba university
February 05, 2014 5:12 AM
Am really very sorry for the whole incident that happened costing alot of innocent lives and displacement of our poor surviving population, expossing them iminently diseases and more deaths. what is your minds? and your there singing democracy democracy is it military way the only way to bring about democracy or change in the government why not break off from a dictatorial party to form your own party and you battle democratically to continue pronousing democracy before if you thought this was your reason to this cause? the militery way is aprimitive and destructive way that every one knows of the consequence, see from what has happened, are sure that will win a democratic vote from all this, yet you had part of the government? please and please we are tired of war we need peace and development rather than deaths and destruction in my country south sudan. Lets put our hearts to gether for GOD and my country south sudan.

by: ALLAN WANI from: UGANDA
February 04, 2014 8:51 PM
Whatever the case is at the end we need peace ,unity harmony in our beloved country. There is no need for this baseless war , we have to focus on the development it's much needed from all us than this war & thanks

by: Rami ran from: Juba
February 04, 2014 11:40 AM
Kiir is really forcing Dr machar to fight ,machar resist.if not Dr there will nothing call south s.God is great,nyankiir is now going to end.
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by: Deng Achuil from: Juba
February 04, 2014 5:00 PM
For those who say Kiir is forcing Machar to fight, it is either your brains are totally off or you are rebels and you must follow them earlier before you are caught otherwise, how can Kiir force a rebel who already rebelled and is already in the bush to fight? Did he rebel to fight? did he rebel to be forced again? or how can you say this please








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by: bakhulindire Robert from: Uganda
February 04, 2014 5:46 AM
S.Sudan is back to long term war
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by: Njagi Morris from: South Sudan
February 28, 2014 8:53 AM
I don't support any form of violence but in peace building practices, there is what we call action and reaction. We also have structural violence and open violence. The reaction taken by Dr. Riek Machar is a result of action and structural violence perpetuated by Kiir's regime. I have happened to be in South Sudan for a decade long before CPA. but after CPA was signed I have witnessed heavy handedness from Kiir's tribe. It has been a total arrogance and intolerance mixed with open corruption. A Dinka will hit your car from behind, come out and slap you several times before forcing you to pay for the damage 10 times more so if you are a foreigner, you have no Right at all. They shoot at people will and brag. When a Dinka, want to grab your property, s/he will do it. Ooohh! No, the nation cannot be built this way. Something must be done.
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by: King Kong from: London
February 16, 2014 5:37 PM
of course People like Deng Achuil are short sighted, there no south sudan without the 64 tribes the way Deng Achuil and President wish to be for one tribe. how can a president using foreign forces to kill his own people for power, tomorrow all the foreign forces will leave and the President Kiir drawing a danger to his tribe to any future conflict in South Sudan not all Dinka tribest or sectionist, Dinka will always be part and partial of future South Sudan

by: Rev. Paulino Choul from: Canada, AB
February 04, 2014 4:46 AM
Well what is going on in South Sudan, it is triblism war created by Salva Kiir, as Dr. Reik Machar said that Kiir has forcing him to make that war happen.
That is true he should not dominated the Country by only his tribe, we has more than 64 tribes in South Sudan, well one tribe out of 64 it is still minority among those tribes. Furthermore; they should not dominate the entire Government institutions, not only that Dinka has more than 90% ambassadors around the World this is true.
We are all fought 21 years in the bush, I myself I will not accept Kiir system, it is corrupt system, no development no even security in the State.
So we need a change, but Kiir don't want the change. He want to remain as a president of the state.





In fact, Kiir want to dominate the Country of South Sudan to be only Dinka

by: Democratic South Sudan from: Juba
February 03, 2014 11:14 PM
I welcome the announcement and the invitation of the recently released 7 politicians. The rest of the four who are falsely detained should be left alone until their freedom is secured and then thought after.
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by: Njagi Morris from: South Sudan
February 28, 2014 8:31 AM
I am not a South Sudanese but the unfortunate event that is happening in South Sudan can only be blamed on Pres. Salva Kiir. Machar was not the only one in opposition, we had people Like Pagan Amum, Rebbecca Nyadeng, Akol, Alfred Lore, etc. But when the division happened on 15th Dec. 2013, we saw Dinka soldiers walking door to door killing innocent people from Nuer community indiscriminately. the main areas targeted were Jebel, Thong'ping, Mia Saba and Hai Mangateen. The president kept quite for two days as his tribesmen went on rampage. He failed to be a national leaders and turned to be tribal one.
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