South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar
addresses a news conference in Uganda's capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)
ADDIS ABABA - South Sudan's president and rebel leader Riek Machar
are flying for face-to-face peace talks in Ethiopia, a foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday, to try and end two weeks of fighting feared to have left thousands dead.
Sources said that Nuer tribesmen, which Machar
come from, deserted the government army, announcing their revolt against South Sudan President Salva Kiir, after listening to a speech by Machar
Pursuant to the resolution of the SPLM-IO Political Bureau September 23, 2016, I Riek Machar
Teny-Dhurgon, Chairman and Commander-In-Chief, SPLM/SPLA (IO) do hereby appoint Cde Adhar Ajak Chol as governor of Lol State, Cde Samson Michael Masiya as governor of Gbudwe State and Cde Mubarak Deng Duang as governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State with effect from 14 July 2017," reads Machar
South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar
speaks during a briefing in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa April 9, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri)
In a speech before an extraordinary meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) leaders on Monday 12 June, Gai insisted that the presence of Machar
in the country always lead to death and disaster, something the people of the country do no need.
Khan Elijah Hon Top, Spy Chief of the Body Guards of Riek Machar
Gai, in a 1 June letter, claimed Machar
was using the Security Council of the world body to legitimize the brutal and bloody policy of incitement and tribal agenda to continue waging war.
However, Kiir's unilateral move doesn't seem to hold fire as South Sudan leaders today lodged accusations against forces of the former First Vice President turned rebel leader, Riek Machar
The First Vice President who is also defected from Machar
last year has issued an order promoting Dickson Gatluak Jock Nyuot to the rank of Colonel from the rank of a major, jumping one step in between.
April 9, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - A military spokesperson for the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples Liberation movement (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of former vice President, Riek Machar
, on Sunday declared switching allegiance to General Taban Deng Gai, first vice President of South Sudan.
November 21, 2016 (JUBA) --The leader of South Sudanese armed opposition Riek Machar
had been prevented from entering Ethiopia and was forced to return to South Africa, SPLM-IO officials told Sudan Tribune on Monday.
November 13, 2016 (JUBA) -- South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar
has appointed a new humanitarian affairs director to direct operations of aid agencies in areas controlled by the armed opposition movement.
October 31, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan's first vice president, Taban Deng Gai has accused his predecessor, Riek Machar
of allegedly holding parallel cabinet meetings that would "rewind" decision made in weekly meetings chaired by President Salva Kiir.
October 17, 2016 (KAMPALA) - South Sudan's former first Vice-President, Riek Machar
has vowed a return to the country, months after violent clashes forced him out of the capital, Juba.