South Sudan

EXCLUSIVE: 1,300 Displaced As 63 Mutineers Surrender

drug geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Our sources have confirmed that more than 60 soldiers have been reported dead and a total of 63 soldiers belonging to former deputy president, dosage Dr Riek Machar’s mutinying group, cheapest surrendered yester night.

“40 soldiers surrendered to the government army at Rajaf Military Base in Juba while 23 of their colleagues also reported to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) where they laid down their weapons,” a source said.

Meanwhile, 10 current Cabinet ministers are already behind bars in relation to Monday’s foiled military coup.

While addressing the press earlier today, Tuesday, the Information Minister, Michael Makuei Luedh, confirmed the arrests and identified the suspects as Oyay Deng Ajak, Geir Choung Aloung, Majak Agot, John Luk Jok, Cirino Hiteng, Koul Tong Mayai, Izekeil Lul, Deng Alor Koul, Madut Bier and Kosti Manibe.

The Minister, however, clarified that ring leader and now South Sudan “warlord”, Riek Machar is not among those arrested and has not yet been located.


The Wife of the late president John Garang was not arrested as earlier reports indicated.

Makuei called upon the soldiers who are still in hiding to come out because a provision has already been put intended to dialogue with them.

Some of the mutineers who are still in hiding include ring leader Dr. Riek, Alfred Ladu Gore, Pagam Amum, Taban Deng Gai and Adwok Nyaba.

Makuei vowed to hunt them down and apprehend them if they don’t turn themselves in as soon as possible.

He also stated that the situation has normalised and business is expected to resume tomorrow.

“Flights will resume tomorrow at Juba international airport,” Makuei stated.

Meanwhile, president Salva Kiir has met Machar’s tribesmen as a first step towards dialoguing with the mutineers.

President Kiir invited the powerful political figures from Neur including the Minister of Education John Gai Yoh, speaker of the national assembly, Magok Rundia, Unity State Caretaker Governor, Joseph Nguen Monytuel and Upper Nile State Governor Simon Kuch Puoch, among others.

According to the presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek, Kiir told Machar’s tribesmen that the deadly events that unfolded in Juba on Monday leading the loss of over 11 lives (media reports indicate 63 deaths) was “nothing but a coup and not a tribal matter as it is being portrayed”.

Who is Riek Machar?

He is a powerful figure in South Sudan politics, who recently said he would stand for President in 2015.

Machar married a UK aid worker, Emma McCune, in 1991 – she died two years later in a car accident in Kenya while pregnant.

He was a Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) commander and led a breakaway faction for some years in the 1990s.

After 2005 peace deal, he was appointed vice-president of interim government, retaining the post after independence in 2011 until his dismissal in July 2013.

The SPLM crisis hit peak levels in July 2013 when Kiir issued a presidential decree, sacking Machar and the entire Cabinet over widespread corruption.

The event turned bloody on Sunday night in the party conference when Kiir and Machar disagreed, leading to the walk out of the latter followed by gunshots and the lockdown of the whole city.

In the meantime, fighting continues in South Sudan and more people continue to lose their lives or get displaced from their homes.

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