South Sudan

Machar Flees To Ethiopia

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Gen Gordon Buay, the spokesperson of the leadership council of South Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SSLM/A), told this website on Tuesday that “Riek Machar crossed the border to Ethiopia but was advised on Monday to leave Ethiopian territory.”


He added: “He (Machar) is now walking on foot to Akobo after being told by the Ethiopian Federal Police to surrender his weapons.”


This website has independently verified Gen Buay’s claims.


Sources in the Uganda army say Machar’s forces came under heavy gunfire on land with SPLA using heavy artillery to shell the rebel bases during the weekend.

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“SPLA used warplanes and tanks acquired from China to dislodge the rebels from Bentiu. It was the heaviest attack carried out by SPLA since Machar’s rebellion started last year,” said a knowledgeable source in Bentiu.


With the White army turning against Machar and government forces capturing Bentiu, SPLA’s morale has been boosted in intensifying military action against the rebels.


The developments come at a time when President Salva Kiir is preparing to meet Riek Machar and also facilitate the formation of a transitional government.


However, what is playing out in South Sudan today evokes memories of the recent M23 rebellion in DRC, where a joint force of Tanzania, Malawi and South African troops managed to defeat the insurgents in a space of two weeks.


The Joint force did not give the M23, which had become a huge thorn in FARDC’s flesh, ample space to negotiate for peace.


With majority of his fighters in disarray and supply lines cut off, Machar is likely to surrender or fall victim to SPLA’ massive military campaign.


Machar, who had enjoyed massive support from the international community, lost face when his militants stormed a UN refugee compound before slaughtering mothers and children simply because they refused to welcome the victorious rebels who had seized Bentiu.


Since Kiir has gained an upper hand in the conflict, only time will tell if he will accept rebels’ demands.


Kiir enjoys wide support of regional countries especially Egypt, Uganda and Kenya which have vowed not to see an elected President being ousted by militants.

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