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Machar Funders Break Silence on General’s Defection

Brig Lul Koang abandoned Machar's movement this year to start SSRM

Joshua Nahamya

Patients and doctors at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital are worried over the loss of lives caused by load shedding at the medical facility.

The hospital’s director, page http://cccnt.com.au/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/deprecated/tribeeventsoptionsexception.php Augustine Omongin told ChimpReports on Wednesday that over 7 premature infants died this week in a thermostat due to power problems.

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Principal hospital administrator, symptoms Charles Tumusiime said the frustrating situation increased mortality rates, leading to tension and unease.

“Premature babies need high temperature to keep them warm.  We also need 24/7 power supply to our operating theatres.”

He further said the hospital officials indulged the RDC, Nickson Kabuye and other stake holders of Mbarara district who promised liaise with UMEME in providing consistent electricity to the regional referral hospital.

The doctor further said enough power supply in the complex surgery, theatre and heap replacement laboratories is needed to save peoples’ lives.

The referral hospital serves the entire country but was put up specifically for the districts of Mbarara, Bushenyi, Ntungamo, Kiruhura, Ibanda and Isingiro.

The hospital serves as the teaching hospital for Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

Tumusiime said stake holders intend to name the facility a national referral hospital basing on its quality, experienced medical students produced from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, existence of a City scan laboratory dealing with cancer patients and acting as a referral for critical cases from Buhinga and Kabale referral hospitals.
Brig Lul Koang, treatment http://deltadiner.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/nextgen_basic_gallery/module.nextgen_basic_gallery.php who has been the military spokesperson of South Sudan rebels since the war broke out in December 2013, page http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-checklist.php has broken ties with the movement led by Dr Riek Machar.

Koang confirmed abandoning Machar’s rebellion on Wednesday in Nairobi.

He said Machar continues to “solicit support from the government of Sudan in order to continue destabilising the country.”

Koang further said Machar “harbours dangerous and destructive leadership ambitions that keep on plunging the country to chaos from time to time.”

Observers say the latest development is a huge public relations blow to Machar’s movement which had earlier been perceived as coherent.

It also brings to the fore the tribal divisions that are quietly tearing apart a once formidable rebel movement that nearly toppled President Salva Kiir in 2013.

In a damning statement, store Koang blasted Machar’s “strategy of mobilising civilians to keep on fighting for his personal interest” thus destroying the nation.

Leading a group of senior members of Neur commanders, Koang said they had agreed to a ceasefire with government forces but form a new rebel group known as South Sudan Resistance Movement/Army “that would work with the peace loving people of South Sudan, region and the international community to expedite the stalled peace process and bring end to the suffering of the people.”

He said the new group wants talks with Juba to establish a state for the people of Greater Akobo (Greater Luo-Neur).

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Intelligence reports indicate that a few days before he chose to quit, Brig Koang held talks with South Sudan Army Chief, Gen Paul Malong Awan in Nairobi.

Sources said Machar learnt about the engagement thus quizzing his spokesperson on his intentions.

Koang reportedly told Machar that one of the rebel commanders, Gen Taban Deng Gai is “already eating together with the government officials in Nairobi and Khartoum. Why ask me?”

Early this month, an article rebuking Koang was circulated on social media. It questioned Koang’s military experience especially on the battlefield, painting a picture of cowardly officer.

It is suspected the dossier was authored by Koang’s bitter rival, Mabior Garang.

The rebels’ spin-doctor had as well struggled to cope with long term disagreements with Mabior, head of information desk for the SPLA/M-in opposition peace talks.

It is understood the duo has been at bad terms considering that Koang’s activities are not facilitated yet Mabior continues to enjoy a plush lifestyle in Nairobi and Ethiopian luxurious hotels.

The two officials last year fought over how to run the rebels’ website.

While Koang may not immediately return to the mainstream SPLA, he does not seem to have the potential and resources to start a new rebel group to fight President Salva Kiir’s government.

A highly placed security source says the former South Sudan ambassador to Washington, Ezekiel Lol, recently returned to Nairobi with a pretty American lady whom she suggested should be appointed the spokesperson of the rebel group.

It is reported that Machar bought the idea with the view of popularising the movement’s goals in the eyes of the international community.

However, this did not go down well with Koang, who had served for one and a half years without pay or reward.

The source further said Koang was not being fully supported in terms of logistics such as computers, access to internet and accommodation yet his colleagues enjoy the niceties of luxury five-star hotels in Nairobi and Addis Ababa.

Selfish

But Koang today said the war will not end with the reinstatement of Machar to his previous position as Vice President of South Sudan and that cessation of hostilities agreements have never been honoured.

He further stated that Machar “continues to obstruct peace by presenting impossible demands which in turn makes it difficult to reach agreement on peace within the shortest time possible.”

The infighting among rebels could vindicate Kiir’s recent statement in United States that Machar no longer has control over his commanders.
The leaders of South Sudan Lou-Nuer community in Canada and United States of America Wednesday night held what they described as an “extraordinary emergency meeting” following the defection of the rebels’ spokesperson Brig Lul Koang and several Neur commanders.

Koang yesterday said Machar continues to “solicit support from the government of Sudan in order to continue destabilising South Sudan, more about http://compagniedoucefrance.fr/media/widgetkit/widgets/slideshow/styles/downtown/template.php ” adding, http://cdaink.com.br/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-roles-endpoint.php the rebel leader “harbours dangerous and destructive leadership ambitions that keep on plunging the country to chaos from time to time.”

Leading a group of senior members of Neur commanders, http://clintonbrook.com/wp-includes/bookmark-template.php Koang said they had agreed to a ceasefire with government forces but would form a new rebel group known as South Sudan Resistance Movement/Army “that would work with the peace loving people of South Sudan, region and the international community to expedite the stalled peace process and bring end to the suffering of the people.”

He said the new group wants talks with Juba to establish a state for the people of Greater Akobo (Greater Luo-Neur).

Realizing that the move meant a huge public relations blow to the rebel group, its supporters in the Diaspora have since revealed that Koang’s “defection to President Salva Kiir Mayardit had nothing to do with the Lou Nuer community affairs.”

Samuel Majok Ruea, the chairperson of Lou Nuer Emergency Committee, told ChimpReports on Thursday morning: “We, the Lou Nuer community in Diasporas and the Lou Nuer Community in Bieh State made consultations with our current Commissioners and our newly appointed Military Governor, Col. Koang Kerjiok from the ground and we denied Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang’s claim of forming a new movement. An opportunist person like Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang will not be allowed to use our Lou Nuer community name as his for his own personal interest”

They further distanced themselves from Koang’s new rebel group.

“We did not agree with Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang to form a new movement. We would like to inform the general public that Lou Nuer community would never ever betray the Nuer community interest globally. Lou Nuer community is still part and parcel of the SPLM-IO led by the Commander-in Chief Charismatic and Visionary Leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon.”

Koang’s resignation brought to the fore the tribal divisions that are quietly tearing apart a once formidable rebel movement that nearly toppled President Salva Kiir in 2013.

In a damning statement yesterday, Koang blasted Machar’s “strategy of mobilising civilians to keep on fighting for his personal interest” thus destroying the nation.

But the Diaspora leaders said they are “Pro White Army, Pro Freedom Fighters, Pro SPLM-IO and we will never give a consent to an opportunist who wants to use our community name for his/her personal interest period.”

But Koang today said the war will not end with the reinstatement of Machar to his previous position as Vice President of South Sudan and that cessation of hostilities agreements have never been honored.

He further stated that Machar “continues to obstruct peace by presenting impossible demands which in turn makes it difficult to reach agreement on peace within the shortest time possible.”

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