• No_Ads
S.Sudan opposition leader denies coup attemptPublish Date: Dec 18, 2013
S.Sudan opposition leader denies coup attempt
  • mail
  • img
South Sudans former Vice President Riek Machar

NAIROBI - South Sudan's wanted opposition leader Riek Machar on Wednesday denied government accusations he tried to stage a coup, saying the president was using the claim as an excuse to purge political rivals.

"What took place in Juba was a misunderstanding between presidential guards within their division, it was not a coup attempt," Machar told the Paris-based Sudan Tribune news website, in his first public comments since fighting broke out on Sunday.

Troops loyal to President Salva Kiir have been fighting rival followers of Machar, his former vice president. Kiir has accused the rival camp of staging a coup.

"I have no connection with or knowledge of any coup attempt," Machar said, speaking from an undisclosed location to the website's London-based reporter.

Machar is one of five senior leaders on the run from government forces.

However, several sources suggest he is likely to be still in Juba, although his house has been the scene of heavy fighting.

Ten other leaders, including several former ministers, have already been arrested.

Machar said he wanted to change the nature of the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) party, but had been blocked by Kiir.

"What we wanted was to democratically transform the SPLM," Machar added.

"But Salva Kiir wanted to use the alleged coup attempt in order to get rid of us to control the government and the SPLM. We don't want him (as) the president of South Sudan any more."


The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Leaked tapes: Kidandala owes me explanation - Lukwago
Embattled Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, has expressed shock at the recent leaked recordings of his deputy Suleiman Kidandala meeting the Police chief....
MPs turn away NFA officials over late coming
There was a mild drama at parliament after the National Forestry Authority executive director, Michael Mugisha and his team were ordered to go back after arriving late...
Aronda warns ID project staff against arrogance
Internal affairs minister, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima has promised to some ID Project staff who are rude to the people going to register...
Leaked recordings: Kidandala owns up
Kampala City deputy Lord Mayor, Suleiman Kidandala, has acknowledged taking part in leaked tape recordings.In his defense at a news conference in Kampala on Thursday, Kidandala said he did it for the good of the city and his boss, the embattled Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago....
URA says car claimed by Bobi Wine is for Red Cross
The Toyota Tundra pick-up which investigators had impounded from former Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) secretary General, Richard Nataka’s home in Munyonyo belongs to Red Cross....
Twenty graduates for internship
After undergoing a highly competitive selection process, at least 20 graduates have qualified for a nine month internship programme that will equip them entrepreneurship skills....
WIll the national ID registration process be completed in the scheduled 4 months timeframe?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter