A man in Yirol says “Kot Achol who is now known as Riek Machar Teny is my son”

A man called Achol from Yirol claims Dr. Riek Machar Teny to be his son who left him with his mother earlier in 1960s at Lake Shambe. He asked to pass his message to reach Dr. Riek Machar.

He says, “Riek Machar Teny is my son and his real name is Kot a name given to him by my grandmother.

Kot left me around 1960s at Lake Shambe, he disappeared at the age of 3 during cattle movement from Toch to Baar.

He was later discovered that he was taken by Nuer and he was owned by a chief in Leer. His mother is called Yier Dol and he has 5 other siblings in Yirol.

In Dinka culture, if a person dies or lost his young brother or a close cousin will marry him a wife.

Kot Achol was said not to come back again and he was married two wives by his brother Malel Achol”.

Dr. Riek Machar Teny during war with North

“Kot Achol was gievn a name Tuut Dhoali by the cheif and later called him Riek Machar.

I went to look for him in Ayod and Leer the side of Dok section in Naath (Nuer) but since he was with the chief I couldn’t get him back.

But all I asked from Nhialic Madhol (God) is to keep him alive and protect him till we meet” he says.

He said, I used to hear from people during the war with North that Kot is a leader in the SPLA until South Sudan got separated from the North, in 2012 I went to Juba to at least meet with him but I couldn’t. Please pass my message to him I want to see him, He said.

Ever since, Dr. Riek Machar is known as Kot Achol as a son of Achol from Naam section of Jieng Lou in Yirol.