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South Sudan rebels deny forming ‘interim cabinet’


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

March 10, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - Chief negotiator of the SPLM/A-In-Opposition, Taban Deng Gai, on Tuesday dismissed reports alleging that South Sudanese rebel leader, Riek Machar has formed an interim government-in-waiting under his leadership.

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Head of the rebel delegation, Taban Deng Gai, attends the opening ceremony of South Sudan’s negotiation in Addis Ababa, January 4, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

In a press statement extended to Sudan Tribune Monday, Gai downplayed the reports which were recently disseminated in South Sudanese online discussion forum.

According to the rebel top negotiator, the intention was to tarnish the image of the SPLM-In-Opposition group and its leader Machar.

He blamed President Salva Kiir’s government and his "die-hard supporters" of intentionally circulating those "fabricated" information as part of their attempts to discredit the ongoing revolution that has erupted on mid December.

"The intention of the regime is ostensibly to upset the spirit of the growing number of our supporters, especially from the Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr-el-Ghazal regions," said Gai.

The alleged ’interim cabinet’ named 21 ministerial post holders’ which is same number to that of the current cabinet.

Rebels said the fabricated would-be cabinet is said to comprise mainly of Nuer ethnicity to give it a tribal tone.

"This is of course false and mere smear politicking," said Gai.

He said some people who received this email, have began to show sign of despair and to lose hope but he called up on South Sudanese not to be misled by what he said were cheap propaganda.

The SPLM/A-In-Opposition "hereby assures its body of sympathizers and the entire citizenry of South Sudan that it has not even met officially to form any movement structures, as it is giving the ongoing peace talks mediated by IGAD a chance," he stated.

The rebel official further stressed they believes strongly in democracy and that the SPLM-In Opposition leader Riek Machar Teny "would not be falling into the same cheap and undemocratic methods of Salva Kiir of ruling by decrees".

Gai, however, expressed the group’s willingness to sign the Declaration of Principles in the peace talks, which includes a provision for a popularly-elected interim government.

"We are, therefore, aware that forming any government at this early stage is ambitious and unwarranted," he added.

Other members of the rebel group in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, told Sudan Tribune that the next government will be formed by all South Sudan political parties will be part of the interim arrangement.

The rebels said they are looking for democracy and equal participation of all political parties in determining the future of South Sudan where fundamental principles of human rights, justice, equality and prosperity for all is guarantee.


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  • 11 March 2014 09:08, by Ajongtar

    Dont wory Gai, Our nest president is Pagan Amum, they are taking him to court to day.
    We will soon here the news.

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    • 11 March 2014 09:11, by Mi diit

      Your future president taken to court, humiliated, beaten, etc? Well, the fabricated story on forming a cabinet was done by foolish enemies of democracy. Shame on them.

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      • 11 March 2014 09:25, by Wicdail

        There were lots of errors on that perceived ’interim cabinet’ that was telling that this was a work of criminals trying to tarnish the image of the rebellion’s leadership. But they were unknowingly exposed their stupidity by including Dr. Rick’s wife (Angelia) as a minister of Housing and Utility, and excluding Dr. Lado Grory and Pagan Amum to the cabinet. Kirr and his gangs are so desperate.

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      • 11 March 2014 10:12, by Projector

        Shame on Mad Diit and Taban Deng, which part of Equatoria will support damn war base on tribe. Taban Deng is a liar and nobody in Equatoria will never fight tribal war except idiot Ladu Gore who is still having hunger over of 2010 Election suffered from Governor Clement. Keep on denying and am sure all of you have different motive of rebelling, you just put democracy as a framework.

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        • 11 March 2014 10:27, by Projector

          Cont... This war is based on Tribal struggle between Nuers and Dinkas and most of people who died are guilty. They started the war in Juba, after it got hot, they ran in UNMISS compound. I don’t think all the nuers who were fightin in Juba were killed or they ran away from Juba. They are still hiding in UNMISS cpnd.

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          • 11 March 2014 14:28, by Whortti Bor Manza

            Which Equatorians are you talking about? Who is Lado Gore the son of a Bari Paramount chief from Sinduro/Lobonok. I hope you are not a cabal of Wani Igga the son of that Dupiet the village singer. How many Equatorians were killed in cold blood at Lou Hospital in broad day light. Shame on you. Garang started the war with Dinkas exclusively of which other Nationalities joined later.

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        • 12 March 2014 08:26, by Mayom County Boy

          call your self projector i think coming some days you will call your
          self frog .never we could n.t allow you stupid idea .i think Taban Deng
          Gai will not accept that poor idea an more

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      • 11 March 2014 11:15, by mathem jech amer

        This is was sent to all media by Riek spokeman himself including Nuer website called "southsudannewsagency".If it was not true,why should all Nuers website desplay it?

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    • 11 March 2014 11:07, by mathem jech amer

      You were the same guy who gave the list of Riek longing leadership and now claims they deny. That means all you always write about rebels are your own imagination.No one will rely on your useless media writings in Adis, just enjoy ba----que,whisky quietely without causing chaos in current SS conflict.

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    • 11 March 2014 11:12, by mathem jech amer

      So called SPLM in opposition, are they observing human rights, justice etc

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  • 11 March 2014 09:10, by Gangura

    Good statement Mr. Taban Deng, I like you and we are behind you people. even we wonder why you were removed from governorship. believe me Kirr is just idiot but time as come for him with his corrupt cabinet to say bye bye to presidency.forget about those journalist who are releasing false news becoz, they want to servive.

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    • 11 March 2014 10:39, by Projector

      Which good statement Gangur?? always denying what you did? How long will the donkey of Machar keep this?? Just stick to what you said Taban instead of fooling yourself. Machar formed interim government no denial there, Taban Deng and Machar heve different Motives for this rebellion. Dinka and Nuer can’t sit on one table while the other one is slaughtering the tribe mate.War within Rebellion soon.

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      • 12 March 2014 08:36, by Mayom County Boy

        Wek Ateny your poor dinka goverment will not be there an more
        believe.just hide agood sum of amuont of money that will acommodated
        your family if you run out from south sudan to your fellow husband
        country Uganda.

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  • 11 March 2014 09:49, by Mapuor

    Riek Macar’s interim government is not different from his government of 1991 which was 99% Nuer.Why deny forming the interim government when Macar openly supported the formation of interim government without Kiir.Hahahahaha Nyagaats forces are 100% Nuer .

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  • 11 March 2014 10:14, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Government is claiming right, if me I got that list of 21 members of cabinet.
    But government is not care about such of Riek Machar. government of tribal with maxium of Nuers.

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    • 11 March 2014 10:40, by Malakal county Simon

      The current Kiir government is government lies, and this claimed should be treated as a desperate move by any wise person!!!!

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      • 11 March 2014 10:44, by Malakal county Simon

        Just get out from office because no one trust you anymore, with your usual liars!!!!

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        • 11 March 2014 11:05, by moto

          DENG GAI,

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          • 11 March 2014 15:01, by Hardlinner

            Taban, don’t create lies which people of bahr el ghazal support your nuer rebellion. The whole world knows that your rebellion is entire supported foolish nuers only. you have now been fooled by riek for second time. What r you going to say again when you come back. Majority of nuers are indeed shallow minded.

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  • 11 March 2014 14:02, by Alfredo christiani

    Fools ,who will stand behind you ,while you are well-known criminals over the world RIAK can not lead south Sudan forever and ever ,thousands innocent civilians died because of him since 1991 up to date ,criminals cannot rule wise peoples

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  • 11 March 2014 15:38, by Kim Deng

    The other coward Jurs (Shilluk, Anyuak, Burun, Murlei, Equatorians...) have only two choices, either to remain neutral and watch the dirty war or join the coward Jaang/Slaves. Just simple as that, get that? The Mighty Nuer Warriors alone are capable of bringing the Dinka Kingdom to its knees no matter how long it may take.

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