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President Kiir’s legal advisor denies letter backing VP Igga

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June 3, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan president, Salva Kiir’s legal advisor, Telar Riing Deng, has distanced himself from a recent letter, alleging he had proposed vice-president, James Wani Igga as the new chief mediator in the ongoing talks with the country’s rebels.

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Telar Ring Deng (Photo credit: Moses Lomayat)

The letter, also obtained by Sudan Tribune, argued that the move to appoint Igga, as a replacement for Nhail Deng Nhial, would woo and court Equatorians to support president Kiir’s regime.

VP Igga hails from the greater Equatoria region while Nhial comes from greater Barh el Ghazal.

The undated missive further stated that by courting the vice-president into a “more useful role”, it would avoid the widespread misconception that the negotiators were selected on tribal bases.

“We must find a role for the vice -president to participate in the talks. As the negotiations in Addis move to considering substantive issues of power sharing leading to interim period etc, it is essential that the vice-president takes the lead in the peace talks”, party reads the missive entitled “My perspective on the current situation in South Sudan”.

But Kiir’s legal advisor, in his response extended to Sudan Tribune, categorically denied ever authoring any advisory letter to the president and that the document neither contained his signature nor was on an official letterhead.

“On the face value of the letter in question, a casual glance shows that the letter does not bear my signature nor the official letter head of the presidential advisor on legal affairs, moreover, the same was not dated,” party reads Telar’s 2 June, 2014 letter.

Sudan Tribune wishes to thank president Kiir’s legal advisor and its readers for their feedback as well as the initiative to bring this matter to our attention, allowing us to set the record straight.

At the same time, however, we would like to sincerely apologise for the misjudgment on our part and any inconvenience this may have caused.

Sudan Tribune takes its journalistic mission and credibility very seriously. We wish to reiterate that we continue to have a strong and unflinching commitment to accuracy and transparency and we will not hesitate at any time to correct ourselves and explain to our readers, if and when something is incorrectly reported as was the case with the aforementioned story.

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Please find here under a link to full text of Telar’s reaction to the story we published on Monday.

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Telar’s Statement
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  • 3 June 2014 00:01, by Ito

    We all know that those equatorians are being used as tools to achieve Dinka objectives, whether they know or not is upto them. Also you the equatorians should now open your eyes and understand what is going on. You should not be given positions in your own country. You are there to represent your people, why should you be expected to be loyal to dinka in order to be appointed. Does south sudan

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    • 3 June 2014 00:04, by Ito

      only belong to Dinka. You are in parliament just like anybody else to represent your constituency and to work for their interest and not for that of Dinka. This ridiculous policy of saying if you don’t support Dinka you don’t get a position is nothing but madness and insulting to others. Is south sudan a private company for Dinka to impose their rule on others? People wake up before it is too late

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      • 3 June 2014 01:11, by Ahmed Chol

        Telar used this strategy of divide and rule in the Greater Bor area last year. He chose 3 ministers(Makuei, Kuol & Deng Nhial) from Bor South alone and left out Twic East and Nyarweng. The goal was to create division among the people so that they don’t have one voice and block Riek Machar from acquiring supporters from the 3 counties. Now you can see what effect it had on Bor South people.

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  • 3 June 2014 06:53, by maumau

    We Equatorians know what we want, we are not children to be wooed and enticed, may be our leaders who don`t care about the suffering that the nation is going through, they only care about their positions. Too bad, I haven`t seen any of them resigning in protest of the Salva Kiir government`s orchestrated violence.
    In the next elections, we Equatorians will vote for new faces because the current

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  • 3 June 2014 12:39, by J P Puok

    Telar who is always here for every bad reasons, quoting the law of which he had no credentials in it! scavenger, opportunist, good for nothing! who will dare believing in you devil on two legs! Better fool who is aware of his foolishness then the one who pretended that he knows every thing while knowing nothing! Tellar, no matter how long the night is , it must dawn! SS will one day woke up minus

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    • 3 June 2014 12:51, by J P Puok

      A day in which our media will miss your shapeless image on our news headlines only to be inform of you rotting in 2x2 cell waiting your verdicts! we are awesomely tired of you threatening media houses you white elephant! don’t you know SS as a country is evolving politically you parasite whereby anything done darkness will be reveal under the sunlight? Make your hay while sun is shining otherwise

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  • 3 June 2014 14:07, by Zeki

    Dear all
    Take note of war from Jonglei, Malakal and Bentiu. Equatorian must be very carefully to take care of you people who are now inciting them and thinking of them to cause war in their states.

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  • 3 June 2014 18:12, by thomas

    1. South Sudanese are smarter than Telar thinks. Federalism is what will help destroy tribalism, not the opposite. Some just want to centralize power (in thier hands of course). So he whispers in Kiir’s ear to delay the permanent, democratic, and federal constitution that 99% of Souh Sudanese want.
    2. Wani Igga is not a popular Equatorian leader, so Kiir is wasting his time on him anyway.

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