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Machar’s spokesperson disowns Taban Deng’s anti-third force statement


July 21, 2016 (JUBA) – The Spokesperson of South Sudan’s First Vice President, Riek Machar, who leads the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), has disowned the statement uttered by Taban Deng Gai, his ex-chief negotiator, that the SPLM-IO was not for a third party.

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Machar speaks on a mobile phone after an interview with Reuters in Kenya’s capital Nairobi July 8, 2015

SPLM-IO leader’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak said Deng was speaking on behalf of President Salva Kiir and not on behalf of his chairman, Riek Machar.

“The SPLM-IO and its leadership are for deployment of a third party force in Juba. First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, has been very clear about this. Even in his cessation of hostilities declaration on July 11, 2016, he put it clearly as a proposal that a third party force should be deployed in Juba to create a buffer between his forces and those of President Salva Kiir,” Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Thursday morning.

“If Honourable Taban Deng is still loyal to his boss, Dr. Machar, he should have known this position and should have respected the decision of his leadership. Unfortunately, it seems he speaks on behalf of President Salva Kiir rather than on behalf of the SPLM-IO leadership. We should ignore his anti-third party statement as not representing the position of the SPLM-IO,” he added.

Earlier, on Wednesday after meeting President Salva Kiir, Mining Minister Taban Deng, flanked by deputy chairman of SPLM-IO, Alfred Ladu Gore, who is the Interior Minister, and Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Chairperson for External Relations in the SPLM-IO, gave out a televised statement, saying the SPLM-IO is not for a third force deployment.

“We are against this issue of third party to intervene in our affairs. The president is in control and there is no need for intervention. We have seen the repercussion of these interventions in other countries,” said Gai.

He spoke to reporters after meeting President Salva Kiir, barely two weeks after the country’s main rival forces clashed in the capital, Juba leaving hundreds dead and displacing over 40,000.

Although the deputy chairman of the SPLM-IO, Alfred Lado Gore, was present when Gai gave the statement, it was not clear why such an alleged SPLM-IO leadership position was not relayed by the second person in command, Gore, who also did not mention anything whether they are for a third party force or not.

But Machar’s spokesperson, Dak, said he suspected that some of their senior leaders in Juba have been under immense pressure not to express their mind in fear for their lives after the SPLM-IO Secretary General, Dhieu Mathok Diing, was beaten severely by security personnel loyal to President Kiir.

Dak however said he personally spoke to Machar on phone on Tuesday and confirmed the leadership’s position on deployment of a third force in Juba, saying “this is what Dr. Machar has been waiting for in order to return to Juba.”

“I spoke with the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar on the phone and he confirmed to me the SPLM-IO leadership’s position that a third force needs to be deployed before he could return to Juba. He is happy with the endorsement by IGAD, AU and the United Nations Security Council to deploy the third force,” Dak further stressed.

"Let Honourable Taban Deng speak to his boss and confirm the leadership’s position," he added.

When asked whether the contradicting statements coming from Taban Deng confirmed the widely circulated speculations that he may want to defect to President Kiir or campaign to replace Machar as First Vice President, Dak said he could not confirm what had transpired in the mind of the mining minister, Gai, but added that “his statement does not represent the position of the leadership.”

There have been speculations that Deng, a controversial figure who is widely seen as behind the escalation of the December 2013 crisis, is eyeing for the position of the First Vice President after he was disappointed when he was not appointed as petroleum minister.

However, observers who have knowledge about the provisions of the peace agreement signed between President Kiir and First Vice President, Machar, in August last year, said it would be difficult for Kiir to unilaterally replace Machar as this would be a direct violation of the peace agreement.


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  • 21 July 2016 07:17, by barbayo

    Hon, Taban Deng need peace not war like criminal Raik Machar some malitias behind him .

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    • 21 July 2016 08:50, by Whortti Bor Manza

      Your writings do not reflect any intellect capability. The traits of uncivilized and violent behavior seemed to have been manifested in you.
      What ever Kiir rejects he will accept at end based on his records of red lines. Be aware of these facts:
      Kenya blocks off Mombasa, Uganda stops food coming to S. Sudan, Khartoum shuts off the pipe line. You and Kiir will feed on cow dungs.

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      • 21 July 2016 13:30, by barbayo

        whortti Bor Maza

        this is your character as Malitias , where is your criminal boss. now you forget white army and you are looking outsiders hhhhhh poor stupid this is end of your revolution

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    • 21 July 2016 08:50, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      SPLM-IO/A, is doing nothing to the people of South Sudan that why people are running out of organization.

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  • 21 July 2016 07:31, by lino

    Let’s watch and see if Kiir will air a degree this Friday replacing IO leader!!! Taban will be always Taban in the bush or Juba. He maybe replacing Kiir Mayardiit in the presidency to rally up Nuer against Dr. R.M.T.D!!!

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  • 21 July 2016 08:18, by Eastern

    The position El Taban Deng is clearly known; let him float and be current towards J1, his final destination!

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  • 21 July 2016 08:46, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Taban Deng, has right to protest the third army forces to be in country.

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    • 21 July 2016 10:05, by Mike Mike

      Guys the third party force that has been proposed for SS is not coming to fight anybody in the Country.They are coming to restore peace that has not been given chance by our top leaders.Their aims of coming was to rescues each and everyone’s life through the improvement of security and delivers of business items to the needy people in their respective places.Food items are raising higher day/night

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      • 21 July 2016 15:49, by Hardlinner

        mike mike, UN as already got 12,000 forces in south sudan. so r telling me that 2000 of those forces wldn’t be able to keep buffer zone btn riek and Kiir guards?. those IGAD led by Red eyes idiot known as kenyatta should know that war started at presidential palace not airport. if kenyatta can allow our forces to take care of kenya airport then we could allow them to do so in south sudan.

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  • 21 July 2016 10:20, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Petroleum ministry or mineral ministry belong to the state. Whoever serves these ministries in the country is a service to the state if he or she patriotic. Removal of Riek Machar from his position is a complete dismantling of the compromise agreement that we well know Salva and his JCE do not want as the tenets of the protocol hurts their superiority in the country.

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  • 21 July 2016 10:52, by Kerem

    You guys should take note of what Taban has said. That we do not want the country experience what other countries like Somalia, Libya and even Congo here had experience even up to now. Peace shall never be achieved through foreign troops but let’s build trust on ourselves and work hard for it.

    Peace only needs our hard work and sacrifice to whatever we have committed against each other

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  • 21 July 2016 19:49, by barbayo

    congratulation Gen, Taban Deng Gai for new position as chairman of IO and first Vice president of Republic Of South Sudan,

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  • 21 July 2016 19:50, by barbayo

    congratulation Gen, Taban Deng Gai for new position as chairman of IO and first Vice president of Republic Of South Sudan,

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