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SPLM-IO says leadership intact, calls on President Kiir to stand with agreement


S Sudan's FVP designate Riek Machar, arrives in his General Headquarters, Pagak. He was received by SPLA-IO's Chief of General Staff, 1st Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, 12 April, 2016 (courtesy photo of SPLM-IO)

July 24, 2016 (JUBA) – The leadership of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), led by First Vice President, Riek Machar, said their party and its leadership had remained intact despite recent “illegal” attempt by outsiders to snatch and claim it.

“The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) is intact. The illegal attempt by outsiders to claim it has been aborted,” said James Gatdet Dak, Machar spokesperson.

“What happened in Juba in a hotel on July 23, 2016, organized by a dismissed member, Honourable Taban Deng Gai, was an act of terrorism, during which three senior officials of our party were held hostage in their Crown Hotel and were intimidated and forced against their will to nominate him as acting First Vice President of the Transitional Government of National Unity and Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLM (IO), or else President Salva Kiir’s security operatives would have dealt with them,” he added.

He said their party’s secretary general, Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol, was severely beaten a week before in the hotel when his position was known to have been against activities of Gai, adding this has made the SPLM-IO ministers and officials remaining in Juba to fear for their lives.

Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, a supporter of Taban Deng Gai, announced on Saturday that President Kiir was going to appoint Gai on that Saturday as acting First Vice President and take oath of office on Sunday and start his official work on Monday.

Machar’s spokesperson, Dak, said President Kiir has made a wise decision by not acting to also illegally appoint Taban Deng Gai as acting First Vice President to replace his recognized peace partner, Riek Machar, saying appointing Gai would have shown to the world that President Kiir meant to destroy the peace agreement and was part of the conspiracy which Gai was used to implement.

He said President Kiir should further act in accordance with the request from his first deputy to relieve Taban Deng Gai for his position as minister of Mining, saying the agreement has provided powers to the First Vice President to recommend to the President to replace any of his ministers he nominated to the transitional government.

Dak argued that as the head of state whose responsibility is to protect institutions and abide by the peace agreement, President Kiir should not be trapped into condemnation by allowing for illegal and fraudulent replacement of his first deputy, as this would destroy the peace deal.

“I believe that if President Salva Kiir respects institutions which his government has created as well as the transitional leadership of the transitional government and wants the peace agreement to be implemented without hiccups, he should relieve Honourable Taban Deng Gai as requested by the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar,” he added.

He seriously condemned the process carried out at Crown Hotel in Juba to “fraudulently” replace Machar, saying the process only amounted to “a hotel good time party by random invitees” and not an institutional process of the SPLM/SPLA (IO).

The opposition leader’s spokesman narrated that Gai was dismissed from the party by his chairman a day before forging the meeting, and therefore was no longer a member of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) as he already defected to President Kiir’s faction by his own actions.

He also argued that even if Gai were to remain a member of the party, there was no quorum of the leaderships of the political bureau or the national liberation council in Juba to convene a meeting, adding that Gai got only one member willingly and forced other three senior officials out of 23 members of the political bureau.

Over 90 percent of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) leadership bodies, he said, have been dispersed by the recent fighting, and are either with Machar in the bush, or in United Nations camps in Juba, or in the other parts of the country, or in the neighbouring countries.

He further explained that the peace agreement has not also provided for a temporary replacement of the First Vice President or the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA.

“The peace agreement has instead given powers to the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, to delegate one of his ministers to temporarily act on his behalf in his absence if need be. It is like when the vice president acts when the president is absent. This does not need replacement, or appointment or taking oath of office in order to temporarily act. We also have our deputy chairman, General Alfred Ladu Gore, who is in Juba,” he added.

A senior official who is loyal to President Salva Kiir told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the “smartest way” President Kiir should behave now is by not appointing Taban Deng Gai to replace Riek Machar as First Vice President so that he distanced himself from the internal power struggle within the SPLM-IO and to avoid being condemned by the international community for either being behind the conspiracy or supporting Taban Deng Gai to destroy the peace agreement.

He said the President is likely relieve Gai from his post as Minister of Mining in show of acting as the head of state who respects the agreement and decisions made by his first deputy who is mandated by the peace agreement to replace his party’s ministers in the cabinet.

“President Kiir himself said he saved Machar at the palace during the fighting two weeks ago. This has clearly indicated that he wants to continue to work with him. He should continue to show this to the world by maintaining him as his first deputy, otherwise if he acts contrary to this the reading will be different,” the official said.

Machar fled the capital two weeks ago and said he relocated to outside of Juba due to fear for his safety and to avoid further clashes between his forces and those loyal to President Kiir after four days of fighting in Juba.

He said he will return to Juba immediately after a third party force is deployed in the capital to separate rival forces and provide security and protection for the leadership and the citizens exposed to danger.


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  • 25 July 2016 08:08, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    SPLM-IO made a coup for themselves not government against Riek Machar militias forces or movement.
    Let them solve their problems without touching the government names as well as the president.
    President Kiir Mayardit is acting according to the peace agreement he signed in August 2015, therefore president Kiir don’t want his people to back to war, with militias forces of Riek Machar.

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    • 25 July 2016 08:20, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr Ayuiu,

      Your team has failed diplomatically and your murderous team soon will face the music of Justice. The wealth stolen from the country will have to be recovered. Your evil acts have now been seen by the whole world. Like CPA agreement, this recent compromised agreement is going to be supported by the world to its success. It is then your supremacist dynasty will come to its death.

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      • 25 July 2016 18:50, by jubaone

        Jur Likang,

        Jusice is not dispensed but must be taken by force. We´re not yet done with jienges. They may jubilate now, but Kiir will not be there for ever. Even the Egyptian pharaohs went to oblivion after some while. We burn for revenge and we will do our own justice when the time comes. It is soon!

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        • 26 July 2016 12:50, by Khent


          This internet "tough" *talk* is not going to have any affect on the ground and it’s not seen as anything but blustering hot air. Rwandan style tribal war is what you seem to be advocating. Careful for what you wish for, because you just might get it.

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      • 26 July 2016 12:57, by Khent

        jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        When will your Nuer people return Akobo County - a large territory that you have stolen from the Anyuak. And when will you put an end to assassinating their leaders, murdering their people and intimidating them off their lands? When will that happen? When will that evil end?

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    • 25 July 2016 09:22, by Paul Chadrack

      the J1 fighting was planned by bor county ministers on kiir side of gov’t, during the 4days of fighting they were the one spreading all false information that riek will be replace and two senior of his officers are killed and riek himself is even dead. I consider them the most dangerous people now in south sudan because they don’t want peace because they don’t want nuers.

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  • 25 July 2016 08:20, by Eastern

    Dinkas are showcasing their ineptness and some nuers who want to appear smarter are quickly buying into it. Shame!

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    • 26 July 2016 12:54, by Khent


      The Dinka have certainly failed this Nation, so perhaps we should make way for the people of Eastern Equatoria to take charge and prove to us that they really were patriots even when they had half a dozen Khartoum supported militia groups operating in their territory - with the full support of the population.

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  • 25 July 2016 09:21, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Your country will be like Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen where international forces are concerned, up-to today those countries are in mess,
    Do you want South Sudan will be like that?
    to be in mess, that’s why you seem president Kiir, refused to accept any foreign intervention.

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  • 25 July 2016 09:29, by Angelo Achuil

    FOR those who love condemning the whole tribe: Dinka, Nuers, Murle or any. Each man should answer for his sins not for the clan, tribe, or nation. Until we stop this, peace will continue to evade us. If against culprits, I am with you, but if against a tribe, then go alone!

    Mt 12:37. "Every idle you say will be brought against you on the judgment day -

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    • 25 July 2016 14:16, by Jojo

      @ Angelo, i like your comment. We better distance ourselves from condemning the whole tribes instead base our comment of individual. We can achieve to be strong and loving country if we are not generalizing tribes in our country dirty political affair. When some dinkas thought of carrying mass killing on Equatorians these past few days, some peace lovers Dinkas refused those evil idea.

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    • 25 July 2016 14:18, by Jojo

      @ Angelo, i like your comment. We better distance ourselves from condemning the whole tribes instead base our comment of individual. We can achieve to be strong and loving country if we are not generalizing tribes in our country dirty political affair. When some dinkas thought of carrying mass killing on Equatorians these past few days, some peace lovers Dinkas refused those evil idea.

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  • 26 July 2016 02:42, by Force 1

    This is actually a good thing that people are lying that Riek is still alive when he isn’t. This is truly a good thing; let’s ride this bus of deception until the end.

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