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South Sudan IDPS reject dismissal of Riek Machar

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Anyuak community leaders giving necktie gift to FVP Riek Machar, and bead gift to his wife, Angelina Teny, at their Jebel Kujur residence, Sunday, 12 June, 2016 (ST photo)

July 27, 2016 (JUBA) -Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) across South Sudan at United Nations protection of civilians (PoCs) sites, have protested against the appointment of General Taban Deng Gai as first vice president to replace Riek Machar, saying the action is threatening the peace deal in the country signed in August last year.

Wiyual Machar Gany, chairman of the IDPs community living in the POCs at Jebel in Juba told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that civilians in the UN camp are against the decision of president Kiir to illegally sack Machar and replaced him with Taban Deng Gai who “faked” a nomination in a hotel room.

He said such a decision will hamper the implementation of the peace agreement between Kiir and Machar and urged the government to withdraw the appointment of Taban Deng Gai and continue with the implementation of the agreement.

“We civilians at the UN camps have gone to the street today against the decision of president Kiir to replace Machar. We reject the nomination of Gen. Taban Deng and we see this as threats to the peace which was signed last year,” Gany said.

The group said they only recognize Riek Machar as the legitimate leader of the armed opposition faction who also inked the peace deal with president Kiir to end two years of violent conflict.

A similar demonstration witnessed in Malakal, Upper Nile state and Bentiu, Unity state at the United Nations protection sites with residents calling on world leaders to take immediate action before a “full-scale war” could erupt again between South Sudanese rivals forces.

The groups called on the international community to put pressure on both parties to restore peace in the country as per the provisions in the August 2015 peace agreement.

The demonstrators who were carrying placards and leaflets told UN officials that Taban Deng Gai was allegedly working to scrap the peace deal for his person benefits rather than ending the war.

Maruot Changath Payinjiar, a youth leader of Payinjiar county in Unity state, has condemned the appointment of Taban Deng to replace what he called the “legitimate first vice president Machar.”

He said the move is seen to be destroying the peace agreement, despite many signatures from both international and regional leaders.

Changath adding that Taban Deng Gai had already defected to President Kiir’s faction and had been removed from the party and should not have been appointed to represent the opposition faction.

The youth leader also claimed that the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has failed to protect civilians after several internal displaced persons were “mistreated and killed in front of them.”

“The youths condemn UNMISS for failure to protect the peace agreement even when they knew Machar was transported with few soldiers from Pagak as if they were in the conspiracy which almost cost Machar’s life. UNMISS also failed to protect the IDPs as many were killed in intentional firing by Salva Kiir’s soldiers,” he added.

Changath has urged the African Union (AU) to send in third forces to protect the peace agreement and called on them to condemn and dismiss Taban Deng Gai’s appointment by president Kiir.

(ST)

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  • 28 July 08:35, by Panda Odhie

    You are in UNMISS camps for your safety,
    you are not politicians to say those words, that mark the end of your Machar, please try another man apart from Riek .

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    • 28 July 11:11, by chuol

      Pandha
      Their being in camps doesn’t meant they can just keep silent when things are going bad.
      They are the most affected than the politician, therefore, they can’t be betrayed cheaply by the Toroboro and Kiir.

      Congratulations POC residents

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  • 28 July 08:59, by Eastern

    Trouble in the offing. The ARCISS is heading into being unimplementable.....

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    • 28 July 11:51, by Paul Ongee

      UNMISS opens the door for IDPs to come and chant ululation when rebels of Riek are launching attacks against the positions of government forces but closes the door when government forces are chasing rebels. It’s like Human Right Watch (HRW), which opens their eyes when government forces defend themselves but closes their eyes when rebels are the one attacking so that it’s reflected in their report

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      • 28 July 13:56, by Malakal county Simon

        Another clown here, making unfound claimed!!!!

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