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Three people supporting Taban Deng targeted in UN camp


July 28, 2016 (JUBA) -Three supporters of General Taban Deng Gai, newly appointed First Vice President to replace Riek Machar in a controversial process, were seriously tortured and were beaten nearly to death by groups of internally displaced person (IDPs) after discovering their underground campaign and bribery of other members of people staying the United Nations camps.

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IGAD chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin (L) and the SPLM In Opposition’s lead negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, attend the resumption of South Sudan talks in Addis Ababa on 11 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

An eyewitness told Sudan Tribune that the three men were caught by a villante group, known as ‘Nuer Four’ or N4 police who have been mandated by the community to put law and order in the protection of civilians site.

He said one man had been reported with serious injuries in the body after the local police in the camp discovered their activities and beat him.

It is unclear why civilians seeking protection at civilians’ site resulted in such activities, but officials there said people are deeply divided over recent decision to appoint the SPLM-IO former chief negotiator to replace Machar, with overwhelming majority in the UN camps still supporting Machar.

A close allied to Taban Deng GAi in Juba has confirmed that the incident occurred, but added that “it is a minor case.”

He said most of those seeking protection at civilians’ site in Juba and other states are very desperate about the life in the camp.

“You know most of the civilians in the camp are not happy about the recent development of appointing Gen. Taban Deng Gai as the first vice president to replace Dr. Riek Machar Teny in the Transitional Government of National Unity,” he told Sudan Tribune.

He however added that the new first vice president “is progressing well despite all condemnation by the members of supporters of Riek Machar.”

However, residents in the camp told Sudan Tribune that the situation at UN camps in Juba remain tense as supporters of Taban Deng are being targeted. It is confirmed that most people in the UN camp are restricted to get out, but some politicians are accused of fuelling the situation.

They said the recent appointment of Gai is calculated to further divide the Nuer ethnic group into separate rival groups.


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  • 29 July 2016 10:31, by chuol

    Hah, What?! 3 supporters!
    I would resign if am a First Vice President and my supporters from over 40,000 are three in number.
    I Mr CHUOL tharjiathliey better 100 times than traitor taban while am just a sergeant in the army

    Shame to Arab boy

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    • 29 July 2016 11:06, by wacjak

      Chuol, the three are reported because they were beaten otherwise, there are multitude others who feared the craziness of your people and decided to play it calm.
      Since, when did Taban become an Arab boy? Was he not the same Chief negotiator whom proudly used to praise? You idiots are indeed food lovers. No wonder why people of your caliber are hopeless. Peace must be implemented with sensible Nuer

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  • 29 July 2016 11:03, by Eastern

    Some nuers are ready to be drawn into petty issues really. The appointment of El Tabani is aimed at abrogating the ARCISS as well as breaking the strong bond of kinsmen that holds the various Nuer community together. I am wondering why do nuers want the dinka to toy with them all the time; why the infighting?

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    • 29 July 2016 13:58, by jubaone


      Dr. Riak is eloquent, intelligent and visionary. The jienges dread him so much that they want him dead and want to get away with soft Targets like Taban. Sadly, the Nuers under Taban have foolishly walked into this trap of divide and rule. Imagine the Nuers stood as ONE THING, the jienges would have to chew granite. Why have the Equatorians not joined the SPLA-IO in large numbers?

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      • 29 July 2016 15:53, by Hardlinner

        Jubaone, in case u do not know the reason why equatorians didn’t join baseless riek rebellion, it is because they r smarter than u n poorer nuer civilians. Every one including dinka r against the performance of the government. But rebellion or coup is not the solution to getting rid of current government. Peaceful transitions is what we want. Riek and Kiir shld quit politics for good.

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        • 29 July 2016 21:46, by Deng II

          Nuer an immatures, an impatient, tempermentuous, lack of thinking through before actions is an explicit on their ways of doing things. There is no hold on a second in Nuer behaviour. Nuer let others people get in to their minds quickly and manipulate them. Unity bond in Nuer can be broken by outsiders quickly.

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          • 29 July 2016 22:03, by Deng II

            More than three weeks ago IO whom majority of them are Nuer fighting government in Juba. I thought they can be patient enough to united and let go their differences,instdead they are about to kill themselves. I’m just wondering but not surprised, in fact everyone knows Nuer behaviour, they can kill themselves any times they want.

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