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New South Sudan FVP tells Machar to stay in exile


July 30, 2016 (JUBA) - Newly appointed South Sudanese First Vice President Gen. Taban Deng Gai has suggested that his former boss and SPLM in opposition Riek Machar should seek refuge claiming that rise power was legal.

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SPLM-IO Chief Negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, speaking to journalists at Juba airport upon his return from Pagak with his team, 22 January 2016 (ST Photo)

Gai replaced Machar as first Vice President in the transitional government of national unity (TGoNU) on Tuesday after being formally appointed President Salva Kiir in a decree. He was nominated by the faction of SPLM IO leaders in Juba, a day after Machar, who remained in hiding since fleeing the capital two weeks ago after four days of fighting, dismissed him from the armed opposition party.

Speaking at his reception ceremony at the office First Vice President, Gai dismissed Machar narrative that his appointment is illegal.

"My former chairman Dr Riek Machar Teny, was saying yesterday and said the process that I have followed, with my colleagues in the SPLM-IO by replacing him were illegal," said Gai, who was flanked by SPLM IO deputy chairman Gen. Alfred Lado Gore and Vice President James Wani Igga.

"And he [Machar] said there was an article in the agreement that we did not use. This is not true. What we have done in IO is legal: one is to save your life, number two is to save the life and unity of this country," he said, mocking Machar for speaking while struggling to save his life.

According to the peace agreement, each party should select a replacement within 48 hours after the position fall vacant for any reason. But each party have it own internal policy which the SPLM IO faction under Machar said were not met when Gai was nominated.

But in a clear break of ties with Machar, Gai said the former First Vice President should return to the capital as a normal citizen or stay away.

"Riek is wrong and I’m advising him that he should come back to Juba so that he come and stay peacefully, or he go to anywhere. He can go to Addis Ababa [Ethiopia] or to Nairobi [Kenya] or to Kampala [Sudan] or to Khartoum [Sudan] to stay there peacefully and wait for elections so that you [South Sudanese] come and elect him to the office or you come and tell him; "look we don’t trust you, we cannot elect you into office’," he said in a statement boardcast by state-owned SSBC TV.

Gai defended his attempt to hold to power despite promising last weekend that he was filing a vacuum and would step down once Machar return, saying South Sudan deserve peace which he said Machar "cannot be trusted to deliver."

He charged Machar for disagreeing with all South Sudanese politicians including SPLM founder Dr. John Garang in 1991 and President Kiir in December 2013 and June 2016. He said he is replacing Machar to ensure smooth transition to peace and democracy in the fragile country.


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  • 30 July 2016 00:36, by Dinka-Defender-General

    That’s right General Taban. Machar needs to wait for an election or come back to Juba as normal citizen because he cannot be trusted and country cannot be hold hostage. We will support you hundred percent. Keep up the good work.

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  • 30 July 2016 04:23, by dinkdong

    It is a pie in the face.

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  • 30 July 2016 04:57, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What a leader!! He accepts that he has no new ideas about the running of a country. He is simply a PUPPET. He has no integrity at all. He supports 28 states, no federalism, no democracy, no freedom of press, no freedom of association, no freedom of speech after opposing the system in the negotiation table for so long!! What an idiot!!

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  • 30 July 2016 05:29, by DHARCHEP

    To all South Sudanese, be advised that Riek Machar is not alive. Second, the sign of weakness from Feign Riek Machar has already appeared that he is not able to confront Salva Kiir in term of political dialogue, military power and popularities. How long are you going to stay in hiding? Come and share the situation with your people. The nigga is weak. Coward ass leader.


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  • 30 July 2016 05:42, by DHARCHEP

    "And he [Machar] said there was an article in the agreement that we did not use.This is not true.What we have done in IO is legal:one is to save your life, number two is to save the life and unity of this country,"In this case,how can Riek Machar saved the life of his people when he is not in the country? I wish if I was a Nuer,I should not even talk about Riek Machar anymore.Shame on Riek Machar

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  • 30 July 2016 05:52, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Thanks you Gen. Taban Deng Gai for your effort after peace agreement and stability of South Sudanese.
    Let Riek Machar go to exile in indeed.

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  • 30 July 2016 07:08, by lino

    Riek can go and live anywhere else as a citizen, but I hope Taban will not change his colour tomorrow like a lizard as he always does.
    He is a big butcher of Bor citizens in 1991 when he was sent by Khartoum to join Riek. If many don’t know he joint Khartoum delegation before Riek rebelled in 1991. Alfred Gore should have replaced Riek.

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  • 30 July 2016 10:07, by Mike Mike

    Taban had played a very bad game to his colleagues of IO and now the ball is between him and President Kiir.Let Kiir not forget to give such a person him more powers and freedom of movement to go to abroad to meet world’s powerful leaders and do the same conspiracy like what he did to his former boss.Gov’t should not trust Taban because he is a Nuer he might have different hiden agenda.

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