Home | News    Saturday 30 July 2016

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.

JPEG - 45.2 kb
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.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 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.

    repondre message

  • 30 July 2016 04:23, by dinkdong

    It is a pie in the face.

    repondre message

  • 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!!

    repondre message

  • 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.


    repondre message

  • 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

    repondre message

  • 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.

    repondre message

  • 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.

    repondre message

  • 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.

    repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

South Sudan peace process should focus on separation of powers 2018-06-24 22:25:44 By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi This week, IGAD released a “Revised Bridging Proposal” on the High-Level Revitalization Forum HLRF of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of (...)

Perspectives on Kiir and Machar meeting 2018-06-20 22:48:12 By Santino Ayual Bol IGAD which has been facilitating and mediating the slow-heel Agreement to Resolve the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan shortly abbreviated as ARCISS has unilaterally (...)

SLM’s al-Nur’s response to Troika countries about violence in Darfur 2018-06-20 22:02:28 Response by the Sudan Liberation Movement to statement by the United States, United Kingdom & Kingdom Of Norway on cessation of violence in Darfur By Abdul Wahid al-Nur Dear President (...)


Latest Press Releases

The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)

Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)

Abyei celebrates Mine Awareness Day 2018-04-05 08:52:03 4 April 2018 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.