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Three senior officers of SPLA-IO defect to Taban Deng in Unity region

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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 31, 2016 (BENTIU) – At least 30 soldiers and three army generals of the SPLA-IO have defected to the government controlled Bentiu town, in support of the newly appointed First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai. The officers defected from Riek Machar’s faction.

Two generals who defected come from Guit area, the home county of Taban Deng, the First Vice President, following a closed-door meeting on Friday at a remote village of Neemni, a suburb located southwest of Guit county.

The generals include Lt. Gen Dor Monyju,r a former militia’s commander during Sudanese civil war and Maj. Gen Liah Diu, all from Jikany-Nuer of Unity state, who were Gai’s former allies to during a time he was a governor of the state.

Another general who joined is Maj. Gen Makal Kuol Deng and Lt. Col Gatyoai Chidong all from Bul-Nuer and are believed to have escaped on Sunday night according to report.

Major Weirial Puok Baluang, spokesperson for the Machar’s appointed opposition governor of Unity state, has confirmed to Sudan Tribune on Sunday that two generals allied to Gai have disserted the SPLA-IO with few bodyguards and have reported themselves to the government led by President Salva Kiir.

“We would like to inform our people that, Gen. Makal Kuol Deng and Lt. Col Gatnyoai Chidong along with 12 guards deserted sector two at 3:00am night. We believe the intention of the two comrades is to join Taban Deng who is desperately in need of soldiers,” he said.

The opposition appointed commissioner, Maj. General, Hoth Chuol, told Sudan Tribune that his forces clashed with bodyguards of Lt. General Dor Monyjur and Liah Diu, claiming they went away with 30 body guards and heading toward Bentiu town to join President Kiir’s forces.

General Monyjur reportedly left Juba few days ago on the mission Gai sent him to in his home county of Guit to try to woe soldiers on his side in the area, but was reportedly resisted and decided to flee towards Bentiu.

However, a bodyguard of the newly appointed First Vice President, Gai, told Sudan Tribune that there are many generals on the ground who may support his boss, adding “it is just a matter of time, things will turn around.”

He said they are expecting massive defections from the rebel leader Riek Machar’s camp to join them in the peace implementation with President Salva Kiir.

Most people had feared the new first vice president may use the money to bribe the generals and soldiers who were desperately fighting for the last two years and a half without money.

(ST)

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  • 1 August 2016 03:36, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Smart Generals. Welcome back. We need a peace and stability in our country. Leave Machar alone to fight his greedy war without you. General Taban will bring a peace back to country. No nuer or Dinka but south Sudan and one people. Remember we are strong when we stick and stay together. South Sudan oyee... Long live S.Sudan.

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    • 1 August 2016 05:19, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Bravo! Peace is restoring since that time Gen. Taban Deng decided not to follow Riek Machar to the bush again & opted to implement the imposed peace agreement by replacing Riek as the FVP. People ve suffered & r suffering fro just a senseless war. We need all SPLAIO/members to join peace implementation!

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      • 1 August 2016 10:18, by Panda Odhie

        The rebels are fooling themselves how can they defect with few solders when the fluke in the IO with thousands specially Malakal

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    • 1 August 2016 10:29, by chuol

      Good news let the idiot generals go with their few soldiers
      Dr Machar viva
      SPLA I O viva
      Juba is locked in as we speak

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