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New South Sudan FVP Taban Deng has no army to integrate: SPLM-IO


Taban Deng Gai addresses delegates after he was sworn-in as South Sudan FVP inside the Presidential Palace in the capital of Juba, July 26, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Jok Solomun)

August 14, 2016 (JUBA) – The official spokesperson for the leader of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), has described as “self-deception” President Salva Kiir’s cabinet resolution on Friday which resolved to integrate SPLA-IO forces, saying the “illegal” new First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, has no army to integrate.

“This is a self-deception. The new illegal First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, has no army to integrate, or actually to surrender to his new commander-in-chief, Salva Kiir,” said James Gatdet Dak, official spokesman for the SPLM-IO leader, Riek Machar.

Dak was responding to the resolution passed in Juba in the Council of Ministers meeting chaired by President Kiir during which it resolved to integrate SPLA-IO forces.

Information and Broadcasting Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, announced on Friday that the cabinet had agreed to approve the establishment of the cantonment sites and to integrate members of the SPLA-IO forces after getting into the assembling points.

But Dak said SPLA-IO army is with Machar including the top army leadership, saying Gai had only defected to President Kiir’s faction with his bodyguards.

He said even another SPLA-IO General which Gai lured to his side in Unity state also defected with only less than 50 soldiers, adding “unless this is the number they wanted to integrate.”

Dak however claimed that the numbers of SPLA-IO forces are in hundreds of thousands and are all loyal to Machar across the country.

“SPLA-IO forces are the ones now besieging Juba, closing all routes from different directions. They are in full control of Juba-Yei road. They are in full control of Juba-Mundri road. They are in control of northwest of Juba city. They have cut off Lobonok, southwest of Juba. They are closing Juba-Bor road. Soon they will also close Juba-Nimule and Juba-Torit roads. And they will soon move on Juba to capture it and restore law and order. These are the members of the SPLA-IO forces under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar, the legitimate First Vice President and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLA-IO army,” Dak said.

He said the cabinet should have asked Taban Deng Gai if the SPLA-IO forces who have been fighting President Kiir’s forces around Juba and closing all roads are the ones he claimed to be commanding and should be integrated.

Dak also said the peace agreement did not provide for immediate integration of the SPLA-IO forces, but rather gradual “reunification” of the two armies “unit by unit” after implementation of security sector reforms which would take at least two years into the transitional period.

He said Kiir and Gai are violating the peace agreement to avoid reforms, saying Gai was trying to surrender the SPLA-IO army as he has already surrendered the parliamentary leadership to President Kiir.

He also said it will not be surprising if Gai will also surrender and approve the controversial 28 states.


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  • 15 August 2016 04:42, by Akol Liai Mager

    Gatdet Dak, the supper liar of SPLM-IO and soon commander in-chief of Wishful forces!

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    • 15 August 2016 05:57, by Malakal county Simon

      Traitor STD is a lone wolf, and he should stop misleading the empty-head unwanted president Kiir......

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    • 15 August 2016 13:46, by Akook

      One wonders what is in the mind of those of Akol Liai Mager for openly making himself advocate of this horrible failed tribal system. Jieng Intellectuals are silently tribalistically supporting Kiir’s regime in shame but Akol Liai Mager thought he could go open doing the dirty job.

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      • 15 August 2016 16:48, by Hardlinner

        Akook do u know what mutual interest is. Riek killed dinka intellectuals in 1991. So if u hv short memories, then do know that they reason Intellectual dinka support kiir is because kiir is not threat to their lives and families but Riek is. I’m pretty sure 80% of dinka do not approve of kiir handling of economy. But seeing the devil on other side of tunnel make them rethink their opinion.

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    • 15 August 2016 16:37, by Hardlinner

      Do riek know that lying too much on media is act of poor leadership. Getdat should know that even two years old kid would not believe him. Your forces run away from juba even ceasefire was signed. So go and entertain your mom dude. Your lies are beyong human simple logic. Even a a dog let alone a chimpanzee would believe you. Don’t disgrace nuer people please.

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      • 15 August 2016 19:26, by Eastern


        Wether you dinkas like it or not, change is on the way! The war has moved from Upper Nile to Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal. The days of Dinka excesses is over; you may try to gullible folks from outside your community but that won’t help matters.

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