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Nuer chiefs in South Sudan disown new FVP Taban Deng


August 29, 2016 (JUBA) – Paramount chiefs in South Sudan hailing from the Nuer community have issued a joint statement disowning the newly appointed First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, who on 24 July replaced Riek Machar, another Nuer fellow, in a controversial process contested by supporters of the latter.

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Jikany-Nuer community leaders posing picture with South Sudan Vice President, Riek Machar in Juba, May 4, 2013 (ST)

In a statement bearing names of 14 paramount chiefs representing Nuer communities in the 14 greater counties in the states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei, inhabited by the Nuer, they rejected what they said was an illegal replacement of Machar.

“The above communities do not support the illegal move by Pres. Salva Kiir replacing Dr. Riek Machar Teny as the First Vice President of South Sudan with Gen. Taban Deng Gai,” partly reads the statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Monday.

“The Naath communities believe that Gen. Taban Deng Gai defected from the SPLM-IO and joined the SPLM In Government (IG). So, we take Gen. Taban Deng Gai treacherous manoeuvres as a mere propaganda played by the tribal Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) to prolong the suffering of the people of South Sudan for the selfish and tribal interests,” it reads.

“Therefore, we stand strong behind the able and wise leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, the undisputed First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan,” the statement further asserted.

The chiefs also condemned the continued attacks by government forces “on civilians in Upper Nile Region, Equatoria and Northern Bhar el Ghazel”, including what they said was the “earth scorching searches” to eliminate them and Machar.

“So, we reject the defected Gen. Taban Deng Gai from our Nuerland and do not support him. We also condemn President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Gen. Taban Deng Gai government for violating the peace agreement (ARCISS) signed by both leaders in August 2015.”

The traditional leaders also called on President Kiir to resign, charging that his leadership has been a reason for the prolonged suffering of the people of South Sudan.


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  • 29 August 2016 23:57, by chuol

    Bravo Nuer chiefs!
    This is what the world was waiting to hear that Taban Deng is just a slave and red dog who had simply returned to his vomiting debris. He can not be used to tarnish the name of Dr. Riek, who invented and engineered the independent of South Sudan.

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    • 30 August 2016 03:58, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Media is good b’se it falsely pleases losers/failures & puts them at ease for next continuous failures. The words are just rebels’ ones never fro Nuer chiefs. Riek’s tribal supporters will never succeed ascending him to presidency by rebellous, kill-Dinka policies. God forbids under the same Sun! He’ll die if he insists, simple!

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      • 30 August 2016 08:56, by Akuma

        Dear Chuol,

        Please note tomorrow that news headline in Sudan Tribune will read differently some days to come. FVP Taban Deng doesn’t represent Nuer tribe in gov’t but all tribes of South Sudan. Please refrain from this tribe thinking and be a leader of your own then following delusive person without vision.

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    • 30 August 2016 09:08, by Southern Boy

      Hi Chuol
      what is Dr Riek dependent in South Sudan is better you say that is killing Nuer people rather then depending, look what Dr Riek did in three years time in August 1991, Dec 2013 and July 2016, why do you like to kill your people everyday? if you are leader,fuck Dr Riek forever, he will never be a leader in South Sudan forever, hahahahah

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  • 30 August 2016 00:17, by chuol

    Jin (Jieng) cancer of evil letterly known as JCE has conspired against Dr. Machar as person to either killed him or pushed him out of Juba using Taban Deng so that peace deal could come to total break down as it has happened between salve Taban and Kiir, the dumb and sluggish president the world have ever had.

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  • 30 August 2016 04:14, by Redeemer

    Dear Nuer
    It will be more than too late when you will come to know that there is no single wisdom in Riek. You are kind of people who can not make any difference. Riek mobilizing only his own people and only his own people support him for his decades in politics. He has to change his politics to see if it can make any difference

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    • 30 August 2016 05:40, by Malakal county Simon

      Both unwanted president Kiir and STD cannot produce a meaningful peace, because both are in the same camp and that’s why this peace is being seen by majority of Southerners as car without a gas which can’t go anywhere.... But both men will evacuate Juba very soon and it’s just a matter time before Dr Machar, give the green light to Free dom fighters to storm Juba!!!!

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      • 30 August 2016 05:45, by Malakal county Simon


        I personally, want to thanks the Nuer chiefs for standing with Nuer community and the visionary people’s leader Dr Machar against treacherous act done by STD. Let’s him surrender alone and forcibly die alone!!!!

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    • 30 August 2016 05:50, by choldit

      Redeem, did u mean president Kirr uses only Dinka people for his politics simply becoz Dr Machar have the support from the whole South Sudan tribes in Equatoria, upper Nile and Bar El Gazal. Riek took even our small tribes Dinka converted into Dinka long ago like Jurchol, Balanda, and the rest that are fighting govt in Bar el Gazal now. Only those shameless western Nueri that can’t help thier ppl

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  • 30 August 2016 09:09, by Dengda

    Better late than never, this time around, don’t wasted precious lives matching through Bor to Juba the path which is impassable. Cutting branches is not the fall of the tree, I mean why you don’t try warrap home town of Kiir himself and see if the peace will not be implemented in letter and spirit. Please you try GB.

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    • 30 August 2016 10:45, by Hardlinner

      Dengda, just accept the fact, your rebellion is not going anywhere. It is good to live in fictitious world, but reality is that those who think of going to bahr el ghazal are indeed on suicide mission. Remember those who went 1991 never return back to nuer land. Anyway try your luck and be prepare to meet 2,000,000 gelweng fighters. You will realize when 80% of those backing Riek get killed.

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  • 30 August 2016 12:09, by Kerem

    There are these three things to Note:

    1. Taban is not for Nuer alone so disowning him does not remove his citizenship in South Sudan

    2.Riek never contributed to the independence of South Sudan unless you do not read the history of this country.
    3. Riek is a South Sudanese citizen known of killing his own people (Nuer). This fact will be discovered later on when Nuer come into their human sense

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  • 30 August 2016 13:45, by Wed-wau

    If someone who is not Denka or Nuer, read this article and those comments; you will know immediately you are the victim of ongoing senseless war. For whatever said was more about individual rather than a country. Will there be a peace?

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  • 31 August 2016 15:27, by BM-21

    Why chiefs did not display their names with their really pictures ?
    Liar or propaganda will not help you my community of Nuer!

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