Home | News    Thursday 1 September 2016

Gajaak Nuer community denounce defection of SPLM-IO officials

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 31, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Gajaak Nuer community in Ethiopia have denounced the recent defection of South Sudan armed opposition officials to the Juba government.

JPEG - 28.6 kb
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)

At a well attended meeting held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Tuesday, the community expressed their position on the current crisis in South Sudan.

The community members openly demonstrated their full support for the country’s former first Vice-President, Riek Machar.

The community members denounced some of opposition officials who defected from SPLM-IO along with the current first Vice President Taban Deng Gai shortly after the 8 July incident that forced the peace agreement to collapse between the rivals factions.

As well as Gai, the ethnic Gajaak opposition officials who defected to become part of the government in Juba included Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and Bor Gatwech.

The meeting, which attracted over 600 members of the Gajaak community was attended by all Nuer community sub-sections, church leaders and representatives of SPLM-IO in Addis Ababa.

The meeting was opened with a ceremonial cake cutting, candle lighting and with ushering of South Sudan national anthem.

The Gajaak community leader in Ethiopia, Kunen Nyak Bol stressed that the decision by Gatkuoth, Gatwech and others do not literally represent the position of its population.

“They are acting on their own capacity as position seekers which are directly related to self-interests and opportunities” Kunen told Sudan Tribune.

He added that he had very long conversation with Gajaak Community all over the world through phone conferences.

He cited that the event denotes the final resolution of rejection of few “opportunists” who joined Kiir’s government.

"On behalf of Gajaak Community and on my own behalf, I would honestly like to declare our position that we’re still in full support of Dr. Riek Machar Teny”

“We, as a community strongly condemned the opportunists who are trying their best ... day and night to fool the world that Gajaak, the largest Nuer section in Ethiopia with sizeable number at South Sudan are with Taban Deng, this is nightmare and unfounded truth. We’re not with him and we will never be with him at all”

Moreover, the Chair women of Gajaak Community in Addis Ababa Mrs Nyakong Kuon urged the entire Nuer Community to stand firm with Machar and to disregard the rumors from anti-peace elements.

One of the participants who preferred anonymity on stage said that Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth is an “opportunist” and “political prostitute”

In conclusive remarks SPLM-IO Representative to Ethiopia, Ambassador, Goi Jooyul Yol said that the movement under Dr. Machar is committed to work for peace although Juba is derailing the peace implementation process.

“I want to pass the greetings from our leader - Dr. Riek Machar Teny. He is well with his family and all our brave officers accompanying him”, stressed Yol.

Machar fled the capital Juba, some two month ago following fierce fighting with government troops which led to attempts to kill him. SPLM-IO officials claimed this was the second murder attempt he has survived after the one staged in mid-December 2013.

Machar reportedly fled the country along with his wife, Brigadier Simon Bangong and 100 soldiers. He vowed not to return to Juba unless a regional force was deployed.

It is not yet clear if Machar sill is in Khartoum where he went to receive medical treatment. Opposition officials have declined to disclose Machar’s current whereabouts.

However, opposition officials in Addis Ababa told Sudan Tribune they want their chairman to be relocated to Ethiopia where IGAD- which Ethiopia chairs - still recognizes him as the legitimate first vice-president of South Sudan.

(ST)

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.
  • 1 September 2016 07:25, by Akuma

    Yes, Gajaak community are largest nuer community in Ethiopia which is correct. South Sudan don’t want external communities or countries to interferes in its own affairs. Taban is FVP of South Sudan not Ethiopia for your information. Be there mourning your dead leader Riek and South Sudanese people are working for peace.

    repondre message

    • 1 September 2016 15:19, by Redeemer

      Where is SPLM-IO Chief of Staff you failed to mention him in the list of the living dead you read to be accompanying Dr. Riek, ho God, the man has finished all the bravest sons in Nuer community.

      repondre message

    • 1 September 2016 16:50, by Hardlinner

      Those supporting riek are asking for more sufering of nuer civilians and youth in riek rebellion. If you want to live in peace, back taban, but if you want more wars and death, keep backing riek.

      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


Darfur, the most ‘successful’ genocide in a century 2017-04-21 23:16:47 By Eric Reeves The Darfur region of western Sudan has been recognized since 2004 as the site of genocide since 2004 by dozens of political officials and bodies (including the U.S. Congress and (...)

Open Letter to AU and IGAD: Festus Mogae be relieved and JMEC disbanded 2017-04-21 23:12:39 By Dak Buoth It is an opportune time for President Festus Mogae, the Chair of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation commission (JMEC) to pack and go back where he came from. And if he so wishes to (...)

The Nile Basin In Transformation: research uptake and what’s at stake? 2017-04-20 14:55:55 Mohamed s. M. Yassin (Ph.D) The Nile basin territories have witnessed huge transformation since prehistoric era and continue to be subjected to enormous transformations. The transformations (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


HRW denounces "collective punishment" in South Sudan’s Wau 2017-04-15 07:06:48 Human Right Watch South Sudan: New Spate of Ethnic Killings Urgent Need for Justice; UN Should Increase Patrols in Wau (Nairobi, April 14, 2017) – Government soldiers and allied militias (...)

Statement by South Sudanese Communist Party on the National Dialoguel 2017-03-22 05:44:42 The Communist Party of South Sudan On the Initiative of the National Dialogue The initiative taken by the President of the Republic of South Sudan declaring a need for a national dialogue is an (...)

An Appeal to President of the Republic of South Sudan 2017-03-15 07:22:45 Dear. Mr. President, I write to appeal to you for the release of political detainees now in the custody of the National Security Service at Jebel and other detention facilities. In doing this, I (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.