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South Sudan opposition diplomat defects to government


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

September 2, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) - A South Sudan opposition diplomat in Ethiopia on Friday declared his defection to join president Salva Kiir led government in Juba.

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The South Sudan Embassy in Ethiopia (Photo Wanderingmark)

David Dang, who had been serving as Deputy representative of the SPLM-IO mission office in Ethiopia says he has resigned from his position, arguing that the leader of the armed opposition group, Riek Machar, has failed to lead the movement.

"Machar has no vision, he is running the SPLM-IO like his own property, as a result I am no longer supporter of Dr. Riek Machar" David told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

David’s defection comes weeks after few opposition officials including Taban Deng, close aide of Machar and former SPLM-IO head negotiator defected to government to take the officie of the first vice president , replacing boss Machar.

David further said that he is now on wards the supporter of Taban Deng who also is chairman of the SPLM/A-IO splinter faction .

"Furthermore Gen. Taban Deng Gai knows what it takes to be a leader," he said.

David called on all people of South Sudan and particularly on Greater Nuer community to follow his move and join the leadership of Taban.

He said Taban is the right leader to implement the peace agreement brokered by the regional bloc, IGAD and to save South Sudan from sliding back into a bloodshed.

"If you want peace to prevail in South Sudan, please come and join the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai who is ready to implement the peace deal," David said.

He added that the peace agreement signed in August last year is the only binding document which could stop the suffering of the people.

"Our people don’t deserve to be in the IDPs camps this too long in their own country; our children don’t deserve to grow in refugee camps without going to school" he added.

David Dang, switch sides to join the SPLM-IO, under leader ship of Riek Machar, in November 2014, while he was then serving as deputy head of mission of South Sudan Embassy in Ethiopia.

David, ethnic Nuer, then accused the ethnically Dinka dominated Kiir’s government of creating climate of fear at South Sudan embassies across the world to systematically force the Nuer diplomats abandon their posts.


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  • 3 September 2016 09:26, by Mr Point

    Obviously, Dang is a man of principle, not an easily bribed opportunist who has taken the easy way out of the struggle to go live in the government hotel.

    "He added that the peace agreement signed in August last year is the only binding document which could stop the suffering of the people."

    Which parts of the August peace agreement does Kiir see as BINDING and not imposed?

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  • 3 September 2016 10:52, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    We know what you are up to. You are for your stomach and not South Sudan with all its future generation.

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  • 3 September 2016 11:17, by maumau

    Salva Kiir said last time that Nuer are dogs, when the owner beat a dog, dog will run away but when the owner give him food, he will come back. This is behaviour of Nuer. Defection after defection, Nuer must think twice before they make decision. How can someone defect to government that soldiers who kill his people, rape women from his tribe and burnt down his village and looted all their cattle?

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    • 3 September 2016 12:54, by Malakal county Simon

      is your will to joins the rogue government just like you voluntarily joins the SPLM_IO at the inception of war 2013 but the blood of innocents people’s of South Sudanese being kills by Kiir government, will hunt you down before you enrich yourself with blood money!!!!

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  • 3 September 2016 12:54, by Redeemer

    We are tired to talk about behaviors of Nuer, they have already confused the country. it will take time to settle this but we need a non-Dinka in power, such that we can work against that government before we come together

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  • 3 September 2016 13:07, by Redeemer

    Nuer life is all about defection nothing else, they seem to be enjoying it, when they happen to have nowhere to defect to, one can leave the group, go to his house and say I defected. a Nuer can not stay for a year without that word

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  • 3 September 2016 13:20, by Redeemer

    If you spend two years + without hearing about the defection of a Nuer man, it means either he is dead or sick or in POC where there is free (Nyamnyam. One of my best friend ever left his family in Canada and declared on his face book page that he defected to IO. Only to come and die at Jebel on that fateful July, (RIP)

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    • 3 September 2016 13:30, by Redeemer

      There is nothing like defection in Ethiopia, yet Nuer of Gabella has that habit in blood decided to join IO. Only to be asking around Jebel-Dinka the possible way to Gabella at the eve of their defeat, there are dramatic stories in Juba guys

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