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Former Upper Nile deputy governor joins armed opposition


September 9, 2016 (MABAN) - A former deputy governor of South Sudan’s oil-rich Upper Nile state has announced his defection to the country’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO).

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda’s capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

Maj. Gen John Ivo Mounto, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, accused South Sudanese President Salva Kiir of allegedly ill-treating the country’s civilians.

“I’m here humbly to announce my defection from the SPLM in government under Dictator Salva Kiir Mayardit to the wise and visionary leader H.E Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon the legitimate first vice president of the republic of South Sudan, chairman, and commander in chief of the SPLM/SPLA-In opposition,” he said.

The former deputy governor claimed president Kiir has failed the country, resorting to “dictatorial leadership and mismanagement of the country resources and the torture of unarmed civilians”.

“The government of Salva Kiir has shown the worse part of its dictatorial misuse of power. It has time and again misused the resources of the people of South Sudan that should have been used to deliver service to the good people of South Sudan,” he stated.

He blamed the current government of forming a tribal based-group, which allegedly runs affairs of the country at the expense of citizens.

“The tribal regime with its tribal advisors, the Jieng Council of Elders got the country back to war once more. They are torturing the people of South Sudan daily and worst of all killing them for no apparent reasons just only to carry their tribal agenda,” he claimed.

He accused president Kiir of violating the peace deal by creating more states instead of the 10, which were the bases of the accord.

“Salva Kiir cut the land of the other tribes, especially those of Maban and gave it to his tribe-mate, the Dinka Abling. We the sons and daughters of greater Maban do reject this land grabbing by Salva Kiir and his JCE,” he further stressed.

The former deputy governor also condemned what he described as “conspiracy” of the recent appointment of former SPLM-IO chief negotiation Taban Deng Gai by president Kiir as a serious violation, adding “it is a way to continue with marginalization policy by JCE”.

“The government of South Sudan has continued to marginalize the people of greater Maban (Maban Kouma, Uduk Gajang , Borno Jomjom) from services and have taken their lands and gave it to his Dinka tribe. We the people of Maban regret this tribal move. We demand the land of people of Maban is given back to its right owners,” he said.

Mounto said he believes the SPLM-IO is the only legitimate organization that will bring change and reform in the young nation.


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  • 11 September 00:53, by Akol Liai Mager

    NIF’ Genocidal regime has gambled out Riek Machar for a collective support from US, EU, Israelis, AU plus inclusive IGAD. For Peace and change in South Sudan, Gordan Buay’s free of charge advice must be taken seriously so Taban Deng Gai’s Train does not leave the station without you on board as a matter of fact.

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    • 11 September 04:44, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Riek’s IO-in War is made up of thieves, robers, murderers, embezzlers, corruptists & illusional supporters whose main reason is to get shelter of protection away from reach of justice. The living God has unlimited powers unlike our govt who favors dirty elements in the name of peace without capital punishment stead.

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  • 11 September 01:47, by Dinka-Defender-General

    The Former Upper Nile State governor joined opposition because he stole the public money. He tried to escape the punishment and accountability. I heard he was under the Federal investigation when he announced his defection. What did he do when he was the governor?

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    • 11 September 09:27, by Akook

      Akol Liai Mager, Shadrack Nuer Machut and Dinka Defend General,

      Look exactly what the defected Deputy Governor had just mentioned as one reason of his defection, the so called Jieng tribal policy.

      Three of you who commented against his defection above, you are all Dinkas.

      Shame shame shame... Salva Kiir had just effectively remained a tribal president No more national leadership

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      • 12 September 09:40, by Son of Upper Nile

        Akook, The 3 are all Jieng, trying to support a corrupt primitive tribal regime which ruined a hard won nation awarded to us by God to enjoy:
        1. They created unnecessary war by killing innocent Nuer after SPLA fought among itself in 2013.
        2. They brought economic collapse to the country by forcing other tribes to join the war to defend their land from Jieng expansion plans of 28 states.

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