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S. Sudan’s First Vice-President unveils plans for hotspot areas

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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)

December 30, 2016 (JUBA)- South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, has unveiled a peace plan of visiting conflict-stricken and hotspot areas in the country with the view to sensitize the population and members of armed opposition faction, who have not responded to calls to cease hostilities and go to cantonment sites.

Gai, his office said in a statement, starts by visiting Yei, Torit and Yambio in Equatoria before a tour of Wau in Bahr el Ghazal region.

The official, it added, will pay immediate attention to the continued deteriorating security situation in Yei and Western Bahr el Ghazal, visit Yei town on Saturday and later to Wau town in the first week of January next year.

“The first vice president, will, while in these places, hold public rallies with local governors and accompanying delegation to sensitize them about peace and the progress made,” it further stated.

During these visits, the country’s second most powerful official, is expected to convince members of the armed opposition forces still in possession of guns and yet failed to report to the assembling points to immediately observe ceasefire and comply with the directives.

Observers, however, expressed skepticism of the extent to which Gai will continue relating to relate with rebel commanding officers who have either declared allegiance to his predecessor, Riek Machar, because they see him as someone who embodies symbol of the grievances for which they took up arms against the Juba regime.

(ST)

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  • 30 December 2016 20:23, by pal patrick

    Well, this is interesting. How can some one who hated so much other communities within SPLM/IO, and even strongly doubted their involvement and commitment to SPLM/IO, finally go to those same communities of Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal to seek their support to assist him in maintaining his ill gotten position? By and large they will not listen to him as he is part of the bad system.

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  • 30 December 2016 20:33, by Sadam Kuikoy

    Telling lies will never help you ya Jeana,haram,if you are not just buying to enriched yourself with the bloody money, go to your headquarters in Pagak as you claim that all IO forces are under your command,then let see how it will goes with you hopeless.

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    • 30 December 2016 20:42, by S. Sudan Nationalist

      We need peace not caring about persons. Independent thinking is what is important instead of identifying with particular people. South Sudan is not Machar, Salva, Gai or Wani Iga. South Sudan can do very well without these people.

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      • 30 December 2016 23:35, by jubaone

        Taban just a hopeless jellaba bastard. Equatorians have no time for such low grade Nuer sellouts. Let him go to Bentiu and convince his equally illiterate kin.

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        • 31 December 2016 14:14, by Chang Kuony

          Taban el taban has no base in Unity State Bentiu neither in greater Equatoria region. Jiena Haram is not feeling shame to deceive the public. Mathematically : Kiir( river) + Taban ( tiresome or fatigue ) + Lol( sewage ) = shits. Believe nothing will come out from human wastes mentioned above.

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    • 31 December 2016 07:18, by Against Incitement

      To:Sadam Kuikoy,
      My brother,if you continue insulting or abusing, what will you gain from it?You will cause mental trauma to yourself! insults and abuses make you to be something else(i do not want to mention it).Insults and abuses do not make a person sick and do not kill a person even.How do you call a person who talks alone and insults people in public places(name it for your self please)!

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  • 31 December 2016 05:58, by Son of Nuer

    walai STD have no forces in Equatoria region believed me

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  • 31 December 2016 06:49, by Future1

    Thanks to FVP who have never sleep in thinking how to bring South Sudan to normalcy you are realistically doing your part as South Sudanese in peace building. You negotiated it and try to implement it. I don’t understand why people run crazy over peace initiatives. Are we doing our part in this forum? Completely no. Who will do it for us? Who will keep on dying on these negatives campaign? Shame!!

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  • 31 December 2016 07:00, by Future1

    Fight does not show your manhood for semi-literates. Let us have peace for the sake of vulnerable communities (children, women, disabled, elderly etc). Change this rebellion things to something positive that can accommodate all South Sudanese. What is this? The world is reading your comments guys. There other ways of changing the system/government. Surely, is this the country you need?? please!!

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  • 31 December 2016 07:36, by Eastern

    El Taban Deng should start first by going to Pagak "his" headquarters, where a few Nuer wew defected from to join him in Adis Ababa. Residents of Yei have all fled to Congo and Uganda. Residents of Torit are moving out of the town in droves while residents of Wau are holed up PoC and others have fled to Sudan. Why did Kiir and Malong cause all this mess at our watch?

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  • 31 December 2016 09:01, by Fair Man

    Taban Gai will simply be holding rallies in preparation for elections compaign of 2018. This is part electoral rigging. To claim he direct links with freedom fighters in Equatoria, is a joke. The only person to declare cease-fire Dr. Riek Machar. Taban is an opportunist. He should not make a mistake of moving 1km out those towns, we can clear his convoy.

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    • 31 December 2016 09:31, by Mayom County Troops

      Hahahahah !!!!!
      Taban you have no bases in those states you have mention , only what i knows there are robbers that always attacks innocent civilians on their ways ,how can you establish a hotspot areas ,while you have no a single barrack ?

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    • 31 December 2016 12:48, by Eastern

      Folks, three no election in 2018......without peace, don’t talk about elections....

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  • 1 January 10:38, by Philosopherking

    He a fraudster who sabotaged the dreams of the south sudanese people! If Taban is indeed SPLMIO why is there still fighting? Why is there no single soldier at his cantonment sites! Fake

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  • 1 January 10:58, by Philosopherking

    He can’t even visit POC if allowed. What a coward!

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