Home | News    Friday 6 January 2017

South Sudanese rebel commander killed after squabbles with other faction


January 5, 2017 (JUBA) - A top South Sudanese rebel commander has been killed after squabbles erupted over the allegiance and the objective of the armed struggle.

JPEG - 17.9 kb
Gabriel Tanginye shakes hands with leading members of the Nuer tribal community in Unity state, Bentiu on October 19, 2010 (AP)

Gabriel Tanginye was killed on Wednesday during a clash in which more than 20 others lost lives. The exact circumstances under which the attack took place remain unclear. Military sources and relatives have provided conflicting accounts surrounding the incident.

Military spokespersons representing two rebel leaders, Lam Akol and RiekMachar, confirmed his death in separate statements without elaborating on the circumstances under the attack was carried and which the sides initiated it.

Tanginye was one of the senior rebel commanders who switched side from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition under the overall command and leadership of the former vice president, Riek Machar before the signing of the 2015 peace agreement.

He remains one of the holdout rebel commanders and did not join Machar when the new conflict resumed.

He opted to remain at South Sudan-Sudanese border as independent commander until Lam Akol resigned from the unity government in which he served as the minister of agriculture and formed his own rebel movement.

Sources say Akol later recruited Tanginye as one of his commanders. Others refute the reports of having joined Akol, saying Tanginye was only in the area under the control of Akol’s commander Yohanis Okech, whose headquarters came under attack on Wednesday by a group allied to Machar, resulting in the clash in which several lives, including Tanginye and his son were lost.

“As far I know, I don’t think Tanginye was one of the commanders under Lam Akol. He was only in the area preparing to go to Fangak area, where he wanted to carry out his own recruitment.

His mission to the area took sometimes due to logistics and so he decided to stay with Yohanis Okich, who is the commander of the forces under Lam Akol. He was there because of personal relations between the two men. They are friends”, a source with the direct knowledge of the situation told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

The source explained Tanginye became the victim of an internal conflict between Okich and Johnson Olony, who is the commander, allied to Riek Machar forces in the area.


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.
  • 5 January 2017 22:30, by Mayok

    stupidity is more and more affected some rebell commands because they have no clue for the war they fighting for. Gabriel Tanginye is curse due to his misbehaving and misusing his leadership style. He kill so many innocent in the past, and now, he continued do more its is unacceptable and no one to blame but himself for his death 💀.

    repondre message

    • 6 January 2017 00:50, by South South

      Pity, pity and pity. Some people in South Sudan are just for useless war, no reason for fighting, but just to kill. I said this before and let me repeat here. SPLM/IO= Finito. Their leader is in parking lot in South Africa leaving rebels without heads.

      repondre message

      • 6 January 2017 02:19, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        That’s disadvantage of tribal rebellion! It was completely against Dinka & now the truth is revealing itself. Tribalism kills & doesn’t bring a good leader. Let’s cease practicing it & open a new page of unity & patriotism. Lam Akol & Riek Machar are just PhD holders of Destruction!

        repondre message

        • 6 January 2017 18:13, by Jongo

          You are right sometime having little craziness is healthy Bashir is not crazy he don’t thinking twice in illuminating his political opponents especially when disestablishing his Government those guys were IN/OUT several times by this time SS already forget their Names Amnesty Process always prolonging office term No more this time for traitors

          repondre message

    • 6 January 2017 06:32, by Akuma


      Everything has an end, Gen. Tanginye has killed thousands of South Sudanese people since 2010 of his rebellion and he has paid price for that. Next will be Gen. Johnson and Gen. Gatdet Yak to go for South Sudanese people to have peace. Rest in hell Gen. Tanginye

      repondre message

      • 6 January 2017 07:43, by barbayo

        two guys in greater Upper Nile Dr Raik and Dr Lam Akol, will finishes Sons daughters of Upper Nile alone ,this time we should thinks on it

        repondre message

      • 6 January 2017 07:51, by Malakal county Simon

        Slave/Akuma from America

        You’re constantly preaching hateful comments while you’re far a way in America and continued to mislead those in frontline to dies on your behave???? Hopefully, you will die before those two peoples’ you mentioned above.... Good luck with your evil wish!!!!

        repondre message

        • 6 January 2017 08:00, by Akuma

          Malakal County Simon,

          We are not preaching hatred when you are busy fighting each other but we are trying to fix South Sudan into peaceful path. If you decide to abandoned rebellion than peace will come there and begin life. You will finish in fighting which you will not gain nothing but death of your future leaders

          repondre message

          • 6 January 2017 09:19, by Malakal county Simon


            The rebellion cannot be abandon because unwanted president kiir is a sole problem by refusing to hold SPLM/A national convention and than fake a coup in order to get rid of his opponents.... So as long as unwanted president illegally keep clinging to the power by force without calling for democratic process, there will be always a rebellions in our beloved country just because of 1 m

            repondre message

      • 6 January 2017 09:37, by Sadam Kuikoy

        You also need to mention Malong,Kuol,Makuiy Lueth and JCE or you can not because they are dinka?

        repondre message

        • 6 January 2017 10:34, by Akuma


          All those you have mention above have not wage war against their citizens more than your boss but due to your tribal power greedy, you hatred them for nothing. They stand with South Sudanese people whether in good or bad condition. Your bosses are being use to fight war because individual political interests

          repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 00:55, by dinkdong

    That’s why these rebels will NEVER succeed. They tend to turn against themselves. What a country! Sounded like another Somalia.

    repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 04:21, by Uncle J

    In South Sudan rebellion is not safe anymore even to Riek Machar the man who assumes HIMSELF the legitimate leader of all rebellion movements in the country. This time internal insurgency can start easily if Riek returns to Pagak because Taban Dengai is gaining popularity and there are those within Riek-IOs that are loyal to Taban. Soon this SPLA-IO war vs government would turn into Nuer Vs Nuer.

    repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 05:22, by Kush Natives

    Now what’s the hell will be the solution to this stupid rebellion? So, Gabriel Tanginya endured his life as a rebel and died as a rebel, pathetic! The bad part of it Is, nobody claiming responsibility for his death, Dr. Lam vs Dr. Riek Machar either one. Some of them are in South african’s parking lots, and claiming that the fighting is going well in South Sudan.

    repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 06:43, by Gatluak jal

    Midit Mitot, choldit, and Naath. where are you guy? Three of you always think that the problem in SS is only Dinka but I knew what was coming. Rest in peace

    repondre message

    • 6 January 2017 07:31, by Malakal county Simon

      Slave/Gatluak Jal

      No body was saying that’s the problem in South Sudan was Dinka as a whole, but those illiterates Dinkas/slaves like you who support and imposed Kiir dictatorship system in South Sudan are the sole problem......

      repondre message

      • 6 January 2017 07:40, by Malakal county Simon


        In relations to Gen. Gatwech Chan known as Tanginye, he deserved to dies in vain like it’s happened today for being let’s himself used and turned against his own community by the enemy.... If he Tanginye did not switched side and got kills by the enemy slaves/Dinkas he could have been honoured and buried in dignified as a hero defending his people’s.....

        repondre message

        • 6 January 2017 07:45, by Malakal county Simon

          But since he has chosen to defended wrong side, today he is a nobody and that’s what happened when you think you’re smart and betrayed your very own community’s. So far, I have no sympathy for him regardless how he died or who killed him.... Let’s him rest in hell....

          repondre message

        • 7 January 2017 05:24, by Gatluak jal

          Malakal County Simon, you are contradicted yourself in many occasions. In first paragraph, you said, Gatluak "No body was saying that’s the problem in South Sudan was Dinka as a whole, but those illiterates Dinkas/slaves like you who support and imposed Kiir dictatorship system in South Sudan are the sole problem" Second, "If Tanginye did not switched side and got kills by the enemy slaves/Dinkas

          repondre message

      • 6 January 2017 10:05, by General

        Malakal county Simon:
        Look at your stupidity you kill your own pple and still roled around on kiir’s leadership,for instances who kill who now?

        repondre message

    • 6 January 2017 07:31, by Midit Mitot

      Gatluak Jal,
      General Tang has no different with Mathiang Anyoor leaders, look, Tang was about to go to (Phom) Fangak in order to confused Fangak citizens to join his fake struggle, but true IO has done some thing better, RIP General Tang.

      repondre message

      • 7 January 2017 06:24, by Gatluak jal

        Midit Mitot, hatred you will not take us where in SS. we need united and reconciliation among our citizens. if we keep supporting something that will not end very soon, than why do we still continue with same thing? if we united as one people, then we will be able to force our president for election. if we keeping what we are doing right now, than other side will do same thing.

        repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 07:14, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    That’s a result of senseless war
    The same way will be followed by Riek Machar, who fight for nothing.

    repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 07:18, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    All South Sudanese are better to unites them selves rather than to take side of war, it is a war without production, which Riek Machar is doing with his cammmanders .

    repondre message

    • 6 January 2017 08:48, by Chang Kuony

      Gen Gatwech Chan aka "Tanginye" died betrayal. Tanginye’death will send a big signal to Nuerweew Generals on side of Mathiang Anyoor. We will leave no stone unturned to topple Dinka Haram terrorist government.The death of Tang is blame to Taban Deng and Dr Lam Akol al Jawin.The late had been in communication with Taban till his perishment. Next is Taban himself and Salvatore later.Enough is enough

      repondre message

      • 6 January 2017 09:11, by PEACE FOR ALL

        Chang Kuony, your stupid ideology towards Dinka will not take you anywhere. the death of tangayna has do nothing with Dinka. it was between Olony and Lam Akol factions plus their allies. enen Taban Deng Gai has to do nothing with this rebel death. think twice before commenting on tribal line/leans.


        repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 09:41, by Dengda

    I am odd with all of you, none of you mention about ACRSS without Taban but with Riek and other stakeholders, election 2018.

    repondre message

    • 6 January 2017 13:27, by Gab Daneil

      I lament the death of Gen. Gabriel Tangnyine and his son. May God of Dr. Riek Machar rest them in peace.

      repondre message

    • 6 January 2017 13:27, by Gab Daneil

      I lament the death of Gen. Gabriel Tangnyine and his son. May God of Dr. Riek Machar rest them in peace.

      repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 13:24, by Samsung7

    let me educating you how he was killed.
    First of all, there is a small area where IO of Olony collect revenues from innocent civilians. IO soldiers went in the morning to collect money while Lam Akol’s soldiers were already at the place collecting money and food. The IOS qaurrelled with Lam Akol’s soldiers for interfering with their business. From there, the qaurrell was turned to fighting. Four

    repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 13:30, by Samsung7

    Four IO soldiers were killed in the spot. After one day, the IO soldiers launched an attack to the Lam Akol’s base as retaliation. Tanginye was there with his two sons who were his close body guards. Their base was overrun by IO soldiers and killed Tanginye’s sons and he was captured alive and slaughtered like goat in present of soldiers. Those who killed Tanginye are Nuers not Shuluks.

    repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 14:03, by Ram Mi Ran

    Any one who do not likes VISION leader Dr.Machar will die quite like that. That is the consequence of betraying your own people(NAATH). You died in vain, no one will remember you in future.clap your hand nei tin Naath.

    repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 14:43, by du-guecdit

    R.I.P Gabriel Tanginye, you have been misled by so called PHDs holder rebel leaders to fight unjust war in order to die in vain just like an animal, while they are enjoying in a five star Hotel. And the worst part of it, is that, no one will even think of taking care of your family. That is the consequences of fighting unjust war, sorry for you!

    repondre message

    • 6 January 2017 17:28, by jubaone

      PhD people dont mislead others, they are clever and have clear vision. Just imagine Drs. Garang (RIP), Lam Akol, Riak, Peter Kok, Nyaba, and so on, did not lead the SPLM, then half idiots like Kiir would have messed up everything: no Junub. We just have to follow PhD people with pens not commanders with guns.

      repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 18:02, by Lou Nuer The Great

    hahahahaha those who defect for nothing will see the consequence of their revolt but SPLA IO will continue

    repondre message

  • 6 January 2017 19:10, by Fair Man

    R.I.P Tanginye
    You have killed innocent in Malakal and God has answered their prayers for you to follow them. This is a warning to those who forgot the reason why they joined the IO and were lured by Juba Regime, to defect from IO assuming that their defection may weaken the revolutionaries. They will all die or else accept to re-unite and fight a common enemy of people of S.S, led by Kiir & likes

    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

Sudan’s Constitutional Declaration was reduced to absurdity 2019-08-13 20:31:25 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman After paying tributes to the martyrs and hoping healing for wounded and offer sincere greetings to the rebellious Sudanese people who are inevitably victorious, having (...)

Options and opportunities for SPLM-N al-Hilu to join Sudan’s transition 2019-08-13 20:06:06 By Ibrahim B. Musa Despite the initial signing of the political on July, 17th, 2019 and constitutional declaration on August 4th, 2019, as well as the previous exhausting efforts made in (...)

Can Sudan achieve peace and democratic transition? 2019-08-13 07:37:28 By Rosalind Marsden Sudan has a unique opportunity to embrace democratic transition but there is no room for complacency. Comprehensive reforms and a united democratic front will be key to (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.