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Opposition military officers defect to join FVP Taban Deng


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)
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 24, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - Eleven military officers who originally were loyal to South Sudan opposition group Federal Democratic Party/ South Sudan Armed Forces (FDP/SSAF) switch sides to join SPLM-IO under leadership of the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune Tuesday, the defectors who used to be under Gabrial Changson led faction said they have decided to switch allegiance and loyalty from FDP/SSAF to Taban Deng led SPLM faction after "long and carful deliberation" among themselves.

"We the people behind this declaration paper felt that the four years long war in our country have benefited no one a single coin but the exact opposite" reads part of the statement.

They said peace is the wisest option and urged on south Sudan citizens to work towards Taban Deng.

"Those who backed Taban Deng had been right to choose to remain in peace over those of Riek Machar who chose going back to unwinnable war"

South Sudan erupted into civil war in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy and current rebel leader, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup, an accusation the later denies.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands and forced over 2.6 million people displace from their home.

It has also left an estimated 4.8 million (approximately 40% of the population) to face severe food insecurity.

In August 2015, the two SPLM warring factions signed peace agreement brokered by the regional bloc Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) but the two sides have continued fighting.

The 11 deserters said the IGAd negotiated peace pact maintained by the two principals of SPLM-IG and SPLM-IO holds a better prospect to the immensely suffering people of South Sudan.

"We have come to believe that this maintained peace deal is the window that is to save the bitterly shaken foundation of our country that the war has almost destroyed" they said.

"The continuation of war and its redirect will only take from us more adding to the pile of what it has already claimed in the past four years-mire human live losses and economic hardships" they added.

They called on the people to work for peace in order to save the worlds newest country which is at the verge of collapsing.

Below is list of defectors

1.Col. Pal Bidong Nyoat
2.Col. Changkuoth Ruon JAL
3.Col. Simon Gatluak Tour
4.Lt. Col. Buay Kandong Liem
5.Lt. Col. James Hoth Kun Kong
6.Lt. Col. Hoth Zuor Bol
7.Lt. Col. Mawone Gatluak Rundial
8.Lt. Col. Gattuak Khor Tut
9.Maj. Gatwech Wiw Chiom
10.Maj. Gatreak Luk Thanypiny
11. Capt. Bhan Koang Nguot


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  • 24 January 20:14, by choldit

    I am very sorry for This food lovers who collect civilians and call them soldiers. I know none of those pple. The students at universities in Nairobi, Kampala, Addis Ababa or Khartoum are bought with money to make news. How desperate is Taban Deng and his food lovers? Shame on u pple!

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    • 25 January 03:06, by Joyuma John

      11 of them are all Nuer, they reached fatigue level for war and this shall be the simplest ways for them to come back.

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  • 24 January 20:23, by nakhim


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  • 24 January 20:41, by Jieng Nephew

    This is not a new thing to all citizens, it became a norm to Nuer people to be played and used every time and then.
    shamefully they forgot their pain and decided to follow those leaders that add more pain on them !!......seriously as an equatorian and half jieng,i lost my trust.

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  • 24 January 21:36, by Eastern

    They are playing a game called " Nuer eat Nuer". This game is incentivised by poverty and the general hardship being felt out there. However, Dr Machar is ahead of the curve by embracing all South Sudanese into SPLA/M-IO not only Nuers who are proving disastrous of late!

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    • 25 January 03:42, by Marol Wang

      I never ever mine when i heard such news, Changson Lew and his followers lost sense and direction, they don,t know where to go and what to do, so they become visionless, let them go, ranks without forces big lyers.

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      • 25 January 08:23, by Mayom County Troops

        Changson Lew you become late with your group
        better to stay with your group in the bush instead of joining FVP Taban Deng Gai

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  • 25 January 08:49, by son of equatoria

    If all above officers are Nuer, then Nuer are traitors of themselves, how can you defect to a hungry, bloodsucker, food lover Taban who treason the whole tribe for his personal gain????

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  • 25 January 08:55, by son of equatoria

    I don’t think a sound mind person can push up with this incompetence regime in juba, with tyrannical dealing.

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  • 25 January 10:22, by john akeen

    I told you people before that the intelligence south sudanese people wants peace in their country and also they now the meaning of enough is enough

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  • 25 January 13:17, by wise Gabriel

    Fuck ass

    you are talking that the current regime has rotten, why don,t win rotten regime? you are totally crazy. go to Hell ya idiot

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    • 25 January 23:40, by john akeen

      You can say idiot ya killer and I know gonna kill yourself soon because you love killing why should I argue with you always and I know you gonna kill yourself very soon, sorry for replying back to you ya terrorist

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    • 25 January 23:40, by Paul Ongee

      You are welcome brothers of peace,

      The two meaningful wars have been fought already (1955-1972 & 1983-2005) which brought us to where we are today but the third one of IO-Riek (2013-2015+) is meaningless because it’s a tribal war of positions, fake military ranks and intended to be as an opportunity for employment The two civil wars were not tribal in nature but IO-Riek is purely tribal .

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      • 25 January 23:48, by Paul Ongee

        The first civil war of 1955-1972 led by Gen Joseph Lagu was not tribal but AAA-1972 was violated until another war broke out in 1983-2005 whose agreement brought us independence of July 9, 2011. The main objective of December 15, 2013 failed coup attempt of Riek Machar was for position of presidency without considering his poor political record of signing KPA-1997, switching allegiance, you name i

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        • 26 January 00:03, by Paul Ongee

          God did not make a mistake to put all the 64 ethnic groups in South Sudan and no one like Riek Machar can reverse that that one of the 64 ethnic groups must be eliminated from Juba or Equatoria region as a whole. Riek failed in his tribal war in Upper Nile and Bahr El-Ghazal and wants to shift to Equatoria region to gain support. Now his supporters turned out to be professional highway robbers.

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          • 26 January 00:10, by Paul Ongee

            Highway and roads robbery has become a source of income-generating project since Riek Machar failed to pay his supporters and sympathizers in US Dollars as he promised them during registration campaigns in Equatoria and Bahr El-Ghazal regions. Sadly, this promise was made after the August peace deal was already signed in 2015. It proved that Riek Machar was for war only but not for peace.

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        • 26 January 09:58, by jubaone

          Paul Ongee,
          Only jienges believe there was a coup cos the benydit/bandit told them so and they are are too foolish to put up a deep analysis. Relax Ongee, Kiir simply reaps where he did not sow. There would be no South if thats how Kiir had led the SPLA/M: chaotic, disorderly, foolishly without direction. Kiir cant lead his small jienge family, how can he lead the larger SS family? Just a failure.

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  • 26 January 05:43, by Gabriel KK

    Our Country has collapsed already politically and economical. What matters at this critical moment is to save the remaining souls from perishing from preventable man made chaos. Unity is a hard but could be lives saving initiatives when all citizens participate in peace awareness. I solute those officers!

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    • 26 January 08:41, by PEACE FOR ALL

      thanks you very brother KK. peace is the most important thing we all need at the moment. but for those who are campaigning for war in social media and outside there are being watched by God. the souls of the innocent people who are dying everywhere here in South Sudan know very well who is killing them. pointing fingers towards one another can not help and least we campaign fro peace to prevail.

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