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"War mongers" convinced S. Sudan labour minister and public service to resign: official


February 19, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s armed opposition (SPLM-IO) faction loyal to First Vice President Taban Deng Gai claim "war mongers" and "rumour propagators" convinced the ex-labour minister to resign.

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Electricty and Dams minister, Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol (ST)

The cabinet minister of labour and public services, Gabriel Duop Lam resigned, citing the “impartial” composition of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

Lam, in his letter, declared his allegiance to the armed opposition leader and ex-First Vice President Riek Machar. Machar fled Juba in July 2016 and lives in South Africa.

“The truth of the matter was that Mr. Gabriel Duop was misled by warmongers and rumour propagators who are thirty for more bloodshed among south Sudanese to take that miscalculated decision to resign from the TGONU (Transitional Government of National Unity”, reads a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

The statement, which bears the name of the electricity and dams minister, Dhieu Mathok, said there are individuals who believe peace should not be given a chance, and are allegedly moving from here and there preaching that peace has collapsed and the nation was returning to war that it requires the accord to be resuscitated.

Mathok, in the strongly worded statement, wars those he claimed advocated for war to completely denounce violence so that the country can return to peace and stability.

“We therefore urge them to denounce violence, immediately stop killing of innocent people, embrace peace and respond to president Salva’s call for national dialogue and reconciliation”, the minister stressed in the 17 February statement.

Duop was appointed labour minister in August 2016 by the First Vice President having been appointed by Machar, serving as Minister of Interior from April-July 2016.

The former Jonglei state minister for law enforcement and rebel governor of territories controlled by the SPLM IO in Jonglei survived the fighting in State House J1 in July 2016 and praised the leadership of President Salva Kiir for protecting his life.

When Machar fled the capital, Juba, following three days of intensive streets battle, Duop remained in Juba and shifted allegiance to Machar’s immediate successor.

However, in his resignation letter, the former labour and public service minister claimed the government of President Kiir attempted to kill Machar last year.

This was the second resignation of a top politician from president Kiir’s government after the deputy chief of general staff for logistics, Thomas Cirillo resigned last week.


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  • 20 February 2017 06:36, by Kuch

    Our Nuer cousins, a lot of you idiots are the war mongers. You have been asked since your aimless armed rebellion immediately after that unfortunate day of the 15/12/2013. to which your so-called Ngundeng Biong (Riek Machar), re-incarnates and some of his lieutenants including Taban Deng Gai, Alfred Lado Gore et al thought it was time to play foolish against South Sudan and the South Sudanese>>>

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    • 20 February 2017 06:44, by Kuch

      people and continue to wage an aimless armed rebellion against our country and our people. Yes, fellows like Taban Deng Gai, Alfred Lado Gore, Dhieu Mathok and others have realized that the current war in our country was not necessary, it is a corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus and some of their creeps in between to take over occupy our country through their>>>

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      • 20 February 2017 06:51, by Kuch

        criminals like your Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Rabecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot and other criminals. This damn war is nothing to do with democracy that some of you idiots are fooled to believe. It is a war that is the same with the dirty war that is being fought in Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq, Syria or Libya by corporate America, the UK, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and their criminals in between>>>

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        • 20 February 2017 07:01, by Kuch

          to use some of you Nuers and Some Equatorians as their pawns to crawl their evil selves into our country. Just like they used their so-called their then so-called *free Libyan army and free Syrian army* Even some of you idiots even called aimless Riek Machar aimless armed idiots called themselves *freedom fighters? Freedom from who idiots?>>>

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          • 20 February 2017 07:09, by Kuch

            Our Nuer cousins, your messy lifestyles and not first of all investigate issues before you take you fellows always take your rush decisions and always blame it the your Jaangs/Dinkas was what was exploited by your Riek Machar and some other criminals who almost destroyed our country. The evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between wanted>>>

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      • 20 February 2017 07:24, by barbayo

        this issue of Nuer be rebels be come culture ,even Raik Machar to give as president of South Sudan ,he can rebel himself because become part of culture

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    • 20 February 2017 13:54, by Agany Malim

      What kind of human being are you among people of ss?
      Look for your self because south Sudanese were created by almighty,however, your senseless words are not for eradicating nationalism.
      God judge whoever is interesting to bloodshed

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  • 20 February 2017 07:13, by Kat Cok

    It appeared that those people are joking, whenever they resigned and rebelled, the innocent people are the victim of their rebellion.

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  • 20 February 2017 08:20, by Lou Nuer The Great

    hey kiir,s anus cleaner taban deng we will never and ever forgot juba massacre but all of you in exile at the end no more forgiveness to all nuer wew

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    • 20 February 2017 09:11, by Marol Wang

      Who is war monger between Kiir and Machar? The so call Kuch is telling nothing to S. Sudanese jus lies, but days are numbered to end this war, i beleive S. Sudanese are tired of single handed gov,t of no unity, soon they will be free.

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    • 20 February 2017 09:48, by Kat Cok

      Hey Lou Nuer, are you talking about the exile of your master Riek in South Africa? I think you are dreaming of what you are talking.

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  • 20 February 2017 12:10, by Nationalist

    SPLA/SPLM have white-washed the heads of most people. Look at these fellows why dinkasized (dinka) and nuerized (Nuer) every messy in this country. Please be informed that SS is bigger than any tribe. Stop enthno-centralizing everything. The dinkas & nuers are in both sides (Ios & Igs) why always insult the innocent nuers or dinkas.

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  • 20 February 2017 13:42, by hamil

    Hahahaha pathetic excuse so pathetic that it has become laughable how the Jieng Council of Elders and Michael Makuei have groomed SPLA-CROWN HOTEL to start lying. This is a pathetic excuse and no fool can be made to believe, Gabriel Duop on his part is not a kid that needs to be told what to do and what not to do. These series of resignations all sited same reason which is JIENG TRIBAL AGENDA

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  • 20 February 2017 13:50, by hamil

    People should realize there are two things here as far as the Transitional Government of National Unity is concerned. Much as I don’t support Kiir and Machar we should not forget that Kiir locked the TOGNU, kept the padlock and threw his key away while Machar kept his key. Taban doesn’t have that key it is just not working for him despite the efforts he is trying to put.

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  • 20 February 2017 13:58, by hamil

    The only way this war is going to be resolved is to go back to square one and dig the roots of the conflict, both leaders should accept their foolishness, reconcile and take the JCE out of politics then things like National dialogue, forgiveness & reconciliation could take place with ease. But if millions are sill spent to fight rebels, forget peace because Peace is made not fought for

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  • 20 February 2017 14:42, by Altruistic

    The government is full Self-serving individuals, one care about the country and its people.

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  • 20 February 2017 19:14, by Atemjak

    What ever amount of money you are paid please it eat and give South Sudanese a chance to realize a peace so that we change the regime peaceful and develop our country. Remember you can not change the regime which still has followers it doesn’t matter whether they are tribal followers, what matter is that they can turn the table and disturb peace meant for S.Sudan. The best way is to allow peace

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  • 20 February 2017 19:19, by Atemjak

    Then we go for election and change the regime peaceful which will give the followers hope that next election the will win that is how we can move on. If you resign from your post and start war, you are giving regime reasons to stay in power for long time. We need to be reason

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