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SPLM members in Ruweng state welcome appointment of SPLM-IO governor


March 29, 2017 (JUBA)- Members of South Sudan’s ruling party government (SPLM) have welcomed a presidential order appointing a nominee of the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of the country’s First Vice-President, Taban Deng Gai.

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South Sudan’s first Vice President Taban Deng Gai addresses the UN General Assembly (UN Photo/Cia Pak)

South Sudan Salva Kiir has issued an executive order removing the Ruweng state Governor, Theja Da Adwad Deng, a day after the latter shifted political allegiance from the armed opposition faction under the First Vice-President.

Deng, the state-owned SSBC TV reported, was succeeded by Them Machar Kuol

“There is no problem. The SPLM members in the area have welcomed the appointment of the new governor. We will respect the decision of the president because he is implementing the peace agreement. This is why we have agreed to work with the new governor. Our interest is peace and to reconcile our people”, Angelo Chol, a former education Minister in Unity state said on Wednesday.

Chol confirmed that the new governor, who until his appointment a nominee of the SPLM-IO faction under the leadership of the first vice president Taban Deng Gai, was the secretary general of the SPLM in government under the leadership of president Salva Kiir, had shifted political allegiance.

“What has happened is clear. It is politics. People know Them Machar Kuol did not rebel. He was in the area as a pure and strong member of the SPLM in government as the secretary general in the area. He was also a minister before. People know him. They know his capabilities and so there should be fear this development. He is taking the opportunity to go implement the peace agreement”, explained Chol.

Mayol Kur, former governor of Ruweng, who remains the chairperson of the SPLM in the area, also welcomed the appointment saying it was done in the interest of peace.

“What our people want is peace so that there is a stability and development to take place. So has the SPLM leadership in the state we welcomed the appointment of the new governor by the president. We will support him to implement peace agreement and embark on the dialogue”, said Mayol.


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  • 30 March 09:38, by Loch-ley Gajiok

    Everything is fake in that government of south Sudan. Fake defection to Table’s group to get position will not bring peace.

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  • 30 March 09:40, by Kush Natives

    I think Mr.Tabaan is kidding himself, if not, who is in Ruweng state is welcoming his (Tabaan)governor? And by the way, who’s the journalist in Ruweng state who’s covering his news, while the great protest took to the street of Ruweng territories for the last three days, and nobody’s covering it? What does that tell the people of Ruweng?

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  • 30 March 09:49, by Kush Natives

    If president Kiir is selling Ruweng people to IO in order to implement the peace, then this peace is finish. Why Ruweng become a center of everything? Ruweng people will keep their current governor till Warrap, Awiel, and Western Bhar El Ghazal are given to IO! Ruweng people have a critical choice to make now NOT later! And I believe their choice work powerfully.

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    • 30 March 13:06, by Raankan

      What has happened in Ruweng State should not be quited and we have condemned,SPLM ruling Party should come out and make right decision to stop this dity game been play by Taban in Ruweng State

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    • 30 March 13:41, by Dengda

      @ Kush Native
      Now you rebelled and you been fill your mouth with bullshit.

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      • 31 March 00:20, by Kush Natives

        I am addressing the president for the Ruweng state to stupid IO. If that’s how you pick me up,then take it and run to South Africa with it! But, I didn’t rebelled.

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  • 30 March 13:06, by Ater

    Chol stop being silly,I know you were once appointee of Taban in education docket and this should not be used to appeased your boss on State issues. Sudantribune dont feed public with trash,get information from the right source before publication .citizen have disagreed with the appointment of Them Michar,he is bloody traitor.They want Theji.

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  • 30 March 13:15, by Runrach

    Oops! The big fishes are lying to themselves as well as nation at large. By the way how can somebody be nominated/appointed to represent another party while she/he hasn’t tendering her/his resignation yet? To me it look fishy political manupilating. As per the Implementation of Peace Agreement signed in 2015.

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  • 30 March 13:21, by Raankan

    my Advice to entire Ruweng Sons and Daughters don not quit until your voice is listen,if this Government is not stand with you,the Greater Jieng general will support you whatsoever the case may be.

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  • 30 March 13:31, by Runrach

    Continuation: It was clear that, the 3 states of greater Upper Nile Region, Namely; Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity States were to be administered by IO governors. However, if these idiot leaders want t implement the 2015 agreement. Therefore, let them be inclusive. Not Ruweng a lone.

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  • 30 March 13:44, by Runrach

    It is laughable to hear those of Angelo Chol Dongwei and his likes are seconded the appointment of Them Michar Kuol as an alternative governor of Ruweng. What a joke? You, the former cabinets of son of whore Taban. Bear in minds that, Ruweng state would too tiny for us unless u guys are to remain in Juba hotels. We will never be sharing toilets let a lone dinning. Our land is greater than positio

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    • 31 March 03:13, by Deng II

      This Son of Nuer whore Taban Deng is playing Ruweng people. Ruweng People don’t lost sight with son of Nuer whore. what make him have an interest to Ruweng State? and why don’t change North Liech State Governor if it is really peace agreement? Corrupt and drunkard president has to sell out some Jieng to implement a craps peace.

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  • 31 March 05:32, by Bol Malual

    In the ACRCSS, governorships of Upper Nile and Unity States were given to IO. They were given Deputies in Jonglei. The reason is that when the peace was being negotiated in Addis, no one represented Unity and Upper Nile. That is why our states were given away. But Taban took Latjor, Maiwut, and Ruweng states. He left Northern and Southern Liech and and Dinka Fadang states. They see uprising there.

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