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SPLM-IO Juba faction official resigns, urges peace revival


June 13, 2017 (JUBA) - A member of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction loyal to First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai has resigned, amid calls for renewal of the country’s peace process.

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President Salva Kiir (R) embraces Taban Deng Gai after his swearing-in ceremony as FVP at the Presidential Palace in the capital of Juba, July 26, 2016 (Photo Reuters Jok Solumun)

Riek Yak Guandong, in a statement, said in exit has been triggered by the need to implement the 2015 peace deal to restore calm.

“South Sudan needs peace more than individual interests,” he said.

The official said his resignation came after he fell out with the Gai, who succeeded South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar last year.

“I prefer to remain dormant until a new leadership is appointed or emerges from the civil population or any. Until that time, I will take this opportunity to wish you success,” wrote Guandong in his letter.

According to the official, civilians remain victims of the ongoing war, something that forced him to quit from the SPLM-IO Juba faction.

“Moreover, peace must be resuscitated to safeguard the lives of innocent civilians who are affected by this war and boost their economic instability,” the official further wrote.

In his statement, Guandong decried what he described as a “null and void” peace process under Gai, ruling out any possible success.

Machar fled the South Sudan capital in July last year after his based was attacked by government forces. He currently lives in South Africa.

The conflict in South Sudan has so far claimed tens of thousands, while more than two million have been displaced from their homes.


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  • 14 June 08:08, by Eastern

    Riek Yak Guandong is a very stupid opportunist. When money for his rent and upkeep failed to come from Juba, he threw in the towel. Taban has a very good working relationship with Kiir and they are implementing the ARCISS. What is wrong with this man?

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    • 14 June 09:11, by Mr Point

      It is time to leave a failing faction.

      It is time to give up when the faction has no strategy, no support, and no power.

      It is time to give up when the leader has no vision beyond providing for his relatives.

      Kiir has been fighting a war for 2 years and peace is no nearer. Kiir’s last war lasted 20 years until foreign countries made it end. General Kiir is not very good at the science of war!

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    • 14 June 09:54, by South South

      Stop going after Nuer, Nuer are real fighters, only they were following a blind man called Riek Machar. Nuer are not like other coward people we know from this forum. Fighting is led by real men, not big fat cowards who eat too much food and then move to computer keyboards and write nonsense.

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      • 14 June 16:12, by Eastern

        South South,

        You are missing the point; the REAL WAR is being fought not in the frontline in Kuek but online by MEN (yes men, not women) wearing suits! You just need to wake up and smell the coffee!!

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        • 14 June 18:22, by South South


          You are big coward, when you ran away from your village, who will fight for you? I am here if you are a real man come and see me, period.

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          • 14 June 19:30, by Mr Point

            South South

            There is no need for such childish words from you.

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            • 15 June 08:10, by Eastern

              Mr. Point,

              Thanks. I don’t respond to village bullies like South South on such matters.....

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    • 14 June 10:11, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      This guy is good in the sense that exposes the deceit and misinformation Gai Taban and his boss has been diffusing to the world. However one can not rule out to label him as a sick opportunistic that can not see farther than a bait that is organised to get close to a brutal sword ok Jieng council of elders. In our politics if one is politically a prostitute then he or she is worthless.

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      • 14 June 17:12, by Kuch

        Good luck him. Peace revival? My foot, that is not gonna happens. All these bunch of losers do not even know what is that they are fighting for. Their people are living miserably on foreign handouts & they are told to stop their aimless war & start growing their damn own food & get out of these dirty so-called UN compounds.>>>

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        • 14 June 17:19, by Kuch

          The world is talking bad about the stupid South Sudanese who think they can be always fed by other people while fighting their aimless. But many of these bunch don’t have the word shame & sorry in vocabularies as far as many South Sudanese are concerned. Pathetic people indeed.

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    • 14 June 17:46, by choldit

      The real question shld be what is wrong with you mr eastern who refuse to tell the truth about the peace process you are talking about? there is no peace and no meaning to good working relationship to count on but need resuscitation/revitalisation of the ARCSS or 2015 peace agreement by resorting it to pace of 7 July 2016 else the east African countries and their Mogue will keep loot the country.

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      • 14 June 22:20, by Kuch

        Choldit, what do you idiots have in your Nuerland for the East African countries to loot, but misery, madness, primitivity & aimless wars of Ngundeng superstitions & fantasies? Our Nuers, the peace negotiations are financed by gulf Arab states, the European & the U.S. banking cartels>>>

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        • 14 June 22:28, by Kuch

          And so are your poor Nuers in the so-called POCs free food & the UNIMISS so-called peacekeepers. When are you Nuers going to learn how the real world works fools? You fools don’t pay anyone a dime. First of stop your aimless war & grow your damn own food to feed your miserable selves before you accuse others about looting.

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          • 15 June 10:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

            Mr Kuch,

            As long as you continue to view sections of our population as Nuer, Dinka, Bari and so on you will never be patriotic. Those tribal lenses will never bring peace to the country. The country belongs to over sixty tribes of South Sudan. Learn to be South Sudanese first before anything else.

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  • 14 June 21:04, by Bunsen Burner

    Alas!, what has surprised me is the time Guandong has expended to be able to become critical of the government or make a decision; he is simply an opportunist! He has scouted an opportunity of dollars and is waiting to grab it! Guandong, you are right every S. Sudanese needs peace but the current climate is of disorder and you can only expect the worst in a few days to come, read me verbatim!

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