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Riek’s return is a recipe for disaster, says South Sudan FVP


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)

June 14, 2017 (WAU) – Taban Deng Gai, South Sudan’s First Vice President, claimed that the return of rebel leader Riek Machar to Juba to participate in the National Dialogue was a “recipe for disaster and would impose more catastrophe in the country.”

In a speech before an extraordinary meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) leaders on Monday 12 June, Gai insisted that the presence of Machar in the country always lead to death and disaster, something the people of the country do no need.

“Machar who has been exiled to South Africa should remain there and will not consent to re-join the political process to end the conflict in the country without using his army,” Gai told the IGAD leader in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa, according to the text of his statement seen by Sudan Tribune.

During the discussions of the one-day meeting, the heads of state and government decided to urgently "revitalise the full implementation of the ARCSS;" pointing to the failure of the current government in Juba to implement the peace agreement and pave the way democratic reforms.

IGAD leaders praised the national dialogue process which would lay down the ground for national reconciliation but stressed that the ending the war and improve the humanitarian situation in the country should be prioritised for the time being.

The first deputy further tried in his speech to convince the IGAD leader that Riek Machar was filing with efforts to use military action to rule the country, stating that Machar did not need the National Dialogue.

“I who was with Riek Machar know him more than anyone and with his own mindset, he is not intending to take part in any process, he wants to become the President of South Sudan even through war,” said Gai who was the SPLM-IO chief negotiator.

He went on to respond to the calls by several political officials that Machar should be allowed to return to Juba as a normal citizen.

“This is the beginning of everything. If Riek is proposed to return to Juba, tomorrow people will move to a new topic of bringing him to his former post which he left last year. I am not predicting that he should take over of my post, the reality is, Riek is fill of destroying the country,” emphasised the First Vice President.

“By the end the of the transitional period, the full integration of the army will have been completed and it would be safe for South Sudan to accept the return of Riek Machar who can then come and contest peaceful democratic elections as a civil political leader,” he said.

Gai added that it would be unwise for Riek Machar to return to South Sudan now because of his behaviour, but he was more than welcome to send delegates on his behalf.

“The unity government has no objection in principle to Machar sending a delegation to deliver his views and message to the people of South Sudan in the National Dialogue Forum,” said the First Vice President.

SPLM-IO believe that the peace agreement implementation should be discussed to fix the modalities of the ceasefire and to open humanitarian access to the civilians but also they want their share in the transitional government tasked with the enforcement of the deal and to give their leader his position of the first vice president.


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  • 15 June 2017 02:35, by Kush Natives

    Then keep him out there. There’s no use for Riek Machar in this country any longer, we in the government tried many means to bring peace to South Sudan, Riek Machar keeps dragging on destruction. Therefore, the man MUST be isolated for good. South Sudan and particularly Nuer tribe have too many Riek out there,if they just want to keep his name alive period.

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    • 15 June 2017 07:30, by Eastern

      Kush Natives,

      Yes you in Kiir’s tribal government keep Dr. Machar out of the country to your detriment. Machar is now housed in distant South Africa at your request but that has neither pasified the country nor reduced your self-inflicted humanitarian catastophy. Keep Machar out and you will continue to run around....

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  • 15 June 2017 02:39, by lino

    Haha...Ya former chief, you would have turned the table around during negotiations, but you chose not. Now on the seat, did civilian deaths on the hand of government stopped?! Though Machar jailed in SA, but people are being killed and more rebellions happening even from government officials.
    I am not sure what integration of forces you are taking about while many forces are still carrying guns?!

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    • 15 June 2017 06:17, by South South


      One can just see from your writing that you are with rebels. When you talk about civilian deaths, you never mention what rebels are doing by killing innocent people on roads and we see online rebel supporters are celebrating to support them doing that. Most of Nuer forces are returning to Malakal, you can call Malakal, they will be integrated, is that hard for you to get it?

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  • 15 June 2017 03:03, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Taban is in a panic mode because he clearly knows he is in vice presidential position due to lies and misinformations about Riek Machar. His fear is if Machar comes back to political spotlight.then his political ambition would wither. Riek Machar ideas are people’s political ideas and so nothing can change that notion.

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  • 15 June 2017 03:31, by Mr Point

    Has the war stopped because the SPLA-IO chief negotiator is now the FVP. Taban should order the SPLA-IO to stop fighting so there will be a guaranteed peace. If they are his people they will obey him.

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  • 15 June 2017 03:34, by Mr Point

    Peace is difficult when Riek is in the country only because of Kiir’s repeated attempts to murder Riek.

    Strangely, Kiir’s murder attempts always fail. It is as if he wants to do something but fails because he is incompetent.

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  • 15 June 2017 06:19, by MD from far East

    Since Gai you were merited by few IO as FVP in GONU nothing has happened what next for you? greedy man banyi ,Running brutal corrupt and confuse self minded Govt
    when south sudan is Black you said it is white why Taban? you need Truth for peace

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  • 15 June 2017 07:18, by Sunday Junup

    Taban Nyekek,

    Go to hell with your complain. Dog always bark but camel keep on moving. Peace will come for what ever mean

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  • 15 June 2017 08:26, by Tilo

    The way Taban is putting his statement, it seems, it will be very difficult for peace to reign in SS. More rebellion will be formed in the SS.
    The poor South Sudanese will suffer the most, Every individual wants to rule the country on what ever cost. Guys give peace a chance. Aren’t you tired of killing Innocent/vulnerable people you claimed to rule them.

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  • 15 June 2017 09:11, by Dengda

    "Gai insisted that the presence of Machar in the country always lead to death and disaster, something the people of the country do no need". One with light mind can differentiate the death in period between 26/4/2016-10/7/2016 when Dr Riek was FVP and period 19/8/2016 to presence time when Taban is FVP. I think Taban is after his position, no heart for people. famine, more fighting economic crisis

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  • 15 June 2017 09:39, by Gumut Kuey

    Dr. Riek’s coming to South Sudan, will be like the coming of Jesus Christ back to earth in which those who committed crime will be in a fire, FVP Taban Deng Gai will be one among those who will be in fire, that is why he is not happy for the coming of Dr. Riek Machar. Does not mean that he is enough to bring peace in South Sudan.

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  • 15 June 2017 09:44, by Mopedi

    Gai, de sukul keni, when two women are for one man they exactly do or talks similarly to your sentiment, but did you follow the right procedure to reach to your husband’ home? the answer is obvious no. whether you like or not resign before it is too late, if you wait till that day, expect castration on the woman who sat on man’s seat.

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  • 15 June 2017 10:23, by Gumut Kuey

    Taban Deng Has no community and forces to support him, all the community and SPLM/A-IO forces belong to Dr. Machar. that is why war is now ringing all over south Sudan, who will be blind-fool with fake TGNU he is now talking about,he does not want revitalization of South ARCSS because he has no any seat around that table, he will only be a representative from SPLM/A-IG.

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  • 15 June 2017 12:32, by Philosopherking

    Taban promised peace, and he has not delivered. He promised cantonment, he has no delivere, Taban and Kiir conspired to kill Riek Machar, and they have not delivered. They isolated Riek, and they have no delivered. Its time to sack that useless Vice President who only cares about personal interests at the cost of the common people! Taban Out.

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    • 15 June 2017 15:58, by Eastern


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    • 15 June 2017 19:15, by jubaone

      Losers often attribute their failures to others. Kiirminal is blind and foolish and can’t see, Taban is a lame duck and can’t walk. Taban dud absolutely nothing while Gov of Unity State, instead he split the 3% bonus oil revenues for oil producing state with the Kiirminal. This was an open secret. Today Taban has a shares in businesses with other goons in Dubai. He’s just hopeless and useless nyag

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  • 15 June 2017 18:02, by Garang Akeen Tong

    You Io. Supporters the more you fight Salva Kiir gov,t is the more you kept him in power,
    Your forces are fighting to install, DR. Riak in power, and that is not acceptable.

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  • 15 June 2017 18:17, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Dr. Riak is not a right person to replace Salva Kiir.

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  • 15 June 2017 19:08, by garrak1520

    The recipe to disaster is Kiir/Taban, and you do not need to look further to see it. No school, war everywhere, rape, displacement, that’s by definition disaster. The solution to South Sudan long standing problem is Kiir, Taban to accept reel dialogue inclusive of Machar. Once established, peace will be reached. Guarantors in place, immediate departure from political life Kiir, Machar and Taban.

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