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SPLM-IO Taban rejects IGAD separate consultations


October 6, 2017 (JUBA) - The pro-government opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement led by the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai has rejected separate consultations proposed by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional bloc which mediated the 2015 peace agreement aimed at ending war in the young nation.

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From the left Ethiopia’s FM Workneh Gebeyehu SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar and Sudanese FM Ibrahim Ghandour pose for a picture in Johannesburg on 5 Oct 2017 (ST Photo)

On Thursday, the group held a meeting chaired by its leader and first vice president to discuss the implementation of the peace agreement, IGAD revitalization process, SPLM unification and the national dialogue.

The meeting took place as the Sudanese and Ethiopian foreign ministers were in South Africa meeting with Riek Machar the former first vice president and leader of the SPLM-IO Machar.

Reached to comment on the outcome of the meeting, SPLM-IO Gai Secretary-General Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol told Sudan Tribune on Friday that any separate consultations by the IGAD would undermine the existence of the Transitional Government of National Unity.

“Revitalization means the agreement is still alive. What makes it alive is the existence of TGONU (Transitional government of National Unity). These consultations are structured in a way to undermine the TGONU. Just simply like that”, said Wol.

The minister argued there was no point to hold separate talks with individuals as if the process was part of the new negotiating a peace agreement. “We are not refusing the consultations. We accept the consultations but the consultations must have to take into account that there is a government in place which is implementing the peace agreement and I believe IGAD will understand it,” he said.

Following a meeting with the Ethiopian and Sudanese foreign ministers in South African on Thursday, the former First Vice President Riek Machar accepted to take part in the revitalization process the IGAD plans to convene with the participation of the government and the holdout rebel and opposition groups.

Last July the IGAD ministers called on "all parties to the ARCSS including estranged groups to seize this opportunity to revitalize the ARCSS, renounce violence and to develop and submit concrete proposals for consideration at the revitalization forum in pursuit of peace in the Republic of South Sudan".

The SPLM-IO Machar, in the past, demanded their participation in the transitional government stressing that it is needed to ensure the full implementation of the peace agreement, pointing to the ceasefire implementation process, the constitutional process and the preparations for the general elections.

Wol, who is the minister of dams and electricity in the coalition government said they want the forces of the transitional government to be involved in the IGAD brokered revitalization process.

Observers say the visible mistrust towards the revitalization shows that the group of Taban fears to be marginalised by the outcome of the process which may lead to a reconciliation between President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar.

The SPLM-IO Gai official recalled their participation in the SPLM reunification and called to speed up the implementation of Arusha agreement.

Further, he said they are ready to take part in the national dialogue process which is launched by President Kiir as a forum to end the war and achieve reconciliation in the country.


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  • 7 October 2017 00:16, by Eyez

    You illusionists need to realise that your circus of trickery is over, your Crown Hotel movement is nothing but a fuss and a meal ticket. Since Taban had already gone to bed with Kiir, and with the help of their adopted son Ezikel and many hungry criminals they’ve confused and killed countless innocent lives.

    There is nothing called SPLM/IO in Juba, but, collaborators and blood thirsty animals.

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  • 7 October 2017 00:35, by Eyez

    The whole world now knows who is profiting and who is fueling the war for the sake of fulfilling their power hungry egos.

    Machar and other real opposition figures who continue to fight for the rights of the citizens are going to triumph over those looters and thieves in Juba soon, with or without the help of IGAD.


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    • 7 October 2017 06:10, by Newsudan

      Then STD peace wing shld persuade other left out Io militant to joined their ranks and forget about Riek if need be,Kiir Mayardit also need to be tactical and strategic and look for ways to free Dr Riek from S.A prison straight to Juba to took part in 2018 general election.and thanks

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      • 7 October 2017 09:05, by jubaone

        Taban and his IO hirelings and sellouts must decide to be either with the Kiirminal or with Riak, period. Taban was appointed as FVP incidentally. Now the rightful FVP Riak must assume his position as a signatory of ARCISS 2015 and the that revitalization. Taban, my message is, kiss 💋 Riak’s hands and ask for pardon early enough. Things will never be the same anymore.

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        • 7 October 2017 15:18, by Newsudan

          too late for Riek to be FVP,just fold your antennae and tuck your tail between your legs and joined STD peace wing leave this madness of Riek witchcraft of tying red ribbons on their foreheads,and being rush to front line, as witness early in Waat battle.

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          • 7 October 2017 17:27, by jubaone

            Well, of I have a tail them you’re the tailless monkey 🐵 that has sadly tried to be human but failed. You jienge drifters and vagabonds try to live and behave like Equatorians thinking that will uplift you. Sorry, remain savages and we shall ban you soon to your luaks like your cows. MTN 👊.

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            • 7 October 2017 18:42, by Newsudan

              ya militia, how is " laam gaba". in Juba here,there is " laam bagar".you’re not tired of barking.what about if you can campaign in Awiel, Tonj,Bor,Renk,Gogrial,Bor,Parieng,Abyei,my home village Twi East,what will tell people there,if you are tribalist

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  • 7 October 2017 01:43, by garrak1520

    SPLM-IO Taban is not legit, reason for avoiding any opportunity for peace in South Sudan. The group is more into looting $$$ from the oil than anything else. Taban, his oil minister are not for peace, stability.

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  • 7 October 2017 02:17, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    One thing that IGAD should understand is that the whole world 🌍 is watching any single step they’re doing! The whole process should be free and fair without under covered agendas, I stated in my previous comments that there’s no point that consultation should be conducted in secret, in any conflict resolution both parties have to be present n should there be consultation it has to be carry within

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    • 7 October 2017 02:25, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      We are not in comparisons conpensation process where the applicant and opponents are called in a separate room to negotiate the offer. peace is a ?, where are people like our former Peace Mediator General Sambayo of Kenya, Those people need to be involved for they’ve outstanding credit and experience in peace process.

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  • 7 October 2017 02:32, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Mr Mapour :we need your personal views on these processes being undertaken by IGAD team. Do you think this process meet the standard criteria of any conflict resolution in all resolution? You...

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  • 7 October 2017 06:12, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Taban and his group should not make empty noises in Juba. The fact is clear as a crystal. Taban and his group have joined SPLM/A IG and the war is going on and the terms of ARCISS is not fully implemented. Therefore the new process is to bring war to a stop and this means Riek Machar and his group and others must be involved in this process. People want peace and not your nonsense.

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    • 7 October 2017 09:11, by jubaone

      My message to Riak is forget those Crown 👑 Hotel hirelings and sellouts and move on with an entirely new, youthful and relentless team that will fight to implement the ARCISS in full. Dhieu Mathok, the one time NCP hardliner and mujahideen sympathetiser with fake doctorate from Juba University is worthless. Let him remain with the kiirminal.

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      • 7 October 2017 10:51, by South South


        Taban Deng represents many Nuers who fought real war in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Now, people like you who are very known of being cowards all the time of liberation of South Sudan are sitting under computer 24/7 a week to make nonsense and empty threats. Reik will return to South Sudan as a normal citizen if cancer fails to good care of him. We liberated this country, shut up. and follow us.

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        • 7 October 2017 12:16, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          South South,

          You have liberated nothing. You need to have a liberal mind in order to liberate anything at all. Probably what you claimed to have liberated is your ass liberating your poo that is similar to your brain. Shut up your mandibles when patriots are discussing what steps to take to rescue our country from the hands of demagogues.

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          • 7 October 2017 12:42, by South South

            jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

            I am ruling South Sudan, you are not. Iam controlling South Sudan, you are not. I liberated South Sudan, you are not. Why do you talk to me a little guy?

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            • 7 October 2017 17:35, by jubaone

              South South,
              What rule, if you have not seen your mother or father in ages and living a desperate life waiting for stolen monies from bandits and benydits? What rule if all jienges can’t even feed themselves and now being evicted by landlords in Kampala or Nairobi? No. Buddy, jienges are living on borrowed time in Equatoria and we have trapped them like bush rats. 👊 bam MTN.

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              • 7 October 2017 21:10, by South South


                You love bush rats, right? Country is fully in our hands, period.

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            • 7 October 2017 17:41, by jubaone

              South South,
              I didn’t know that tailless monkeys could rule. Other than brute and naked force what really can the Jienge do? He can’t feed himself, he’s a numskull, can only buy fake certificates, thick and lushy brains that signify transition from ape like to human being. Ssshh 👊 bang 💥 Aryan jienge.

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        • 7 October 2017 17:29, by jubaone

          South South,
          Ya Aryan jienge don’t try to bootlick Nuers. I know you fear them. This time around Equatorians will show you the difference.

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  • 7 October 2017 09:32, by Wutkhor

    I can’t stop laughing at the STD C.H bunch of gangs thugs n stomach feeders, those C.H gangs all need urgent psychiatrist consultant coz the guys re so desperate on calculating how they re going to loose positions n their end for oils lootings. Igad will only deal with signatories to the ARCSS no need to C.H gang, if they will gangs up more D. Trump

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  • 7 October 2017 09:38, by Wutkhor

    Continue.. If the crowns will continue to gangs up a lots D. Trump will give their dirty ass serious n unimaginable sanctions, Isome pples re really selling n working harder to destroyed their very own identity for sake of foods to eats, this cultures of filling stomach must be punish by all Nuer across the coz those who re selling our identity for sake of food sld not be forgiven I better reconc

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  • 7 October 2017 09:39, by Eastern

    Taban Deng Gai is absolutely right! The man belongs to the Kiir-Taban alliance in Juba masquerading as the TGoNU just to hoodwink the world that the 2015 peace agreement is holding. Now more than a year later, the time of reckoning is here for the South Sudanese stakeholders to show where they belong: part of the kleptocracy in Juba or those opposed to it..?

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  • 7 October 2017 09:40, by Wutkhor

    I can reconciles with an insects dinka but I will never sit next with an crowns animals foods n stomach feeders.

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  • 8 October 2017 14:42, by Nigany

    yeah i can sense weak(Taban) and his handful parasites JIKANY and BUL are ploting a plan to thwart the would be revitalization of the peace accord inked in 2015. They are actually doing profit business in this crisis, but God is not on their side, rather on the marginalized side of s sudanese ferishing every now and then.

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  • 8 October 2017 18:10, by yomdit

    when you are killing a chicken it keeping crying that was happening to SPLM IO in Juba the whole leadership is seriously crying for the last kick of dying horse.Oh God is not blind is washing our suffering in our nation.

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