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Senior S. Sudan armed opposition faction official resigns


November 20, 2017 (JUBA) - A senior member of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) led by the country’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai has resigned, accusing the latter of allegedly contributing to the escalation in the war in the country.

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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)

Brig Gen. Charles Wani shifted allegiance to Gai after the armed opposition leader, Riek Machar fled the capital, Juba in July 2016.

But Wani, in a 19 November, 2017 letter, outlined his frustration with the Gai-led faction, accusing the First Vice President of deviating from the guidelines and principles agreed upon by group members.

“Accept this letter as notice of my resignation from my position as a member of the renegade group under your leadership. My last day of membership will be today November 19, 2017, publicly but in authority, it was August 30, 2017”, partly reads Wani’s letter.

The official decried the personal grievances within the armed opposition faction led by Gai and said those who committed crimes against innocent civilians during the civil war be held accountable.

Wani also urged the international community, the peace partners, and guarantors like the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Troika member countries, African Union and South Sudanese communities in general to work for inclusive peace.

“I am calling you to have the same realization I have that there is no peace in South Sudan and will never happen with the exclusion of the peace-loving citizens and leader of the SPLM-IO,” he stressed.


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  • 21 November 10:57, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    Wani, you can go to hell. You came from Riak to Gai hoping to reap dividends but failed. This time if you go back to Riak you will be killed.

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    • 21 November 11:07, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr Kwacha,

      Man does not live on bread alone. He should be concerned with the welfare of his society and above all integrity is a principle he should stand by. Wani has just one what civilized do and not the other way round just like animals do. I think he is right and deserves appreciation.

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    • 21 November 13:57, by Mi diit

      Why had you joined Dhuornyiguol Aka gay Taban at first?
      Anyway, Congratulations but political stability matters.

      Viva forward!
      Dr. Riek Machar forward.

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      • 21 November 15:50, by Majesty

        Mi diit,
        Do you still have specific date when you’ll reach Aweil? My message to Riek losers, the more you daydreaming him as president the more time Kiir will remain President, and perhaps, forever. Before current war, I warned you Riek Machar can’t through bullet or ballot. Trust me if we have independent, decisive president not Akoba, an inch of land can now still be held by peace sabotage.

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        • 21 November 15:59, by Majesty

          ...I warned that’s no way Riek Machar can be South Sudan President either through bullet or ballot, forever. Many citizens simply hate him.

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    • 21 November 14:06, by Kuch

      Kwacha Okonyomoi,
      Don’t you worry about these idiots chap. There is no real armed rebellion these days in our country. These so-called Riek Machar fools are just bunch of foreign puppets/stooges who are letting themselves being used by their foreign masters to toy around with our country & our people>>>

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    • 22 November 06:44, by jubaone

      Just shut up you jienge hireling and suitcase carrier. Let Wani decide for himself like you have also decided to bootlick jienges or submissively get carried like a lapdog.

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  • 21 November 12:34, by Landlord


    you guys are prolonging the war since then by joining gai to weaken the IO and thereafter you get back to main IO. We need to be consistent. If you don’t merge all rebel groups to speak in one voice, just come back home and live the cows on the sit.

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    • 21 November 13:07, by The Rhino

      Honorable Charles Wani,

      Congratulations to you for making courageous decision.It was the right step to the right direction...better days lay ahead.We need more prominent Equatorians to unhitch themselves from such rotten government systems.People with integral conformity aspire for bigger dreams,higher standards and a moral society.Your bold action was a proof to that,it reflects a good judgement

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  • 21 November 14:09, by gatkhor Nueri

    Charles Wani, I am not blaming you because you don’t know incest-child Taban Deng Gai.because Taban Deng is Useless Guy more than Hyena of Bush.

    My blame goes to JMC because JMC unwilling to nullify the government decision, because is the one who endorse the position of the Stupid Taban Deng (STD).

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  • 21 November 15:57, by Eastern

    Now this "brigadier" Charles Wani, "brigadier" Hilary Yakani, et al, can change sides ad infinitum, the war against the malfeasance in Juba will rage on. Even after Lt Col, the man, whose head, I am hunting for, due the mayhem he caused in Torit, Wani brings no value to the opposition as his resignation will remain another WANI....!

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