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South Sudan ambassador denies defection from Kiir’s gov’t


January 17, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese Ambassador to Russia Telar Deng Wednesday denied reports claiming he had defected from the government of President Salva Kiir and joined the opposition groups.

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Telar Ring Deng (Photo credit: Moses Lomayat)

Recently there were reports circulating in the social media claiming that Ambassador Deng, an old friend of the South Sudanese president discussed ways to remove Kiir with a number of opposition officials in a meeting held in Nairobi at the house of the Rebeca Nyandeng de Mabior, widow of the late SPLM leader John Garang during the first week of January 2018.

"Rumor mongers will one day stop what they are spreading about my rebellion. I am still an Ambassador accredited to Russian Federation," said the South Sudanese diplomat in a statement he extended to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

"If I want to rebel, there are two things a politician of my standing would do.(1) I will first submit my resignation as an Ambassador as stated above to HE the President of the Republic through the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Republic of South Sudan.(2) I will make a public statement stating reasons for my rebellion," he further stressed.

Telar Deng was among the very few Dinka in 1991 to join a dissident SPLM group led by Riek Machar and Lam Akol calling for self-determination for South Sudan.

However, he was known for his special relationship with Kiir who appointed him as state minister at the Sudanese presidency and headed the office the of the First Vice President Salva Kiir from 2005 to 2007. He was known for his antagonism with "Garang boys" and worked to distance Kiir from them during the first years of the transition.

However, Deng diverged with Kiir who expelled him from the SPLM in November 2007 but he was reinstated as an SPLM member in August 2009. He was appointed legal adviser at the South Sudanese presidency in 2013.

In October 2014, he was named as the South Sudanese ambassador to Russia.

The rumours say he participated in a meeting including Lam Akol, former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan, former deputy chief of staff for logistics, Gen. Thomas Cirilo, former Western Equatoria Governor, Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro on January 4, 2018.

However, credible sources say several dissident politicians mentioned in the report were not in Nairobi at that time. Also, in a separate statement, Awan had denied the meeting.


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  • 18 January 03:25, by South South

    What’s wrong with our people in South Sudan? We should be talking about peace in 2018. Anyway, let’s hope it was a rumor, ambassador has benefit of doubt about this issue until someone come up with pictures and audio of the meeting in Nairobi.

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    • 18 January 06:12, by Khent

      South South

      What "ambassador"? The man is a rat traitor; anyone that joined Khartoum in the 90s really should not occupy any position of importance. These rats should never have been allowed back after the CPA was signed. Salva Kiir’s advisors are either former members of the NCP or joined Khartoum politically and militarily in 91.

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  • 18 January 03:27, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Please wait more details are coming in.

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    • 18 January 04:05, by South South

      More details coming from who?

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      • 18 January 05:34, by Malakal county Simon

        South South

        Is not about making peace but no one is interesting to see failed/unwanted Kiir, as president and he need you to tell him that!!!!

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        • 18 January 11:53, by South South

          Malakal county Simon,

          You can talk about yourself that you do not want Kiir or you can talk about your immediate family that they do not want Kiir, but do not throw things out without thinking. There are millions of people in South Sudan who are standing with Kiir right now. Peace will address any problem we have in South Sudan.

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  • 18 January 08:14, by Sunday Junup

    Leave Dinka a lone! it is their time to fight among themselves in this year 2018. I hope more fight is going at the door of Kiir if he don’t want peace

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  • 18 January 15:27, by Lenin Bull

    jubaone, jubaone, where are you? I miss you. Tell us more about the jienges or have you finished writing all things negative that you know about jienges? What about this piece of news what is your take on it?

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    • 18 January 23:12, by Eyez

      Lenna Bull
      You obsession with Juba One seem to depict the same way you Jienges are obsessed with Equatoria, don’t you animals never think of your ancestral lands? No wonder you were driven South by the Jalaba, as history tells us.

      You Jienges might act and look like humans, but, are still animals, just like a Lizard may never be a Crocodile, even if it looks like one.


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      • 19 January 06:22, by Lenin Bull

        Ahahahaha, waaaaha! another jiengephobic called Eyez! How is it chap? Lad, don’t doubt jienge humanity less God will be angry with you because he created them in his own true image( Tall, intelligent, handsome, well built, hardworing, brave, etc all God’s attributes). Soon I will see you and I will discover that you don’t represent God’s image but some mount creatures,ah. Monkey period.

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  • 18 January 15:33, by Lenin Bull

    I was away the whole morning hours attending meetings and phone calls on how the great Monyjang Nation should stick together, avoid getting rebellion contagion, and spearhead peace, developments, democracy, and the greatness of the country they dearly paid for its liberation freedom and dignity. The results are positive and you will hear soon.

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  • 18 January 15:39, by Lenin Bull

    You will hear and see soon. king Paul is coming back to Juba. Rumors about Ambassador Telar Ring are false concocted by desperate foreign agents, and above all Dr.Riek Machar has changed his mind about the current worst bloody conflict which is destroying country and has promised to sign unconditional final peace in february 2018!! War is over in South Sudan in 2018!!

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  • 18 January 18:08, by lino

    Telar is known as chameleon politician in SS! So everything is possible with this man, plus he has always have a backing of Khartoum through his life.
    Joined Riek-Lam in 1991, exposed secret meeting documents of 2004 Rumbek conference, joined NCP like Bona in 2007. The man still dreaming to be president of SS.

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    • 18 January 19:44, by lino

      The man is not afraid of anything. He can be an option as Bhr Al Gazal leaders specially Dinka are looking for ways to get rid of General Kiir Mayardiit! Kiir will be removed one day by a close friend from Dinka and the region if he is not dead!!!

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