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IGAD rebukes SPLM-IO over accusations of responsibility for Jonglei attacks


January 18, 2018 (JUBA) - The allegations of the SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel that IGAD is responsible for recent attacks by the government forces in South Sudan’s Jonglei region are "misleading and irresponsible", said the IGAD Special Envoy, Ambassador Ismail Wais.

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South Sudan first vice president Taban Deng Gai arrives in Bor May 9, 2017 (ST)

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Thursday, Wais asked Gabriel "to withdraw the statement and not to indulge in such act in the future as it is unfounded and diverts the attention of the public from the core issues of attainment of peace and security in South Sudan".

The stunning rebuke of the IGAD special envoy comes after accusations by the rebel official that the IGAD and TROIKA are "indirectly contributing to the bloodshed in South Sudan" because the attacks carried out in Bieh State during a recent visit of the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai in the region.

In a statement issued Monday, Col. Gabriel claimed that FVP Taban Deng Gai caused destructions and displacement to the civilians in areas under the control of the SPLA-IO when he toured Jonglei with the knowledge of the IGAD and TROIKA.

On January 17, 2018, the IGAD envoy held a meeting in Juba with the Chairperson of CTSAMM, Major General Ibrahim AbdulJelill who briefed him about the security situation in the different conflict areas.

Following this meeting, Wasi recalled the statements issued by the IGAD, the TROIKA and jointly by the AU and UN, on the truce violations, stressing that "in all of these statements, the signatories have been called upon to desist from actions that contravene the Agreement".

" Violators shall be identified, held accountable and will face all consequences thereof, he concluded," the IGAD special envoy further said.


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  • 19 January 09:22, by Lenin Bull

    Million congratulations Mr.Wais. SPLA-IO chief propagandist called Gabriel Lam Paul has been caught redhanded in empty lies, and cheap propaganda intrigues. It was SPLA-IO attacking the FVP during his peace tour to Louland and crying loud that COH was being violated. It was the same Lam who sneaked in the unfortunate American journalist last year to film their war of killing innocent civilians

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    • 19 January 19:12, by Nairobimitot

      SPLM-IO of Riek Machar is always a loser because they do not know how to win friendship. That is why they are still failures. How can you criticize someone who has more power than you like IGAD? You need to learn how to acquire diplomacy skills first before you become a foreign affair or spoken of bush people?
      You do not know politics
      you do not know how to make friends
      you do not know how to win people on your side
      you are tribal
      You only believe in Nuerism
      How are you going to win whatever you want to do?

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  • 19 January 09:27, by Lenin Bull

    The region is now waking up to SPLA-IO menace, lies, and destruction in South Sudan. It is either total peace is brought to South Sudan uncodnitionally in 2018, or SPLA-IO will be isolated and considered a negative force like ALshabab, Alqeida, Bokoharam, and LRA in Africa. Wait and see.

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  • 19 January 09:40, by Landlord

    Is IGAD still appropriate and reliable tool for this conflict? the only solution is for Kiir to call Dr Riek and oppositions for togetherness. But kiir has his own ambition.
    Not peace.

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    • 19 January 10:11, by Lenin Bull

      Landlord, this is the first positive and patriotic statement that I have ever found out coming from your end. Please, keep it. Let us all urge our South Sudanese leaders whether in Government or bush to come together and discussed the issues affecting the country and resolve them once and for all. Foreigners will never help us at all. To the contrary they always want to read their interests

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    • 20 January 04:07, by Nairobimitot

      Peace, Peace Peace. South Sudan will be the number one economic hop in Africa soon. These rebels need to understand that togetherness of South Sudanese is more important than their tribal ambitions. You need to love all your people of South Sudan not only Nuer.

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  • 19 January 10:16, by Lenin Bull

    Foreigners always want to mingle their interests with our local issues and this makes it complicated to bring peace to the suffering people in South Sudan.Kenya wants Ilimi Triangle and wants to control SSudan through Mombasa, Sudan you know, Ethiopia excess land, Uganda has filled over uninvited into South Sudan, US wants oils, China and Russia want the same, etc. Are we not screwed properly?

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    • 19 January 11:04, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      What are your issues? To loot, rape women and mass kill citizens? You deserve a flog!! Humankind have a right to intervene to stop this carnage.

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      • 19 January 13:18, by Khent


        Your hero -Riek- is guilty of the same monstrous crimes so any attempt to reprove others in the absence of any similar condemnation of Riek is worthless. That disgusting traitor is no better than Salva Kiir.

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      • 19 January 14:04, by Lenin Bull

        Jur, you don’t know the issues at the heart of conflict in South Sudan? They are many but number one of them is everyone wants to be president including thieves, traitors, mad men and women, former Arab slaves in Khartoum, idiots, illiterates, etc, all at the same time!! Guess other issues. No problem anyone can aspire to be president in his/her own peaceful and free country but through elections.

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  • 19 January 20:55, by Eastern

    SO WHAT IS TABAN DENG GAI doing in Jonglei state when PARTIES should be observing COH including ALL ITS TERMS & CONDITIONS...?

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    • 20 January 04:26, by Nairobimitot

      Every time I see Taban Deng Gai or Gach, I know life. When I look at Riek Machar, I see death and destruction. The peace will reign in 2018.

      Peace will be brought to the country and throughout. We are ready for peace and peace not be achieved if the government officials are just sitting in Juba and not moving around the country. The top government officials have to get out from their chairs in Juba and visit their suffering people in the rural areas. These civilians are the backbone of the government and the one that makes the state stand on its feet.
      We appreciate General and vice president of South Sudan and more critical are thankful for the president of South Sudan. He is working day and night to bring peace to the country. Fantastic job Mr. President for sending your vice president for the visitation of the people who are suffering so much in their essential locations.

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  • 20 January 06:06, by Sunday Junup

    Lam Gebrial,
    Don’t worry. Israel stand on their word which a world acknowledges 20 yrs later on. You are Voice to voiceless actually. No one can dispute that IGAD is part to the conflict. even this traitor statement show what they are doing. why he went to Juba and made this statement in Juba not Addis? Uganda, fight this war physically, Kenya become SPLO-IO Kidnappers, Ethiopia sign consignment o

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  • 20 January 06:09, by Sunday Junup

    , ……. Ethiopia sign consignment of Dr.Riak Machar and together with Sudan participated in deporting SPLO-IO Chairman. IGAD did not condemn July 2016 violation of Peace. IGAD did not condemn Equatoria displacement by Kiir. So I fail to know the role of IGAD in this war actually. Some term it as interest other term it as peace broker and I term them blood suckers.

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  • 20 January 07:26, by @you

    To IGAD

    It was clear & strihgt,
    That who ignited the,
    Fire first

    & you IGAD + your narrow,
    Mind today using STD to
    Spoil the agreement of 2017:
    we signed the documents to
    Bring the country back to

    You suppose to change their,
    Color in 2018 not to repeat,
    What they did last time:

    This agreement was signed to,
    Fight the suffering of today:

    Yala amchi num

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