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Chiefs accuse S. Sudan official of ceasefire violation


January 19, 2018 (JUBA) – Local chiefs from the Gawaar community in South Sudan have accused the country’s first vice president, Taban Deng Gai of violating the cessation of hostilities agreement signed between government and rebels in Addis Ababa last year.

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South Sudan First Vice President Taban Deng Gai addresses the general debate of the UN General Assembly (UN Photo)

Gai’s recent visit to Jonglei state, the chiefs claimed, has escalated the war in other the other parts of the war-torn East African country.

“In the strongest terms possible, on my own behalf and on behalf of patriotic citizens of entire community of Gawaar-Nuer, we are condemning that baseless plan and we are identifying it as a way of blocking the most wanted peace, which is predominantly demanded by all citizens of South Sudan to end the ongoing crisis,” said Tut Ruei Wieh, a paramount chief of Wau county in Phow State.

He faulted South Sudanese leaders of failing to respect the agreement as civilians continue fleeing into neighboring Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Lam Madhak Diew, the paramount chief of Ayod county called on the international community, the regional bloc (IGAD) and the Troika countries (United Kingdom, Norway and the United States) to go on ground and document violations of the ceasefire by government.

Diew accused the coalition government led by President Salva Kiir and the country’s first vice president of failure to bring peace in the country, demanding tough measure on leaders against the peace process.

“Besides this, I call for individual sanctions to impose on Taban Deng Gai who is championing ongoing conflicts as the source of gaining wealth,” stressed Diew.

“We the paramount chiefs of Ayod county, Mogok and Pagil payams are expressing our concern over the ongoing violation of the cessation of hostility signed by rival leaders to bring to an end the conflict and we are tired of seeing our beloved sons and daughters die daily. We need an urgent solution to the conflicts,” he added.

The local chiefs also urged the East African regional leaders and United Nations Security Council to speed up the peace negotiations, adding the conflict has killed many civilians and warned that continued violence will further depopulate the nation.


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  • 21 January 09:09, by Khent

    It’s clear that the entire Nation is yearning for peace, so the region should take real and meaningful measures against those obstructing the attainment and preservation of peace. We struggled, sacrificed and suffered for our independence and we must now benefit from it.

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    • 21 January 10:27, by South South


      Please open your eyes and see things very well. The person who is talking in this article is not the paramount chief of Ayod county, but one of Riek’s commander who hates Taban Deng because he kicked out Reik from South Sudan. Yes, we want peace, but peace will not come by attacking other side.

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      • 21 January 11:04, by Khent


        Look, I don’t really care about the ’leaders’ on either side here... in fact it would not matter to me if they all died tomorrow. I just want our people that our now refugees to return, recover, reconcile and rebuild their lives. Diverting attention to Riek is just a distraction.

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        • 21 January 11:23, by South South


          Please be a leader and say things that will help your people if you care about them as you said. We cannot make another mistake in Africa like what happened in Iraq and Libya. People thought changing Sadan and Gadafi will bring lasting peace in middle East, but look what is happening, more people are dying everyday, we need to have good plan for any change in South Sudan.

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      • 21 January 11:09, by Eastern

        South South,

        That notwithstanding, what do you expect to happen as Taban Deng moves with his "administrative" convoy through areas where Rieks’s men are? Do you expect the two rival forces to wave at each other. A COH agreement has been signed by Kiir’s regime to which Taban belongs. Moving a large force through an enemy territory is an act of aggression. Taban is calpable here!

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        • 21 January 11:29, by South South


          Look, Taban Deng is a vice president of all South Sudan. He has constitute rights to move anywhere inside South Sudan. If anyone attacks him, then that person is a rebel, he MUST fight back as a legitimate vice president. Peace has been signed, but some rebels are still attacking government, why?

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          • 21 January 12:45, by Malakal county Simon

            Look at this pinhead called South South, which constitutional seat does he Taban hold in Jonglie State, to give him the right you claimed to tour the region legally?? Otherwise, your argument is invalid......

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            • 21 January 13:37, by South South

              Malakal county Simon,

              Shut up and support peace in our country. Taban is a vice president for all South Sudan including Jongle. Get it right from me now. You people from Reik’s IO lost everything including reasonable thinking.. Does vice president need a seat in every state in a country to visit?

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          • 21 January 16:22, by Tilo

            Does this person call South South Understands really,

            You need to read other people’s comment and see how many people supports your comment

            What I read is only you have negative view on peace in SS, I think you are happy of the mass displacement, looting and killing of our citizen
            Please for once comment something that is supported by all
            Kindly if you don’t have anything positive reply me not

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            • 21 January 17:23, by South South


              You people who support rebellion in South Sudan are very funny. You attack others and when people fire back, you cry. Peace will not come from government alone. It does need rebels to do their part too. People are talking here openly about not wanting Dinka government in South Sudan. Other people have full rights to talk the way the want, you get it.

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              • 21 January 19:01, by Tilo

                South South,
                People hate Dinka for their badness and bad deed towards other community
                Just image looting mass displacement, Bad Economic, worst insecurity and killing of innocent people.
                What good has Dinka brought to South Sudan besides Sorrows, famine and bad governance [dinkanism] to the people of south Sudan.
                We are tired of Dinkanisum we now need independent Equatoria – EquaExit on progress

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            • 21 January 22:38, by South South


              You continue pouring out your hatred toward Dinka tribe, that’s your choice. I will continue pouring out my love toward Dinka tribe and government of South Sudan, but do not cry when I hit back.

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  • 21 January 18:59, by quiz

    Fuck:I don,t know how i can call this useless guy call himself South Sudan. How come you compare Sadam of Iraq, Gadafi of Libya who knew the importance of their civilian with mad president Kiir? you are among hopeless youth who support Salva Kiir & Taban Deng to get daily bread. don,t you knw that Phow & Greater Akobo are under control IO of Dr.Riek?Kiir & Taban ,ll Never bring peace.

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