Name : Taban Deng Gai
Tribe : Nuer
Career : Employed by the Chevron Oil Company before joining the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in the 1980s. In charge of distributing relief supplies in both Itag and Nasir, Upper Nile State during the civil war.
In 2010 Gai was retained the Governorship of Unity State in controversial elections against Machar’s wife Angelina Teny, who ran as an independent.
On 7 July 2013 Gai was removed from his position as governor of Unity state by president Salva Kiir. No official reason was given for the move but Gai and others claimed that he was removed because he was rumoured to be supporting Riek Machar’s bid for the presidency in 2015. Gai dismissed the accusation and that he was being lined up as Machar’s running mate.
James, W. 2007. War and Survival in Sudan’s Frontierlands. James Currey, Oxford
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