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Unity state MPs back calls to reinstate sacked governor


July 13, 2013 (BENTIU/JUBA) – Lawmakers from South Sudan Unity state assembly have asked President Salva Kiir to reconsider his decision of removing the duly elected governor, Taban Deng Gai.

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Unity State Governor Taban Deng Gai speaks to the media in Bentiu, November 15, 2011 (ST)

Kiir, on Sunday, issued a surprise decree firing Gai, but gave no reason for his decision. He immediately appointed Joseph Nguen Monytuil as the new caretaker.

The president, under article 101(r) of South Sudan’s constitution, is allowed remove a state Governor and/or dissolve a state Legislative Assembly in the event of threats to national security or territorial integrity. It, however, stipulates that fresh elections be organised within 60 days.

Unity state lawmaker, in their position paper seen by Sudan Tribune, duly acknowledge the president’s decision, while welcoming the new governor, but insist the removal of Gai was uncalled for.

“But your Excellency, Unity state had never experienced any political instability and insecurity, which might have led to the removal of the governor elect. For we are here to oversee the state general performance, and save national interest that may threaten the state and national security”, partly reads the MPs’ letter, also copied to the vice-president and ruling party (SPLM) Secretary General.

The lawmakers’ position, comes less than a week after the country’s vice-president, Riek Machar wrote a similar letter asking Kiir to reverse his decision to sack the Unity state governor, suggesting it was done in violation of the country’s constitution.

Machar disclosed that he was not consulted, but heard it on television and challenged his boss’s assessment of the current security situation in the Unity state.

“I was in Unity state on June 29th, 2013, there is no insecurity that threatens national security and territorial integrity in Unity state, instead Governor Taban Deng Gai and his government was very instrumental in bringing about peace and stability to the state," Machar said in the 7 July letter, also seen by Sudan Tribune.

"He [Deng] was solely responsible for the coming and acceptance of your timely pardon by the armed group of General Bapiny Monytuel Wicjang who abandoned opposition against the government of the Republic of South Sudan last May”, the letter reads in part.

The vice-president, in his letter, also reminded the president that Gai had won the 2010 general elections and thus had the same legitimacy as Kiir before the constitution and his people of Unity state.

Ironically, during the April 2010 elections Machar’s wife, Angelina Teny ran against Deng who was also the incumbent governor, but the latter ended up winning by a small margin.

The now appointed caretaker was in Teny’s camp during these elections.
Machar also expressed “deep” concern that dismissal of the elected governor “might heighten tension and aggravate prevailing state of insecurity in the country that may lead to political instability”.

The country vice-president implored upon Kiir to reverse his decision warning that absent of any objective reasons will be seen as politically motivated.

It is, however, unlikely that president Kiir will heed to the advice carried in the letter from his deputy as he has already proceeded with the swearing in of the new governor.
Machar’s letter is the latest sign of growing rift between Kiir and senior officials in his government and ruling Sudan People Liberation Movement.

The VP has stepped up his criticism of president Kiir accusing him of incompetence and failure to lead the state which became independent, exactly two years ago.

Meanwhile, Unity state’s ex-governor insisted that his removal by the president was “unconstitutional”.

"Recently when I went to America, the President was suspicious that I had meetings with American government that I’m pushing for Riek Machar election”, Gai told a congregation in Unity state last week.

He however said Machar is free to contest for the leadership of South Sudan, if he wanted to.


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  • 14 July 2013 08:55, by Jalaby

    Please stop wasting your time, Mr. Kiir is going crazy these days and there is no way that he will hold back by any means!
    Some rumors saying that Mr. Machar himself is going to be the next in his list who will be fired and now Kiir is planning thoughtfully about the reflection for such dangerous decision and what necessary measurements need to be put in place!

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    • 14 July 2013 09:14, by T.Gabriel

      You must focus on the issues passing your indicted president Omar AL Bashir.In fact you are a waste of time.Try to find out a solution facing you and leave us alone. South Sudan have an ability to solve their problems. The rift between our president and his vice is normal.Solution will be find.

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      • 14 July 2013 14:35, by Mi diit

        Unless incompetent Kiir gets crazier he will think twice about the result of any wrong decision to remove Dr. Machar. Kiir will not control the chaos and may lose in the end. I heard his wife Ayandit is advising him to step down and avoid the chaos.

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        • 14 July 2013 23:13, by Michael Angelo

          Mi diit,
          Please talk like an educated person. Riak is employed by Kiir and Kiir can fired him any time he wants. You Nuers should thank Kiir by giving a top job to a traitor.

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    • 14 July 2013 09:15, by Mapuor

      Taban Deng Gai was indeed a national security threat,for his administration provoked three big rebellions in Unity State,the first one was Gatluak Gai/Anjelina Teny rebellion that claimed Taban rigged the 2010 gubernatorial elections,the second was general Gadet rebellion waged by Bul Nuer people and the third is Bapiny Monytuel Bul nuer rebellion that has recently joined the government.

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      • 14 July 2013 09:23, by Mapuor

        Taban administration marginalised Padang Dinkas and further went on to occupy their land that he annexed to Rubkona county and made that land his farm almost triggering yet another rebellion in Northern Unity state.Padang wrote a letter to the president in2009 to that effect,visit Sudan tribune archives to confirm that.The decision is irreversible come what may.Alluta continua.

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      • 14 July 2013 19:54, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

        First, I am strongly agree with the president Kiir’s decision on the removable of Unity State governor Gai on his governorship position. Also,Gai is like any other citizen in the state, which tell me that he has no right to become a land grab from the Pan-Aruu community,and then body say nothing to him is not acceptable.

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    • 14 July 2013 18:21, by Mayom County Boy

      @Jalaby ,realy you become crazy my friend .what bring you to south sudanese problem? better to look your own lifes problem than to focus to south sudanese problem.we are the people who may solve their problem not you,i think you get the good advice from T Gabriel.

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      • 14 July 2013 21:39, by panom lualbil

        I condemn this complain by lawyers in UGLY STATE bcoz they knew RIAK MACHAR has a plan to take over MR KIIR and they’re all behind him. This was began as COUP, REBELLION, and BETRAYAL even toward USA while MR PRESIDENT did never failed like RIAK during his 1991 BOR massacred. Unity State though is not SPLM in part so there is threatening within it. RIAK has position #1 but instead he corporate

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        • 14 July 2013 21:55, by panom lualbil

          with KIIR for country affairs, he turn to be betraying him like he stabbed on him. But bcoz RIAK was once bad on others then y’all wont care. But this country is not belong to NUEER alone and every politician is not worst as RIAK so.

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  • 14 July 2013 09:14, by Sundayw

    The decision is final. Deal with it. No mobilizing Unity State MPs would change the decision. It is constitutional and proper. Governors who fail to meet certain performance expectations can be removed from their office. It has nothing to do with whether Taban and Riek are plotting to access the office of the presidency through opportunistic tricks.

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  • 14 July 2013 09:19, by Jonglie

    Jonglei is becoming chaotic, fighting currently going between Lou Nuer youth and Murlie, an NGO working in Pibor reported that over 1250 Lou killed and 85 Murle killed with around 500 injured on both sides. Dr Barnaba denied that. Now Kiir wanted to create another chaos in unity state to get rid of all Nuer from Bentiu to Akobo.

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  • 14 July 2013 09:47, by Wikileak

    The decision is final. How can the President reverse his decision when the Unity State former Governor’s predecessor has been sworn in? The MPs were being spoon fed by the former Governor, it is up to you to go to your Luaks or to Khartoum Nyagatism which is your habit. You have been stabbing us on the back since 1991 when we where fighting Jihadist in Khartoum.

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    • 14 July 2013 11:29, by Koang

      Dr. Kiir will never unites, develops health care, constructs roads, trackles insecurity and follows constitutions etc....
      Dr. Riek has been playing very vital roles to the nation since 2005 under Kiir leadership but he who wants Riek removed, are wanting so for Personal-or- Group interests. The more decrees Kiir always processes the worse the nation feels.
      It is true Dr.Riek was appointed by Dr. Kiir personally. Why? no one knows. Meanwhile Kiir knows very. very well that Riek will campaign for Presidency in few years time while in his vp position.
      Kiir have to follow constitutions and acts justly for he is The Only First Leader Example to the Nation.

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  • 14 July 2013 11:42, by Marco Bul

    ...We were crying to the president to remove Taban but he just laughed at us...Now Z he is removed,why do we want him back?!

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    • 14 July 2013 12:07, by Dau-network

      President Kiir should sack Dr Hitler Riek to form his party known as SSIM but was mistake to sacked Taban Deng instead of Riek.
      Dr Riek was the one who gave president Kiir advice to sacked Taban and requesting his wife Angelina Teny to replace Taban but at night president Kiir changed his mind to announce different man instead of Mrs Teny, that resulted of furious to Dr Riek when he heard a news.

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      • 14 July 2013 12:23, by Koang

        Follow constitutions is safe, peaceful and uniteing. The only house of God.

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  • 14 July 2013 15:03, by Wani khooto

    Dear all,
    guys you must be very carefully with Nuer people,last year the were complaining that mr taban is corrupt and president must remove him but now the are saying the opposite.that comment from vp and law maker is political motivated.shame on them,but people in unity are even celebrating the removal of taban look!!!

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  • 14 July 2013 15:55, by Kelei

    Fellas countryman, we should not waste our time debating who is good between president and his vice president. This two are birds of the same feathers, we should vote them out by supporting other party fellas how long can we let one man be above the laws in the country, and not only that they are power greediness corrupt useless leader even born.

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  • 15 July 2013 05:44, by Nyonged jau

    Ha ha ha!, the lawmakers four months ealier befor passed the vote of no confident against the state speaker accusing him of collaboratimg with Taban. Hance, who can complain again. The guy may not be one of the lawmakers or he can be the speaker.

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  • 15 July 2013 09:19, by Tura Acuse

    I thanks Kiir Mayardit for his all decisions he is making and I even welcome his planning to remove Dr. as VP for it will be his dawn fall and South Sudanese will be free.

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