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SPLM-IO generals join FVP Taban Deng


SPLA-IO chief of general staff, First Lieutenant General Simon Gatwech Dual (C), with members of JMCC from SPLA-IO, Juba, 28 May 2016 (ST Photo)

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 30, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) - Three army generals have defected from the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by Riek Machar, Sudan Tribune has learnt on Friday.

David Dang, head of Taban-led SPLM-IO coordination office here in Addis Ababa on Friday told Sudan Tribune that the three Generals defected along with three officers and joint the faction of First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai.

The generals who arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday from Pagak, SPLM-IO headquarters in Upper Nile region defected along with three Army officers.

The three Generals are: Brig-General Michael Paul Dak, Brig-General Mun Bach Thoch and Col. Dobuol Wuor Diew. All are from the Gajaak of Maiwut and Longechuk counties.

The defector two officers are Capitan Thiedat Mabil Choul from Army’s division-5 and Thiol Kier Wuol, former SPLM Youth League chairman in US.

The deserters said they have switched their loyalties from the leadership of Riek Machar and have joined the SPLM/SPLA-IO under the leadership of Taban Deng Gai.

"We have switched our support to First Vice President of South Sudan and Commander in Chief of SPLM/SPLA-IO, Taban Deng and to petroleum minister,Ezekiel Lol Gatkouth, for the implementation of the peace agreement," they said.

In Agust 2015, Riek Machar and Salva Kiir leader od two SPLM rival factions signed a peace agreement brokered by the east African bloc, IGAD.

Despite uncertainties, the peace agreement was then commended by regional powers and international peace partners as a major achievement to arrest the bloody war in the world’s newest nation.

The defection comes days after the UN Security council rejected a US-drafted resolution which calls for an arms embargo and other sanctions against South Sudan.

"We have concluded that Machar has failed to lead the SPLM/SPLA-IO movement into the right direction" the defectors said in brief statement they handed to Sudan Tribune.

The Generals urged all South Sudanese at home and abroad to join hands in realizing peace and reconciliation in war-torn South Sudan.

The Ethiopian based SPLM-IO office under leadership of FVP Taban Deng says it is tasked to mobilize all exiled South Sudanese for peace and reconciliation.

Office head, David Dang further says the office is closely working with the Ethiopian government, the IGAD and the African Union (AU) to promote peace.

Pressed by the American administration, the IGAD asked South Africa to host the ousted former Vice-President Riek Machar to prevent the resumption of war and to "avoid a genocide" in the troubled country.


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  • 31 December 2016 07:30, by Eastern

    This is to be expected of Nuer wew "generals", the struggle to take back South Sudan from the gun class continues......

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    • 31 December 2016 08:46, by jubaone

      Comes true. Makuei once said some Nuer are like mischievous dogs. When hit by their master they run away howling. But once hungry, they meekly come back to their masters and are happy with even a meatless bone. How pathetic these Nuers are. No wonder jienges scold them. There hearts are in their mouths.

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      • 31 December 2016 13:40, by South South

        SPLM/IO= Finito (finish in Italian)

        Eastern and Jubaone,

        You two are the biggest enemies of the peace in South Sudan. For two of you to insult Nuer as tribe is unbelievable. Nuers are fighters but they are misled by Riek Machar. They discovered the truth and they are coming back to build their country. If two you don’t like it, then it is your own problem. Live with it until you die.

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        • 31 December 2016 13:49, by South South

          Last week two Equatorians defected and joined Juba, we never heard or seen anyone here attacking Equatorian tribes, but now look here Eastern and Jubaone are abusing Nuer tribe.

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        • 31 December 2016 14:23, by Eastern

          As the Nigerian English express it, anger are a tribe now; Equatoria is not. Join El Tabani in deceiving the world. Our own problem is South Sudan’s problem; if you are not bothered or affected, you won’t comment on this...,,,

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          • 31 December 2016 16:59, by South South

            I said " Equatorian tribes"

            Yes, Equatoria is made up with tribes. Anyone who denies that has a big problem

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        • 31 December 2016 17:19, by jubaone

          South South,
          Read my article again with "some Nuer" it’s not fighting capacity but what you fight for. Many Nuer sadly are not aware why they are fighting. Riak wants reforms and change for all of us. But such like Taban are for themselves. I don’t give a f**k for Taban after all he has a Nuer agenda unlike Riak.

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          • 31 December 2016 17:25, by Eastern

            Your fucking Ek Tabani Deng has a ’nuer agenda?’ Since when have U warned you folks to stop being shallow by working fir a national reform? There’s nothing national when El Tabani constructed the 6 km tarmack road connecting Bentiu and Robkona; I have a home there, I am talking of what I now about what El Tabani did to Anjelina during the gabunatorial election, I Know the evil in El Tabani!!!!

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            • 31 December 2016 17:40, by South South

              Eastern is a very angry man, with that anger, he can not see the truth. You can not sit very comfortable under computer 24/7 and still wants Taban Deng to make you something, no way. Talk to Taban if you want peace, he will find a room for you. All South Sudanese are equal to Taban Deng.

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              • 31 December 2016 21:47, by Eastern

                South Sudan,

                You are VERY STUPID indeed! Iam not in want of a room. What I am saying is El Taban’s appointment by Kiir is not helping South Sudanese! I and and likeminded dare fighting Kiir for this illiagal act; their won’t be peace when you and Kiir don’t act rationally!!!

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                • 31 December 2016 23:38, by South South

                  If there a stupid person in this forum, it is Eastern who is a great internet fighter while he is hiding under computer. Go to the flied and meet the men there, simple minded person.

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          • 31 December 2016 17:36, by South South

            Ok, Jubaone, you are making good points and I can respect that, but you have to know that you can not be a leader if you do not have a base ( your people must be with you to be a leader) Obama won elections in USA because he has base (black people are his base). He won North Carolina ( Republic state) because black people voted for him 99% with white vote, he was able to beat anyone.

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        • 31 December 2016 22:09, by king kush

          South sudan
          Well said my brother I could not have said it better

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    • 31 December 2016 09:05, by Mayom County Troops

      I think more officers are defecting to join Taban Deng regime , if Riek Machar does not address this case of defection from is rebellion ?
      I do not support those nuer officers who are joining Taban Deng regime , because one day one time it will be a challenge to all nuer
      I think better to sit and chose for another leader that can lead all nuer forward instead of defecting to join the same regime.

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      • 31 December 2016 12:28, by Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.

        Mayom those people they with Taban before" and Were arrested untill now they are Karcharchala in Gambella Ethiopia and also they are not soldiers before event now. they are students & they loosed their education for Alcoholic and Chewing drugs like Chaat green leaf.right now they still jail and forget them that! they called themselves us Generals, let them because they have no value in Nuer land.

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        • 31 December 2016 12:40, by Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.

          is batter that!Kiir and Taban are needs,those criminals people and all Drunker to be with them because this regime is belong to Alcoholic Leaders and they have No feature about Generation in South Sudan,Tell Taban&Kiir you will never reaching 2018 by power or whatever you will see" The God Father of the Heaven is among Nuer right and Rest of South Sudanese tribes who are tired. listening carefully

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      • 1 January 2017 21:44, by Chong Thow

        For those who are joining Taban Deng gach is not a solution of this problem. Nobody is units Nuer better than Dr Riek machar. In this case, Nuer will be divided under leadership of Taban Deng. Both Nuer of forth parts each will elected thier own leader instead.

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    • 31 December 2016 13:45, by Chang Kuony

      Pure lie,those mentioned opportunities are not Generals but a bunch of traitors,alcoholic and criminals who are loitering around in Addis Ababa. If they are field commanders why they did not join Mathiang Anyor in Nasir or in Mabaan County? Once,the President of Mathiang Anyor Salva Kiir warned briefcases Tabanist group not to declare their defection in Addis Ababa or Nairobi but RSS.

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      • 31 December 2016 14:05, by Chang Kuony

        First of all Taban Nyakek has no Army under his control but only Mathianf Anyoors.Those traitors should said they declared theirb defection to Mathiang Anyor. Taban Deng Gai had already abolished Two Army of CPA2 to please JAANG Council of Evils ( JCE ). Who can believe them? Only Jiengee or Tabanist group in Juba Lol!!!

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  • 31 December 2016 07:56, by Against Incitement

    Congratulations to three generals and three junior officers!Welcome back to your home and among your people.I am appealing to all the remaining few to come and join the peace process and national dialogue.Make 2017 a year of peace, reconciliation and unity in S.Sudan.

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    • 31 December 2016 08:45, by Eastern

      .....appealing to the remaining few? You must be on some stuff. Majority of the SPLA-IO are still out of Kiir’s tribal government. You can refer to them as "the remaining few"

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  • 31 December 2016 08:23, by Splm-iG

    The country is in peace, all of you are welcome to joint peace process with president Kiir,and FVP Gen.Taban Deng.

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    • 31 December 2016 12:10, by Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.


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  • 31 December 2016 08:37, by Son of Nuer

    those are money lover who have no future let them go and join STD and their days are near the blood of innocent citizens will judge them

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  • 31 December 2016 08:48, by Fair Man

    These are normal irregularities associated with those who accidentally joined the freedom fighters. If you do not have strong love for your people and be ready to lose your love so that they (present and future) live in peace, DO NOT JOIN US. The SPLM/IO is automatically cleaning itself of wrong elements. They come alone and they go. The pure are united.

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  • 31 December 2016 09:29, by Fair Man

    Mayom County Troops
    Dinka has somewhate infiltrated the unity of Nuer by dividing into jobs. Those who remain in Juba or return back are aware that Dinka want a single Nuer alive!!. A woman must take 7 days to Jebel POCs due multiple rapes along the way. Stay Gai believes they want as FVP. Dinka are aware that once Nuer are united in addition to tribes, Kiir regime can defeated. Naath stand up!!

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  • 31 December 2016 11:32, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Welcome back generals. Where are the soldiers you lead in the battle field? You had made right decision by defecting from Machar. Anyway, welcome back home.

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    • 31 December 2016 14:14, by choldit

      Just becoz u don’t know them that u are talking like they are important figures. U will feel sorry of them. An important Gajak can not leave Gajaak are the way they did. One can induce that they shld be Alcohol drinkers or other drug abusers.

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  • 31 December 2016 12:00, by Duol Ngony Minyjang

    Those are drunken, officers, like salva kiir. we all know how drunk people think. they think only to get the alcohol, than any thing else. who cares about only officers with out single body guards, even their wives no.

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  • 31 December 2016 12:49, by Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.


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  • 31 December 2016 14:23, by Future1

    Defection is not my dream now but only peace in our country.Stop this craziness ya South Sudanese. Peace!! Peace!! Peace!! Okay?

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  • 31 December 2016 18:54, by nakhim


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  • 31 December 2016 20:44, by Jieng Nephew

    Dear all,
    There isn’t reality from this defection, we seen several detections from how brothers and this #Shameful act that Nuer are failing us.the killing in juba was a true color of the regime, and i wonder why my brothers (Nuer) back and forth? Very shameful indeed.where is the truth?

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  • 31 December 2016 21:39, by victory john

    its possible for those who turning back to government but they forgot what it had been don for us in juba and others regions of suothsudan and also no one shuold blame for those who defected let them go toget their money from government becuose their strugl its money strugl,.

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  • 31 December 2016 21:41, by victory john

    its possible for those who turning back to government but they forgot what it had been don for us in juba and others regions of suothsudan and also no one shuold blame for those who defected let them go toget their money from government becuose their strugl its money strugl,.

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  • 1 January 2017 06:48, by Mountain boy

    Bad news to io,Riek will be deserted by his groups, he will remain in exile for good,otherwise look for planning B,Taban has done the same scenarios of Khartoum which forced Riek to joined mother SPLM/SPLA

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  • 1 January 2017 07:50, by Killuminati

    The I.O will never let down the mission coz of money lover
    Let them go free of charge but they’ll realized it in future that they were in wrong way.

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  • 1 January 2017 08:47, by nobets wanis

    Hey mouintain and illii guys great no bad news south will learn to start a new 3000 year legacy based on john garang and 2011 indepedance celebrations guys a new start needed rename south republic of nileland a new 3000 years legacy based on power sharing victory

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