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President Salva Kiir (R) embraces Taban Deng Gai after his swearing-in ceremony as FVP at the Presidential Palace in the capital of Juba, July 26, 2016 (Photo Reuters Jok Solumun)

October 9, 2017 (JUBA) - The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) has urged the United Nations Security Council and the United States government to impose sanctions on South Sudan President Salva Kiir and First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai for allegedly instigating the violence that has blocked peace in the country.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune, CPJ’s coordinator Tito Anthony claimed President Kiir used Gai, a former rebel chief negotiator, to create instability by failing to implement the 2015 peace accord.

“The reason why president Kiir is to be sanctioned, it’s because he is using Taban Deng to fight the war on behalf of the government and Taban Deng will claim that it is his troop that are fighting with Riek Machar forces, not only that, but, the president is also supplying Taban Deng Gai with ammunition to fight the war and that is destruction,” Tito said on Monday.

He claimed Gai created the mess in the country and blocked the peace dividends, which allegedly makes him liable for sanctions.

“Taban must be sanctioned because the world is now planning on how to end this conflict and yet Taban Deng is sending his troops to go and fight in Pagak and Bieh state”, stressed the CPJ coordinator.

The official said President Kiir and his First Vice President, who both serve in the coalition government, must take responsibility for the massive destruction caused in the country as a result of the civil war.

“The implications are not only [about] sanctions, but one day they [Kiir and Gai] must face the court of law for their conspiracy against the people of South Sudan,” Tito further told Sudan Tribune.

Last month, the US government placed sanctions on three close associates of South Sudan’s president, saying they had personally profited from a climate of corruption in a government that has been called a kleptocracy.

The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Gen. Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, the army’s deputy chief of staff in charge of military procurement; and Michael Makuei Lueth, South Sudan’s information minister. In addition, sanctions were placed on Paul Malong Awan, who was chief of staff of the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army until President Salva Kiir fired him in May.

Three companies owned or controlled by Riak also were sanctioned.

The Treasury Department said the sanctions were in response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan and the role of officials in undermining stability and peace.

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  • 10 October 10:23, by Eastern

    I entirely concur with CPJ’s Tito Anthony. The conspiracy between Kiir and Taban leading to the formation of the Kiir-Taban alliance to hoodwink the world that there’s peace being implemented must be exposed and those responsible held accountable. You can fool some people for some time but you can’t fool all the people all the time. The time for reckoning is here..!

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    • 10 October 10:32, by South South

      Eastern,
      CPS’s Tito Anthony is a supporter of Riek IO, so who will listen to him? This is another Riek Machar talking in different uniforms. If you change wine from red bottle to the white one, it’s still called wine.

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      • 10 October 10:54, by Eastern

        Whether or not he’s Riek’s supporter, he’s made his opinion known to all and sundry. Riek is one of the stakeholders just like every other South Sudanese and he MUST BE HEARD and heard very keenly. Time for intrigue, perfidy, deceit,exclusion and posturing is over. Let Kiir come out his tribal cocoon and face his enemies in a forum which is free from his evil machinations.

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    • 10 October 12:01, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      Kiirminal has franchised this fratricidal war to the Nuers. In the end, the cowardly and laughing jienges will say "you see, these are Nuers fighting each other". NOTE: The battles in Nuerland: Fangak, Waat, Akobo, Bentiu are the bloodiest and jienges are grinning. They couldn´t put up such a fight anyway. The dog always goes back to the master when hungry. Sad!

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      • 10 October 12:39, by Eastern

        jubaone,

        Unfortunately, thanks to Taban’s machinations, Nuers are killing themselves right in Nuer heartland. What is happening in Waat and Pagak is uncalled for....

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    • 10 October 15:43, by Midit Mitot

      Wululululu,
      Tito Anthony, you are the real ICON of this country, and truth is truth, you kock it at one, this binding plan of Salva Kiir to use Taban Deng as a parasitic brave is great mess and they deserve to face justice after sanction.

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  • 10 October 14:41, by Lenin Bull

    Tito Anthony has an ugly loud mouth and he thinks that he will get nobel peace prize because of barking aimlessly about President Salva Kiir and Taban Deng Gai. Who is launching attacks in all these front lines is SPLA-IO and try to blame it incorrectly. Tito Anthony is playing the same game James Gadet was doing and it is up to President Salva and Taban Deng to know what to do with such a treach

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    • 10 October 15:53, by Midit Mitot

      Mr nincompoop call Lenin Bull dog,
      Your traitor president with his slave vice president are almost going out of this nation, note it well, and leave alone the sanction, justice is under their tail if you are not aware of that.

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  • 10 October 14:45, by Lenin Bull

    I meant treacherous character like Tito Anthony. You think by always accusing President Salva Kiir and his government will force these foreign powers to come and topple the government by force!! No. They just want to play all the fools and till you get tired or get finished and that is when the recurrent war will stop. I admire you keep destabilizing your country at your own collective peril.

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  • 10 October 14:48, by Lenin Bull

    Read what is happening in refugee camps in Uganda and Kenya where food rations are cut half or cut out altogether and IDP children in POC growing up with no education. War is bad but SPLA-IO reason with their asses and not brain and are now driving Nuer sons to die like flies so that one golden NUER called Riek is made FVP!! Pathetic!!

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  • 10 October 15:18, by Sunday Junup

    Right Suggestion! it will come to that

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  • 10 October 16:30, by Tilo

    Sanction all of them and take them to ICC; and all criminals must be jail so that the next person to take the precedency should be vigilant and attentive otherwise this country will experience senseless war for a very long

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  • 10 October 23:41, by dinkdong

    That sound good, but only if Kiir and Riek are included. None of them is better than the other.

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