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South Sudan’s FVP Machar fires Taban Deng


July 23, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s First Vice President, Riek Machar, has dismissed Taban Deng Gai from the party of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), accusing him of having defected to President Salva Kiir’s faction.

SPLM-IO Chief Negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, speaking to journalists at Juba airport upon his return from Pagak with his team, 22 January 2016 (ST Photo)

Machar also asked President Kiir to relieve Gai from his position as Minister of Mining in the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), to which he nominated him.

“In exercise of my powers, as First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, as per the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, Article 6, I hereby withdraw and recall Gen. Taban Deng Gai as Minister of Mining in the Transitional Government of National Unity as from today, 22nd of July, 2016,” partly reads the letter addressed to President Salva Kiir and copied to JMEC and IGAD.

“I am asking Your Excellency to relieve him with immediate effect,” Machar said in the letter extended to the media.

He told the President that he will nominate Gai’s replacement as soon as he returns to Juba once the security arrangement is put in place by a third party force as per the Communique of the IGAD Council of Ministers meeting in Nairobi, on 11 July 2016.

Machar, who is also the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/SPLA-IO), also relieved Gai from his party positions and dismissed him from the membership of the SPLM-IO.

“This is to declare to all members of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) that Taban Deng Gai has defected to the SPLM-IG under President Salva Kiir Mayardit,” he further explained.

He said he had “therefore relieved him from his positions as member of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) Political Bureau and as Chairman of the National Committee for Reconciliation and Healing.”

“By this, Taban Deng Gai is hereby declared dismissed and no more a member of the SPLM/SPLA (IO),” he added.

Gai, who was chief negotiator for the opposition faction until April this year, has been going publicly against the position of the SPLM-IO’s leadership, including the deployment of a third party force, despite his boss’ declaration that the leadership welcomed the regional troops’ deployment.

The minister who belonged to the SPLM-IO has instead been supporting President Kiir’s arguments against his leader.

He has been also reportedly campaigning to replace his chairman in his position as First Vice President in the Republic of South Sudan, accusing him of staying away from Juba.

Machar who fled the capital and relocated his base outside Juba due to recent clashes between his forces and the forces loyal to President Kiir, said he is willing to return to the capital as soon as a third party force is deployed to separate their rival forces.


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  • 23 July 2016 01:12, by Mr. Right

    To be honest, it is within the powers of the FVP to relieve Taban from a ministerial position but I don’t think he - Machar - has the powers to revoked him from the party - SPLM-IO - membership.

    The party doesn’t belong to Machar. I think it’s rational if it is the party acting as such and not Machar. The party is not for your family, traitor??

    • 23 July 2016 04:20, by Malakal county Simon

      He deserved it after he tried to he to rejected the third party force intervention against the will of the SPLM-IO leadership and forcibly illegally snatch the top leadership under the pretext of Dr Machar absence, I must say again that’s gen. Taban Deng deserved such action to be taken against him!! It’s time for him to joins G10 or the government......

      Viva South Sudan
      Viva SPLM_IO
      Viva Dr Mac

    • 23 July 2016 05:07, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Dr. Machar behaves as if God talks to him to continue creating more & more sufferings & wars for S. Sudanese. This yr 2016, May God Almighty pass His judgement to rescue this nation South Sudan from Spoilers, Traitors, & mad people! I pray.

    • 23 July 2016 05:12, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Taban Deng Gai, is implementing the August agreement that’s Machar, against the plan. Also Riek Machar, can’t complain because whereabouts is not clear, I how for TGONU, to wait the rebel from the bush to implement peace agreement.

      • 23 July 2016 07:54, by what the hell

        how can a deat man fire someone alive riek machar is dreaming

    • 23 July 2016 09:34, by chuol

      congratulations Cde Chairman Dr. Riek Machar Teny for relieving the most talkative and coward Jalaba of I.O.
      Now let him go with his 9 hotel suppporters or remain as minister illigaly for now.
      Son of Dog...
      I O is clean now
      Struggle continue

  • 23 July 2016 05:22, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Riek Machar, is lying, no powers in the bush if he relief any one from his party or cabinet and then let him appear in Juba and let him forget the third force he dream about.
    Riek Machar, he has no powers to dismiss any one from unity government or from SPLM/a-io,

    • 23 July 2016 07:05, by lino

      Hahaha! He is following the rules of conduct in the IO!!!

    • 23 July 2016 07:55, by Malakal county Simon


      SPLM_IO has a clear principles that’s every one has to be abide by it!!!! When violate it by any one, you must pay the consequences as it’s stabilised....

  • 23 July 2016 05:35, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Machar needs to come to Juba before he sacks General Taban Deng. He is afraid Taban will take over the party and he is right. However, he needs to be worry about 48 hours.

    • 23 July 2016 07:01, by Akook

      Taban has been behaving like a sycophant since these crisis broke out. Dr Machar had every right to remove him. What is the point of IO if Taban Deng agree 100 per cent with everything Gen Kiir suggest?

      We need political opposition in this country to take shape and this is when accountability and transparency be achieved.

    • 23 July 2016 07:06, by lino

      Hahaha! He is following the rules of conduct for the IO not decrees of IG!!!

  • 23 July 2016 07:41, by Positive Thinker

    Who gave Riek the power to remove people from the party? I believe this time Taban will remove him. Let him enjoy his illusions in the bush.

    • 23 July 2016 12:43, by Panda Odhie

      Riek I thought you woul admired what Taban is doing, why did you hate it that you did to others

  • 23 July 2016 13:25, by siddaw

    Dr. Riek seems to be now confused than before.

    Under what jusrisdictions is he fairing Taban? Is he the only living SPLM/IO? He shouldn’t be managing the party as if it’s his family affairs......
    Siddaw de Junub Sudan.

    • 23 July 2016 15:31, by chuol

      What bring you to our affairs?
      Come and join I.O first so that your rhetoric questions will be answerable

      Stupid Taban is free to join JCE

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