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Jieng Council of Elders caused “coup” in SPLM-IO: official


July 24, 2015 (NAIROBI) – A South Sudanese armed opposition (SPLM-IO) official has accused the Jieng Council of Elders in the capital, Juba of championing processes that elevated Taban Deng Gai as First Vice-President in the absence of Riek Machar.

Machar speaks on a mobile phone after an interview with Reuters in Kenya’s capital Nairobi July 8, 2015

Manawa Peter Gatkuoth, the SPLM-IO’s deputy chairman of national committee for information and public relations, said Machar was still the legitimate leader of the armed opposition faction.

“The action of the group is tantamount to an internal coup within the SPLM/A (IO). This is because the SPLM/A-IO, like all other political parties, has a constitution and internal regulations which provide for the conduct of party affairs in the temporary absence of the leader. It is apparent that the deputy chairman, Gen. Alfred Lado Gore and Secretary General Dr. Dhieu Mathok Wol were coerced into accepting Gen. Taban Deng Gai as the leader against the party norms,” he said in a statement.

The official claimed Gai could have played a role in the 8 July clashes between the country’s rival forces next to the presidential palace. Over 270 soldiers died when forces loyal to President Salva Kiir clashed with armed forces allied to Machar in Juba.

“The SPLM/A (IO) political Bureau condemns in the strongest terms possible the attempt to destabilize the SPLM/A (IO) and destroy the IGAD brokered peace agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) spearheaded by Gen. Taban Deng Gai out of personal vendetta against Dr. Riek Machar for not recommending his appointment as Minister of petroleum in the Transitional Government of National Unity,” further said Gatkouth.

According to the official, those who ousted Machar were “self-interest” groups who intend to destroy the SPLM/A-IO leadership.

“This fits into the grand scheme hatched by president Salva Kiir and Jieng Council of Elders, to divide, weaken and destroy the SPLM/A-IO in order to entrench himself in power, perpetuate the kleptocratic regime and maintain Jieng hegemony and domination,” he said.

Gatkuoth assured SPLM/A-IO-members to disregard the “unethical greedy” officials who claimed to have ousted Machar, describing them as “illegal officials” who were dismissed and made powerless.

Meanwhile, the official appealed to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, African Union and members of Troika countries who have supported the peace talks to push for third party forces in Juba for the smooth implementation of the agreement.

“We call upon the IGAD plus, AU and the United Nations to expedite the deployment of the regional third party intervention forces to enable Dr. Riek Machar return to his position in the Transitional Government of National Unity to implement the peace agreement,” he said.

Gai’s recent appointment, however, drew mixed reactions from members of the public.


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  • 25 July 2016 08:23, by Eastern

    All along I have not been keen on the powers of "wew" on a some Nuer men. I couldn’t believe that it was Taban and Ezekiel melting under the weight of wew to join the long line of "nuer wews" in South Sudan. Shame!

  • 25 July 2016 08:31, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Gai can be blamed if he personally initiated this illegitimate action. However the way the situation is he might have been forced to take this position due to fear of loss of his life. He is a cabinet minister and he should be contented with any role he plays in a public life. He should be thankful for being a minister after all.

  • 25 July 2016 08:49, by DHARCHEP

    Dear South Sudanese,
    Feign Riek Machar, the doctor for Nuer community, is dead together with James Kaong Chuol, and Simon Gatwech Dual. So let not cracked our mind for know reason. The guy was already dead and he was not alive any more.

    By Dharchep

    • 25 July 2016 08:55, by Eastern


      The man from Abiemnhom/Ruweng, please yourself by wallowing in delusion!

      • 25 July 2016 09:35, by Panda Odhie

        You are fighting to regain life but wouldn’t happen , if you wanted negotiations let Riek negotiate with Taban not government anymore the case is closed whether you call for heaven and earth to intervened they still believe in what Taban did.

    • 25 July 2016 15:45, by jubaone


      I dont understand what you what to write. I kindly ask you to go back to school and learn how to express yourself well. There are many out there reading your jienge English and find it difficult to understand, of course it is only you does that.

      • 25 July 2016 23:30, by DHARCHEP

        Jubaone, you said that you don’t understand what I wrote. First of all you are none educated shit and asume that you know English. I don’t care but you will be a second class citizen in South Sudan mark me right.

  • 25 July 2016 10:12, by DHARCHEP

    I am tied of you and Riek Machar. Is Riek Machar, the only educated man in Nuer community? All Nuer community are being fooled and killed indirectly for the matter to create a position for Riek Machar. Thanks God I am not Nuer.

    • 25 July 2016 14:36, by Jojo

      @ DHARCHEP,Thanks God you are not Nuer as you mentioned; But you are NUER DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 25 July 2016 23:24, by DHARCHEP

        Jojo, you are a piece of shit.

    • 25 July 2016 15:57, by Eastern

      The man from Abiemnhom, do I have to be Nuer to support Dr Machar? What does education have to do with the mess in the country. Is it those who are educated messing South Sudan or those without it? Get a life!

      • 25 July 2016 23:35, by DHARCHEP

        Eastern, you don’t know what you are talking about. The person who is messing up South Sudan is Riek Machar and he is a doctor. What do doctor mean to you, educated or none educated?
        Please go back to school.

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