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Machar says his replacement with Taban Deng illegal


July 27, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese former First Vice President, Riek Machar, has said his replacement with his ex-official, Taban Deng Gai, is “illegal” and reaffirmed his call for a third party force to be deployed in the national capital, Juba.

He also said he is still the First Vice President per the peace agreement and only awaiting deployment of a third force in Juba in order to come back to his office.

In his first interview with Aljazeera TV on Wednesday from his location “around Juba”, Machar said President Salva Kiir had no power to appoint a replacement if the President were to abide by the peace agreement signed in August last year to end 21 months of civil war.

He said he would be the one to nominate a replacement and recommend it to President Kiir from his faction.

“First of all, I am still the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan…By the agreement he [Kiir] has no power to appoint any person unless I nominate the person,” he told Aljazeera TV.

The former first deputy president, who also leads the opposition party of the SPLM-IO and commands its military wing, the SPLA-IO, said the process of his replacement convened by Taban Deng Gai was “illegal.”

He also confirmed that he already dismissed Taban Deng Gai a day before Gai “self-appointed himself” to replace him, adding that also there was no party’s institution which sat to make a decision. He said Taban Deng had defected to President Salva Kiir and Kiir was only appointing his “friend” who already defected to him.

The opposition leader further explained that even if he was to be absent he should have been the one to delegate someone to act on his behalf, particularly a most senior minister or party official.

Machar also revealed that he had earlier told his party deputy and minister of interior, General Alfred Ladu Gore, to act on his behalf when he was being forced out until he would come back to Juba. Gore was however reportedly intimidated by Gai and decided to succumb to his nomination without questioning his seniority in the matter.

The top opposition leader warned that the peace agreement is on the verge of “collapse” if the regional and international community fails to act to reverse the illegal decision of President Kiir and to deploy a third party force to take over security of the capital.

It was the first time that Machar spoke to the media after he left the capital, Juba, two weeks ago when his residence was attacked and bombed to the ground by forces loyal to President Kiir.

Machar’s comments have all confirmed statements which his spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, had been issuing on behalf of his boss for the past two weeks.

When asked about his whereabouts, Machar said he is “around Juba.”


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  • 28 July 2016 00:39, by Akol Liai Mager

    It’s well over for Machar politically and militarily and should leave South Sudan quietly. There are plenty of Nuer who love peace for this nation and wanted to live side by side with their brothers of the other 63 tribes in harmony.

    • 28 July 2016 04:12, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Rampant assumptions & selfish decisions of Riek Machar are very dangerous to this nation’s security & peace. I can only blame president Kiir for Riek’s regular, rampant senseless tribal rebellions. His comimg to Juba tells everybody to prepare for another war. There’ll never be peace in RSS so long that Riek remains an active politician.

      • 28 July 2016 07:00, by Eastern

        ....there won’t be peace either with Kiir at the helm of South Sudan and remaining an active "politician". You dinkas won’t have that peace of mind in South Sudan at the expense of others suffering. It’s gonna be tit for tat!!!

    • 28 July 2016 09:45, by Runrach

      Stop making noise. you are dead politically.You call for third party foriegn troops won do good for you. Just go to your home county and start farming instead of hidding in the bush.

  • 28 July 2016 01:35, by DHARCHEP

    That picture of Riek Machar is an old picture. Riek Macharwas dead. He was not aLive any more. Who is Riek Machar? What I know about him was that he was a trader.

  • 28 July 2016 08:24, by Force 1

    Riek Machar need to know that he is not entitled to vice presidency of South Sudan. To make it clear to everyone; no one is entitled to any leadership position in South Sudan.

    • 28 July 2016 08:47, by Panda Odhie

      And that shows Riek is greedy and thirsty for leadership he see nobody important then him. If I were him the only alternative I should seek asylum in foreign countries specially his in-law country UK and leave peace continue but since he is dark hearted no.

    • 28 July 2016 11:03, by Paul Ongee

      "Machar also revealed that he had earlier told his party deputy and minister of interior, General Alfred Ladu Gore, to act on his behalf when he was being forced out until he would come back to Juba. The question: Why is Riek not communicating with his boss, his deputy, but only with his Spokesperson and now Aljazeera TV?"

      • 28 July 2016 11:05, by Paul Ongee

        I like the above statement issued by Riek Machar, he’s still living in the world of delusion and superstition, where he believes that he is the only important educated Nuer prophesied by Ngungdeng to be President of South Sudan at any cost. He doesn’t want to hear the history of Bor massacre he orchestrated in 1991 and he doesn’t’ want to hear how the bogus……

        • 28 July 2016 11:06, by Paul Ongee

          ….Khartoum Peace Agreement (KPA-1997) is trashed in his face where he could not mobilize his innocent followers to take up arms and fight Omer Hassan Bashir for such gross violation of KPA. Instead, Riek decided to return to the real PhD holder Dr. John Garang de Mabior to be forgiven in Nairobi in 2002 and reinstated into his position.

          • 28 July 2016 11:07, by Paul Ongee

            It should have been a big shame for a PhD holder (Dr. Riek) to keep “shifting allegiance” at his own disposal without considering the impact of his violent action on his own innocent tribesmen in particular since 1991. How do Riek and James Gatdek Dak consider themselves educated if they’re in the bush today and tomorrow in Khartoum, preferring to be used for destabilization of….

            • 28 July 2016 11:08, by Paul Ongee

              ….their own country to prove Khartoum’s statement that “Junubin cannot govern themselves?” How do Kenyans, Ugandans or Rwandans govern themselves? Are Kenyans, Ugandans, Tanzanians, Rwandans or Burundians taught by Khartoum first how to govern themselves? Do we need Jalaba to tell us, through Riek or whoever rebels against an elected government headed by Dinka,.…

              • 28 July 2016 11:09, by Paul Ongee

                ….how to govern ourselves, ya Riek? How many times do you like Vice President James Wani Igga to keep giving up his position to you since 2002? And how many times do you want to be forgiven and reinstated into your position? 77 times as stated in the Bible? President Salva Kiir Mayardit repeatedly forgave militia leaders, who felt that “shifting allegiance” was wrong and has become….

                • 28 July 2016 11:09, by Paul Ongee

                  ….a culture/business of lifeline in Juba and Khartoum. But most of them realized the repercussions and that’s why they are now in the government although Riek and Dak and brand them as Dinka or supporters of Dinka government. Innocent Nuers have been mobilized to fight the senseless war of 1991 and 2013 that Junubin “must” first be ruled by Riek himself, but not a president from Dinka.

                  • 28 July 2016 11:10, by Paul Ongee

                    Equatorians who joined Riek in 2013 were mobilized on the pretext that Dinka are grabbing your land (while Riek has more plots & Amarats than his deputy in Juba) and claiming that President Kiir is giving high positions to Dinka only, not Equatorians or Fertits. To achieve his recruitment goal, Riek decided to give military ranks to these recruits before even training them militarily and……

                    • 28 July 2016 11:11, by Paul Ongee

                      ……they put on Facebook that they’re Generals. Those Junubin or Equatorians who are interested in such high positions and high military ranks immediately joined Riek’s camp without considering the outcome of such divisive policy. To international community, Riek claims that federalism (regardless of what type) is the best “system of governance” in South Sudan and for that reasons…..

                      • 28 July 2016 11:13, by Paul Ongee

                        ….SPLM needs, not only democratic reforms, but also a new chairmanship, which he’s likely to lead. He considers himself the perfect chairman of the SPLM without recalling his defection to Khartoum in 1991. Riek likes title so much. He likes when Dak calls him as the Chairman of SPLM and C-IN-C of the SPLA (not “IO” as the media always add those two letters). Additional confusing messages?

                        • 28 July 2016 11:14, by Paul Ongee

                          All these different messages are intended to different audiences to garner political, diplomatic, moral & military support domestically, regionally and internationally. The intended audience should pick up whatever resonates with them and lend him the necessary support. His innocent Nuers followers quickly picked up “hatred” directed against Dinka, backed up by media, some Equatorians and…….

                          • 28 July 2016 11:15, by Paul Ongee

                            …international actors picked up what rings best in their ears and started providing support that Riek desperately needs in order to continue with his destructive agenda if a president from Dinka, not voters, is not allowing him to become the chairman of SPLM which will elevate him to the presidential seat. His supporters often get confused with these different messages which bear no fruit.

                            • 28 July 2016 11:16, by Paul Ongee

                              Nevertheless, the first person to defect from Riek’s camp was a Nuer because of poor manifesto, poor policy, poor messages, poor strategy and poor vision that ended up is signing PA. The Peace Agreement of August 2015 was coined to be called CPA to sound like CPA of 2005 and its implementation matrix is tuned to the CPA of 2005 in order to take us back to the interim period of 2005-2011.

                              • 28 July 2016 11:17, by Paul Ongee

                                Why was it not the case with KPA of 1997? Where was Troika to be peace guarantors of KPA? Why Troika ignores the poor political record of Riek Machar and his poor contribution during the struggle, in Khartoum from 1991-2001, his return to SPLM/A in 2002 and his appointment in a golden plate as the Vice President of both by then Southern Sudan (August 2005) and on July 9th, 2011?

                                • 28 July 2016 11:18, by Paul Ongee

                                  Following closely the strategic negotiation of CPA of 2005 and the one of August 2015, one would wonder why the “Compromise” Peace Agreement (CPA-2015) is copied from “Comprehensive” Peace Agreement (CPA-2005) and pasted. What is so special and strategic about the CPA of 2015 compared to the CPA of 2005? Not only the differences and similarities of those CPAs are clear, but also ….

                                  • 28 July 2016 11:20, by Paul Ongee

                                    differences of how Riek Machar and John Garang wrote their PhD thesis or dissertation. But the question is Do we Junubin accept again the “two systems, one country” for an interim period of 30 months, then what again, elections of 2010 or referendum of 2011 for the separation of Nuer from Dinka or isolating Dinka in South Sudan? Did Almighty God make a mistake to put us all in South Sudan?

                                    • 28 July 2016 11:21, by Paul Ongee

                                      Obviously, Riek Machar does not see the difference between college degree and educated person. Nobody can drive out Dinka or Nuer from South Sudan for self-interest. John Garang did not say “I don’t want Nuer in South Sudan or I don’t want Nuer to lead South Sudan”. President Salva Kiir did not say anything like that, only Riek Machar who refuses to be led by a Dinka since 1991.

                                      • 28 July 2016 11:22, by Paul Ongee

                                        Riek Machar wants to lead but not to be led by a Dinkamen as was the case with John Garang and now Salva Kiir. His political campaign is backed up by some media groups, some misinformed South Sudanese, some regional and international actors and continues preaching “hatred” among the 64 tribes of South Sudan on the basis that Dinka are the enemy of South Sudan, but not Khartoum whom…

                                        • 28 July 2016 11:23, by Paul Ongee

                                          he gets moral and material support from for the continued destruction of South Sudan. He argues that Dinka leadership is bad because it doesn’t want his political reforms agenda implemented referring to his bid for SPLM Chairman, federalism and his proposed twenty-one (21) States without looking at himself in the mirror. As a poor politician, Riek must know that he will never ever become a preside

                                          • 28 July 2016 11:24, by Paul Ongee

                                            …of South Sudan so long as he continues preaching hatred and shedding blood in the God-given South Sudan. Why destructions happened in Bor in 1991, and in Bor again in 2013 & 2014, followed by Bentiu and Malakal? All these destructions are witnessed by regional block and international community who keep telling South Sudanese and the world, through false report from the SPLM-IO…

                                            • 28 July 2016 11:24, by Paul Ongee

                                              …..Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) that the Government forces committed atrocities or rape, but not the rebels of Riek Machar who destroyed the three towns over and over again. Women and children are shot dead in the Church in Bor, Darfurians are shot dead in the Mosque in Bentiu. All these transpired in the presence of UN, but not ever reported by the HRW or AI.

                                              • 28 July 2016 11:26, by Paul Ongee

                                                Besides these destructions, Riek still asserts that if he’s not allowed to rule at any cost, South Sudan would continue facing massive destruction. UN apologized for having sent weapons for destruction of South Sudan but intercepted by government security agents, claiming the containers were mislabeled. UN does not really care about the continued destruction of RSS, but its sustainable presence.

                                                • 28 July 2016 11:28, by Paul Ongee

                                                  Back to the statement issued by Riek that he told his deputy Gen. Alfred Ladu Gore to act-until he would come back to Juba, but failed to establish contact with his boss President Salva Kiir. Truly, Riek has never been lately communicating with his deputy. He’s simply identifying with the title of that Movie/Film “True Lies”. Why is it easy to speak to Dak and Aljazeera TV but not his boss/deputy?

                                                  • 28 July 2016 11:29, by Paul Ongee

                                                    President Kiir has been reiterating that Riek would come to Juba peacefully as he did last April, but not as Riek was claiming shortly after the initial fall of Bor, Bentiu and Malakal to the IO before being retaken by the government forces that Kiir should only worry about the fall of Juba. No reasons provided why things became difficult until peace is signed.

                                                    • 28 July 2016 11:30, by Paul Ongee

                                                      The same thing would happen peacefully but not by use of violence and force or international conspiracy. Riek Machar is a South Sudanese citizen and has every right, on the basis of his political record, to become a president by ballot box, but not by bullets, violence, mobilization of tribesmen and Equatorians or Fertits on false grounds or his imposition on RSS by international conspiracy.

                                                      • 28 July 2016 11:30, by Paul Ongee

                                                        South Sudanese know who to vote for when election time comes but it first needs security, stability and then economic development. It cannot be held hostage because of Riek’s violent political ambition since 1991 or where the leadership should first come from this or that tribe. A leader can come from any tribe in South Sudan, whether it’s big/small or has a record of being wild, warrior or not.

  • 28 July 2016 11:30, by Black Africa

    When you look at all the comments,just pay attention all those who are writing negative about Dr Reik Machar they are all Dinkas. In my conclusion they just hates anyone that is not Dinka.

    • 29 July 2016 03:13, by Khent

      Black Africa

      Wow, Sherlock, what great skills of deduction. We hate Riek because he murdered tens of thousands of defenseless civilians and allied himself with the enemy for years until he was permitted to return in 2002 when he more than deserved a bullet to the head for his misdeeds...

      • 29 July 2016 03:25, by Khent

        Riek consciously and systematically manipulated and whipped up a tribal militia into a frenzy and unleashed them on unarmed civilians on a false prospectus; this truly despicable act resulted in the deaths of almost 30 000 civilians and the collapse of our military campaign in Juba just as we were on the verge of triumph. Riek’s alliance with Khartoum reversed almost a decade of military gains..

        • 29 July 2016 03:26, by Khent

          ..and put us in a situation in which we were faced with oblivion. As a result of Riek’s truly despicable alliance with Khartoum, the Ignaz took complete control of the oilfields - a change in fortunes that enabled them to purchase billions of dollars in advanced and absolutely devastating platforms and munitions; this benefited Khartoum tremendously and intensified the war...

          • 29 July 2016 03:26, by Khent

            ..and it was the tribal constituents (Dinka & Nuba) that were not part of the pro Khartoum militia network that paid the price in hundreds of thousands of lives. The Nuer lost thousands of lives when the Dinka so very momentarily diverted their efforts from fighting Khartoum and directed it to burning down Nuer Counties in Jonglei in retaliation.

            • 29 July 2016 03:28, by Khent

              ..Riek must be sniffing, snorting or injecting something if he thinks that all that he has done has been forgotten or forgiven. The blood debt must be paid. The price? His worthless life. He deserves death a thousand times over and every breath that he draws is in act of theft and an insult. He’ll die just like the children that his forces roasted alive in front of their parents...

              • 29 July 2016 03:29, by Khent

                ..and the elderly women whose throats were slit like goats. Salva Kiir should be removed from government for his terrible crimes. And to those that blindly support Riek... you are scratching at old wounds that will create a war far worse than this. We will exercise all demons if Riek ever makes moves for the Presidency.

                • 29 July 2016 03:46, by Khent

                  The souls of the tens of thousands of our women, children and the elderly that Riek brutally butchered in the 90s scream out for vengeance and we are infinitely more receptive to their faint voices in the distance than we are to any voice in the present. The hatred we harbor for that death-deserving TRAITOR will burn all those that insist on installing him in a position not reserved for TRAITORS

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