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U.S. imposes sanctions on South Sudan’s First Vice President


January 8, 2019 (WASHINGTON) - The United States Treasury Department imposed individual sanctions on South Sudanese First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, for his involvement in the killing of political activists.

South Sudan First Vice President Taban Deng Gai addresses the general debate of the UN General Assembly (UN Photo)

"As First Vice President, Deng reportedly arranged and directed the disappearance and deaths of human rights lawyer Samuel Dong Luak (Dong) and SPLM-IO member Aggrey Idry (Aggrey)," said the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

According to the OFAC, the first vice-president who had broken away from the SPLM-IO directed the murder of the two activists thinking he consolidates his position in the government of President Salva Kiir and would weaken support for opposition leader Riek.

"(He) had regularly sent his own security officials to monitor and plan the abduction of SPLM-IO members located outside of South Sudan, " said the statement adding he wanted to send a clear message to all SPLM-IO members that they were not safe even outside of the country.

On10 December 2019, the US Treasury Department designated already South Sudanese individuals for their involvement in the death of Dong and Aggrey.

The sanctions against the first vice-president are implemented under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act that targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuses and corruption

The sanctions freeze Gai’s U.S. assets and generally prohibit Americans from doing business with him.

The statement said that the Gai’s attempt to silence the opposition party is derailing South Sudan’s ability to implement the peace agreement

“The United States calls on all nations to exclude from the international financial system those who jeopardize South Sudan’s future,” . said Deputy Secretary Justin G. Muzinich.

The Treasury stressed that Washington will not hesitate to target those who have perpetuated the conflict and "will continue to apply pressure on the senior leadership of South Sudan to take concrete measures to bring peace and stability to the country".


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  • 8 January 22:43, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Gen. Taban Deng Gai will dance according to the music. General Taban Deng Gai has committed serious human rights violations these include; killings, rape, sexual assault, intimidation of human rights defenders in East Africa region, political leaders both interior and exterior, torture, arbitrary arrest, property destruction and force displacement of South Sudanese citizens due to war of 2016 in J

    • 8 January 22:58, by South South

      Misplaced sanctions, they will never have any result in our life time.

      • 9 January 05:50, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South South,

        Your crocodile tears not helpful at all.

        • 9 January 09:22, by South South

          You are just a monkey to me. Leave South Sudan for me tun it the way I want. For you, just follow me. I am laughing.

          • 9 January 11:22, by injuba

            South South, what do you want exactly? How do you envision the future of this country? Divided by ethnical hatred? Ethnical cleansing? Sucked dry and empty by greedy, completely remorseless semi-literates? Unless you are one of them or already living abroad, your future and that of your children will be deeply and negatively effected by the ruling class of South Sudan.

            • 9 January 12:07, by South South


              You are asking very good questions and I will be very polite to reply to you. The case of South Sudan is very simple. We are tribes, fact. We need to sit down and come up with the best way to run our country, it’s that simple, but we have some bad guys in South Sudan who want to destroy South Sudan, I have big problem with these people injuba.

              • 9 January 18:29, by jubaone

                South South
                Who wants to sit down with chimps? If jienge savages can’t sit down and fix their shit on their own, how can barbarians sit down with civilised Equatorians? That is stupid and rubbish. An adult can’t dialogue with a toddler. Jienge reason like kids or savages. They only understand fighting and that is the language we Equatorians will teach them. Equatoria for Equatorians. Case closed.

                • 9 January 19:56, by South South


                  Kurkoo (sound of monkey), this is going to be your nickname from today and onward. If no one wants to sit down with me and talk about the future of South Sudan, I love it, I have 100% of power in my hand, the end. Kurkoo, Kurkoo, Kurkoo

          • 10 January 05:29, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

            South South.
            I have no time for baboons like you. You just an idiot. You have no concept of how a country should be governed. You think running a country is like rearing cattle. Ya cattle man inta. Ya wiskh. Ya hayiwan imta. Grow up.

      • 9 January 08:41, by jubaone

        South South
        Then shut up jienge kaffir, let the US do its thing. Nyagat Taban can ask his short-legged Chinese ducks for some yuan and help. He once claimed SS doesn’t need the US.

        • 9 January 09:25, by South South

          Oh monkey, we are weak help us, oh rat, we are weak help us. Souyh Sudan is under controlled. Monkeys can jump up and down as they want.

        • 9 January 12:49, by The Rhino


          That greedy worthless hyaena Taban Deng Gai conspired against key members of his then IOs,..e.g.Alfred Lado Gore let alone Riak Machar and others.Under his ill intentions & orders,many people close to him he considered competitors were brutally murdered.Not only sanctions, but the guy deserve hanging by the neck until death!

          • 9 January 12:51, by The Rhino

            South South,

            You stinking thief!Your days are numbered, the clock is ticking!

            • 9 January 14:09, by South South

              The Rhino,

              No single one in South Sudan can touch me. I am here to rule. Because you are dumb ass with 2 years diploma from Egypt which was designed for stupid students who cannot handle 4 years degree (MOHAD TIJARYI). Since your monkey thief is hiding in Addis, USA will not fight for you. You are weak and disorganized, and because of that Iam on top of you, I am laughing hard.

              • 9 January 15:54, by The Rhino

                South South,

                All our communities in Equatoria are well organized and sustained.Equatorians are many light years ahead of you Dinka savages when it comes to order, productivity,sanity and pursuit of knowledge and development, facts are on the ground.International communities and investors value all these importance.A fucking Dinka vagrant like yourself is just a human waste.Ask yourself why all...

                • 9 January 15:58, by The Rhino

                  South South,

                  ..your starving relatives abandoned their chaotic villages and ran to Equatoria?This time we don’t give a damn shit.Dinka OUT of Equatoria!No more food and shelter to ungrateful savages.All MTNs OUT,full stop!

                • 9 January 20:08, by South South

                  The Rhino,

                  Kurkoo, Kurkoo, Kurkoo. If Equatorians are organized, tell me why they eat monkeys and rats?

              • 9 January 18:21, by jubaone

                Like all baboons, South South is laughing hard. It’s as if he saw the beauty of his shithole for the first time in a mirror and surely fallen in love ? with it. Just wondering, how he couldn’t have seen that earlier as a naked jienge kaffir! Wow.

              • 9 January 18:47, by jubaone

                South South
                Who’s interested in touching a dirty jienge? None. I would use hand gloves to touch anyone of your sort, otherwise one will contract an untreatable diseases like HIV/AIDS or very virulent germs. Wasakanin ya kuffar.

            • 9 January 18:12, by jubaone

              South South the jienge kaffir is desperately motivating himself like similar fools e.g Saddam Hussein, Gadhaffi who still claimed to be in charge even as their shitholes were busted out. Who cares for jienges anyway? Our boys/girls are doing excellent jobs and our Equatorian states are developing while these cockroaches kill themselves or just wait for free goodies.

          • 9 January 18:40, by jubaone

            Lets focus more on developing Equatoria and not dwell on trying to civilise these jienge human apes. It only drains our energies, resources and time. All over, Equatorians are having their own TV channels, radio stations, online forums, and associations and just don’t need the rest who are are worthless burden to us. Our focus must dwell on how to expel them out of Equatoria.

            • 9 January 20:12, by The Rhino


              I absolutely agree 100%!Especially teaching our younger generation in Equatoria how to be very cautious and distance themselves from these Dinka savages.NO intermarriages, friendship or such nonsense whatsoever!Our Schools,Associations,Communities etc must all be trimmed and run ONLY by Equatorians,for Equatorians,with Equatorians,among Equatorians for life.We must never forgive nor.....

              • 9 January 20:13, by The Rhino


                ..forget what these ungrateful fucking Dinka savages did in Equatoria,NEVER!

        • 9 January 17:58, by jubaone

          South South
          The difference between jienges and baboons is, that jienges have no tails, but otherwise both are similar cuz they don’t need underpants and also wait for free food. I like that.

    • 9 January 06:05, by Joyuma John

      yesterday were ministers sanctioned today the first vice president, who is the next target? south Sudan is at a verge of becoming a shithole.

    • 9 January 06:21, by Midit Mitot

      I don,t know what to drop in here, God knows those who are destroying this country. Taban Deng Gai deserve to be sanction for life.

  • 9 January 04:30, by Mayendit

    The sanction against government officials continuing. I think Riek Machar Teny should be sanctioned for killings general Martin Kenyi and Elas respectively. During the time when they were dislodged at Jabel area and they decided to moved to DRC Congo then, Riek Machar order his bodyguards to killed general Martin Kenyi and Elas fearing they will joined Thomas Cirillo movement.

  • 9 January 04:42, by Mayendit

    Riek Machar is the most killer man and he had damaged South Sudanese lives and tear apart different tribes through his rebellious for 30 years. Until now, I did blame inability by the current president Salve Kiir Mayardit for letting Riek Machar dancing back and forth in his leadership. I am also think president Kiir Mayardit is absolutely cowardice otherwise, why not arrested Riek at J1 2016?.

  • 9 January 04:54, by Mayendit

    Two years ago, I had been suggested that, the president Kiir Mayardit should organized a every things special, the SPLA then, find someone who will be his successful in his SPLM Party and the person must be educated to take presidentship. I know some people don’t like to hear this an Idea because they believe there’s nothing wrong until they Will see something in their eyes.

    • 9 January 05:00, by Malakal county Simon

      Taban Deng Gai order the illegal kidnapping of Dong Luak and Agreyy and later murdered them in cold blood.... He deserves life in jail and not sanctions.... Akol Kur and Duoth Guet should be the next to hit in the list!!

  • 9 January 05:10, by Mayendit

    I would like to reminder the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the rest of Gogrial brothers and sisters just to think big and smart way, there will be no peacefully resettle in South Sudan as long as Riek Machar Teny and his rebellious continuing disoriented the foreign policy. Not arrested Riek Machar in 2016 was a very trouble Idea. Also the way Kiir Mayardit tread his allies with

  • 9 January 05:22, by Mayendit

    Arab policy must not brought into Christian nation like this South Sudan unfortunately, the president Kiir Mayardit had been treading his best people with the real enemies for example, the case for former Chief of staff general Paul Malong, Dr.Nhial Deng Nhial and many more others. If you are advice by tribalism people like Tor Deng Mawien who hated others people guess what, you will have so many

    • 9 January 23:08, by Pakuau

      Don’t worry, those sanctions don’t worth papers they were drafted and signed on chap. The US and creeps who run and boast themselves exceptional human beings or the masters of the world have just lost on South Sudan. If those creeps were to be taken seriously by the serious South Sudanese, then they should have started their so-called sanctions on Mr. Riek Machar and even Mr. Salva Kiir>

      • 9 January 23:16, by Pakuau

        but that not how the creeps in the US do their business of their so-called sanctions. They only go after those who rigid to bend over the US nonsense. People like Michael Makuei Lueth, Kuol Manyang, Paul Malongdit, Mr. Jok Riak are unlikely to bend to US or any or even devil trust me. For those South Sudanese with brains, how come the US secretary of commerce the one issuing those so-called>>>

        • 9 January 23:23, by Pakuau

          sanctions on these South Sudanese officials? Mr. Salva Kiir issued before the war broke out in 2013 75 officials from his current government and also the ones in the so-called SPLM-IO to return some money they wrongly stole from the South Sudanese. An account was even set up in Kenyan bank in Nairobi to deposited some money back. But no one did so>>>>

          • 9 January 23:28, by Pakuau

            Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo, Riek Machar are deep in the necks of this rort in the system. But they are not being targeted with the so-called US sanctions because they have sold themselves and their souls to the devil in the US, the UK and some of their creeps in between who covet our country and our people death Mr. Mayendit chap. But the US and her allies being delusional, they are wasting>>>>

            • 9 January 23:33, by Pakuau

              their damn times and the South Sudanese people times. The US and some of the criminals who rule it are living in ’parallel universe with the rest of the world’, but they will be forced to descend down to the rest of the world some of these days. US should be the least country on earth to be lecturing other countries around the world about human rights abuses. The US and her allies in Europe are>>>

              • 9 January 23:39, by Pakuau

                most abusers of human rights, but they are most world hypocrites Mr. Mayendit chap. Go to countries like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and even Yemen where they (the US, the UK) alliance themselves with their gulf Arab states clients of Saudi Arabia, UAE, North Sudan against the innocent Yemenis civilians. How many innocent civilian have been killed and maimed?>>>

                • 9 January 23:46, by Pakuau

                  they are in their million chap. The US had even ’withdrew herself from the so-called UN human rights council’. The head prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda was refused a visa by the US to go and investigate the US military human rights abuses against innocent Afghanistan civilians https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47822839

                  • 9 January 23:50, by Pakuau

                    Mr. Mayendit, can you see chap? The US has gone out of control man. There are some creeps the US, the UK, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan and even here in our region who>>>

                    • 9 January 23:55, by Pakuau

                      love our country and our people to death. However their sinister love affair with our country and our people isn’t being welcomed some of these days. Mr. Mayendit the whole love affair with our country and our people is all about control. But who again would welcome any evil white American, English person, a cloned so-called arab of North Sudan, Abesh (so-called ethiopian) prostitute into our>>>

                      • 10 January 00:05, by Pakuau

                        country and onto our lives again? No one chap. The traitors and foreign puppets/stooges so-called PhD doctors like Mr. Lam Akol are again out wood lecturing South Sudanese people about ’the unconstitutionality of 32’ https://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article68797
                        Was the 15/12/2013 foiled coup attempt in Juba in ’South Sudan’s interim constitution?’>>>>

                        • 10 January 00:10, by Pakuau

                          I don’t think so. Mr. Riek Machar with his hotheadedness to be South Sudan president at all costs staged yet another second coup on the night of 15/12/2013. Slipped out at night and waged a relentless armed rebellion, however was honestly asked to abandoned his aimless armed rebellion before things get worse. But he didn’t listen. He was egged on by his foreign backers or masters to press on>>>>

                          • 10 January 00:16, by Pakuau

                            Mr. Mayendit chap, you are spot on. The reasons as to why Mr. Riek Machar was let go by Mr. Salva Kiir after Mr. Riek brazen 3 time coup attempt would be subjected to a tough debate by the South Sudanese people later, but now the password is first bring the stabilization of our country. But Mr. Mayendit chap, that is not what the evils in the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil>>>

                            • 10 January 00:22, by Pakuau

                              juus (so-called israelis) and some of their creeps here in the IGAD and the AU are after. South Sudan was to be made the evils center of universe-----where their so-called UN NEW WORLD ORDER GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT WITHOUT BORDERS or their so-called AFRICA UNITY and REGIONAL INTEGRATION piece nonsense was to be started. When we tell some of our lowly informed fools to be very careful of the people>

                              • 10 January 00:28, by Pakuau

                                of the evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Abeshas (so-called ethiopian) prostitutes, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy allies here in between, they don’t first listen. But when the reality set in later then they will complain. The reasons some of us keep informing our fools is simply because we don’t want any evil on earth bring>>>

                                • 10 January 00:32, by Pakuau

                                  him/her self into our country and over our people again on the disguise of the so-called ’humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping and human rights business scams’. We have asked the lowly low lives to let us round up anything that is connected to evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, evil juus (so-called israelis)>>>>

                                  • 10 January 00:39, by Pakuau

                                    UN and UNIMISS so-called peacekeepers of India, Pakistanis, Bangaledhis, Nepalese, Sri Lankans, Abeshas (so-called ethiopian) prostitutes, Ghanaians, Rwandans and others, kill the evils and be done with the vermin. But the evils are not heeding our call. South Sudan is not part of the ANGLO-AMERICA empire, never has and will never ever will under the sun and even in million years, reasons,>>>

                                    • 10 January 00:43, by Pakuau

                                      pure HATRED and RACISM. The vermin have attached themselves like ’leeches and ticks’ to our country and over our people and this has been made possible by some low lives who sold themselves and their souls to the evils. We have told our lowly educated fools and foreign puppets/stooges. That Their evils in the US, the UK, their juus (so-called israelis), their gulf Arab states paymasters have>>>>

                                      • 10 January 00:49, by Pakuau

                                        taken South Sudan as their ’most prize country to be always geopolitical chess game or football play around every 10 years’. Because the evils consider our country their most ’strategic and our people, their most strategic and expendable fools’ to be always ’COLD-WAR-LIKE fought over every 10 years’>>>

                                        • 10 January 00:58, by Pakuau

                                          Mr. Salva Kiir fool took his entire cabinet to ’Washington right after country’s independence in 2011’ to go and solicited the US investors to come and invest in South Sudan then that the war was considered over. Mr. Salva Kiir and his then cabinet ministers were flatly told by the US investors in Washington that there were no infrastructures in South Sudan to come and invest in them>>>>

                                        • 10 January 00:59, by Pakuau

                                          Mr. Salva Kiir fool took his entire cabinet to ’Washington right after country’s independence in 2011’ to go and solicited the US investors to come and invest in South Sudan then that the war was considered over. Mr. Salva Kiir and his then cabinet ministers were flatly told by the US investors in Washington that there were no infrastructures in South Sudan to come and invest in them>>>>

                                          • 10 January 01:05, by Pakuau

                                            the who gesture was because the government of South Sudan Aand the South Sudanese people considered the US and the American people to have stood with them during their times of low and thin. But were slickly turned down. And when Mr. Salva Kiir and his then government asked the Chinese to come and invest in South Sudan and the Chinese people agreed>>>

                                            • 10 January 01:10, by Pakuau

                                              the UN went ’berserk and wanted a regime change’ Mr. Salva Kiir and his then government ’became red China communist and socialist leaders overnight and were deemed dangerous to US and European interests’ and were to be remove from power at all costs and be replaced with *traitors, thieves and foreign puppets/stooges* would then go and be micro-managed in Washington, London, Dubai, Cayman islands>>

                                              • 10 January 01:16, by Pakuau

                                                Panama, Nairobi, Adis Ababa, British Virgin Island, Bahamas, Johannesburg and other shady countries where the vermin always go and hide their loots from. And that is the 15//12/2013 foiled coup in Juba was spawned Mr. Mayendit chap. Now that it has becomes increasingly difficult for those vermin who covet our country and our people’s ’sinister project’ over our country and over our people’s, they>

                                                • 10 January 01:20, by Pakuau

                                                  have resort to what always do best, ’blackmails, outrageous propaganda machine and all’ in a hope that their nonsense would stick. But the vermin are playing with fire. The evils love affair with our country and our people has gone too far and they are going to be bombed out of country and over our people pretty badly once and for all, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM>>>>

  • 9 January 08:59, by Gat Baluony

    bravo US government you make us smile again in less than a month, thank you so much for the move. the remaining blockers are Reizeek Zacharia the governor of Lol state plus former eastern equotoria state governor.

  • 9 January 15:15, by quiz

    This Arab Nyakek lost morality since he killed Dong Luak and married his relative. Doesn’t he knows that the blood of Dong will hunt him? He uses money and illness plans to kill innocents people. This sanction is the beginning of his problems. More prices of his devils acts are coming to him. He deserves dangerous sanction.

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