Breaking: Salva Kiir Security Threatens Officials of SPLM/SPLA-IO To Declare Taban Deng Gai As The First Vice President

SPLM/SPLA Chief Negotiator, Gen. Taban Deng Gai addresses the media after arrive in Juba on Dec 21, 2015(Photo: Nyamilpedia version)

SPLM/SPLA Chief Negotiator, Gen. Taban Deng Gai addresses the media after arrive in Juba on Dec 21, 2015(Photo: Nyamilpedia version)

July 21, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– A report read on South Sudan national television this evening alleges that the SPLM/SPLA in opposition has replaced its top leadership, the First Vice President, Chairman and Commander in Chief of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, with Taban Deng Gai, the Minister of Mining of the Transitional Government of National Unity.

According to SPLM/A-IO officials, who speak under “pressure and massive coercion”, the leaders have lost contact with their chairman since 10 days ago, and therefore Taban Deng Gai should lead the implementation of peace agreement for the opposition.

Speaking today on SSTV, William Ezekiel, who is from the outraged Collo Community, came out on behave of his community to show support of Taban Deng Gai as an appointed successor of the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar.

Although Mr. William was a spokesperson for SPLM/SPLA-IO advanced team, he spoke today on a weaker position as a member of Collo Community in SPLM/SPLA-IO to show support for Gen. Taban Deng Gai and also for President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

“On our side as  collo members in IO we see also opportunity to express our full support, unwavering support for comrade Gen. Taban Deng Gai, SPLM/SPLA-IO negotiator and minister of mining to resume responsibilities in the absence of Dr. Riek Machar Teny” Ezekiel said.

“We are now cut of from contact, we don’t have any contact with him. The last time I talked to him was almost 10 days ago and we cannot remain while waiting for the unknown to happen” He continued.

According to James Gatdet Dak, the Press Secretary of SPLM/SPLA-IO Chairman, their leaders in Juba are under detention and being used by the enemy to speak against the will of their leaders, Dr. Riek Machar.

In response to Gen. Taban’s televised speech against foreign intervention, Gatdet disown the former  chief negotiators and said Taban was speaking for Salva Kiir and not for the SPLM/SPLA-IO moment

“The SPLM-IO and its leadership are for deployment of a third buy topamax price party force in Juba. First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, has been very clear about this. Even in his cessation of hostilities declaration on July 11, 2016, he put it clearly as a proposal that a third party force should be deployed in Juba to create a buffer between his forces and those of President Salva Kiir,” Gatdet said.

Like many supporters of SPLM/SPLA-IO gatdet doubts if Taban is still loyal to the opposition or he is just speaking under death threat in Juba.

“If Honourable Taban Deng is still loyal to his boss, Dr. Machar, he should have known this position and should have respected the decision of his leadership. Unfortunately, it seems he speaks on behalf of President Salva Kiir rather than on behalf of the SPLM-IO leadership. We should ignore his anti-third party statement as not representing the position of the SPLM-IO,” he said.

According to reliable sources, Ezekiel William and other vulnerable officials of SPLM/SPLA-IO in Juba are being used by Kiir’s “unknown gunmen” to say what pleases president Kiir and his supporters.

“This is a big change of event. Not like 2013 when President Kiir announced that it is a coup and goes ahead to arrest politicians who were loyal to Mr. Machar. This time, there is a change in strategy. Although Kiir lied that Machar had a gun and his forces started the shooting, he is careful not to say that it was a coup again because that transpired badly in 2013. He is also careful not to say it was an assassination attempt on him” Said David McClain, a policy expert on African affairs.

“Again, the Jieng leadership do not want to arrest Machar’s officials or kill them because the international community will condemn it. So they are using them for a mere advertise campaign to defame their leader and weaken the peace agreement” he continued.

In other reports, Salva Kiir government has given Dr. Riek Machar up to 48 hours to return to Juba to continue with peace implementation.


  • What can bring Dr.Machar to juba for peace implementation while taban is there as 1st vice president of io

  • Dr.Riek Machar shouldn’t have go back if he remembered the bad things he had done to people of South Sudan and also he is not fit enough to hold that position.

  • John Kijana

    That is political masturbation by Kiir to self satisfy his unpopular standing. He has failed economically, diplomatically and is useless.

  • Gatdarwich

    The jenges council of devils and killer nyankiir are undeniably coercing and terrorizing Taban and the likes to speak for the jenges’ government period

  • Dr. Machar came to Juba for the sake of peace yea jamah,and then the war was imposed on him by dictator Kiir, because Kiir said the peace was made not to be implemented . so Riek has no but run from Juba.

  • Mabior’s mum is respondsible to what they had done to anybody when they went in to play with government networks and people personal phones,while they were in a system,so why Kiir should care,while was planning to kill them.

  • Gwang

    Whoever left Kiir 2013 because he lose his position, is now leaving Riek because he think he
    got his position back. But the history has been written. I think leaving Riek or opposition this time, to me is like sharing the grave with people you don’t share vision. Good luck if this’s true.

    • i think removable of this greedy man (Riek) is a great chance to Nuer people to have youth again. coz Riak has finished Nuer youth since 1991 up to 2016. Pliz, dear Nuers do not follows, but fate ur life if so.

  • monday cash

    Dr Riek machar has a right to go out from because of you people you want to kill him and you have give Taban deng his position of Riek

  • mabior ateny

    Taban Deng pliz this IO does not belong to tribe leave the balance and democratic IO system remain as marchar lined up. IO have much and heavey popullarity in equatoria becouse of machar strategy pliz without marchar IO will never bear any fruit and this will call for equatoria refrendum to break away from the two region coz of the messing leave the messing in the government remain with JCE and kirr failure.

  • mabior ateny

    Kirr was ment to distroy, kill,loot,perist and fail this nation so if you accept to take marchar position so it mean you re birth of the same feather.

  • Jal ka we nhiim liääp hen aliu thin.

  • We need one who the word of peace. If Taban after Dr Riak there is no matter they are from IO And IO is not for Riak alone nor is belong to those who are loyal Io.

  • Mr kamal

    Please and please south Sudanese we are tired of war consequence .This is the time we are to enjoy peace and develop south sudan like other nations.


    if you want longer war in south sudan let mr taban be deceive jiing council of evil

  • you Equatorians u will fight in mouth, but face to face u cannot.

  • wen malual galam

    well come well peace peace, Taban Deng go ahead with peace.

  • Riek was rewarded in 2002 to be a 3rd person. Again in 2016 as a 2nd person. What Riek want? Who give him a permission to when out side Juba?
    Riek is Riek.
    My fellow citizen and those ran after Riek like flies in the tailote, please reverse ur decision. Gatdet Dak ur boss is confirm dead, leave about ur falses documents.
    U write ur own papers, u claiming written by Riek.
    Riek now never seen a light of the sun. Let Taban took position of FVP.

  • Deng Deng

    Taban Deng Gai was stupid and blind enough to be deceived. Who is he?