South Sudan First Vice President Dismissed Gen. Taban Deng Gai From SPLM/SPLA-IO and Scrapped His Ministry
July 22, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– South Sudan’s First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, relieves his long term rival, General Taban Deng Gai, from SPLM/SPLA in Opposition.
According to James Gatdet Dak, the Press Secretary of Dr. Machar, the First Vice President has also dismissed Hon. Taban from the Ministry of Mining.
“FVP Dr. Riek Machar has dismissed Taban Deng Gai from the SPLM/SPLA (IO). He has also withdrawn and recalled him from Minister of Mining.” Dak said.
Dak has also confirmed that Machar has ensured to return to the capital once a third party force has been deployed in the capital.
“FVP Dr. Riek Machar will return to Juba once a third party force is deployed. President Salva Kiir’s 48 hours ultimatum is unnecessary.” he added.
Attempted Coup But Machar must return to Juba within 48 hours.
Speaking on the national TV, the Minister of Information and broadcasting, Michael Makuei Lueth, threatens that Machar must return to Juba before Monday or else Salva Kiir’s government will replace him.
Makuei reiterates that what happened at Presidential house was an attempted coup on the life of President Salva Kiir.
“It is not unfortunate situation as some people used to refer to it but it was a presidential, it was, it was eh a tempted coup which failed in the presidential palace and that coup resulted into lost of so many lives” Makuei said.
Makuei was reiterating a report that has been circulated by President Salva Kiir claiming that Dr. Machar had a pistol during the shooting at his palace, however, he went ahead to protect and save his life from unruly gunmen from his headquarters – a report that has been bitterly denied by the opposition.