South Sudan: Acting First Vice President Warns Dr. Riek Machar Over His Son’s Death
July 29, 2016(Nyamilpedia) —— In a sudden change of events in South Sudan politic, the acting First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, who promised to “happily step down” if his superior returns to Juba is now appealing to his “former Chairman”, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, to either stay in exile or come back to Juba to live peacefully as a regular citizen.
Taban reminds the citizens that Riek is stubborn and he has fought good leaders like Dr. John Garang, president Omar el Bashir, and now president Salva Kiir. For these reasons, Taban warns Riek to stay away from power because he is wrong.
“Riek is wrong and I am advising him that he should come back to Juba so that he come and stay peacefully or he go any where, he go to Addis Ababa or to Nairobi or to Kampala or to Khartoum to stay there peacefully and wait for election. so that you comes and elect him to office or you come and tell him, look we don’t trust you and we can’t elect you to office” Taban said.
Responding to Dr. Machar’s latest interviews, the acting First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, revealed Dr. Riek’s son death and used it for an emotional appeal to warn Machar that things won’t be any easier for him anymore, and therefore he should consider staying away from the seat of First Vice President until when time seems appropriate for his return to politics.
“What we have done in IO is legal. One, it is to save your lives and two to save the lives and unity of this country.” Taban said.
“He should be looking backward [to see the death of people], like this year he has lost even his son, his own son died in the shooting of J1.” Taban said
Taban is a family relative [an in-law] to Dr. Machar and the boy he was referring to has known him as an uncle.
Taban calls on his rival, Machar, to be very careful, really careful this time.
“I think he should be careful, he should be really very careful. He should know that it is not really worthy to lose lives and lives again.” he said.
Taban emphasized that Dr. Riek Machar disagreed with Dr. John Garang and caused death of many people while referring to earlier split in the rebel movement over the ideologies of Unity and Self-determination.
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Taban also emphasized that Machar’s IGAD brokered peace agreement with Khartoum regime [1995-1997] also caused many death after Dr. Riek failed to work with Omar el Bashir, and now Machar’s disagreement with Salva Kiir is causing many death.
While promising to prevent death and unite the people, Taban seems to have a tough road ahead as many South Sudan citizens, home and abroad, believe in Machar’s leadership.
The retired general, Taban, does not command loyal of both political and military wings of SPLM/SPLA-IO, evidenced by supporters and generals’ condemnations in the last two weeks, and he is unlikely to convince the IDPs within Juba leave alone citizens in SPLM/SPLA-IO controlled areas.
This will not be the first time Taban has worked for and defected from Dr. Riek Machar. He abruptly defected to Dr. John Garang’s SPLM in a similar passion in 2002 after negotiating on Dr. Machar’s SPLM side.
The two parties were merged and Machar returned to his ranks and files in SPLM/SPLA but their rivalry dragged on until his[Taban] sacking in 2013 left him with no option but to ally with Machar.