South Sudan: Gen. Taban Deng Gai Announced His New Government
August 2, 2016(Nyamilepedia) ——- South Sudan’s new First Vice President, Stephen Taban Deng Gai, the former Minister of Mining of Transitional Government and a former Chief negotiators of SPLM/SPLA-IO appoints his new government to replace Dr. Riek Machar’s SPLM/SPLA-IO’s government.
According to a decree read on South Sudan’s television, Taban appointed 7 ministers from his loyalists to form a collision with President Salva Kiir’s government.
Among the 7 ministers, 6 are all from his Nuer tribe in addition to Machar’s deputy chairman, Lt. Gen Alfred Lado Gore, whom Taban displaces.
|1||Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth||Petroleum|
|2||Michael Chiengjiek Geay||Interior|
|3||Gabriel Duop Lam||Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Management|
|4||Gabriel Thokuj Deang||Mining|
|5||Yien Oral Lam Tut||Higher Education, Science and Technology|
|6||Sophia Pal Gai||Water Resource and Irrigation|
|7||Alfred Lado Gore||Land, Housing and Urban Development|
Gen. Taban also appoints three presidential advisors and will also appoint a deputy speaker for the Transitional National Legislative Assembly. The deputy ministers and presidential advisors are:
|Name||Deputy Minister for|
|1||Riaw Gatlier Gai||Interior|
|2||Ms. Nasike Alan Lochul||Labour, Public Service and Resource Development|
|Name||Presidential Advisor For|
|1||Gabriel Yoal Dok||Social Service Delivery|
|2||Michael Mario Dhuor||Reforms, Monitoring and Evaluation|
|3||Ramadan Hassan Laku||Good Governance and Rule of Law|
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Unlike his former boss, Taban is inclusively targeting his Nuer community who are loyal to his superior, Dr. Riek Machar Teny. 9 out of 12 appointments are all Nuer and the remaining 3 are all from Equatoria.
It would be for the first time that a legitimate movement in South Sudan had no sufficient participation from the Dinka and Chollo communities, the first and third largest tribes, in its top leadership.
Despite intensive appointment of Nuer in the new Kiir-Taban government, majority of civil population and the army in Upper Nile region, including Taban’s home county of Guit, is still loyal Dr. Riek Machar compared to Taban and Salva Kiir’s combined.