Kiir criticises FVP Taban over unlawful procedure to join the ruling SPLM

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit speaking during an SPLM function in Lobonok (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

December 7th, 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit has fired back against the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai and his team for frequently asking him to know when they are appointed into the SPLM political bureau following the dissolution of the SPLM-IO Taban faction.

In March this year, the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai dissolved his SPLM-IO faction and declared that he is now a member of the SPLM faction led by Kiir.

Speaking during an SPLM rally in Lobonok County of Jubek state, South Suda  President said he has been asked several times by Taban’s group about when they will be appointed into the ruling SPLM political bureau.

“My colleague Taban Deng Gai and his other comrades [have been] asking me every time when am I appointing them in the SPLM political bureau so that they are considered a full members . I have not been answering them until the day before our departure to come to Lobonok here,” he told the gathering.

Kiir said he told  Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, South Sudan’s Petroleum minister that they did not follow the legal procedures in dissolving their group and in joining the SPLM.

“Before I left, I told Ezekiel that Ezekiel you did not do your homework in your house because when Gen. Taban declared the dissolution of the [SPLM] IO, his faction, we were expecting that inu you would come and sit alone in your political bureau to approve the dissolution of your party and declare your joining the SPLM and you write to the Chairman of the SPLM who is myself that inu we are now coming to join you then I will put it in front of my political bureau and that will be sequent of doing everything,” Kiir said.

“But now, you (Ezekiel)can not tell me to just issue a decree appointing such a number from your members into the political bureau. This is what I said and I told him (Ezekiel) you discuss this among yourselves and when I come back from Lobonok you come and rest it in the next meeting,” Kiir added.