FVP Taban Deng Gai dividing the internal front as opposition are due in Juba next year: ex-minister

South Sudans first Vice President Taban Deng Gai announces the dissolution of his party and merging it with the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM -IG) led by the South Sudanese president, during a press conference in Juba on May 7, 2018. (Photo credit: AKUOT CHOL/AFP/Getty Images)

September 13th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai is dividing the internal front as the opposition groups are due in Juba in eights months,  former South Sudan labour minister Gathoth Gatkuoth told the Nyamilepedia on Wednesday.

The former labour minister is in an internal feud with the First Vice President who hosted him from his position last August over preference to appoint former Army Chief James Hoth Mai whom the later criticized for being elected as the head of the Nuer community in Juba.

Gathoth Gatkuoth is opposed to his election saying most of the Nuer community is not in the capital due to the ongoing civil war as some seek refugee abroad or in UNMISS camps.

In an exclusive interview with the Nyamilepedia on Wednesday, Gathoth accused the First Vice President of diving the internal front as the opposition is due to set foot in Juba.

“Taban is trying to fight us while the opposition is coming to Juba after eight months. So why he is trying to divide the internal front,” he asked.

He said the FVP is using money to divide the Gatjiok community referring to the Jikang subsection where he comes from.

“Tan and is bribing our community. He gave the Jikany community 250 thousands US dollars to damage our name. So now he want us to fight over money and divide our community,” he said.

He said the FVP has failed to unite us and as such he should give up on the position he held for two years and give others,  including himself a chance to reconcile people.

“Taban for me is SPLM-IO, if he failed to unite us,  for me Taban should step down within this eight months of the pre-transitional period,” he said.

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