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South Sudan: Acting First Vice President Warns Dr. Riek Machar Over His Son’s Death

Gen. Taban Deng Gai acting First Vice President replacing Dr. Riek Machar Teny but now calling on his former boss to go to exile(Photo: file)
Gen. Taban Deng Gai acting First Vice President replacing Dr. Riek Machar Teny but now calling on his former boss to go to exile(Photo: file)

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.

Gen. Taban Deng Gai sitting beside Angelina Teny during a Pagak conference in the past....
Gen. Taban Deng Gai sitting beside Angelina Teny during a Pagak conference in the past….

“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.

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DINGIT NA TUGGÖ July 29, 2016 at 11:33 pm

So what……………….Dr. Machar until now is the right person to lead. See and understand,he lost a son but yet he wants save more lives. We are behind Dr. Riak. One thing is this, the war is now in Equatoria, we are going to fininsh it right here because the first bullent for the revolution and the liberation of this country was heard this soil. Wait and see.

GatNor July 29, 2016 at 11:56 pm

Taban seems to ignore the main fundamental differences and points of disagreements between his two new bossbosses tribal chief Kiir & M7, Hansen El Bashiir & tribal king Garang and Dr. Machar the one that actually set the bar so high as a vionary revolutionary icon. Sadly all the men he mention to have disagree with Dr. Machar are all lawless criminals.

alira July 30, 2016 at 12:01 am

Taban Deng Gai is our enemy number one this time more than Dinka, we have a very important vision for all South Sudanese lead by H:E Riak we shall never surrender until a sustainable peace is achieved in South Sudan when we shall eliminate the Dinkacratic ideologist and their Jenge council of Elders.

tutu July 30, 2016 at 12:27 am

ok…but don’t forget that you (Nuers) will still lose your lives again

Rayzein August 13, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Why is it always about Dinkas and Nuer???? What about the rest of the tribes who don’t pick side and are always at peace. You all are just hard headed, thinking has become a greater problem.
You surely have lost your mind. You speak like some illiterate idiot. South Sudan needs peace that’s all that matters fuck all the leaders they are not worth that country. Perhaps they should all be killed. Freedom of speech and that’s my piece of mind

Lualdit July 30, 2016 at 12:04 am

Action is the only thing left to bring sanity to South Sudan if IGAD will not bring in 3rd party force period. The betrayal and lack of desire for peace is beyond disbelief. Jaang ci ke lac.

lokuton ama'le July 30, 2016 at 12:10 am

Ah Ah Ooooo We South Sudanese are in total darkness due to the confusion and lost directions among our top leaders. o lord, look at the suffering of your people!

Ezekiel July 30, 2016 at 1:28 am

If you’re following the dinka and you leave your dead family which was face fanishment by your supported side god would fanished you

Kutei July 30, 2016 at 2:04 am

Tutu, war is all about dying if the cause is just, so Nuers and the rest of South Sudanese who’ve now surrounded Juba will die so long as their cause is a just one. I am sure the dead dinkaz this time round is 10x more than the Nuer lost. I know you guys are still in bondage of lies, propaganda, deception and illusions by your jieng council of evils or idiots which am sure you’ll soon and forever regret having been cheated as such.

Viva South Sudan
Long live our blessed nation.
God bless South Sudan

GATKUER July 30, 2016 at 2:09 am



Beek July 30, 2016 at 2:28 am

With out Riek,our country will remain our country.

mambo Samuel July 30, 2016 at 2:31 am

Am Samuel please, let me tell Taban Deng Gai that His Excellence Dr. Riak Marcher is right and if I would have been in south Sudan I would have joined him to fight the current government, so am ready to help him with ideas though am out of south Sudan, so if he fall to rule south Sudan I will still try and Kuku by tribe fear no death am in south Africa in cape town.

Matiop makol Dut July 30, 2016 at 3:59 am

Indeed l do believe that,a beggers will never correct their masters that why u still support yr tribal leader but l know u will end up without achieving any goal unless to joint a clear eye leader Gen Taban Deng together government. Yes, that is your rewarded Mr Riek to lost your son

Jongchithaach July 30, 2016 at 4:00 am

I look at the situation in South Sudan and feel pity for the innocent junubiin. This unrest is nothing but tribalism.
Question: if Riek really wanted his country to have peace, why didn’t he wait for elections so that the citizens could elect him and lead this country? Why did he has to be a rebel in the first place?
Who then will he lead if he keeps on causing trouble especially to his own people?
Come on junubiin, we can do better that tribalism.

Lat Kuem July 30, 2016 at 4:13 am

The so call Taban is more cheaper and pertain to warn our righteous man because of his bargaining.

Dr. Machar will not be in Juba on your call nor third party forces being deployed in capital. We should shortly chock you if you’re not aware for what is going.

Abraham junior July 30, 2016 at 4:24 am

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, south sudan will know the real definition of peace!! Why can’t we pray for peace rather than fighting?

Santo Deng Yak July 30, 2016 at 4:52 am

please brothers stop fueling fire because there is nothing we will get from it . it is on
ly destruction and death which are not good for all of us. plse I begged
you to stop this language of primitivity.
war is bad for all of us either Dink’a or Nuer we are all children of South Sudan. stop all non sense.

Dominus Bithuk July 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Whoever doesn’t protest to the injustice is agreed to it n remember that as long as the mind is enslaved the body is never free so let people speak their
mind to free their body

jay July 30, 2016 at 5:20 am

All the best.May God guide and protect the people of south Sudan.

j j Bol July 30, 2016 at 5:21 am

being disturbed is irritation of development. riek(destruction in dinka ) should go somewhere to avoid confusing the country every now and then

Butrus July 30, 2016 at 6:38 am

Government without constitution is a right without power… Following the military events which’s taking place now in south Sudan i think nothing will change. God bless south Sudanese.

Dj Napoleon / nsubuga Napoleon July 30, 2016 at 6:40 am

Am called Dj Napoleon or Nsubuga Napoleon living in Uganda jinja Naminya Your all my brothers my point is Your killing yourselves we are of the same blood and same colour Then Why do you Kill Your friend,sister Now look at Your money is totally down,to Make matter worse the few building you have are destroyed these means That the country is to be poor besides that western countries are going to laugh at you That you wanted independence of which wouldn’t mentione so reform are needed in order to save our people’s livies and I call apone africa union do same thing oh God help South Sudan

Daniel Maker Ater July 30, 2016 at 7:18 am

south sudan need peace brothers and sisters as i am south sudanese

Halit Ab July 30, 2016 at 10:57 am

With the stupid mind of wrotten South Sudanes leaders all the develop countries are laughing at you with your full potention resources in stead of mobilizing your citizens in development strategies you mobilize your illiterate population to kill them.
Taban Gai is not from different culture of south Sudanese.
Unless you removed your leopard and Lion’s skins originally from your minds then permanent peace will be realized otherwise I am sorry yet the Arabs critically watching at you and soon they can mobilize your citizens to nationalize them
South Sudanese leaders woo…dio..woo..dio….woo..dio

Isaiah Awach Dut July 30, 2016 at 7:19 am

You can soon have a president 4rm any of the tribes if u are against the current gov’t.
But won’t ever have a president from any of the tribes if u r against only one major tribe i.e Dinka.
Please pple it seems that pple of South Sudan gamble politics.

Simon Reezer July 30, 2016 at 7:38 am

Taban Gai is a heartless murderer. He can even make fun of Machar’s son’s death yet he is an uncle to that young man? If he laughs at the death of his nephew, would he care about other Sudanese?

channel o July 30, 2016 at 7:50 am

Peace shine with Taban because we re all confusse with leader who re rushing after their own power.voting will tell who will be the president and the second president why used citizens as tools?

Warfive July 30, 2016 at 7:55 am


Dinka July 31, 2016 at 11:58 am

Without dinka we would ve been still under the custody of arabs.

you July 30, 2016 at 8:03 am

I am sick of people preaching war they are not fighting, this should be time for the Dinka to call the all out war with Nuer….

GatNor July 30, 2016 at 9:04 am

The strategy of Machar’s 1300 armed fighters mainly Nuers has left Kiir with more dead soldiers & disabled service men(Army) than a hospital for sick kids.

channel o July 30, 2016 at 9:25 am

100 years ago the original nuers fight with original dinkas but after a few days the unite. what about now.

Ojuku July 30, 2016 at 10:40 am

i hope kiir is using wrong advisor like he gets from uganda,then there we go riek never give up until you reach finishing point.Riek work it out within superior weeks to be the head of state.

freedom fighter July 30, 2016 at 10:59 am

if i were taban i would not replace doctor machar but iam not him.

Samuel July 30, 2016 at 11:19 am

What is leading south sudan citizens is tribalism.. May God see them through ..

Segun July 30, 2016 at 11:43 am

Am not a south sudanese but have been following events almost on a daily basis. The country is a very young one and I want to advice you need peace more than ever. Nothing can be acheived in the atmosphere. Tribalism will take you nowhere. If Macher can be patient if he does not like Kiir’s style of leadership, he should wait for the election. May GOD bless South Sudan. May GOD bless Africa-Amen!

Jal Chop July 30, 2016 at 12:48 pm


Daniel onyango July 30, 2016 at 12:49 pm

If people can’t listen to talk, then let them listen to bullet

James Gatdet Tang July 30, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Mr. Gach remember that it was you who signed agreement and negotiated on behalf of SPLM -IO. As you now turned your back against Machar and the Nuer people, know that your supporters will only be those politicians with you a lone.
We that you are cam jiec / selfish leader who only think for money a lone. You will be in exile instead of Machar.

YOUNG G July 30, 2016 at 3:50 pm

this time we nuer we don’t give demm,if it’s like that war is all about dying we trust in machar

channel o July 30, 2016 at 8:17 pm

no wonder! no weak govt even if u re strong like John Garang rebels he didnt do any thing to sudan govt let machar try his level best but all i see re wive to remained widoms and children remain in street without schools.this time is call personal time a time u decide for yourself and not let do this any more.

Jackino July 30, 2016 at 8:23 pm

Taban is crazy, he must start apologizing to the people of South Sudan instead of further fading his future in the country coz he have betrayed us. We people of South Sudan need a true peace, a real determination and he should stop talking about Nuer Nuer Nuer, he rather talk about the 64 tribes of SS who are fighting for dat. He is just a puppet we can’t go by his betrayal side we are ready to finish for the sake of peace, equality and determination.

CONDITION GEORGE July 30, 2016 at 9:05 pm

no way for peace unless the IO fight gov’t when we are united ie nuer & other tribe is de best way of defeating the dinka group we are tire of them.

Lion July 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm

With this idealogy, we shall all finish.
In every country there are (1) civilians not tribes and (2) politicians not tribes, why the difference in S. Sudan.
Stop being fooled by politicians on the ground of tribes and stop shedding blood of innocent citizens who are not even in social media particularly the fighters.
I pity all of us.

Human Rights activist, Ter Manyang Gatwech July 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm

Dear citizens,

Never give up until the game is over and therefore, one thing you should know any movement to be succeeded it take time and the people will achieve it later through determination.

Julius August 8, 2016 at 4:04 am

Until every mind is set free from tribal thinking, Sudan will never be peaceful.


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