Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
August 30, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– In a crowd and highly attended meeting, the Gajaak Nuer Community in Ethiopia gathered in Addis Ababa to denounce some of their sons who hailed from the community and defected from SPLM-IO under Machar and went away with Stephen Taban Deng (STD) – the installed South Sudan First Vice President by the genocidal regime under the leadership of Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. Among the Gajaak’s sons; Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth & Bor Gatwech joined Taban Deng Gai and became part of the government in Juba under the leadership of President Salva Kiir right after July incident that forced the peace agreement to collapse between the rivals. The overwhelmed meeting was attended by all Nuer community sub-sections, Church leaders, and representatives from SPLM-IO in Addis Ababa.
In an opening ceremony with a ceremonial cake cutting, candle lighting and with ushering of South Sudan national anthem, the Gajaak Community leader in Ethiopia – Mr. Kunen Nyak Bol stressed that the decision by Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Bor Gatwech and others do not literally represent the view of Gajaak Community but are acting on their own capacity as position seekers which is directly related to self-interests and opportunities. Mr. Nyak Bol added that he had very long conversation with Gajaak Community all over the world through phone conferences last week. He cited that the event of today denotes the final resolution of rejection of few opportunists who joined Kiir’s government that failed to bring peace to our young nation.
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“On behalf of Gajaak Community and on my own behalf, I would honestly like to declare our position that we’re still in full support of Dr. Riek Machar Teny. We, as a community strongly condemned the opportunists who are trying their best … day and night to fool the world that Gajaak, the largest Nuer section in Ethiopia with sizeable number at South Sudan are with Stephen Taban Deng (STD), this is nightmare and unfounded truth. We’re not with him and we will never be with him at all!!”
Moreover, the Chairlady of Gajaak Community in Addis Ababa – Mrs. Nyakong Kuon urged the entire Nuer Community to stand firm with Machar and to disregard the rumors from anti-peace elements. One of the participants who declined to mention her name on stage said that Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth is an opportunist and political prostitute. Pastor Abraham Tuach Kier, Jacob Nhial Wal, James Ret Lew, Row Duol Tuong and SPLM Chapter Chairman in Ethiopia – Mr. Koat Gatkuoth, were among the attendees. A permanent internet warrior, Elbouw Chuol and Khor Deng Jang aka Khor DJ were seen in the meeting according to media observers. The media observers added that more than six hundred people attended the meeting.
In conclusive remarks SPLM-IO Representative to Ethiopia – Ambassador. Goi Jooyul Yol added that the movement under Dr. Machar is committed to work for peace although Juba is derailing the peace implementation process. He added that Dr. Mahcar is well and healthy as of now. “I want to pass the greetings from our leader – Dr. Riek Machar Teny. He is well with his family and all our brave officers accompanying him.”