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The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Defection of General Taban Deng from SPLM/A-IO.

English proverbs:

Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.
. Better an open enemy than a false friend.

“We are what we repeatedly do.”

By Gatwech Naath,

Former PLM/SPLA-IO Chief negotiator, Gen. Taban Deng Gai and Lol Gatkuoth serving new portfolios after defecting to SPLM/SPLA-IG in Juba, South Sudan(Photo: file)
Former PLM/SPLA-IO Chief negotiator, Gen. Taban Deng Gai and Lol Gatkuoth serving new portfolios after defecting to SPLM/SPLA-IG in Juba, South Sudan(Photo: file)

Sept 09, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— It is worth mentioning that Taban Deng Gai, the former undeservingly respected SPLM/A –IO senior member was an undisputed top SPLM/A-IO leader. This was clear with consideration of his positions and duties in the SPLM/A- IO organization.

Due to his hateful nature which is unpopular, he contributed a lot in creating enemity to the SPLM/A – IO. For instance some officers and soldiers from the SPLA refused to join the SPLM/A – IO especially in unity state because of Taban Deng Gai presence in its leadership. Some openly said we cannot fight for Taban Deng to become something in future after losing his post as state governor. This was a big obstacle and disadvantage to SPLM/A-IO in Unity state and the main reason was the so-called Taban Deng Gai.

The advantages of Taban Deng Gai departure are more than disadvantages. Now the movement could breath fresh air freely without looking around in fear for an insider who is a spy from within.

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Recently became clear that, this man was unfortunately and shamelessly, working from day one as a Dinka government spy within the movement. some wise SPLM/A-IO members suspected this –IO false top leader, but the chairman intentionally gave this traitor a chance to appear in public as he did now.

After peace time, he succeeded in mobilizing and intimidating some members of the advance to temporary legalizes his conspiracy against his boss Gat-Machar. Now many enemies of Taban joined the movement willingly because the man was an obstacle to many people to join the movement. Even some who joined the movement left the movement because they hate Taban Deng Gai.

The mistake of this Nuer nephew is not joining the Dinka government like any defector as their agent inside the opposition movement, but his mistake was the stealing of the leadership of the opposition movement in a hotel in Juba.

He is blamed for not defecting like his predecessors from the same type of defectors who went to Dinka government in search of money and positions.

The final advantage for Talban’s defection is the following proverb:

“The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.” Sir Francis Bacon

This proverb is enough to show the real situation now of Tanan Deng Gai.

The real fact is that Taban Deng will not succeed in his rebellion against his boss and in-law Dr.Riek Machar, because Taban is not a Nuer tribe alternative if there is a change of Nuer tribe leadership. Again Dr. Riek Mchar is not only representing western Nuer region, he is representing the whole Nuer tribe so, Taban Deng Gai cannot and will not represent the whole Nuer tribe because he willingly, appeared to the whole Nuer community as a betrayer of Nuer cause and blood.

Among few followers and supporters, you can simply deduct or exclude the following and a small fraction in his Guit County for him. Among his followers and supporter please deduct the following major Nuer tribe populations: the whole Eastern Nuer region (Nasir), the whole Lou Nuer region ( Akobo) , the whole Laak and Gawaar region ( Fanjak) the whole Western Nuer region (Unity) with some few bribed of about 58 supporters in the Unity state.

If I’m wrong, please ask Taban where is his followers in Nuer Land if he is a Nuer man who is popular among his people? If he is or can come a real commander of the SPLM/A –IO, where are his forces. Can he go to Pagak or Kaldaggi? If he went by mistake under the protection of Douth Guiet, Akol Paul or his friend Malong, can he really see the Sun again? Let him not waste the money in buying supporters who always want to take that easy money in vain because they all know that money do not belong to any thief in the Dinka government. This easy money belongs to the people of south Sudan.

We all know his role in what took place in J one and the days that followed that assassination attempt of the FVP, Dr. Riek Machar Teny . According to some reliable sources from Juba, only poor Salva Kiir was not in the picture that day about the assassination attempt, but the big four or six planners were all aware.

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