South Sudan Vice President accused of pursuing “baptism by food” policy

South Sudan’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai. Photo: Getty Images/File

Addis Ababa, July 8, 2017 (SSNA) — A South Sudanese news editor has harshly criticized First Vice President (FVP) Taban Deng Gai, saying Gai is pursuing a policy of giving food to people in exchange for denouncing rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar.

The South Sudan News Agency’s editor-in-chief, Duop Chak Wuol, unleashed a stream of harsh criticism against the Juba-based Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) aimed at the FVP Gai.

The editor of the United States-based SSNA says the SPLM/A-IO Juba faction led by the First Vice President has no real political doctrine, accusing it of pursuing a “baptism by food” policy.

“The political doctrine of the Juba-based SPLM/A-IO is baptism by food,” Duop wrote on his social media profile.

He argued that most supporters of the FVP are former South Sudanese government employees who were stripped of their jobs after the civil war broke out in December 2013. He also accuses Gai of exploiting poverty-stricken people in refugee camps and neighboring countries.

“All one needs to do is to go to Nairobi, Kampala, Khartoum, Addis Ababa, refugee camps or POCs and find poverty-stricken men, feed them, give them pocket money, and then tell them to declare their defection to Taban Deng Gai even though the people are ordinary citizens without any known political affiliation,” he asserted, adding, “This recruitment strategy is so fascination.”

This is not the first time the editor of the South Sudan News Agency criticized Gai’s SPLM/A-IO faction.

In May, Duop wrote a widely circulated article critical of how South Sudan civil war has become a “lucrative business for some greedy foreign governments.” In the article, he described FVP Gai as “a toothless leader” who serves as “an extension of Kiir’s tyrannical rule.”

When contacted to elaborate further on his post, Duop responded by questioning the political ability of the Vice President.

“Is it rational to follow a political leader who uses bribery as the only mean to gain support?” he asked.

Gai took over as the FVP in July last year after government forces tried to assassinate Riek Machar at J1.

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21 Comments. Leave new

  • Let us wait for our fore tellers how the next South Sudan is going to been??
    However if you can’t beat them, join!!!

  • Duop is absolutely right. Some folks even fought over distribution of money in some of the refugees’ camps and sadly enough 7 lives were lost and many were injured.

  • Diplo Guest
    July 8, 2017 2:47 am

    U r 100% right. Taban Deng Gai the evil of South Sudan. I have seen the rising of Taban and now waiting for his fall.

  • Taban Gai Is The Most Wanted By The SPLA IO Dr. Garang Was Killed By The Husband To Kirr (museveni), Now What The Public Should Know Is That Museveni Again Want To Kill Machar IO. See His Trick That He Want To Unit The SPLM By Inviting Machar In Entebe/kampala. We Are Here In Northern Uganad Supporting The SPLA IO. MUESEVENI IS THE KILLER Lou Are Suffering In His Dirty Hand.

  • Diabetes’s societies ,the blood of our people is working.

  • This guy is opportunist, money minded and cruel. He is a curse; everything he touches in a way or another is dead.

  • This is a war tactic, so if you denounced rebels you will food and money.

  • gatchongriah
    July 8, 2017 5:36 am

    only God that can safe south Sudanese from evil hearts

  • There is no surprise since John Garang and Justin Yaai Arop had killed themselves because of wrong and it is the same to Deng Gai.

  • Alfred Gach thot
    July 8, 2017 6:11 am

    Brother Duop was 100% right,Taban was traitor who is only eyeing on money. Stooge!!

  • Abraham in Juba
    July 8, 2017 12:11 pm

    Taban Deng Gai should go back to Nuba mountain and join his half-blood people there. He is a cold-blooded man with selfish mind.

  • Khor William Gairingmineg
    July 8, 2017 12:15 pm

    There will never be a peace in South Sudan as long killer Kiir and food lover Taban Deng run South Sudan as President and FVP respectively. What the people of RSS should do is to reject these two useless leaders and pick new ones. We want peace so let unite against these vtwo dictators.

  • God have mercy for those love peace this comment will keep us apart can we sing peace peace so that we can be peacful again? God forgive them they dont know what they are doing

  • In all all everything end like the Libya president …our people should learn from the past

  • Taban will take us no where n must sink down like in the near future not more than one month.

  • Taban will take us no where n must sink down in the near future.

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  • sebit henry
    July 9, 2017 1:48 am

    Dont mind of his work ,let us pan for his dath, fullstop.

  • Bismark LoWani
    July 9, 2017 3:59 am

    Sorry. Just ask him what is life and its purpose. I bet he does not have a clue about the answers of those questions yet he wants to be a leader of people!! What an idiot!!

  • I think Dr. Riek has still holding HACKINGISM .


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