Cracks emerge as Taban Deng Gai’s loyalists distance themselves from SPLM reunification

Taban Deng Gai. Photo: AFP

Juba, May 11, 2018 (SSNA) — In an exclusive interviewed on Friday, a senior government official who asked not to be named told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that members of the armed opposition faction led by Taban Deng Gai are unhappy after their leader signed a reunification agreement with South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir.

The official explained that Taban followers are terrified after the First Vice President (FVP) signed the deal with Kiir and ordered his soldiers to be disarmed and integrated into Kiir-controlled SPLA troops. Taban’s supporters believe the reunification agreement is planned by Kiir to destroy their group.

“The atmosphere here in Juba is very bad for Taban people. They feel destroyed, betrayed, and powerless,” the source told the South Sudan News Agency in Juba.

“Taban SPLM-IO followers are complaining, they clearly don’t like the deal their leader struck with Kiir. Some of them now regret supporting Taban. Taban-Kiir reunification deal. They believe it is a fake deal designed to serve Kiir intertest. Everyone is talking about it here in Juba,” the official further explained.

According to the official, Taban seems withdrawn from the public two days after he signed the agreement with Kiir’s SPLM. The source worries that Taban’s group could face defections as South Sudan’s main armed opposition, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO), led Riek Machar, refuses to be part of the reunification deal.

The SPLM/A-IO described Kiir-Taban’s deal as “irrelevance.”

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  • Taban cares only about his interest and his followers must suffer for following bad leader.

  • that’s why we always say “people who annexed their personal interests are the followers of kiir’s regime”.

  • Let’s devastate this country

  • US spent billions to rescue SS to become The Republic of South Sudan. It’s a fact which Kiir can’t deny but those who have destroyed RSS and want to stick to the status quo are those who are accusing the USA for being an obstacle to peace. Their peace means they should remain in power and own RSS as their prosperity even after destruction. USA appreciates a stable RSS and the country for all the sons and daughters of the land.Woe to them who think the opposite direction for their selfishness.

  • Let TABAN rethink properly what happened to machar in 2016 will happen to him,but he will not survive this time

  • The problem of South Sudanese leaders is power and resources for themselves. Whether citizens are happy or not is not their concern. The 21 years of liberation was a waste of time.

  • Adong Mayii
    May 12, 2018 5:36 pm

    Taban becomes Taban! Those who follow him were disappointed to the core. Who care! let them face their dumby decisions.

  • Taban should think wisly

  • The problem of African leader was power source in order to leave the power is very painful to them because of resources some are poor from their origin ……that is why peace process was very hard

  • Let Taban suck empty balls until he regrets that there’s no short cut to power and wealth as he thought using his chicken head….


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