South Sudan

Machar Camp Oppose His Replacement as VP

Dr Riek Machar

The camp of South Susan armed opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar has angrily responded on the appointment of Gen. Taban Deng as the First Vice President.

President Salva Kiir on Monday evening declared a unilateral decree naming Gen. Deng as the First President replacing Dr. Machar who disappeared two weeks ago when the war broke out in capital Juba.

Kiir’s decree followed a convention by some of the SPLA in Opposition over the weekend that zeroed on Deng who has been serving as the Mining minister in the unity government, cure to take over from Machar.

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Machar’s Spokesman Gatdet Dak issued a statement immediately after president Kiir had confirmed Deng as VP.

According to Mr. Dak the move by the President confirms that he was behind the “conspiracy” to replace Machar and also hamper the implementation of peace agreement signed in August last year.

Full Statement:

President Salva Kiir has proved to the whole world that he was behind the conspiracy implemented by Honourable Taban Deng Gai to illegally replace H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, information pills from his positions.

I believe President Kiir does not want to see peace achieved in South Sudan during his lifetime.

By relieving his peace partner, drugs H.E. Dr. Riek Machar who chairs the SPLM-IO party and commands the SPLA-IO army, and illegally appointing Honorable Taban Deng Gai as First Vice President in violation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS), President Kiir means to destroy the peace agreement.

Honorable Taban Deng Gai only has 5% support of the political leadership of the SPLM-IO and maybe, and just maybe 1% of support from the SPLA-IO army.

So how will President Kiir implement the peace agreement with a defected person who does not control both the political and military wings of the SPLM/SPLA (IO)? I also believe President Kiir does not care to answer that question.

We also have reliable information that President Kiir’s forces are on offensive today, July 25, 2016, to hunt down Dr. Riek Machar around Juba.

However, our forces have the right to fight back in self-defence. We call on the regional players and the international community to not allow South Sudan to slide back into another civil war by actions of President Kiir.



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