The political wing of South Sudan’s ruling party, visit this SPLM, order has welcomed the appointment of Gen Taban Deng Gai as the country’s First Vice President (FVP), saying the development is a great leap forward in restoring peace and stability.
“This swift and decisive decision taken by President Kiir raises the confidence of our people and country. We applaud the SPLM/A-IO leadership for designating Taban Deng Gai to take on the position of FVP,” said Mangar Amerdid, National Advisor, SPLM Political Affairs and Mobilization.
Mangar pointed out that despite the recent shakeups within the SPLM/A-IO party, the commitment to continue advancing the guidelines in the peace agreement is commendable.
Gen Taban, a once close ally of Dr Riek Machar and opposition’s chief mediator in the Addis Ababa peace talks, was early this week unveiled as the country’s First Vice President.
This was after Dr Machar refused to abandon his hideout following clashes between his forces and government troops.
The SPLM Political Affairs and Mobilization office said under the leadership of Taban Deng Gai, the period of conflict that has ravaged the young nation will come to an end.
“We also believe the patriotic ideals and solid commitment of Taban Deng Gai will bring a positive change to South Sudan,” said Mangar.
Gen Taban has since promised to facilitate the integration of opposition forces in the mainstream army and also work closely with President Kiir to stabilise the nation.
In a statement to ChimpReports on Saturday, Mangar cautioned that at this critical juncture in the country’s history, time is of the essence.
“Political waggling cannot resolve crucial issues and bring an end to our suffering. The people of South Sudan need respite. This relief can be brought forth by peaceful coexistence among communities, internal security, economic growth and education reforms, just to name a few. In order for peace to prevail in South Sudan, we need to unite.”
He said this requires politicians to set the interest of their country ahead of their own personal needs and ambitions.
“The sovereignty of South Sudan should be at the forefront of all we do. We also should maintain a keen eye on external forces who aim to disperse and bring disarray to our beloved land. Neighboring countries should support the full implementation of the peace agreement that South Sudanese seek which is related to peace, development, healing and reconciliation.”