Breaking News: Salva Kirr orders attack on Dr. Riek Machar’s in and around Juba after Taban was sworns in as FVP

Jul. 27, 2016South Sudan's former first VP Riek Machar (R) and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) hold a priest's hands as they pray before signing a peace agreement in Addis Ababa in this May 9, 2014 file photo. Photo/REUTERSSouth Sudan’s former first VP Riek Machar (R) and South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (L) hold a priest’s hands as they pray before signing a peace agreement in Addis Ababa in this May 9, 2014 file photo. Photo/REUTERS

South Sudan minister for mining Taban Deng Gai was sworn in on Tuesday as Vice President following his appointment by Salva Kiir.

The appointment came after Kiir claimed the country had no information of the whereabouts of First Vice President Riek Machar.

Taban took oath of the office on Tuesday morning in a ceremony attended by most of the diplomatic missions present in Juba, including Kenyan ambassador Cleland Leshore.

He addressed the ceremony and committed SPLM/SPLA-IO to work for peace.

He also announced that there would be a speedy reconstitution of Parliament and selection of speaker.A false claim emerged on Tuesday that Kiir ordered the armed forces to attack Machar hideouts.

Pauline Adhong, director of media information at the South Sudan embassy in Nairobi, denied contents of a letter purporting that Kiir ordered soldiers deployed along the South Sudan-Democratic Republic of Congo border to ambush Machar.

“There is a a lot of propaganda being peddled all over. I confirm that letter is fake,” said

“People have been creating fake letters, with fake letterheads, fake signatures and stamps. It is a matter that worries us a lot,” she said.

The former First Vice President fled Juba last week following renewed clashes.

Fighting between forces loyal to Machar and those of the president erupted and led to nearly 300 deaths.

Kiir had issued Machar with an ultimatum to return by July 23, but the former VP is yet to emerge from hiding.

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