Press Release: Salva Kiir’s Appointment of Taban Deng Gai as FVP is Illegal and Unwarranted


Press Release:

The SPLM-IO Mission Office to the United States of America, in conjunction with the SPLM-IO Coordinator’s Office, and all the SPLM-IO State Chapters in the United States of America, condemns in the strongest terms possible, the Presidential decrees issued on July 25, 2016, by president Salva Kiir, in which he relieved H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Who is the Chairman of the SPLM/ SPLA -IO and C-in-C of the SPLM/SPLA-IO, from his position as the First Vice President of South Sudan, and his subsequent illegal decreeing of Gen. Taban Deng Gai, to the position of the First Vice President in lieu of Dr. Riek, as a clear contravention to the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).

We therefore wish to inform the whole region of Africa, and the entire international community that this egregious and blatant act to replace Machar is a precarious conspiracy by the axis of evil that consist of president Salva Kiir and his SPLA-IG faction on one hand, and his henchman Gen. Paul Malong Awan on the other, and the infamous tribal cabal of the Dinka Council of Elders (JCE) on the other hand, to nullify the August 2015 peace agreement once and for all.

It’s particularly disturbing that Gen. Taban Deng Gai was illegally appointed by Kiir despite being fired by Chairman of the SPLM/ SPLA –IO, DR. Riek Machar, from his positions as the SPLM-IO Chief Negotiator, and from his ministerial docket as the minister of Mining in the TGONU, as well as from his membership in the SPLM -IO movement.

Therefore, we the aforementioned SPLM/SPLA- IO organizational bodies in the U.S., reaffirm our unwavering allegiance and support to the SPLM/ SPLA-IO under the leadership of our visionary chairman and C-in-C of the SPLM/ SPLA- IO, and First Vice President of South Sudan, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny, and we particularly call on JMEC, IGAD , AU, The TROIKA ( US, UK & Norway), to condemn the outrageous illegal appointment of Gen. Taban Deng Gai, as null and void, and to work on expediting the process of deployment of a Third Regional Force in South Sudan, as called for by the IGAD Head of States’ Summit, and the AU communique with the support of the UN, to ensure the return of Dr. Riek Machar to Juba so that he can resume his duties as the First Vice President of South Sudan, in order to continue with the process of implementation of the peace agreement, to usher in a lasting peace and stability for the people of South Sudan. End.

Signed by:

Mariano Mawein, SPLM/SPLA IO Deputy Representative to the United States

Santo Gabriel, Director of Information, the SPLM IO Mission Office to USA

Sabata Ramba, SPLM IO Coordinator

Gatluak Puoch Kuornyuot, SPLM IO Deputy Coordinator

All the following SPLM IO State Chapter Chairpersons:
James Deng Kuol, Maine

James Kuay, Utah

Peter Gak, California

Tor Dojiok, Alaska

Timothy Gondar, Minnesota

Achor Achor, South Dakota

Simon Dak, Iowa

John Paulino, Texas

Bol Dey, Arizona

Julius Dimma, Missouri

Gideon Abraham, Colorado

Makuel Wie, Nebraska

Michael Gatwech, Tennessee

Gai William, Washington-Seattle

Choul Bur Tang, North Dakota


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