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July 31, 2016

Press release:

We the Lou Nuer Community Intellectuals worldwide have condemned in the strongest term possible, the asinine behavior of Taban Deng Gai, for illegally occupying the position of Dr. Riek Machar as first Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan. We have gathered enough corroborate evidence pertaining to Taban’s motivation.

Taban Deng Gai was indeed the criminal mastermind for the incident of July 8th, 2016 at J1 Presidential Palace, where Dr. Riek Machar narrowly escaped his life. Taban’s plan was to kill Dr. Riek Machar so that he steps in as first Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan. He carefully planned to assassinate Dr. Riek so that he gets closer to President Kiir and finds a way to rid him off as well. Taban’s prime goal is to take over the leadership of the country altogether from both Riek and Salva Kiir Mayardit.

After Taban led the IO advance team to Juba in April, he met with his colleagues from G10 and discussed ways forward to the future of South Sudan leadership. He and his colleagues from G10, have agreed to reorganize themselves and take over the leadership of the country in their hand and move forward with the SPLM vision of the late Dr. John Garang.

While Taban was a lead negotiator for SPLM-IO in Addis Ababa Ethiopia; he tried his best to builds up friendship and trust with IGAD regional leaders and those of TROIKA and JMEC. He convinced the regional and international leaders that he and his colleagues from G10 would be the only alternatives to bring lasting peace in South Sudan. Taban used Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth as first-hand man to convince the US, government to reconsider the weak leadership of President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, and opt to recognize best alternatives for South Sudan leadership.

Taban is currently menacing the majority of the IO advance team in Juba hotels and extorted to side with him or lose their life. He promises to offer highest posts to few IO advance team members, that he manipulated to support him, should he successfully overthrows the leadership of Riek and Kiir.

The Lou Nuer Community intellectuals want to acknowledge the resistance of some Lou Nuer politicians under the SPLM-IO leadership, from Taban’s attempt to involved in his subversion conspiracy. We further cautioned those who recently met with Taban in Juba, and represented themselves as the leaders of the Lou Nuer community in support to Taban. You must understand the legitimacy of Lou and therefore, required to refute your action in no time.

We want to join our Bieh State deputy governor and three IO, country representatives from Lou, in their statements for condemning Taban’s malicious act against Dr. Riek Machar and IO leadership.

We, therefore, affirmed the IGAD position in disapproving the appointment of Taban to replace Dr. Riek Machar as country’s First Vice President.

The intellectuals of the Lou Nuer, calls upon all the Nuer intellectuals, and other IO supporters to stay away from Taban’s illegal internal rebellions against the SPLM-IO leadership. The intellectuals of the Lou Nuer community have reached out to the entire Lou society and gave a full analysis for the situation at hand. We all have agreed to die together with one cause. The issue which led the Lou Nuer community to take arm against the government of South Sudan under the leadership of Salva Kiir Mayardit in 2013 has not been resolved. We stand strong together with our local Lou Nuer community in the protection of Lou, the IO, and the interest of South Sudan.

We strongly warned the people of South Sudan to understand that Taban Deng Gai is a very dangerous human being in our society. We notice that he is currently working tirelessly to recruit people using county resources and any other available tool to bribe those who should support his subversion idea. We all must stay away from Taban’s illegal actions in order to ameliorate the situation in our country.

The Lou Nuer community intellectuals worldwide along with Lou’s politicians and our society leaders have all agreed for the disapproval of Taban’s appointment to the replacement of Dr. Riek Machar. We further preserve our full support to SPLM-IO under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar.

Signed by:

Mr. John Chuol Kuek, in USA


Mr. Chuol Peter Bell. M.Sc in India

Mr. Kayier Ruot Reat: (LL.B.) (LL.M.)Kenya.

Mr. Banak M. Kueth- BS. in USA

Mr. Toang Gatkuoth Buom- BA- Ethiopia.

Mr. Chuar Juet Jock. MSM– PHD candidates- USA

Mr. Nyang Mhar Thoa: BA- 3rd Year Kenya

Mr. Tut Wuor Gatkuoth- BS in USA

Hon. Thomas T. Doap- MPA in USA

Hon. Dong Thoat- Kenya

Hon. Kot Martin- Ethiopia

Hon. Kuajien Lual W. – Germany

Hon. Khor Gal- USA

Hon. Koang Rambang- Lou Nuer South Sudan.

Govn. Koang Kerjiok- Beih State Gov. Lou Nuer South Sudan.

Hon. Goi Jooyul Yol- Ethiopia

Hon. Gatluak Puok Kuenywar. USA.

Mr. John Jock Darwech- Canada

Mr. Reat Mar Nyuot-LLB. Kenya.

Rev. James Kwek- Canada

Rev. Michael B. Kuay. -USA

Rev. Pual Ruot Chol- USA

Mr. Khor Deng Khor- AS, -USA

Mr. Bang Nyuon Tot, Ethiopia

Mr. Chuol Chapen: Diploma- Nairobi Kenya

Mr. Gatluak Gach Chuol- Japan.

Mr. David Mai Tang: BA-USA.

Mr. Koang Puk Diew. Uganda

Mr. Ter Deng Gatluak- USA

Mr. Peter Kueth Yoh – Canada

Mr. Gatwech Kutey Mut- Kenya

Elder Yak Reath- USA

Mr. Wany Nyang Diew. AS- Canada

Mr. Peter Wiyaual Dak- BA- USA

Ms. Tabitha Nyabiey Reath- Canada

Mr. Lam Gatluak Thot- AA- Ethiopia

Mr. Nhial Gatkuoth Chung- Candada

Mr. James Kutey Thiep- BS- Australia

Mr. James Ker Kuek- MA- USA

Mr. Koang Riek Dhuordieng- BS- USA.

Mr. Nhial Bol Khor- South Sudan

Mr. Thomas Tut Choat- BS. South Sudan

Mr Chuol Pajok Bill BS. Australia.

MS. Nyalilit kok- BA- USA

Mr. Gatluak Geng Thanypiny- USA

Mr. Gatdel Riek Pajok- Nairobi- Kenya

Mr. Khot Hoth- USA.

Among thousand more sons and daughters not mentioned above.

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