SPLM reunification: Is Taban Deng done politically in South Sudan?

By: Peter Gai Manyuon, South Sudan, MAY/08/2018, SSN;

Taban Deng Gai has been the First Vice President of South Sudan since 2016 after J-1 incident that killed thousands from both Kiir’s forces and Riek Machar’s forces.

Previously, he was the Minister of Mining and the Governor of the Unity State, a position he held before and after South Sudan’s independence in 2011 until 2013 when he was sacked by President Kiir.

On the 7th of May 2018, Taban came out with a press statement amalgamating his bodyguards or his forces to the Kiir forces claiming the reunification of the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) when in fact his closed allies were not part of the decision and many from his group are currently confused about the unfortunate decision from their boss.

It should be noted, General Taban Deng Gai is done politically in South Sudan and what he (Taban) will enjoy now and beyond is the title former First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, nothing more.

You can’t tell me, General Taban will be President after President Kiir or whoever will be the President in South Sudan.

Why do I say so? In fact, general Taban has got four groups of enemies in South Sudan as per politics is concerned.

The first enemy is the general population of the Country because many masses have taken him as the only obstacle to peace in the Country after the collapse of the peace agreement in 2016 July. Taban was taken as an opportunist who only wanted destruction and position, not peace.

The second enemy is Kiir’s group, because they normally say frankly, Taban is the only Nuer man more dangerous than Dr. Riek Machar in South Sudan politics and therefore, he (Taban) covered himself with the name of SPLM in opposition as the only protector in Juba and in the region but now his position and resources are in serious risks.

Don’t ask me why now but ask me after two months from now so that I will be able to give you an answer.

Furthermore, Micheal Makuei Lueth (information minister), General Kuol Manyang (defense minister) and other extremists from Kiir’s camp will eventually introduce a methodology of finishing Taban politically in SPLM since they looked at him as the person who caused the 2013 crisis.

The third enemy is Dr Riek Machar’s group, where currently I don’t see any possibility of Taban assimilating or associating himself in the Nuer-Nation politics is 1% as per now and beyond.

Grassroots Nuer population have taken Taban as an obstacle to peace since Khartoum Peace Agreement and the 2015 agreement that Taban claimed the position of First Vice President through deception.

The fourth enemy to Taban are his supporters in Juba, mainly Hotels officials, there will be instructions from Kiir soon to evacuates the hotels’ accommodations to their various homes in Juba or the States.

In this case, many will defect from the government and rejoin any rebel factions in the Country because the aims of many who are with Taban is money, nothing else.

In summary, since Taban and his group denounced being part of the SPLM in opposition, then he should be ready for serious humiliation both physical and political, and most likely he will be sacked from being the first Vice President and will not also get any position either as deputy chairman of the Party or as Secretary General as he wishes.

Taban will go home in peace after sacking from the second top office in the country and all his supporters especially those in the hotels and other cities will disintegrate and merge with other political parties in the Country.

Peter Gai Manyuon, is an author, Independent Journalist, and Columnist who has written extensively on Human Rights and Democracy in South Sudan He can be reached at southsudanjournalist@gmail.com or independentjournalistpgm.wordpress.com.


  1. Eastern says:

    Dear Peter,

    I like your straightforward yet true assessment of the situation. The Taban who is feared to have floored Angelina Teny during the last Unity state Gubernatorial election and masterminded the J-1 gunfight sending Dr. Machar to Garamba game park after 40 days and nights gruelling and hot pursuit from Kiir and allies is getting deflated now…..

    Let the chicken come home to roost; the world must know who are the real contenders in the South Sudanese political equation, not the Machiavellian in the person of Taban Deng Gai, et al….

  2. J. Malooma says:

    Taban has slippered into the black-hole of history. That’s all!
    It’s now upto JCE to put him wherever they wanted him to be!

  3. Deng Hanbol says:

    Taban has a siege mentality. The arab son (Taban) believes that he’s being constantly disney by Nuer people since he was born out of wedlock.

  4. GatCharwearbol says:

    Taban has never been a first vice President and will never be. Let’s put facts into their correct pigeonholes. First, what you call a government in Juba is rather illegitimate government-like. Since 2013, there has never been a government in South Sudan. What we have is a tribal outfit feasting on innocent South Sudanese.

    To call this moron a first vice President is to insults South Sudanese citizens. Worst still, those who call Kiir President are toying with our emotions. Kiir is a Dinka tribal chief and he ought to be labeled as such. Giving him a character of Presidency is irrelevant as he has lost that titled long ago. It is high time we call spade a spade.

  5. mading says:

    Gatcharwearbo. If you called South Sudan government a tribal government, what about your rebel moment it army is 100% Nuer ? You know that there is no single foot soldier from an other tribe in your rebels rank. You rebels have big loud mouths for nothing, the only person that fit your description of president Kiir is your evil tribe man Riek Machar, he is the man running Nuer moment.

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