JUBA – A sharp dispute has emerged between two main parties of the former ITGONU led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Vice-President Taban Deng Gai over appointment of states governments in which the SPLM-IO (TB) led by Taban was sidelined.
Speaking to Sudans Post in an interview this evening, one senior member of the Taban-led faction said the vice-president has this afternoon spoke with the president to raise several issues including the appointment of the states government officials in which the vice-president’s group was not represented.
“H.E the Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan General Taban Deng Gai is not about about it,” the official said of the appointments. “This is a violation of the revitalized peace agreement because the 55% are for all the parties of the ITGONU, not the SPLM alone.”
The senior government official said there are also ongoing efforts from the SPLM-IG to take all the seats of those officials allied to vice-president Taban and who were appointed to the transitional parliament in 2016, saying this has angered the Vice-president and senior members of the government allied to him.
”The appointment of the states governments is one thing. The other thing is that the SPLM-IG under Kiir is refusing to reappoint MPs allied to General Taban again to the national Parliament and this is really a shock and a disappointment,” the official added.
”So, we are going to petition the president and we will see if this continued violation of the revitalized is here to live or die,” the official who strongly requested to be named said.
The latest disagreement comes after a few months when Sudans Post first reported that vice-president Taban Deng Gai was asking for about 20% share of state government positions.
This suggestion by Taban to take allied of percentage led to disagreements between Kiir and Taban.
“We won’t accept any thing like this because those appointments in the states violate the revitalized peace agreement as the SPLM-IG is taking all positions allocated to other parties within the former ITGONU,” the official further concluded.