South Sudan First Vice President Visited Yei River State To Beg Fighters To Lay Down Their Guns
Jan 2, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —- the South Sudan First Vice President, Hon. Taban Deng Gai, has arrived Yei River State on Saturday.
The First Vice President is going to assess the general situation in the State, the chairperson for the reception committee for the First Vice President in the state has said.
However, according to South Sudan media, the visit is part of the First Vice President’s plan to sensitize the population and members of armed opposition faction, who have not responded to his calls to cease hostilities and go to cantonment sites.
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Jackson Abugo describes the anticipated visit of Mr Gai on December 31 as “exceptional” for the people of Yei.
“Today is an exceptional day in the life of this new state; we feel blessed for receiving such a high profile,” Abugo said.
Yei River State has been experiencing insecurity for the last five months since the renewed violence in July that erupted in the national capital Juba.
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes following the insecurity in the area.
South Sudan’s controversial First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, although he claim to control rebels fighters in the area, he has shown no authority to end atrocities in Yei and neighboring areas.
A few hours after the heavily guarded First Vice President flew out of Yei, a bus was ambushed on Juba-Nimule road and civilians were killed.
Despite insecurity in the region, Gai is also expected to visit Torit and Yambio in Equatoria region before touring Wau in Bahr el Ghazal region.
Gai, who defected from SPLM/A in Opposition earlier this year in protest of a ministerial position, has claimed the seat of his former Chairman, Dr. Riek Machar Teny; however, it has remained a challenge for Gai and President Kiir to implement the peace agreement without Machar’s support.
Dr. Riek Machar, who remains in control of SPLM/SPLA(IO) has been displaced from Juba to DRC and now awaits in South Africa as Juba put obstacles on his return to South Sudan and East Africa.