Governor Philip Aguer Appoints Two SPLM-IO Ministers in Jonglei state

Posted: September 23, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in History, Junub Sudan, Press Release

Information on the two IO ministers:

  1. Thon Simon Thok
  2. Dut Abraham Bol

Governor Philip Aguer Appoints IO ministers in Jonglei state

Flashback One: August 14, 2016

SPLM/SPLA in Opposition, Jonglei State

Office of the Governor, Public Statement

By John Panther Mach

On behalf of Hon. Alier Samuel Ateny, the SPLM/SPLA – IO Governor of Jonglei State and indeed on my own behalf. I ‘d like to inform the entire leadership of SPLM/SPLA – IO, all the movement cadres from Jonglei State around the country and as well as in the diaspora that we’re still under the leadership of his Excellency Dr. Riek Machar Teny. We stand behind the principal objectives and values of the SPLM/SPLA.

We have noticed in the last few days, three members of SPLM/SPLA – IO (from Jonglei) went to the SSBC and claimed to be representing our state. These members are as follows;

Hon. Deng Alier Kuol
Thon Simon Thok
John Matiop Achiek

The office of the Governor did not authorize anyone in Juba to represent the State of Jonglei in the current TGONU after the eruption of fighting in July. In light of the current events, I urge all the SPLM/SPLA – IO cadres from Jonglei State and especially from Greater Bor Community to stand firm with the IO leadership under the chairmanship of Dr. Riek Machar Teny and disassociate themselves from individuals mentioned above. We denounced such a move and strongly condemn it as it does not carry any truth on it.

We do not support the current change in the movement leadership; therefore, we don’t recognize the appointment of Gen. Taban Deng Gai as the FVP. This appointment is one of the several attempts by the enemies of peace wishing to divide the movement and dismantle the agreement by using Mr. Taban Deng Gai as a tool; this is evidenced by his called to abolish the existing of the two armies and the gradual integration period of 18 months as provided by the ARCISS.

Despite these short-lived political gains by comrades who were entrusted by the leadership to lead and negotiate on behalf of many, the pendulum has not changed. The liberation ideologies that had seeped into our collective imaginations have never been taken away, they might have temporarily succeeded in grabbing the seat but not the hearts and minds of many cadres. Do not get discouraged by the sentimental and/or stereotypical depiction directed towards the movement and its cadres. These are backbreaking servitude aimed at preventing individuals from pursuing their choices.

Finally, the office of the Governor reiterates its support and commitment to the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS). We welcome and appreciate decisions by the region and the international community to deploy regional protection force which will help revive the agreement.

John Panther Mach

SPLM/SPLA – IO Jonglei State Secretariat

Cc Hon. Governor Alier Samuel Ateny


Flashback Two: August 15, 2016


Gen. Deng Dau, the Divisional Commander of SPLA in Opposition in New Jonglei States reaffirms his allegiances to SPLM/SPLA-IO leadership under Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the armed opposition.

“I, Gen. Dau Deng, I am here, telling the public that we are all still with Spla- I0 under the leadership of the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Dr. Riak MACHAR Teny.” Gen. Dau said.

The young general condemns a group of Greater Bor members, who were televised on SSTV two days ago to have joined the acting First Vice President, Gen. Taban Deng Gai.

“The decision by two members of my community Cde Deng Alier Kuol and Cde. Thon Simon Thok to join Gen. Taban Deng Gai grou was totally wrong. Jonglei state or greater BOR community’s military and political wings do not support that.” Gen. Dau continued.

General Dau added that their objective was not to get money but to change a bad regime led by Salva Kiir Mayardit.

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