Machar, Taban “fight over Aggrey Idris” before his abduction, close contact discloses

Aggrey Ezbon Idri (L) and Dong Samuel Luak. © Private/Human Rights WatchAggrey Ezbon Idri (L) and Dong Samuel Luak. © Private/Human Rights Watch

South Sudan’s First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, and Vice President, Gen. Taban Deng Gai “fought” over Aggrey Ezbon Idris before his abduction, close contact to Aggrey disclose.

The recent suggestions if they held any truth, revealed a disturbing pattern in the case surrounding Aggrey’s disappearance. Idris was reportedly in a serious dilemma before he went missing in Nairobi Kenya, claims close contact.

Written to a private audience WhatsApp group, Justin John said “there was a fight between” Machar and Taban over Aggrey. Ask why they fight, because of which side he was to join shortly after Taban broke away from IO.

Idri, whose whereabouts remain unknown but believed to had been killed by South Sudan National Security apparatus, was in a serious dilemma before his departure according to Justin.

“There was a fight between Dr. Riek and Taban Deng over Aggrey. Dr. Riek did not want Aggrey to join Taban and Taban did not want Aggrey to return to Dr. Riek,” Justin told the group.

Justin said Idris had no choice after the 8th of July 2016 but to join Taban in order to survive in Juba. This revelation was based on their conversation before Idris was abducted.

“According to Aggrey me, he had no choice after 8th July 2016 but to join Taban in order to survive in Juba. Aggrey reached a point of confusion, he did not know which side to take.”

Finally, he turned down the offer from the Vice President, Taban but continue to be loyal to Machar. Justin alleged Taban was “pissed off” by Idris to remains loyal to SPLM/AIO under Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

“Aggrey asked Taban to give him the position of deputy governor of the central bank. I think Taban could not secure that position for Aggrey, though he promised Aggrey. On other hand, Dr. Riek offered Aggrey the position of head of the Humanitarian community. So Aggrey accepted that, which pissed off Taban”

On April 30, 2019, the United Nations Panel of Experts on South Sudan issued a report finding that South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS) kidnapped Dong and Aggrey in Nairobi on January 23 and 24, 2017 respectively. The UN experts said that the two men were flown to South Sudan on a commercial plane chartered with the help of South Sudan’s embassy in Nairobi on January 27. They were detained in the NSS headquarters at Jebel in the capital, Juba, then moved to the NSS training facility on President Salva Kiir’s farm in Luri, near Juba. The panel of experts concluded that it is “highly probable” that the two were executed there on January 30, 2017.

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