ADDIS ABABA – Kilany Gatkek, the top South Sudanese artist in Ethiopia has welcome the nomination of Gen. Taban Deng Gai to act as the First Vice President in absence of Dr. Riek Machar, the movement chairman who has been chased away in Juba.
“hereby congratulating H.E Gen. Taban Deng Gai and the other I-O members for their effective decision to nominate H.E Gen. Taban Deng Gai to continue with the implementation as acting FVP if the chairman and the commander in chief of the SPLM/SPLA in I-O H.E Dr. Riek Machar Teny is not returning to juba for work”
He continued that “H.E Gen. Taban Deng, is one of the popular politician who had serves alot for so many years in the history of south sudanes government, and with no doubt he deserves the post to act as FVP for the time being as long he stipulated that he will leave the chair immediately after the returning of his boss Dr. Riek machar to juba for work.
Kilany Gatkek, a graduate of economy by profession, is one of the most loved and popular South Sudanese musician in Ethiopia especially among the young people.
Though the move by Gen. Taban to act in absence of Dr. Riek until the later return is viewed by many as not honest and an act of betrayal, some prominent figures within the SPLM-IO have welcomed the nomination.