South Sudan

Gen Taban Deng: Machar Planned Second Bloody Palace Coup

South Sudan First Vice President, visit this site Gen. Taban Deng has blamed his predecessor Dr. Riek Machar for starting the fight at the presidential palace in Juba that claimed 300 lives in two hours.

Deng represented President Salva Kiir at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.

The general, who controversially replaced Machar when the latter fled the capital Juba in July, told the General Assembly while delivering a statement on behalf of his nation, that the deadly clash at the presidential palace commonly known as J1 on 8th July was a direct attempt to overthrow the government.

“The unfortunate incident at the presidential palace was a planned move to take over power by force,” Gen. Deng said.

According to the new First Vice President, Marchar’s “coup d’état” forces were defeated by those loyal to Kiir that forced them to flee.

“His forces were however defeated by the forces of peace and they managed to flee from the palace (J1) and later to the bush,” Deng added.

A bloody gunfire erupted at J1 in July when both Kiir and Machar were in a meeting at the same place.

Elite troops of the two leaders killed each other in the fracas.


Gen. Deng’s revelation at the UN coincides with an investigation published by this website on 20th July that detailed events before, during and after the fight.

Dr. Machar’s son was also killed in the J1 battle and this website exclusively broke the story of the incident that was kept secret for weeks.

Gen. Deng also defended his appointment to replace Machar saying the latter was only interested in war but not peace.

He called upon investors and tourists to get to South Sudan.

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