The South Sudan Vice President, Taban Deng Gai has said he regrets the sanction imposed on him by the United States government over allegations of masterminding the kidnapping and killing the members of opposition under Dr. Riek Machar.
Taban in a statement released on Friday said he has been wrongly accused.
“Today, I have been wrongly accused of serious human rights abuses and sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control,” said pat of the statement.
He stressed that he has been committed to bringing peace in the war ravaged nation.
“I deeply regret those baseless and unfounded allegations and wish to assure the international community, and above all the people of South Sudan, that my life has always been dedicated to the building of a peaceful and prosperous South Sudan,” added Taban.
Taban, who replaced Machar to become the First Vice President when the latter fled to exile after a deadly presidential palace gunfire in 2016, said he is in government to forge peace.
“Upon the establishment of the Republic of South Sudan, I have worked tirelessly to forge the necessary alliances to create a path to peace and prosperity, reason why I continue to serve as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan. As a man of peace, my dedication towards my country is above all a commitment to securing a future for all our people,” said Taban.
He added that he believes in democracy and individual freedom and has dedicated his commitments to promote them.
“As First Vice President, I share a common belief that our country’s strength and future relies in our dedication as a government to fight impunity, promote democracy, and guarantee the rule of law and individual freedoms, along with a life free from human rights violations for our people.”
The designated First Vice President promised to continue working with the US and the international community.
“As such, I pledge to continue working with the United States and the international community at large to demonstrate such commitment and prove the unfounded nature of the allegations made towards me,” he concluded.