South Sudan Vice president Taban Deng Gai has poked holes in the US sanctions against him saying that he has been wrongly accused.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions on Taban Deng, accusing him of serious human rights abuses and trying to derail the country’s peace process.
However, in statement issued on Thursday, Deng said the accusations are baseless and unfounded adding that he has dedicated his entire life working tirelessly to build a peaceful and prosperous South Sudan by forging all necessary alliances.
“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,” Said Deng.
Deng says, as a proud South Sudanese, he has fought for the sovereignty of his country and the independence of its people from 1983 to 2005 and that since 2011 when South Sudan became independent until now in 2020, his commitment towards peace and unity has only grown stronger.
“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,” Deng added.