JUBA – Veteran South Sudanese journalist and government critic, Alfred Taban has decided to quit journalism for a seat in the parliament representing Kajo-Keji constituency through the belligerent group headed by Gen Taban Deng in Salva Kiir government.
Alfred, a veteran of many decades of journalism where he faced arrests and closures of his paper businesses in Khartoum and Juba decided that it was time to ditch journalism to pursue a career in politics.
Alfred was reportedly courted by the Gen Taban group since last month, trying to convince him to join them. He had several meetings with Gen Taban Deng two weeks ago after which he was convinced to make up his mind and become an MP for Kajo-Keji through Taban Group. Most MPs in the South Sudan assembly are either appointed single-handedly by Salva Kiir or were previously elected during the 2010 elections.
Alfred’s MP porfolio is a different case. The belligerent group under Gen Taban said they awarded the seat to Alfred because of “his long services to the nation”. The group also clarified that Alfred is not a part IO but the post was given as a ‘gift for what he did to South Sudanese through his work in the media’
Alfred confirmed that he will quit journalism for good and felt that the seat of Kajo-Keji is “another opportunity to serve the nation in another capacity”
THE UPPER NILE TIMES