For immediate release:
The Kenyan government in collaboration with South Sudanese authorities has deported the spokesperson of armed opposition leader, Riek Machar to the capital Juba, in a new shift in relations between the two countries.
Relatives told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that James Gatdet Dak,l was picked on Wednesday afternoon in what a appears to have been a coordinated operation organised by the special service of Kenya and South Sudan and taken to the airport where he was allowed to speak to his some of family members and relatives.
Others, some of whom are high ranking members of the government, however, blamed the South Sudanese government for allegedly engineering Dak’s deportation.
“This is a coordinated operation. The office of the president and the first vice president paid the money to the Kenyan government to execute this operation. They wanted James Gadet to be deported to South Sudan so that Riek Machar is denied an opportunity to speak to the outside world through his spokesman. This is the strategy employed by Taban Deng Gai. Now James Gadet is here. They brought this afternoon. I saw at him at the blue house”, a highly placed source told Sudan Tribune.
A relative separately said “it appears my brother has been brought to Juba”.
No official statements from either the government of Kenya or South Sudan was made. Officials at the ministry of foreign affairs and office of the president declined comment.
The office of the Sudan’s People Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition would like to regrettably announce the disappearance of James Gatdet Dak, the official spokesperson in the office of the chairman and commander in chief of SPLM/A-IO. James Gatdet was kidnapped this afternoon around 4: 00PM by Unknown gunmen dressed in Uniform who came to his house in Nairobi Kenya. After picking him, his whereabouts is unknown up to this time as I am writing.
We, the Sudan’s People Liberation Movement/Army in opposition call for the Government of Kenya to intervene immediately for the release of the detained official. Therefore, The Sudan’s People Liberation Movement/Army condemns in strongest term possible the barbaric act of National Security from South Sudan in collaboration with gangs in Kenya to capture and detain the spokesman and call for his immediate release.
We call upon intervention of Kenya government to relocate his whereabouts and bring the culprits to Justice as soon as possible.
Others sources said James Gatdet had written a message on his social media profile, saying the armed opposition welcomes change in United Nations Mission in South Sudan Command.
“We welcome the change in the UNMISS Force Command in South Sudan. The peacekeepers failed to protect civilians during the crisis right in the capital, Juba, and in other parts of the country, more notably also in Malakal. We hope that a new Force Commander will be appointed soon who will be more responsive and take actions to protect the civilians at risk in exercising their mandate,” James Gatdet wrote.
In the statement, the rebel spokesman also praise UN for its decision to remove the Kenyan General and suggests that change in command would result in ‘confidence building’.
“We commend the action taken by the United Nations Secretary General, which we believe will contribute to confidence building among the vulnerable populations in South Sudan,” he said.
On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sacked Kenyan General who was the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The removal came hours after UN body tasked to examine attacks on UN personnel and killing of civilians by South Sudan’s government soldiers in July released damning report, linking government brutal campaign to failure of leadership of the UN peacekeeping mission chief.
It is not clear if Gatdet is still being held by Kenyan authorities.
The Sudan’s People Liberation Movement/Army would like to inform the general public and remind Salva Kiir’s regime that the hunting for Dr. Machar to get him dead and his spokesperson will not be the end of the story. The rebellion is ongoing already in the country. People of South Sudan would not stand more of a totalitarian and Ethno-centric regime that cause on the suffering of its people.
OFFICE OF SPOKESPERSON, SPLA IN OPPOSITION
Major Dickson Gatluak Jock
Deputy Spokesperson, SPLA-IO
Office of spokesperson, SPLA in Opposition, PAGAK GHQS
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