Latest: James Gatdet, kidnapped SPLM-IO in Nairobi, now deported to Juba under Kiir’s operatives

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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.

Date: 2/11/2016


Major Dickson Gatluak Jock
Deputy Spokesperson, SPLA-IO
Tell: +251929484417

Office of spokesperson, SPLA in Opposition, PAGAK GHQS
Tel: +251929484417 E-mail: /


  1. Toria says:

    That is very sad news, we already knew Kenyan government has been playing partiality in the SS politics. It wouldn’t surprise me if the kidnapping of James Gatdet was don’t by Kenyans or carried out by Kenyan operatives and then Gatdet was handed over to the Jenge crooks. The United Nation and International bodies must get involved in finding his whereabouts and to facilitate the release of James Gatdet immediately without delay. This is a cowardice act and terroristic behaviour that will lead to further instabilities and chaos to come.

  2. False Millionaire says:

    U shoot yourself in the foot if u ever make a mistake and believe that kenyans are people of principles.
    A friend in Mombasa told me a story of a woman who got dated by one man.And what did her husband do?He hired a hit man for less than 1O dollars and it didn’t take ten hours before the hit man came back with a piece of the man’s ear as a proof of the job done.
    The case involving the kenyan general getting ejected by the UN and the kenyan forces withdrowing from the UN’s mission in RSS is a million of dollars issue that is more a kenyan’s state affair than any thing else.
    It’s only naive people like Gadet who took it so lightly issuing press statements to add more salt to the wound while sheltering in the same kenyan soil.
    I am very worriede for his life.May God show mercy for him to come out save!!!

  3. Roberto says:

    Hi Readers,

    Kenyan authorities have arrested SPLM – IO spokesperson for supporting UN secretary General ban Ki-moon decision to fire Kenyan General who sat on his ass and watched the tribal regime in Juba kill civilians. The government of Kenya is no longer neutral. It switched side now supports Dinka’s militants across South Sudan. The Kenyan government has been milking South Sudan resources while people are suffering in South Sudan. Its true color has been revealed.

    Roberto Kasongo ( Bana Equatorial )

  4. mading says:

    Roberto. When you have a big mouth, it is always the matter of time before you bite your lip off. James has been running his mouth so long, now time has come for him be quiet.

  5. mading says:

    Major Gatluak. You are next, Ethiopians are getting tired of you on their boarder.

    • South Sudan Institute For Strategic Studies says:

      waaaa interesting news it is this guy who instigated JI fight as a result more than 300 hundred soldiers got killed and it almost derail the peace agreement my opinion is he should be brought to justice not kill but go through the justice process and it is a worning to many in diaspora who are celebrating the killings of innocent in south sudan

  6. Simon says:

    All brothers and sisters the life being in bush wasn’t the easy life to be reliable. Are rebels can affordable to be stayed again in bush for 23 years the people from South Sudan and North Sudan?

  7. Austine says:

    Hi Readers,

    I am Kenyan and have stayed in Juba for over 7 months and wht the general did was wrong he deserved the sack , but the reaction of our government is totally wrong and it will only go to endanger the lives of Kenyans living and working in South Sudan.What a shame!

  8. Gatdarwich says:

    Kenyans in liberated areas must be detained indefinitely or killed if anything happens to Gatdet in Taban’s and killer nyankiir’s hands full stop

  9. mading says:

    Austine. Leave South Sudanese alone, worry about your country problems.

  10. mading says:

    Toria. you be the next rebels spokesperson in Uganda.

  11. Hoiloom says:


    Keep celebrating! No evil joy last forever and kidnaping of Gatdet Dak will never bring peace to South Sudan. Remember last year IO forces detained the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) chair person with another Dinka man working for an NGO when their plane landed in Ayod by mistake. They were well fed, treated with dignity and released within a week to their families in Juba. This illustrate that IO is more of a government compared to Juba terrorist regime which kidnaps its political opponents. My point is rejoice now but it’s not the end of struggle.


  12. mading says:

    Gatdarwich, That is the real Nuer thinking that put James in trouble in Kenya, look you are talking about Detaining or even killing of Kenyans who are working in Nuer areas , with out even thinking about how many Nuers who are living in Kenya, starting from kukuma refugees camp to Nairobi Kenya. Even some of your rebels commanders families are in Nairobi. Nuers like you need to stop believing the world in the way they think about it.

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