Ex-Machar’s spokesman arrives in Khartoum

James Gatdet Dak. Photo: File

Khartoum, December 16, 2018 (SSNA) — The former spokesman for the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) has arrived in Sudanese capital Khartoum, a senior armed opposition official who asked his name to be submerged because he was not authorized to talk to the media told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) on Sunday in Khartoum.

The official said James Gatdet feels good to be with his comrades and that he is expected to share his confinement experience with his brothers and sisters in struggle.

“He is here. He feels good to be with us again and he is educating us about his experience during his imprisonment,” the official says.

The ex-rebel spokesman was released in early November and it was not clear what prevented him from leaving Juba. However, one family members of James Gatdet told the SSNA that his passport was to be blamed for the delay.

James was kidnapped by Kenyan police in November 2016 and deported to Juba. South Sudan’s government accused him of committing crimes against the state and that he insulted President Kiir. A Juba court found him guilty and sentenced him to death by hanging. James denied all the allegations. He was pardoned by Kiir on October 31 during a Khartoum’s peace agreement celebration in Juba. He was later released.

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  • I think Mr. James Gatdet Dak is very luck man and he is a freeman to lived anywhere around the world. Yes, the former rebels press Secretary of former vice president who turned rebel leader was posting all negatives propaganda and lies on South Sudanese president and its government on one hand, he was also posting article against Kenyan’s general under the name of UNMISS or UN. The Kenyan Officials were not happy about him and this was why they deported him to her new country South Sudan for that reason. To be honest, this South Sudanese president Salve Kiir Mayardit is not very bad dictator man by saying that, if James Gatdet Dak was arrested in Northern Sudan led by Omar al Bashir surly, he would have been killed long time ago not even reaching to court case but because of Salve Kiir Mayardit, the man who love peace perhaps, this is why he kept him safe until his right time arrived to be freeman in the world. I think Dak has learned something which he will not forget in his life and he should acknowledge what English people says, what goes around may come around you for example, he was posting bad articles against the country and the president himself hoping such will help his rebels leaderwhile, he didn’t know that one day he will be under that government anyway thank president Salve Kiir Mayardit about released him.

    Mr. James Gattdet Dak please take my best advice or leave it. You must need to be the peace maker and not returning back to support militias conflict in South Sudan and he must avoiding making exaggeration, propaganda and lies against another human because you have seen for yourself when you are in jailed and your life was in danger and you should assuming others lives are important too.

  • That’s a true narrative, President Salva Kiir is well versant in forgiving his opponents whom he established against himself. The best thing for the President is to prevent corruption which is a tool that hardens his opponents. The President should be friend to entire South Sudanese by providing them equitable services than only appeasing Generals and Ministers whom he thinks may condone him to power.


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