Machar’s Arrival to Juba Put Off For The Next Day, Logistics An Issue
In a separate development, SPLM/SPLA-IO Chief of General Staff 1st Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, who is scheduled to arrive in Juba on Monday to receive his boss, has delayed to travel to juba. Reliable sources within Pagak GHQs alleged that Gen. Gatwech Dual’s travel was delayed because he is not allowed to board UN chartered plane since his name appeared on the list of names under the UNSC sanctions.
“Our army’s Chief of General Staff, 1st Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, who is supposed to arrive in Juba today (Monday) morning, ahead of the same day’s scheduled return of the First Vice President designate, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, may travel to Juba today – or maybe not – depending on the logistical arrangements (transportation),” says Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak.
In agreement to Gatdet’s statement, SPLA-IO deputy spokesman Major Dickson Gatluak Nyuot puts out a statement saying South Sudan First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar’s arrival to Juba is postponed indefinitely due to unsettled logical issues.
“The chairman and commandeer in chief for the SPLM/A in opposition Dr.Machar will not travel to Juba today as planed.Due to incomplete logistical arrangement from the GHQS in Pagak make it impossible for him to be sworn in today in Juba,” states Dickson Gatluak.
“The plane which suppose to pick up the chief of general staff for SPLA/IO from Gambella,Makot airport has not been granted a landing permission by Ethiopian government. 1st. Lt. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual who suppose to be dispatched to to Juba ahead of Dr Machar with other high ranking military officers from Pagak to participate in the swearing in of Dr. Machar as the 1st Vice President on Monday and represent the SPLA/IO which is the military wing made the delay,” continues Gatluak.
SPLM/SPLA-IO leader and South Sudan FVP Dr. Riek Machar is expected to take oath of office the same day he arrives Juba to kick start the TGoNU with his partner in Peace President Salva Kiir Mayardit.