South Sudan Embassy in Turkey Denies Death Reports of Lt. Gen. Johnson Gony
June 29, 2019(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s ambassador to Turkey, Amb. Majiok Guandong, and family members of Akobo’s State Governor, Lt. Gen. Johnson Gony Bilieu, have denied media reports alleging that Gen. Gony passed away on Friday, June 28th, 2019.
Speaking to Nyamilepedia from Istanbul, South Sudan ambassador to Turkey, Amb. Majiok Guandong, denied the speculations saying that Gen. Gony is alive but in critical condition at the Turkey’s national hospital, Istanbul.
“The speculative media report is not true, Johnson is alive, he’s being taken care of in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). As we speak, his health condition is encouraging and showing positive signs of improvement. Until yesterday, he could identify us and call us by our names.” Majiok Guandong told the Nyamilepedia on the phone from Turkey.
The country’s former Ambassador to Kenya, Majiok Guandong, confirmed that Johnson Gony Biliew is still alive and undergoing treatment in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Turkish capital, Istanbul.
Amb. Majiok hails from Akobo and he is a close family member to Gen. Gony. Other family members of Lt. General Johnson Gony Biliew have categorically denied the reports but admit that Gen. Gony has been in vegetative state[comma] for three days.
“In Nuer there is no term for comma, they just say someone is dead but he is not really dead. Gen. Gony could not talk to people but he begins to identify people now” Said a family member, who told Nyamilepedia that he is not authorized to speak on behalf of the family.
On Friday, popular social media posts went viral on Facebook claiming that Lt. Gen. Johnson Gony Biliu had passed on at Istanbul’s Hospital where he’s being hospitalized.
According to confidential reports that emerged on Friday afternoon from SSPDF officials, Lt. Gen. Gony was in comma for three days and when he was operated on Friday morning, the operation failed.
Lt. General Johnson Gony Biliew was the SPLA’s sector II Commander in Malakal, Upper Nile and is currently the Governor of Akobo State.
The civil war in South Sudan has destroyed the country’s vital infrastructure, resulting in a shortage of medical facilities. Like Gen. Gony, many officials seek treatment from overseas.