November 04, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— South Sudan national army has been hit by a new defection in Juba yesterday, a source within SPLA Tiger Battalion who wants to remain anonymous for safety concerns has informed Nyamilepedia news desk.
Captain Kuet Puok from Tiger Battalion has defected with 60 well armed troops to SPLM/A-IO under the leadership of former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon.
This news desk has also learned that Captain Puok is well received by Lt. General John Jok Gai, Central Equatoria Sector Commander. Captain Puok defected from Juba with his troops at 17:45 hours with light and heavy machine guns but the government decided not to pursue them for the fear that the pursuit may have triggered reinforcement from rebels.
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Although no one knows what caused the defection within Tiger Battalion in Juba, Gai Yak, a lawyer by training who defected together with Captain Kuet Puok is immediate relative to Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak who was unlawfully deported to Juba yesterday by Kenyan authorities.
It has to be established whether Puok’s defection to SPLM/A-IO has any correlation with Gatdet’s deportation. James Gatdet is currently under custody of South Sudan national security and his fate is unknown at the time of writing this report.