Dec 27, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s former Ambassador to Russia and former Legal Advisor to President Salva Kiir, Amb. Telar Ring Deng, has died from what family members confirmed to be COVID-19.
According to family members, who provided limited information, Amb. Telar died this evening after testing positive again to COVID-19.
Ambassador Telar spoke to media and confirmed his hospitalization after testing positive to COVID-19 on Christmas Eve, December 24th.
“On 24th December 2020, I tested positive for COVID-19 while undergoing treatment at Aspen Medical Centre after a short period of illness. I was immediately transferred to the IDU and currently stable,” Telar confirmed before his heath deteriorated.
The former ambassador tried to warn South Sudanese on Christmas Eve that COVID-19 still exist in the country and therefore people should be careful.
“As we head into the festive season, we should be vigilant and remember that COVID-19 still exists. Lets continue wearing our masks, maintaining social distance and washing our hands or sanitizing,” Late Telar said.
Following his death, his family members warned that his death should not be politicized as a conspiracy linked to his recent political defections or anything political.
The former ambassador was an elder from Atout-Dinka of Yirol, Lake State.
He has served in Salva Kiir government in numerous positions, however, Telar has a long-term political relationship with the country’s First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
Telar first defected to Machar led SPLM/A-Nasir in 1991 as one of the most prominent Dinka politicians and military officers.
He defected from Kiir government in 2017 to Malong led armed opposition and recently defected to Machar led SPLM/A-IO.