Ex-Machar spokesman, James Gatdet, breaks silence on Dong, Aggrey

Ex-Machar spokesman James Gatdet Dak speaking to SSBC following a meeting with FVP Taban Deng Gai in Juba last year (File/Supplied/Nyamilepdia)

May 4th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The former Press Secretary for South Sudan’s prominent opposition leader and former First Vice-President, Dr. Riak Machar, on Saturday broke his silence on two colleagues murdered in Juba as per a UN report issued on Tuesday.

This week, a ,United Nations panel of investigators confirmed in a report that prominent human rights South Sudan lawyer, Dong Samuel Luak, and senior SPLM-IO official, Aggrey Izboni Idri, were both deported to South Sudan from Kenya and killed onward upon orders from South Sudan’s spy chief, General Akol Koor Kuc.

“I have been saddened and moved by the reported barbaric extra judicial execution – in Juba – of our two dear brothers, Comrade Aggrey Izbon Idri and Comrade Dong Samuel Luak,” James Gatdet said in a brief statement on his social media Facebook page.

The former rebel chief aide who has been out of the social media for almost three years said he decided to open a new Facebook account to express his condolence on the demise of the two prominent personalities allied to the country’s main armed opposition group.

“I decided to open a new personal Facebook account today (after nearly three years of absence) so that I can be able to express my condolences to their bereaved family members, friends and the people of South Sudan at large,” he said, adding: “They died as heroes.”

While giving thanks to those who exerted efforts for his release in one way or another, Gatdet said he “strongly believe[s] that justice shall prevail someday and their murderers shall be brought to book.”

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