Unknown pilot, Mohammed Nassor Sauh, claims to be a Tanzania national but failed to product his actual documents(Photo: Nyamilepedia)
Jan 2, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —– South Sudan’s main armed opposition, SPLM/SPLA(IO), released a mysterious pilot, who identified himself as Captain Mohammed Nassur Saleh, of Cessna 208B-Caravan – Registration: 5H.MZA, from their stronghold of Panyinjiar county following days of intensive investigation.
According to Mabior Garang de Mabior, the Chairman and Commander in Chief of SPLM in Opposition, Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon ordered the release of the pilot after he [Machar] was contacted by local authorities in Panyinjiar County, however, all NGO refused to pick up the stranded pilot.
“The Movement’s civil administration – the local authorities in Panyijiar County immediately alerted the top leadership of the Movement. The Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA Dr. Riek Machar Teny-dhuorgon then ordered for the release of the said pilot (days ago); however, none of the NGO’s wanted to associate themselves with the pilot.” Mabior said.
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The SPLM/SPLA(IO) National Committee Chairman for Information and Public Relation, Mabior Garang de Mabior, said the pilot was allowed to fly away on humanitarian grounds and since he has returned to Juba.
“The Movement has since decided to release both the pilot and the plane on humanitarian grounds and the Pilot has since safely left our liberated territories back to Juba (today).” Mabior continued.
The innocent pilot, who carried no legal documents and had no access to any embassy in the country, blames Juba government for “lying to him that Panyinjiar was under government control”.
The IO regrets that their opponents in Juba would send an innocent pilot into their liberated areas as a bait for propaganda.
“The SPLM/SPLA(IO) regrets that the regime in Juba would send an innocent pilot into our liberated territories without information and then fabricate a story alleging the pilot is being held by the “IO” in exchange for their Spokesperson James Gadet; who was kidnapped with the help of Kenya Authorities last year. These allegations are pure propaganda.” Mabior said.
The SPLM/SPLA refutes negative propaganda that the Tanzanian pilot was being held for ransom by the rebels.
“In reference to the above subject, the leadership of the SPLM/SPLA In Opposition would like to refute the negative propaganda fabricated by the Salva Kiir Administration regarding a Tanzanian Pilot, allegedly held for ransom by the SPLM/SPLA(IO) Security Personnel.” Mabior said.
Mabior reiterates that the SPLM/SPLA(IO) is a mass popular movement with civil administration in its liberated territories and the entire Movement commends the leadership shown by the Commissioner of Panyijiar Brig. General John Tap Puot and his entire Staff, Officers, NCO’s and Men, who reacted quickly to resolve the situation.
South Sudan rebels have released foreign planes which landed without their permissions in their areas like Pagak, Uror and Jiech; reportedly, as good gestures to encourage humanitarian services in their territories.