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Gunmen kidnap Machar spokesman Gatdet in Kenya

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Gatdet [L] and his boss Machar

James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesman Office of the Chairman and C-in-C, SPLM/SPLA (IO), is reported missing in the Kenyan capital Nairobi where he resides.

The spokesperson for the opposition Dickson Gatluak said in a press statement, that Gatdet was kidnapped this afternoon around 4:00 PM by unknown gunmen dressed in uniform who came to his house in Nairobi, Kenya.

“After picking him, his whereabouts is unknown up to this time as I am writing,” Gatluak added.

The disappearance came after Gatdet shared a Facebook post criticizing the Kenyan U.N. force commander in South Sudan Lt-General Johnson Ondieki.

The last post on Gatdet’s Facebook wall was titled: “SPLM/SPLA (IO) Welcomes Change in UNMISS Command” in which he welcomed the change in the UNMISS Force Command in South Sudan.

“The peacekeepers failed to protect civilians during the crisis right in the capital, Juba, and in other parts of the country, more notably also in Malakal. We hope that a new Force Commander will be appointed soon who will be more responsive and take actions to protect the civilians at risk in exercising their mandate,” he said.

He added: “We commend the action taken by the United Nations Secretary General, which we believe will contribute to confidence building among the vulnerable populations in South Sudan.”

Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper quoted the police commander Japhet Koome saying that they are not aware of Gatdet’s disappearance from his lavish Lavington home in Nairobi.

National Courier cites a Wall Street Journalist, Matina Stevis quoted unnamed rebel sources on twitter saying that Gatdet was being detained at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport awaiting deportation to Juba.

The National Courier said rebels’ officials were negotiating with Kenyan authorities to send Gatdet to another country, possibly Canada.

James Gatdet owns a house in Kingston, Canada and is understood to be a resident or a dual citizen of Canada, according to Courier.

On Thursday, Kenya said it was going to withdraw its peacekeepers from the U.N. mission and pull out of the peace process to protest the sacking of Ondieki.

In his latest post, Gatdet also criticized South Sudan president Salva Kiir for allegedly leaving Juba (International) Airport [rated as the worst airport in Africa and the number two worst airport in the whole world] to rot.

“….despite the tens of billions of petrodollars wasted….something Salva Kiir’s leadership seems to be proud of (at least sarcastically) for the past 10 years of misrule and primitive corruption, marred with endless violence created by the rogue regime…”

He cited a primitive type of corruption and dictatorship in Juba in which money is stolen and kept in boxes in houses dug underground instead of keeping them in the banks; and where money is printed by the regime at will without considering its resultant inflation in the economy.

“A primitive corruption in which money is stolen to build or buy houses in foreign countries instead of developing their villages and building roads, schools (even money generating private schools) and hospitals for their constituents, initiate private agricultural schemes to avail food to feed their hungry people, etc.”

He added: “A primitive type of corruption in which the very international airport which should have provided the first impression to visitors about South Sudan is just left in primitive stone age, smelling so horribly without the necessary facilities. Other African dictators and corrupt regimes or leaders do not act in the same primitive way this particular regime in Juba has been acting.”

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