Deposed South Sudan first vice president Riek Machar is currently in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo after reportedly escaping an assassination attempt.
His spokesperson James Gatdet Dak on Friday told Insider Machar had been airlifted from the South Sudan border the United Nations Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo [MONUSCO] and Congo government personnel.
In a statement earlier today, Dak said Machar was thanking the United MONUSCO and the government of His Excellency President Joseph Kabila, for their hospitality by airlifting him and his officials from the South Sudan-DRC border and for taking good care of him and his officials in the DRC.
“Dr. Machar also issued a congratulatory message to the gallant forces of the SPLA-IO who have fought successfully in self-defence since July 8, 2016, attack by President Salva Kiir’s forces in the attempt to murder him at the Presidential Palace in Juba,” Dak said.
“We thank our courageous fighters for failing President Kiir and General Paul Malong Awan from the ruthless attempt to kill our leader.”
He narrated that despite being “exhausted” after staying in the bushes and walking on foot for 40 days, Machar is very fine.
“He has assured that he will soon speak to the media in the next few days, and particularly as he is establishing contacts with the leaderships of IGAD, AU and the UN to communicate his views on the current situation in the peace process.”
Machar will then visit IGAD member countries in the region.
On Wednesday, Dak said Machar had been relocated to outside the country after which they would work on how to “appropriately deal with the current insanity in Juba by correcting the situation once and for all so that our leader returns to a peaceful, changed environment in the capita”.
In a statement, Mabior Garang De Mabior, the chairman of SPLM national committee for information and public relations, said Machar had been relocated to the Kenyan capital Nairobi.