South Sudan

Kiir’s soldiers shoot dead rebel Gen Gatdet’s son


Gen. Peter Gatdet Yak

First Lieutenant Yak Gatdet Yak, the eldest son of the rebel’s deputy chief of general staff for operations, Gen Peter Gatdet Yak, was shot dead by SPLA soldiers around Bor town on Sunday.

Gen Gatdet confirmed his son’s death to Sudan Tribune, saying Yak’s death “is no different from the death of tens of thousands of other sons and daughters massacred by the regime of president Salva Kiir”.

“His blood has joined the bloods of other sacrificed souls for the soon to be freedom of the rest who will be still alive,” sorrowful Gen Gatdet said.

Yak was staying in the protection site of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Jonglei state’s capital, Bor, since January 2014.

Yak and five other colleagues from the Nuer ethnic group moved out of the camp on Sunday to try to walk to Lou-Nuer area after complaining of unfavourable conditions in the UNMISS camp.

SPLA soldiers stopped, arrested them and later shot dead Yak after which they released his colleagues.

1st Lt. Yak was the first born of General Gatdet and his wife Agnes who hails from Torit.

He graduated in Noble school and was working in Bilpam General headquarters before the outbreak of the civil war in December 2013.

His body was successfully recovered and a burial was being arranged at a location not yet disclosed.

Gatdet is one of the fiercest rebel Generals and one of South Sudan’s finest soldiers.

He was the first General to defect after the 2013 alleged coup in Juba, capturing Bor town the capital of Jonglei state.

He defeated SPLA soldiers twice and captured Bor twice before being dislodged by Uganda troops and UPDF war planes.

He is also on record for shooting down an American war plane at the start of the conflict.

He is currently on the list of those facing sanctions.

Gatdet is on record for saying that given the right weapons, he can easily capture the capital Juba and depose Kiir.


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