South Sudan

Machar denies fleeing to Tanzania, kills Kiir’s officials  

Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the former vice president

Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the former vice president

James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson of South Sudan armed opposition has trashed as false reports claiming his boss Riek Machar has fled to Tanzania.

Dak made the clarification over the weekend after speculation that the deposed first vice president had fled the country post-haste.

“H.E. Dr. Riek Machar is not in Tanzania. He is among his forces around Juba,” Dak said on Sunday.

Dak, meanwhile, said their forces had closed Juba-Bor road and stationed themselves around Mongala area besieging the national capital from different directions.

They clashed with President Salva Kiir’s forces on Saturday, allegedly neutralising 10 of the enemy soldiers and capturing one military truck.

“Also our forces are in full control of Juba-Yei and Juba-Mundri roads as well as in control of the northwest direction of the capital in Terekeka area.”

Lobonok, the hometown of Vice President, James Wani Igga, was also currently cut off from Juba.

“Soon our forces will also close Juba-Nimule and Juba-Torit roads,” Dak noted, adding, “It is a matter of time before they move on Juba against the offenders and take full control of the city so as to restore law and order.”

Officials allegedly killed

Dak also claimed that a number of senior officials of President Kiir’s government in Yei had been killed or wounded at Kimba area, south of Yei town.

The officials reportedly fell into an ambush as they were moving towards Morobo to try to mobilise civilians to defend Yei against imminent take over by Machar’s forces.

“Our intelligence personnel inside Yei town wil gather the names of the officials killed or wounded,” Dak said.

“Also the governor, David Lokonga Musa, is missing as he has been pursued by our forces while running towards the Ugandan border. He might have crossed the border into Uganda.”


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