South Sudan

Machar now in Khartoum-spokesman



Deposed South Sudan vice president Riek Machar has moved from Congo to the Sudan capital Khartoum.

His spokesperson James Gatdet Dak
Official has confirmed the development Tuesday evening.

“Yes, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar is in Khartoum,” Dak said.

He added: “He (Machar) has regained strength after exhaustion and swollen leg.”

Machar’s swollen leg is a result of walking for 40 days while fleeing President Salva Kiir’s forces into the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He was airlifted by United Nations personnel who reportedly handed him over to Congo authorities.

Machar was later treated at Kisangani hospital in Congo’s northern town.

Dak said the rebel chief then had enough rest before connecting to Khartoum in Sudan.

“We thank Sudanese government for care,” Dak said.

Lauds IGAD

Dak says the recent Summit in Addis Ababa of the Heads of State and Government of IGAD-Plus, including participation of representatives of the United States, passed a resolution which expects the “illegal” First Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai, to step down and for a third party force to be deployed in Juba before the “legitimate” First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, can return to Juba.

Any other rumoured opinions are irrelevant and against the IGAD resolutions, he said.

“We dismiss them as rumours or opinions from individual officials, and call on them to abide by the contents of the peace deal and the IGAD resolutions.”

Dak thanked IGAD leaders for sticking to their resolutions saying despite “rumoured irrelevant opinions attributed to some uninformed officials”, it is the prerogative of the leadership and members of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) to decide how best to stop the violations of the August 2015 peace agreement by President Salva Kiir.

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