South Sudan

Machar names new military spokesman


Col Deng

South Sudan rebel chief, Riek Machar, has named a new military spokesperson.

Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, introduced Colonel William Gatjiath Deng, as the new Acting Spokesperson for the military side.

“I will be concentrating mainly on political issues, etc., as Spokesperson in the Office of the Chairman,” Dak said.

Dak, however, said he will be supporting Col Deng when necessary.

“I urge all journalists interested in covering military situation in South Sudan to be in touch with Colonel Deng.”

He promised to avail the contacts of the Colonel to journalists soon.

Col Deng occupies a vacuum that was left by Brig. Lul Ruai Koang, who defected early in the year and announced forming his own movement.


Col. William Gatjiath (far right) with 1st Brigadier General and Anyanya veteran, Gen. Gatiek Diar, the commander of the 8th division in Ayod suburbs at Gorwai military base(Photo: Gatjiath)/ Nyamilipedia photo

Col Deng defected to the SPLA-IO in December 2013.

Since then, he led military operations to contain government troops in Ayod town.

Gatjiath and other officers, fighting on Machar’s side, have been based at Gorwai military base, a suburb of Ayod town center.

Col Deng also served as head of election committee of the United Democratic Front (UDF), a southern Sudan opposition party.

He was also a contender for Ayod south constituency in 2010.

President Salva Kiir and Machar signed a peace agreement but offensives and counteroffensives are still ongoing between their militaries.

Even though both President and his First Vice President announced a permanent ceasefire, the armies are already back in the battlefield.

For the whole of last week, they were engaging each other in Malakal Upper Nile state and Leer in Unity State.

They each accuse the other of breaching the ceasefire.

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