South Sudan

S.Sudan rebel Gen Gadet says survived assassination


South Sudan rebel General Peter Gadet Yak says he has received assassination threats from groups loyal to first vice president Taban Deng Gai.

Taban was recently appointed the FVP replacing Riek Machar who was deposed and sent into exile.

Gadet is a former Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) general who is now the leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), a rebel movement in South Sudan.

His publicist, Turial Moses Malol, told Insider that Tut Kew Gatkuak, the security adviser to President Salva Kiir and Marial Nour, a member of the security personnel are behind the alleged assassination plot.

According to the said plot, Gadet is to be eliminated during a flight or other travel means to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.

Gadet, the strongest commander since in 2013 war in Juba, has reportedly survived several assassination attempts.

In the latest attempt, assassins were reportedly paid to waylay Gadet on October 14, 2016 in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The plot, however, leaked to Yak’s family members who live in the capital Juba before it could materialise.

Gadet is an ethnic Nuer. His wife is the daughter of Gatluak Gai, a rebel general.

General Gadet was a member of the South Sudan Defence Forces (SSDF) during the Second Sudanese Civil War.

He joined the SPLA after the Juba Declaration of 8 January 2006, but said that he was marginalized and that the army was dominated by tribal nepotism.

In April 2011 Gadet emerged as leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), a new militia demanding a more broadly-based government.

In Unity State, he began an assault on the SPLA, leaving at least 45 people dead.

According to the military, 20 of the victims were southern army soldiers.

In August 2011, SSLA’s spokesperson has said that the movement has declared a ceasefire with the government.

Gadet integrated his forces into the army and became the 8th Division Commander.

Amidst the South Sudanese Civil War, he mutinied again and his mainly Nuer militia claimed control of Bor, South Sudan.

In July 2014, the European Union imposed sanctions on Gadet accusing him of leading an attack of the town of Bentiu, in which about 400 people were killed in the 2014 Bentiu massacre.

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