South Sudan

South Sudan’s ex-VP Machar is ‘broke’


former Vice-President Riek Machar

South Sudan’s former Vice-President Riek Machar says he is “broke” and struggling to pay rent for the house where his family lives in Kenya, the Nairobi-based The Star newspaper reports.

His comments, in an interview with the newspaper, came after Kenyan lawmakers threatened to introduce a parliamentary motion, demanding that his family be kicked out of the country and that his assets be frozen.

Mr Machar, who is currently in South Africa, said he hoped that the MPs would give him a hearing before taking a decision.

He did not own any assets in Kenya and was “broke”, he added.

Mr Machar fled South Sudan after heavy fighting broke out in July between troops loyal to him and President Salva Kiir.

Mr Machar and Mr Kiir were been named in a September report by The Sentry, an investigation group backed by US actor George Clooney, as profiteering from the civil war that has engulfed South Sudan, the world’s newest state which became independent in 2011.

Both have denied the accusation.


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