South Sudan

Machar Backs Gen Peter Gatdet Against Sanctions

order geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Last week, purchase United States through its State Department imposed sanctions on a Commandant of President Salva Kiir’s Guards, Major General Marial Chanuong Yol together with the rebel Maj Gen Peter Gadet.

While Marial Chanuong, the Presidential Guard Commandant is accused of leading the operations in Juba killing 22 unarmed bodyguards of Riek Machar, 7 bodyguards of Gier Chuang Aluong and a total of 300 civilians, Gen Gatdet is said to have commanded a group of troops that killed over 200 civilians in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State.

To the contrary, Machar says Kerry “was wrong to impose sanctions on Gatdet because he (Gatdet) was not responsible for killing of civilians in Bentiu”.

Machar made the remarks while addressing press at Sheraton Hotel in Addis, a day after signing an agreement.

“Peter Gatdet was not involved in the operations in Unity state when we captured Rubkona and Bentiu. He was at that time crossing the Nile, he was not in command. That was a different person but today we say that sanctions are on him, but on what basis? Just because he is a famous general?” Machar told press.


According to the National Courier, SPLA Military Intelligence concurs that “Gatdet was not in Bentiu during the massacre but busy fighting SPLA in Upper Nile trying to find his way to Bentiu in Unity State”.

It was instead Maj Gen James Koang Chuol who was responsible for Bentiu Massacre while Gen Gathoth Gatkuoth was in charge of rape of Malakal, according to the UNMISS human rights violations report.

Since the beginning of the conflict, Gen Gatdet has been operating in Bor, Jonglei State from where he crossed to Malakal in Upper Nile State but has never been in Bentiu.

(Source: NC)

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