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Machar’s former spokesman says he forgives his kidnappers


February 7, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Former Press Secretary of South Sudan’s main opposition leader, Riek Machar, said he has forgiven those responsible for his kidnapping from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, in 2016.

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SPLM-IO leader’s spokesperson James Dak when he released from jail on 2 Nov 2018 (Reuters Photo)

James Gatdet Dak also said he was grateful for his freedom after South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, ordered for his immediate release from prison in accordance with a peace deal he signed with opposition groups in the country. 

In a statement to Sudan Tribune from the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Wednesday, Dak congratulated President Kiir and SPLM-IO’s leader, Machar, on reaching the peace deal. 

"I want to leave behind whatever had happened to me. I have forgiven those responsible for my kidnapping and illegal deportation from Nairobi to Juba, " Dak told Sudan Tribune.

Dak, a registered refugee in Kenya, was kidnapped from his home in Nairobi on 2 November, a move widely condemned by UN and human rights bodies around the world. 

He said he was later on informed that he was arrested by Kenyan security officers for expressing support to the dismissal of a Kenyan UN force commander in South Sudan who was accused of failing to protect civilians during July 2016 crisis in Juba.

The opposition leader’s former spokesman was deported to Juba on 3 November 2016 and he was immediately arrested by South Sudanese national security officers upon his arrival at Juba airport. He was detained and sentenced to death for working against the government of President Kiir.

Dak said the court verdict was a political decision, which President Kiir also reversed politically by pardoning him during a peace celebration attended by Machar. 

Despite his suffering in detention and prison for two years, Dak said he wanted to open a new page of forgiveness and reconciliation in his heart.

"I don’t want to hold grudges against anyone. I want to reconcile with those who targetted me and made me suffer," he said, adding that his work as a press secretary in the SPLM-IO was wrongly taken personally by some.

Dak also expressed his gratitude to IGAD countries, particularly Sudan and Ethiopia for successfully mediating the warring parties to stop the war. 

He encouraged the opposing political leadership in the country to implement the signed revitalized peace agreement in letter and spirit.

"The people of South Sudan need peace. They need basic services. There should be no return to war again, " he concluded. 


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  • 6 February 21:38, by Pakuai

    Mr. James Cadet Dak should just shut his mouth and stay there with his Riek Machar boss. They can come back to South Sudan together if they do wish. But that will next to impossible. Fellows, WW3 is going to start here in South Sudan. We don’t want to live with our cloned so-called Arabs of North Sudan, English people, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), their evil juus (so-called Israelis), Bantus in central Kenya of Nanyuki or Laikipia, Nigerians. white Americans and some of their creepy allies that we hate to death>>>

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    • 6 February 21:51, by Pakuai

      Fellows, here in Dinkas/ Monyjiengd of the Sudan country, we don’t Bantus, juus (so-called israelis), Nigerians, White English people, gulf Arab states evils and some of their allies in between. Fellows, that is because of ’pure HATRED and RACISM. Fellows, the world affairs were to be played *magic and intrigues*, there would not have been a so-called *WESTERN CIVILIZATION* but our creeps think, everybody else in the world is their cup of tea. Good to our enemies though, there will be *mighty US, the UK, their evil juus (so-called Israelis) attack dogs, their gulf Arab states financiers, Book Haram, El Qada, Mesh El Islam, El Nustra, El Shabab, corporate America, European et all cheap and dirty>>>

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      • 6 February 22:00, by Pakuai

        That their dirty business has finish in DR Congo, Central republic (CAR), Libya, Mali, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine; and South Sudan, Zimbabwe, North Sudan, Venezuela or Nicaragua are the most strategic countries to be played ball against just like their then so-called cold and that ’South Sudan can be reunited with Notth Sudan?!!! What do these evils smoke? In fact, the opposite is going to true. No evil white Americans, English. arabs I Bantus or Jews in our Nilotic plains and valleys---reasons, PURE HATRED and RACISM.

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  • 7 February 01:26, by lino

    Ya Pakuai!!!

    Stop your rubish mentality and start preaching PEACE for your mom and dad, your family and community, and then yourself and the country!!!
    I don’t agree with whatever IG or IO have cost the country but enough is enough.
    Go fight your own WW3 somewhere if you have enemies to engage with!!! People in South Sudan and begging for a dollar 💵 bill to eat not to buy guns to shoot!!!

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    • 7 February 02:18, by Pakuai

      I don’t any South Sudanese is desperate for a war with anyone. But there creeps in your cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, the US, the UK, their gulf Arab states paymasters, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy allies in who think, that our country is part of their damned ANGLO-AMERICA empire or that South Sudanese people are parts of their damned ANGLO-AMERICA subjects>>>

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      • 7 February 02:28, by Pakuai

        And that South Sudan and South Sudanese people can be Geopolitically chess game played like their then East and West Germany during their so-called cold war and the creeps think, they can reunite our country and our people with you cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan. That is not going to happen under the sun and even in million years, reasons pure HATRED and RACISM. Lino piece trash, has any South Sudanese went and beg dollars from any evil in the US, the UK, their UN, their evil juus (so-called israel), their gulf Arab states paymasters or their UN?, Absolutely not>>>>

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        • 7 February 02:36, by Pakuai

          The UN, the NGOs and some of their creeps that covet our country and people are the ones that often lie through their teeth that South Sudanese government beg them with money. The US, the UK and their allies can first of all go and help their African-Americans with or their needy people with damned dollars. The UK can likewise first of all go and resolve their problems with their Afro-Carribeans and their other minorities in their damned countries>>>

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          • 7 February 02:49, by Pakuai

            The evil juus (so-called israelis) can damned go to New York, Hollywood or Poland and go and spend their rubbish there. We son:t want them in Kenya, South Africa and their so-called Israel. The evils even call South Sudanese people their energy? Really? The criminals even think that their evil juus empire would "span from Jerusalem to Euphrates river, Tigris river and right up to our Nilotic Valleys and plains" and that their evil juus empire would be heralded by the so-called *most powerful sovereigns* of the US, the UK, France, them (so-called israelis) and that their evil juus empire would be financed by the gulf Arab states>>>>

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            • 7 February 03:03, by Pakuai

              some rich Europeans, the evil juus wall street bankers and other bunch of thieves around the world who stashed away their loots in offshore shady countries like UAE, Nairobi, Adis Ababa, Journesberg, virgin Island, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Panama or other shady countries. Lino, we are not playing games with our chap. There are evils around the world who just haul the damn evil selves on others who don’t even consider them anyone and those countries are the countries that l have been naming here on SUDAN TRIBUNE all the times>>>

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              • 7 February 07:42, by Landlord

                Please visit one of the nearest health facility to check your doom head. you are very sick and Jubaone who claims to be real bull is not helping you. Just compare your posting to the subject and ask any jenge about it. cow dung.

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                • 7 February 09:01, by Landlord

                  I mean southsudan, not Jubaone. Jubaone is the man I know and trust. Please Juabaone i’m talking to Pakuai and Animal Southsudan.

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  • 7 February 01:49, by Kush Natives

    Mr. James,
    If the victims and their and 💀souls of the 2016 Eve forgiven you, why not you? Very painful that you didn’t even bother to pay tribute to the victims. But, thanks God that at least, the survivors of J1 saw your heartfelt apology! Peace must prevail in South Sudan.

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    • 8 February 19:21, by One people

      if you don’t mean his name, than how the hall did you spall his name with correct letters that good.
      Stop acting smart ya Mr. Smart ok, good job anyways. You know very well these two people are not for peace and not South Sudanese, that’s why you mention their names in your comment

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  • 7 February 07:58, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Politics have been beaten up nowadays even an ordinary person could claim to forgive the public instead of forgiving himself for his own deeds;anyway I don’t want to comments on this articles as those with chicken brain will try to throw back unnecessary comments below mind, but if u comments, do it at your own risk

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    • 7 February 09:08, by Landlord

      Don-Don Dog,
      I know the ward forgiveness and respect doesn’t exist in your own language. it is the reason for situation this country is facing today.

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      • 7 February 09:17, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Landlord; or whatever your noun is..As English is your first language go back and study it before you could comment on my piece of statement,seek translation first before you comment on this article, mind is just an advice to you

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        • 7 February 09:36, by Kush Natives

          Don-Don Malith Rual,
          Don’t bother at all! This warlord or landlord is totally deformed. He will never comprehend anything, leave em alone, dead wood never speak.

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          • 10 February 15:00, by Don-Don Malith Rual

            kushnative; I wonder why he took risk to comments on my piece as I warn that he/she though know rule on she here on the website that if you comments, you are a chicken brain and he insists to do so, the guy than need to be taken to psychiatric for mental assessment and if u could help him out the better,as such folks will take us at back n we re at the peak to move forward.

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      • 7 February 09:30, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Landlord, you talk of forgiveness! People of South Sudan want or would like to forgive but whom should they be forgiving? as they the leaders shifted this blame, as the play of some playing game cards, where you place some on the table and put the dangerous one beneath it, I wish someone could help you translate this into your own native dialogue

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        • 8 February 16:29, by Redeemer

          James Dak
          You would have proved to be a real nationalist if you were to apologize to the Kenyan government for your misconduct and then declare your forgiveness. You have been too much to South Sudan, though we have seen some reform now

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