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S. Sudan army says General Peter Gadet defected from ranks


December 18, 2013 (JUBA) -The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has said General Peter Gadet has defected from its ranks.

Gen. Peter Gadet (centre) is welcomed by Mayom commisioner Martin Machot Deng (right) after agreeing to a ceasefire with the SPLA on 2 September 2011 (ST)

Gadet was a commander in charge of the SPLA’s 8th Division in Jonglei state. He reportedly broke off from the national army ranks on allegations that his tribe, the Nuer, have been targeted in the current tension that has engulfed the country following what the government said was a ‘‘coup attempt.’’

“What will you say if the forces under your direct command have gone amok to kill and loot the properties of innocent civilian they are mandated to protect? This is definitely a question of rebellion,’’ a senior military official said on Wednesday.

The official confirmed that indeed Peter Gadet had defected.

‘‘And I am not surprised it is again Peter Gadet doing it this time in support of his master, Riek Machar. He was with him in 1991 and it is possible he goes with him now. Nobody can rule out this possibility,” the official said on Wednesday.

In 1991 Machar defected from the then rebel movement during its long civil war with Sudan.

When contacted, Colonel Philip Aguer, spokesperson of the SPLA, said he was still assembling information on security situation in Jonglei. But he confirmed that Malual Chat and Panpandiar military bases around Bor town had experienced heavy gunfire.

The SPLA spokesman said Peter Gadet had cut off communication with the general headquarters.

“There is no communication with the general headquarters. He is out of his base moving in five vehicles”, Aguer told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday without giving details.

Military and United Nations sources have confirmed that civilians have fled Bor and that the military barracks in and around the area are under full control of Peter Gadet Yak.

“It could be true because Gadet was the commanding officer of the SPLA’s 8th division in the area. And as you may have heard, UN Radio, Miraya FM, reports that civilians are swarming the UN Camp in Bor after heavy gunfire erupted in the town at around 1: am,’’ a senior government official from Jonglei state told Sudan Tribune in a separate interview on Wednesday.

Observers and independent analysts have expressed fears that Gadet’s defection could complicate the security situation in Jonglei where government forces have been battling to exert full control in areas where rebel David Yauyau has remained active since 2012.


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  • 19 December 2013 06:17, by omoni jr.

    Gadet try to save his tribe who were targeted and slaughtered yesterday by Kiir’s malitias. He has right to defect and i hope everybody across the country will be behind him.

    • 19 December 2013 06:20, by omoni jr.

      Let kiir harvest who he sow, all international communities blamed him for his incompetent and arrogant behaviors he showed up.

      • 19 December 2013 08:01, by Naath

        Don’t panic yet,as we confirm in front line that our family have been killed by dinka Barhergazel army and kiir supporters,we will come back to juba very soon and do the samethings kiir did.I lose my brother and mums and wife and kids kill at home.As you know Revenge is the worse one,kiir ia laugh at naath society,but sooner than later he will cry,long live democracy,long live South sudan

    • 19 December 2013 06:21, by mathem jech amer

      Omoni jr
      No malaitias in Juba, can you tell were they base & come out call international community where these malitias are based.You started fighting at two SPLA bases and you started killing civilians at Mango and 107, thinking that you will control governemnt, after failing now, you are claiming Nuers are being killed, for what reason, when he used to rebel, were there Nuers killed like in 2010

      • 19 December 2013 07:01, by omoni jr.

        Mathem Jech amer.
        your weak and lazy murderer called president started his ugly game with the pretense of "coup" by ordering his gangs called presidential guards to arrests all SPLM seniors members who had press conference lately against your chief dictatorial rule.This is south sudan,is Not uganda where he got his advise from M7 dictator. But he made bad mistake by targeting only on ethnic grou

  • 19 December 2013 06:18, by mathem jech amer

    Gadet can take control of Bor and he does not need to fight because he is the one commanding the force, so it doesn’t mean he has captured the bases by force but by commanding.

  • 19 December 2013 06:30, by Chol A.

    Gadet’s usual backflip against SPLA goes on success without being hurt. But it will be different this time,

    • 19 December 2013 07:01, by padiit gaga

      Chol A
      Gatdet will be still Gatdet Spla is for all southsudan not for coward only. But now he was advised not to touch innocent Bor he should revenge his people who were killed by that cowboy. if this was war bn Dinka and Nuer , dinka should run to Uganda.but it is for dictator drunker and uncivilized president. Nuer used to slave Dinka for long ago, the word Jieng in Nuer mean slave

      • 19 December 2013 08:53, by Chol A.

        @ padiit n dude don’t celebrate yet seizing of Bor it not end of the war but bear in mind guys Dinka are always ignoring your attitude of attacking us, looting cows and now you want power by force! You will regret this lesson because dr R splitter now in our security forces hand and we will chase you all the way to David Yau Yau place who too waiting you. Miidit now been killed u know that

      • 19 December 2013 14:32, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

        @Padiit Gaga
        you big dog and thug,why did your Nyigat Riak ran away from slave? He will soon lost his life and south sudan will remain the same even your mother will be fuck as you deserved like your Riak. Even if you kill President Salva other dinka will take over not fake nuer.we will make u slaves soon.close your rotten mouth stupid. Salva will you and your Riak a lesson that you will not 4g

  • 19 December 2013 06:40, by dude

    We are now in full control of Jonglei State. We are collaborating with yau yau. Yau Yau has decided to join the fight against Salva Kiir Government. We are going to have a civilian government very soon.

  • 19 December 2013 06:43, by Waucity

    Jonglei is under governorship of a Nuer man and a Nuer Man was a high Commander in charge of Spla dvision in Jonglei...Look at what they have turn my beautiful home town into..It is always something that has been build that a Nuer person destroy...So disappointed.

  • 19 December 2013 06:48, by dude

    Waucity, I know you are a Dinka Bar Elgazal. Do not pretend like you are from Bor, Jonglei. We now control lots of divisions with in the SPLA. Gatdet is collaborating with others generals. So that in the next month we will be in Juba fighting your militia from Gogrials who killed innocent people women and children. You will pay for this.

  • 19 December 2013 06:48, by padiit gaga

    Mathem Jechamer
    Gatdet control Bor city by force and command but he was told Dinka Bor are innocents, he tried to killed them, but he was told not to kill. he was very up sad because his people were targeted while they were civilians. This Gatdet is really perfect Nuer he has pity with his people is not like other Nuer commanders who were keep silent. this coward president will face consquenc

  • 19 December 2013 07:09, by dude

    This message is to My Nuer people and especially Gatdet. Please do not kill Dinka Bor, they do not have anything to do with this fight. Our real Enemy of peace is Dinka warrrap state. and gogrials. The Dinka from warrap STATe are the ones who killed innocent Nuer in Juba.

  • 19 December 2013 07:21, by dude

    I thank you General Peter Gatdet for your revolution. Salva Kiir has killed our Nuer people in thousands it is now time to punish him.

    • 19 December 2013 07:38, by allan

      to moni jr bad news for ur old man gadet is dead body believe me i dont know if u hear abt general deng wol this guy was looking for gadet for long ass time n this is chane for him now to get him in few day u will hear something different

  • 19 December 2013 07:55, by Akot Deng

    defection is not a solution and revenging of intended idiots can be count on Riak Machar who prematurely wage against his former boss, there is nowhere on this earth where the deputy command the chairperson even if the person is the weakest on his administration, i know Dr. Machar could have rule as an alterntive to Kiir if time come but now the story repeat itself nobody will accept such impatien

    • 19 December 2013 08:16, by Naath

      Akot Deng,you agree that civilian have been kill by kiir Government,but revenge is idiots act,let me ask you question.why kiir and his dinka tribe kill innocent Nuer woman,children and unarm men from Nuer tribe,is it revenge agianist 1991 propaganda war?do you think killing innocent people is good idea from government lead by foolish and primitive?my friend when you heard that revenge isalread don

  • 19 December 2013 08:14, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Let Bor politicians address this case very well, because greedy powers masterminders, like Madam Nyendeng along with her bitch son, Mabior Garang, Majak Agot and the rests are lost the momary filed the Riak Machar cases against Bor communities in 1991. This group make themselvies as important in Bor community let them address well the Getdate attrocities.

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