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South Sudan rebel appointed governor abducted in Kenya


December 31, 2017 (JUBA) - An armed opposition governor has been abducted in neighbouring Kenya, sparking concerns about security and the safety of the key opposition figures in the eastern African country. The abduction occurred at the refugee camp in northern Kenya on Friday evening.

Marko Lokidor Lochapio (ST file)

Rebel deputy spokesman Paul Lam Gabriel said in a statement released on Sunday that the opposition appointed the Governor of Kapoeta State Marko Lokidor Lochapio was abducted from Kakuma Refugee Camp.

Gabriel, according to the statement, said the abducted rebel official was driven to Lokichogio the same night and was taken to Nadapal where he was allegedly handed over to South Sudan National Security Service on Saturday.

Multiple sources confirmed to Sudan Tribune that the rebel official was picked up from his home with the knowledge of the Kenyan police authorities who later informed the relatives.

The opposition governor was abducted from home by people who came with two vehicles around 05:00 pm and one of the abductors was seen having a gun by an eyewitness, the sources said.

It is not clear how the gunmen managed to enter another country with weapons without being detected.

Opposition officials find it difficult to live in Kenya. James Dak the spokesperson of the leader of the main rebel group (SPLM-IO) Riek Machar in the country was deported to Juba in November 2016 from Nairobi.

Two other leading opposition figures were abducted and disappeared without a trace in Nairobi. A prominent and an opposition official, Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri, disappeared in Kenya and nobody knows what happened to them.


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  • 31 December 2017 21:19, by Eastern

    Like I said earlier, Kiir is not known to honour any agreement he has signed. Abduction of Marko Lochapio is a clear act of provocation against the SPLA-IO. This move is aimed at provoking the movement to fight back so that the derailment of the recently signed COH is blamed on SPLA-IO.

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    • 31 December 2017 22:55, by The Rhino


      The chairmanship of the national security apparatus under O.Momur and some hired money hungry Kenyan bitches have vivid prints on this one.Lets say,..coordinated petty treats for Jieng/Dinka imposters in Juba.Too sad somehow...how Equatorian puppets sell out their own blood and flash in critical moments.But behold...there will come the Judgement Day! So, Salute, and happy new year 2018

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    • 31 December 2017 22:58, by South South

      We should be talking about peace as our people are desperately need it. No single person has come up to confirm who abducted Marko Lochapio. Any finger point toward government of South Sudan is premature and has no single evidence. Government of South Sudan has no guns in Kenya.Let’s wait to find out who did the abduction.

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      • 31 December 2017 23:07, by Eastern

        South South,

        We can’t and shouldn’t WISH for peace if we are not ready to HAVE peace! Kiir shouldn’t behave live a mouse/rat that gnaws but uses its breath to soothe/numb the pain caused. Kiir signed a COH agreement and such actions as abducting, deployment of his forces, etc, amounts to derailment of the signed agreement.

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        • 31 December 2017 23:12, by South South


          Where are the evidences of the abduction. We have seen nothing to suggest that government of South Sudan is responsible for abduction.

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          • 31 December 2017 23:27, by Eastern

            South South,

            As I write now, Marko Lokidor Lochapio is in Torit. How he got there without having being abducted is a story for another day. If he chose to join Taban Deng as he did in the past to join NIF, where he earned the name BASHIR is another thing.....

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      • 1 January 2018 15:35, by choldit

        South Sudan, Talking peace is really! but is it not useless if the regime and its East African friendly countries are killing rebels or rebel supporters in their countries in broad daylight and in violation of the peace they claimed to broken. On 28 Dec 2017 @2200hrs Titus Bil Puoch from spla IO Tiger division was kill In Nairobi, Kenya today an SPLM IO governor is abducted in Kenya. continue

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        • 1 January 2018 15:45, by choldit

          ...yet the other East Africa nations, AU, Trioka and international community keep their mouths shut & wait for spla IO response to these violations so that they can response to SPLM IO. One wonder What the hell is going on with this sick world really? Why Kenya and South Sudan have to be allow to do these to SPLM IO? Kenyan don’t know power never stay on one tribe forever in South Sudan?

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          • 1 January 2018 18:21, by South South


            Let’s talk about peace in our country. AU, Trioka, IGAD and International Community would not come to South Sudan if we have no problem. We invited them to interfere to our country. Peace can not be destroyed because one or two people disappeared. South Sudan is bigger than individuals. Let’s unite in 2018 and bring peace to our country.

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            • 2 January 2018 01:41, by choldit

              South Sudan, that is a mistake to think we can’t value the IGAD, trioka, international community, UN and others. Also is mistake to think that we can’t qualify this peacetalk as useless because the govt keep violating it by going offending rebels in their controlling loc, killing rebel supporters and abducting them in Kenya that calls herself peace grantor. There is no other practice than....

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              • 2 January 2018 01:53, by choldit

                ... stopping these criminal activities so as to achieve peace in South Sudan. Remember that it is one person that leads that nation, that can come up with a better idea like self determination, for instance. Spla IO supporters Titus Bil Puoch, that was kill on 28 Dec 2017 in street of Nairobi, Kenya and and the Abduction of SPLM IO governor also in Kenya refugees camp can derail this peacetalk.

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  • 31 December 2017 21:37, by Mayendit

    Rebels Spokesman Paul Lam Gabriel.
    You will be caught up one day just like Marko Lockidor Lovhapio do. All Eastern Africa leaders have said it last year that, if we wants to achieved our development then, we must stop rebels special those fighting in South Sudan and we believe this is a right thing at the right time. East Africa people also are getting tried about Riek Machar’s rebellion all times

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  • 31 December 2017 21:47, by Theone

    What the hell so called governor doing and having an house in the refugees camps?

    Is he a governor of Kakuma?

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  • 1 January 2018 00:23, by john akeen

    governor had a house in the refugee camp and also their leader is in prison too, what a sham on rebels of Riek Machar. Anyways that’s what happen when you follow prisoners

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    • 1 January 2018 01:35, by john akeen

      Oh I forgot, where was this governor office located? We know where Riek Machar office located, Riek Machar has a tiny office in SA prison, his office located next to the toilet where he drop some shit or some poop. That is where he runs IOs and also that’s is where he is been giving IOs an orders to do the right things

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  • 1 January 2018 07:05, by Sunday Junup

    It is difficult to deal with TERRORIST! Don’t worry brother Marco, fighting Terrorist is like that but i blame those who run to Kenya. Kenya is a Terrorist country and its their custom to what with any terrorist company like Juaba Thugs. Kenyan are thieves and desperate of getting USD so you needs to be careful

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  • 1 January 2018 11:48, by Fair Man

    Do not worry. Dinka know Toposa very well in 1991 when many of them died. Abduction of Lokidor is an eye opener for IO. Toposa will soon join IO in large number. However, the first thing will likely do is to kill Louis Lobong Lojore. I learnt of the plan to do so few hours ago. Let’s watch the news and see how Dinka will manage Toposa. Bravo JCE!

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    • 1 January 2018 17:35, by Paul

      Deceptive or not, that’s a valuable piece of information you got there!

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    • 1 January 2018 22:14, by Eastern

      Fair Man,

      Louis Lobong is a very useless man. A man who transmits POLITICAL POST SEXUALLY to his wife is not a man worth his name. This man has made his dinka wife a member of state legislative assembly representing Namurunyang, his birthplace.If the Toposa people want to remain forever downtrodden by keeping this dinka stooge up there, it is up to them!

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      • 1 January 2018 23:30, by South South


        Please use language of peace in 2018. In our culture women belong to her husbands family in everything. There is nothing wrong with Louis Lobong’s wife to represent her husband community. Former head of Anti Corruption in South Sudan is originally from Jamaica, but her husband is South Sudan. Former governor of Warrap State, Nyindeng Malek is from Lake State, her husband is from Warrap.

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  • 1 January 2018 16:05, by Altruistic

    My people this is a New Year, we should stop hatred and division and let preaching peace and the unity among our people.

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