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Acting South Sudan army chief flown to Kenya “unconscious”


April 26, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s acting army chief of staff, Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak was Thursday flown to Kenya, “unconscious” after he had reportedly complained of chest and stomach discomfort.

General Gabriel Jok Riak (Getty Image)

Riak was scheduled to accompany the body of late army chief, General James Ajongo Mawut who died last week.

It was not immediately established what caused Riak’s condition, with the military and family sources providing conflicting accounts.

For instance while family members linked it to fatigue following days of continuous engagement without enough rest, military sources who attended to him at the military hospital attributed the cause to food poison, citing complaints about stomach cramps and vomiting.

Riak, an ally of the late Mawut, was one of the top military officers poised to succeed the former army chief of staff who died in Cairo.

Also, being the second the army command structure, many felt Riak would be appointed if President Salva Kiir makes his appointment based on the new army chief from among the high ranking officers.

In July 2015, the United Nations Security Council imposed travel bans and asset freezes on Riak, among other senior military officers. The move came after the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated for sanctions Riak, who was then commander of Sector One of the South Sudanese military.

The move, it said in a statement, was in accordance with the executive order (E.O.) 13664, authorizing the department to sanction South Sudanese individuals responsible for threatening peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and for expanding or extending the conflict or obstructing peace talks or processes in South Sudan.

Riak was accused of engaging in actions that expand or extend the conflict in South Sudan, or obstructed peace talks or processes, and that he led forces who engaged in actions that expand or extend the conflict in South Sudan, or obstructed peace talks or processes.

He reportedly helped arm and mobilize as many as 1,000 youths to supplement traditional South Sudan army (SPLA) forces, and that he reportedly sought to have tanks repaired and modified for use against the country armed opposition (SPLA-IO) forces allied to rebel leader Riek Machar.

Last year, however, President Kiir promoted Riak to deputy chief of defence forces.


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  • 27 April 2018 00:01, by Theone

    May God help you return to South Sudan safely.

    • 27 April 2018 00:33, by lino

      God will!!!

      • 27 April 2018 08:05, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        This is making the nation look bad to the international community. The death of Ajonga and The sickness of Jok Riak within weeks.

        • 27 April 2018 10:17, by Kuch

          Lotodo Awino Odug,
          That is what our lowly informed citizenry and politicians are up to anyway. Nairobi, Adis Ababa or Kampla have becomes our London, US or South Africa to be taken to. For Education, medical treatment & to hid the South Sudanese people money in. By the way fellows, Sudan Tribune is edited by the CIA, MI6, MOS SAD & other foreign foreign creepy agents & many South Sudanese>>>

          • 27 April 2018 10:22, by Kuch

            traitors who have sold their souls to evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies like ethiopia for a few dollars are the ones that are used by the CIA, MI6 & their foreign agents to write these craps against our country & our people. But their dirty game is over fellows>>>

            • 27 April 2018 10:28, by Kuch

              Fellows, the government of South Sudan must tell the IGAD, the AU & the so-called TROIKA countries to back the damn off our backs & our country back. We are not the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, ethiopians, Kenyans & some of their creepy allies in between "slaves or subjects". We are back fellows, watch this space fools>>>>

              • 27 April 2018 10:35, by Kuch

                We are getting to know how some of our South Sudanese are really are. Let the losers, thieves & traitors liker Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Lam Akol, Riek Machar, Adwok Nyabe, Kosti Manibe & some of other fools think, that they can once again bring the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between into>>>>

                • 27 April 2018 10:39, by Kuch

                  our country in exchange for *power & free UN food rations* fellows, get the hell out of our country. Who says, we want the white Americans, their evil juus, their cloned arabs of North Sudan, their Arabs of Arabia, Bantus & some of their creepy allies in between in our country & against our people>>>

                  • 27 April 2018 10:44, by Kuch

                    The govt of South Sudan must not even complete of appointing Mr. Jok Riak & as it chief of staff. It would like another Bor war mongers are going to continue with their war mongering. Let Mr. Paul Malongdit takes back the post. Kuol Manyang, Michael Makuei & others are already enough with their current war mongering in our country>>>>

                    • 27 April 2018 10:50, by Kuch

                      The Bor South Dinkas/Jiengs must prepare for a big show down. We want a war fools, we are not going to live with the so-called Twic East & their evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their Arabs of Arabs of Arabia, Abeshas (ethiopia), Bantus & some of their creepy allies in between in our country----

                      • 27 April 2018 10:51, by Kuch

                        Reasons, PURE RACISM & HATRED.

                        • 27 April 2018 16:47, by Khent

                          It’s clear that Kuch is mentally ill and must now be treated as a poor creature — a raving lunatic. Seek psychological help, Kuch.

    • 27 April 2018 07:57, by Midit Mitot

      Ahahaaahhah where is Carenelio Khan

      There is traitor call Carnelloi Khan who is always barking on Facebook about Ngundeng Bong and Riek Machar. Ngundeng has started his work now, where are you @Yaaaaaah idiots?

      • 27 April 2018 08:16, by Lenin Bull

        Ya bloody bastard Midit Mitot, death is death unless if you reason with asses not brain. The ones dying now are liberators that fought the long marathon war of liberation from 1983-2005, and now again from 2013-2018! They have done their part. What about your uncle Daniel Wuor Joak who died in Norway last week, what killed him? What about sacred guru Riek Machar what is making him go blind?

        • 27 April 2018 08:19, by Lenin Bull

          Let us be intellectuals rather than poor dirty sorcerers who equate every phenomenon with magics.

        • 27 April 2018 08:44, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Wuor Joak was a great, well educated man. He will be missed!!

        • 27 April 2018 09:05, by Midit Mitot

          Lennin Bull,

          You are really nincompoop, those idiot generals have killed thousand of thousand in 2013, do you think they are better than those whom they have killed? bullshit!!!!!!!. Human being is the same whether you are child, civilian, general or president.

          • 27 April 2018 09:21, by wau nar

            Why do you always celebrate when someone died, don’t you know wahat God said that don’t laugh/happy when ur enemy fall sick or died it will turn aganist you one time.

            • 27 April 2018 10:12, by Midit Mitot

              Wau nar,

              One question for you, when these traitor generals murdering civilians in 2013 where were you? God even said that,if you have killed my people, then the same people will kill you too. they had plan to kill innocents people so let God deal with them.

  • 27 April 2018 01:32, by dinkdong

    Wow! It look like the office of ’chief of staff’ is a killer. You better hire Malong back.

    • 27 April 2018 06:24, by padiit gaga

      Wow Kirr creat a secret way to wipe non. Gogrial from high rangs and give that position to Dinka Gograil. It was prophohied by Ngundeng that he would collected high rangs before Tikyualkuoth is callected. Let them rest in hell all blood sucked commanders.

  • 27 April 2018 03:39, by Games

    Wow, Poisonings are now becoming the quickest way to eliminate the none-Gogrial in the higher rankings in the Salva Kiir’s leading Dinka sections...

  • 27 April 2018 03:48, by Games

    Gabriel Jok Riak is a one of the living brave man in S. Sudan. Wishing you quick recovery from that unknown poisoning.

    • 27 April 2018 09:46, by Kenyang ll

      Agree. Gen. Jok is historic, good soldier, should get well and return to his duties soon.
      These are results of running the country without a leader -everything falls apart.

    • 27 April 2018 12:31, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Mr. Games

      Its My first time to agree with you, on Gabrial Jok Riak, anyway wishing him quickest relief in Jesus name.

    • 27 April 2018 13:21, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Wishing you Quickest relief brave Gen. Gabrial

  • 27 April 2018 07:17, by Lenin Bull

    Oh my God! juju, juju, juju! It is juju at work in Bilpam. May God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob heal you Comrade Jok. I can believe this sad news. You are one of the brave, young patriotism officers who played immeasurable roles for the liberation of our country. God I want to hear only that Jongda is back safe and in sound health in Bilpam and promoted to the final Rank of Chief of Defense Force.

  • 27 April 2018 07:24, by Earthly Master

    There,s no way all
    Blood sucked general ’ll
    go like Mawut.

  • 27 April 2018 07:38, by John Head

    I wish him a quick recovery and return to the country.

  • 27 April 2018 07:59, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    better to resign and go home if big people are being killed for positions

  • 27 April 2018 08:17, by Sunday Junup

    Ba ji guori thuol luak by Ngundeng! The time has come for Peace to reign neither IGAD nor TROIKA will safe your regime!

  • 27 April 2018 09:30, by Bil bany

    God know everything
    the bloodshed of innocent citizen of south Sudan will take you once by one from bottom up to peak.

    • 27 April 2018 15:49, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      There are difficulties in measuring the exact degree of military interference short or direct military control and arriving at abroader clarification of these same reasons why this particular level is reach by southerners, government need to send expert to investigate this practice n should stop immediately

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