Fallen S.Sudan Renegade General Laid To Rest

Fallen S.Sudan Renegade General Laid To Rest

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Juba: A top South Sudan renegade General who died early this week has been laid to rest at his ancestral home in Myoum County, Unity State.

Gen. Peter Gatdet Yak, whose death took many by surprise, was buried on Thursday afternoon by a section of South Sudan army officers, civilians and fighters loyal to the rebel outfit South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), which he led prior to his death. Gen. Gatdet’s corpse was accompanied from Khartoum by delegates of the SPLA/M in opposition. The Liech State Military Governor, Brig. Gen. Tor Tunguar Kueiguong led the SPLA-IO members in the sending off of their departed former colleague.

Mourners lower Gen. Gatdet’s coffin into the grave

 

At the time of his death, Gen. Gatdet was the commander of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), one of the rebel groups fighting President Salva Kirr and was also Chairman of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA). Sources in S. Sudan say he died after a suspicious heart attack in Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday this week, although his sudden death has already raised eyebrows in the world’s youngest nation.   Gatdet played a key role in favour of Machar in the South Sudan civil war which broke out in December 2013, when he became the first Division commander to defect from SPLA to SPLA-IO. Dr. Riek Machar, the leader of SPLA-IO reportedly ordered his movement members to take charge of the transportation and the burial of Gen. Gatdet

 

 

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