ed http://conocity.eu/wp-includes/locale.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Military Spokesperson for SPLA (Opposition), Federal Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, told Chimpreports in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that Pilot Philip Kipkoech Murgor is in custody.
“In the last two weeks, our intelligence operatives had been monitoring unusual and unauthorized movement of planes,” said Koang.
“Kiir’s Intelligence chartered plane with Reg. N0. 5Y SAV Tiger (Air Works K/LTD) Tourism and Travel had been impounded.”
Government officials did not swiftly respond to our requests for a response to the allegations.
“We don’t assassinate rivals”
However, Pro-Juba General, Gordon Buay told Chimpreports that “personally president Kiir does not believe in assassinating his opponents.”
Buay said most of political prisoners have been released and no politician has ever been assassinated in Juba since 2005 and that South Sudan has no political prisoners compared to other African countries.
“What is happening is that the government is secretly negotiating with prophet Dak Kueth of Lou Nuer. The group of Riek Machar are very much worried about that because once Dak Kueth signs an agreement with the Government like David Yau Yau, then, the military threat to the government is over. Riek Machar relies on people like Dak Kueth to fight for him,” said Buay.
He further noted that government is also talking to “Dak Kueth, Peter Gatdet and Gabriel Tang individually so that they do what David Yau Yau did. Riek Machar sees that approach as a threat to his own political survival.”
Koang said “Kiir’s attempts to assassinate SPLA in Opposition top commander for Jonglei State Front, Maj.Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual and White Army’s Spiritual Leader David Dak Kueth had been successfully foiled by movement’s National Intelligence, Combat Intelligence and Military Intelligence operatives.”
He also emphasised that “the government sponsored assassin had been arrested, two pistols (Silencers) had been recovered,” adding, “The overall government’s plan is to eliminate top rebel political and military leadership.”
Koang also listed the names of rebel commanders suspected to be on the ‘assassination list’ as Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet, Military Governor for Unity State; Maj. Gen. Gabriel Tangiye, Military Commander for Upper Nile State; Maj. Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth, Military Governor for Upper Nile State; Maj. Gen. James Koang Chuol, former Military Governor for Unity State and Maj. Gen. Gabriel Duop Lam, Military Governor for Jonglei State.
He added: “Preliminary investigations have revealed direct involvement of Kiir( actually met in person with the would be assassin and other pointmen) and security organs, Greater Lou-Nuer and Greater Fangak leaderships under overall guidance Ministers and security chiefs such as Maj. Gen. Thomas Duoth Guet, Director General for General Intelligence Bureau (National Security Service ), Lt. Col. Majok Gatluak Thoa, Director of Eastern Equatoria State( Internal Security Service of National Security Service).
Koang said “more information will be revealed once investigations are completed.”
President Kiir recently said the army had been instructed to cease military operations against rebels and only respond when attacked.
Kiir said he hoped that a peace agreement with Machar and other stakeholders would facilitate an end to the crisis in South Sudan.
“When people participate, we will have permanent peace in South Sudan. The national unity government will bring all people together,” Kiir noted in May.
He also revealed that the current problem is that his rival and former deputy Machar “wants to become President of the interim government” but swore that this end won’t be achieved.
“But I am telling him that I was elected to this seat by the people. The interim government will comprise all political parties in South Sudan. All the people in South Sudan will be able to participate.”
Kiir pledged that once a peace agreement is reached, his government will pardon rebels and focus on the future.