South Sudan

CONFIRMED: Machar’s Son Killed in Juba Gunfight

Gatwang Machar was killed in the clashes in Juba last month

The son of South Sudan First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar was killed in the deadly gunfire at the presidential palace in capital Juba last month; Chimpreports has learnt.

This website got wind of the development three weeks ago and we have been investigating to confirm who among the three sons of Machar was put out.

Machar’s side lost 37 soldiers in the J1 battle and we have finally confirmed that Gatwang Machar who was also a soldier and member of his father’s inner security detail, was among those gunned down.

A source close to Dr. Machar family told this reporter over the weekend that Gatwang who had close semblance to his father was quietly buried in Juba the following day.

“We lost comrade Gatwang in the J1 fight. He was a great soldier and we shall forever miss him,” a family source said.

It should be remembered that President Salva Kiir’s side lost over 250 soldiers in the same battle that lasted a few hours as the President and then deputy Machar were holding a meeting.

The incident has taken the two sides back to war. Kiir and Machar signed a peace agreement in August last year and a Transitional Government of National Unity was put in place in May this year.

Machar disappeared from Juba a day after the clashes and no one has ever heard of where exactly the opposition leader is hiding.

He is however widely believed to be in the thick forests in one of the Equatoria states.

 

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