South Sudan

Gunfire Inside South Sudan Presidential Palace

The fighting broke out while President Kiir and his deputy Machar were in meeting

Heavy fighting erupted inside the South Sudan Presidential Palace on Friday evening between the bodyguards of President Salva Kiir and those of First Vice President, decease Dr. Riek Machar.

According to a source that was at the palace commonly known as J1, serious gunfire happened when both the president and his vice were in for a weekly Cabinet meeting.

ChimpReports understands the Transitional Ministerial Council sits every Friday.

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Machar’s Spokesman, James Gatdet Dak immediately released a statement accusing the president of trying to arrest his vice sparking the clashes.

“The President and his commanders attempted to arrest the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny,” part of the short statement seen by this website says.

According to Mr. Dak, today’s Cabinet meeting was convened in bad faith with the intentions to subdue and arrest Machar.

“This came after the President called for a meeting of the Presidency in his office with Dr. Machar and Vice President, James Wani Igga.

This turned out to be a setup to arrest and possibly harm Dr. Machar,” he added.

The same statement added that Machar’s bodyguards “vigorously fought back” and rescued the principle.
ChimpReports is following the development


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