South Sudan

Garang’s Son Angered By “Machar Shot Dead” Joke


physician geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Reports circulated and rocked social media claiming that rebel leader and Commander-in-Chief, Machar had been shot dead by a sniper.

“The SPLM – SPLA condemns in the strongest terms the reports by Sudan Tribune today 01/04/2014 that: ‘Dr. Riek Machar has been found dead’,” lashed out Mabior in a statement released this evening.

“The SPLM – SPLA further assures the people of South Sudan, the Region and the World that Commander Dr. Riek Machar is safe and in good health.”

He adds: “The SPLM – SPLA would like to caution the Sudan Tribune as this is in poor taste and irresponsible journalism.”

According to him, the societies of South Sudan are not accustomed to the tradition of April Fools’ Day and such a report could further negatively impact the security situation in the country.

Important to note, Sudan Tribune has already clarified that its site was hacked and that is why such a report surfaced.

“He is in fact alive and well. We will be offline temporarily,” the Tribune stated.

Even the rebel military spokesperson, Brig Gen Lul Koang dismissed the report as the wildest joke ever.

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