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S. Sudanese rebels detain Tanzanian pilot for "illegal" entry


December 28, 2016 (GANYLIEL) – South Sudan’s armed opposition forces (SPLM-IO) have detained a Tanzanian pilot, who flew a chartered plane, into its controlled area.

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The chattered plane detained by rebels (courtesy photo)

A rebel official, Brig. General John Tap Puot, said investigations were ongoing to determine the identity of the pilot, accused of collaborating with government.

He said they would not release the pilot after he violated the territorial rules and regulations governed by the SPLM-IO.

“We would not have any problem with the pilot if he came alone because he was hired and used to transport a government official meaning there is something behind his coming here,” Puot told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

The rebel official claimed he was contacted by South Sudan’s First Vice-President, Taban Deng Gai demanding that the pilot, currently in the rebels’ hands, be released.

He, however, added that the pilot would only be freed on condition that James Gatdet Dak, the detained spokesperson of rebel leader Riek Machar, is released.

The pilot, identified as Mohammed Nassor Sauh, flew aircraft number, CESSNA 208B-CARAVAN, leased by South Sudan Air Aviation on 1 November.


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  • 30 December 2016 07:53, by Eastern

    The Tanzanian pilot will be released soon; it’s just a matter of procedures.....

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    • 30 December 2016 12:38, by South South

      SPLM/IO is inviting Tanzanian as a country to have problem with them. This is very stupid. If SPLM/IO has forces why don’t they attack Malakal, Bentu, Bor or Nasar instead of arresting poor pilot from Tanzania? This is what happens when you have rebels without a leader. Riek in exile in South Africa and SPLM/IO is left to walk like someone who lost head and still wants to walk.

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      • 30 December 2016 12:56, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Another big mistake by rebels. Just keep adding on more problems than usual and you’ll get experienced!

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  • 30 December 2016 08:11, by Ram Mi Ran

    Go ahead Mr.John Tap Puot Kang with your demand that the Tanzania Pilot will be release unless the official spoke person of the vision leader is release.
    This is the evident that the East African community are behind illegal transitional government of national unity in Juba.

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    • 30 December 2016 08:18, by jubaone

      This is a good deal: James Gatdet for the Tanzanian pilot, nothing more nothing less. How God works wonders by bringing the pilot straight into the hands of the opposition forces.

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      • 31 December 2016 13:01, by Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.

        Big Congratulation to B/gen John Tap for your work in our Area please ! keep it up , please ! until our be lovely son James Gatdet is releasing because James has been deported and arrested for our movement please! please! keep your job like what , you are doing now .

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    • 30 December 2016 11:59, by Chang Kuony

      Congratulations fearless Brig.Gen John Tap Puot Kang for wisest decision you and our leadership had taken. Yes, anything goes around comes around. Taban Deng and his Jaang masters conspired James Gatdet Dak’s illegal deportation to his adversaries in Juba. Now the God of South Sudan brought u Tabanist followers in golden plate.James Gatdet released than pilot and his crew members released.

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  • 30 December 2016 08:15, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Rebels commanders are demand unable thing,
    The Tanzania pilot flew into their territory didn’t committed any crimes but
    James Gatdet Dak,is a criminal person he is the who destabilize South Sudan through have he say.

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    • 31 December 2016 09:18, by Mayom County Troops

      Yes the demand may work ,but sometime may not work ,because govt is govt , let us narrate the point if it will allow our demand to be execute by the govt of Juba
      James Gatdet Dak life is in good condition in Juba, thank God he will be release at any time , when peace is implemented by both parties ,who have signed the peace accord in Addis Abba

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    • 31 December 2016 13:09, by Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.

      Ayuiuy Makuach Lam ! please ! what you talking now, is Dinka behavior and not whole dinka Accept Dinka Barelghazal we will finishing you guys for this Stupid behavior, we are United us the One Nation through SPLM (IO) Under the leadership Dr. Machar right now. except Bareghazal People ,please! we will leave you until you ended.

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  • 30 December 2016 09:21, by Fair Man

    General Puot,
    God has answered Gatdet’s prayer. Do not release that pilot until Taban Deng Gai, exchange Gatdet with the plot, through the Red Cross. The ICRC to immediately deliver James Gatdet Dak to the place where the pilot is being held. On returning they leave behind Dak take the pilot. No more no less.

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  • 30 December 2016 09:33, by laat

    Dear SPLM io group
    Am sorry for detention of Tanzanian Pilot to Claim Rebel spokesperson who is currently in government custody for his own crime against his people.Please think twice,your rebellion will fad off but relationship with neighboring countries remain intact.stupidity has no limit,i have seen that the mission and vision of SPLMio is dying off. plaese stand with your own country.

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  • 30 December 2016 09:54, by Fair Man

    You may be crazy and need urgent medical attention. If Gatdet get kidnapped and extradited to Juba, just for speaking for Riek Machar, so is the Tanzanian pilot deserved to be punished for working with the negative Juba regime. Anyone who assists your enemy, is your enemy as well and not exempted from penalty.Read Penal Code of South Sudan 2008 for further mentorship.

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    • 30 December 2016 11:49, by Against Incitement

      To:Fair Man and those support his opinion!
      Brothers,violence will not solve our problems,let us use our minds and logic and do something good for South Sudan,Do you know that anger is only one letter short of danger!More violence means more lives will be lost ! what do you gain from it!Join peace process and National Dialogue,believe me, this is the only last chance for us all to gain our unity!

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    • 30 December 2016 18:34, by king kush

      You got to be crazy, the Rebel spoke person was arrested by Kenyan government because of his usual bad habit off running his mouth. While in Kenya he praised the termination of the Kenyan general of the UN, how stupid is that.? As a result he is in Juba now which I’m loving it, because the same loud mouth Rebellions spoke person caused the July fight when he lied about Machar been arrested.

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  • 30 December 2016 11:34, by Against Incitement

    To: Brig.Gen.John Tap Puot!
    I am not saying something bad to you brother,but i am appealing to you to release this foreign innocent pilot,because is not part of our conflict ,also Tanzania is our good regional neighbor who might be hosting our people now for one reason or another including opposition members! why do you want to put these people at risk of deportation and bad relations with you.

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  • 30 December 2016 12:02, by Fair Man

    Against Incitement
    You now feel the need to cooperative. When stupid Kenyans handed over Gatdet to you cheaply against resistance by international community, you called it a victory. Ngundeng just brought the County Commissioner and his pilot to us and give us time to celebrate their capture. The fade of these people can be determined by reciprocity-release Gatdek and we give yours.

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    • 30 December 2016 12:46, by Against Incitement

      To: Fair Man,
      Dear brother,calm down and listen to your senses,read again and again my above message to Brig. Gen. John and understand what i am really and come back and tell me the difference between your reply to me above.Do not insult Kenyans or anybody because insult reduce into something small,please put your opinion forward clearly and the person concern will answer you.Remember! Dialogue!!!

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  • 30 December 2016 12:15, by Fair Man

    All or Aganist Icitement
    This is not a relief landing but political manuevres which will not go untouched. The pilot violated the sovereignty of our airspace and did not seek clearance from our offices. The pilot will be released under negotiation, agenda of which, is unconditional release of James Gatdek Dak through IGAD and ICRC.Juba should talk to us through the above two bodies and our demand.

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    • 30 December 2016 13:12, by Against Incitement

      To:Fair Man,
      Dear brother,taking hostages will lead to more violence and hostages,Stop it!come to your senses please and reject violence!all those who are in opposition outside,come back to Juba.Gen.Taban,and many SPLM/IO members are in Juba plus Gadet are in Juba implementing peace not under detention as you are claiming.I am a South Sudanese advocating for National Dialogue and unity ofS.Sudanes

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    • 30 December 2016 18:58, by king kush

      Unfair man.
      Negotiate with who Tanzania or south sudan. The pilot is Tanzanian and so is the plane so why should south sudan negotiate with you terrorists to release your spoke person.?
      Juba need lobby the regional governments to work together with us to flush you terrorists out of South Sudan and drive you to khartoum where you terrorists originated from.I’m calling on juba to work harder so

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  • 30 December 2016 13:57, by Fair Man

    Against Incitement
    Tell me where is the Agreement you are implementing? ACRSS 2015 died on 8th July, 2016. Do not lie! Taban Deng is a traitor.He staged a coup against Dr.Riek with an attempt to kill him but he failed. An agreement could not be implemented when State of Emergency declared in 2013 had not been lifted up now. Peace and emergency are different things and can not exist.

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    • 30 December 2016 14:01, by Fair Man

      Against Incitement
      Jamese Gatdet did not choose to be in Juba but was procured by illegal means condemned internationally unlike the ill-fated commissioner, Pilot and his crew who voluntarily landed in our territory. Their motives will be made known to later after investigation. For now, it is to earlier.

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    • 30 December 2016 15:58, by Against Incitement

      To:Fair Man,
      Dear brother, ACRSS has not died in July 2016,because Splm/io is now implementing it under the leadership of Gen.Taban and almost all the prominent politicians and commanders who where in the opposition before July 2016 incident.Does it mean to you SPLM/IO is there when Dr.Riak is heading it?also the international community represented in JMEC did declare the death of ACRSS!

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      • 30 December 2016 16:10, by Against Incitement

        Cont. and correction in above comment,
        I mean that the international community represented in JMEC has not declare the death of ACRSS. Please convince me!Majority with Riak or Gen.Taban?Give example of any regional or international body that says ACRSS is dead?Only you and few like you!

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        • 30 December 2016 16:28, by Against Incitement

          To:Fair man,
          my brother,please accept the truth and reject violence!Join the ACRSS and the National Dialogue.The way you are walking now cannot solve your problems!Brother Gadet Dak is Juba and Gen.Taban in Juba is there any fear?Ok,you deport that pilot to his country like Gadet Dak. If we continue violence it will finish us all including you,then who is going to benefit from it?...foreigners!!!!

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  • 30 December 2016 14:47, by Dinka Fighter

    It is paramount to keep good relations with regional countries than causing problems. Our hostilities as South Sudanese can’t bother people of Eastern Africa as whole. Please, I am appealing to you to free this gentleman with immediate effect from today.

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  • 30 December 2016 15:09, by reallynuer

    Many thank to SPLA OI especially Payinjiar county for their golden achievement and I hope you will use that plane for others business in near future .

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  • 30 December 2016 15:30, by Fair Man

    That plane will serve logistics in our internal fronts. No more walking muddy roads. Simpy identify the pilots from within the revolutionary IO forces so that that plane can be put into use right away. We can not afford to wait. An opprtunity has come. Today is a plane tomorrow may an SPLA gunship landing in distress. Keep on watch for more fortunes.

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  • 30 December 2016 16:10, by Fair Man

    Stop misleading the world. The presence Taban Deng Gai, was motivated by ill-intentions to kill Riek. He could tell where his IO are. He was trapped together his close-allies in hotel. Taking FVP was to save his life and lives of those caught. Otherwise true FVP will soon be coming from South Sudan. Festos Mogae minds about his job then peace and will not speak the truth.

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  • 30 December 2016 16:17, by Fair Man

    ..Continued Against Incitement
    Be reminded that above being the JMEC Chair, Festo Mogae turns to be an employee of AU. His duty to keep peace are defeated by his interest to keep on job. He could not declare the death of ACRSS 2015 for fear being declared unacceptable. But practically, he is there to enjoy international flights and prestige but implementing vaccum ACRSS.

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    • 30 December 2016 16:43, by Against Incitement

      To:Fair man,
      brother,tell me which world body that does not believe in ACRSS and has considered it dead? i am not misleading but it is you because you do not support your argument with evidence and you refuse facts.please my brother do not continue to ignore logic! stop abusing and accusations they make you weak in mind!!!!

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  • 30 December 2016 16:27, by Jieng Nephew

    To all confined mind, Taban Deng Gai supporters,
    Please let’s celebrate our victory.
    Fair Man made it clear to those deaf ears, that we can ONLY set the pilot free if kiir accepts our demand.period!

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    • 30 December 2016 19:12, by king kush

      The government of South Sudan should insist on Listing Machar and his group as a terrorist organization because through their behavior we can conclude they are terrorist. IGAD must understand that we in the government have accepted the peace agreement and working on implementing the peace agreement. However existence of a terrorist group in South Sudan is hindering the implementation of the peace

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  • 30 December 2016 20:47, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Rebels are making another mistake again. Why do you detain people who preach peace and stability. People who love Nuer people and try to mobilize citizens to join Taban instead of that murderer Machar. Please release the pilot within 72 hours otherwise you will never operation in the entire East Africa countries. I am telling you the truth.

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  • 31 December 2016 14:37, by Fair Man

    Dinka-Defender General
    How many African and European aid workers had perished in the hand of SPM/A from 1983-2005? They were delivering food to IDPs in liberated area, the same food feeding the SPLA rebels, but still they are suspected of spying for Arabs. The latest was the 1991 Amee-Panyinkwara-Opari junction incidence. The Tanzanian pilot is a spy. He has done enough without being caught.

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