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Detained Tanzanian pilot blames S. Sudan authorities


December 30, 2016 (GANYLIEL) – A Tanzanian pilot, currently in rebel custody in war-torn South Sudan for the third day, has blamed the country’s authorities for his woes.

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The chattered plane detained by rebels (courtesy photo)

In a phone interview with Sudan Tribune on Saturday, Mohammed Nassar said he was duped to believe Ganyliel county in Unity state was under the control of government.

The Tanzanian national operated the plane is now held hostage by rebels. On board was a county commissioner.

“There is no one I can blame, rather than government that told me the area was secured and under their full control, yet we ended up in the hand of the opposition forces on landing in the area,” Nasser told Sudan Tribune over phone.

The detained pilot said he has since failed to contact the Tanzania embassy in Juba, but made contact with family members in Tanzania and colleagues in Juba via email.

John Tap Puot, the rebel-appointed commissioner in the area, says the pilot lacked proper identification documents and wondered by foreigners were being employed.

“We detained the plane and the pilot because he [Nasser] was not in possession of any document, neither passport nor a national identification card, but claimed to be a Tanzanian national,” said Puot.

He, however, said the pilot even failed to provide details of the Tanzanian embassy in Juba when asked to avail them.

The official further disclosed that both the Tanzanian national and Commissioner Peter Gatkoi Beliew were safe.

South Sudanese authorities have not yet reacted on the matter.


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  • 2 January 09:48, by Native Boy

    These are Kenyan national covering his identity to Tanzania. How can you say you are a Tanzanian without document of legibility? You should not use Tanzanian good name to traitor countries that borne responsibility of instability in RSS.
    Its clear that Kenyans are financial snakes who were hired by warmongers whose interest was to destabilize and gain over night trillions in this war.

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    • 2 January 09:55, by Native Boy

      I wonder!
      Its in South Sudan that a foreigner has 1100% equal citizenship right compared to its original citizen who are now called foreigners instead by their business trading leaders.
      This could be through, because our leadership behavior is more of a foreigner that a citizen.
      Its in this country that foreigners can drive, pilot, employed in key govt offices without any question of legibility.

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  • 2 January 11:07, by Yang Man

    That is it Mr, kenyian are now becomes the first people in the distraction of south Sudan ,that pilot must be a Kenyan, I may encourage HE the comisioner John Tap to just detained hime for the rest of his life if he don’t tel the true story about himself.

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    • 2 January 12:06, by Chang Kuony

      Gen John Tap Puot must detain him indefinitely. SPLM IO must release him only if the genocidal regime Mathiang Anyoor’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit free James Gatdet Dak and afterwards to Ganyliel Payam.James Gatdet Dak was illegally by Kenyan corrupted govt under President Kenyatta.The pilot must be from Kenya

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      • 2 January 12:27, by South South

        Release him immediately or you will face more regional isolation, he is a Tanzanian citizen and have done nothing wrong. Do not compare him with James Gatdet Dak, James Gatdet Dak is a criminal and he was charged by Kenya. Release him or you will pay very heavy price. rebellion without leader is like someone walking without head.

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        • 2 January 13:46, by Chang Kuony

          South Sudan look the hired mercenary from Kenya will not be release unless on exchange of James Gatdet Dak. James Gatdet was innocent and did not committe any crimes but Jiengee conspired to illegally deported him via Kenyatta corrupted govt.We shall not release them unless James Gatdet is free from Mathiang Anyoor’s custody. Failure to to do than forget about those crew and plane.

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      • 2 January 12:59, by jubaone

        Chang Kuony,
        Thank you. You have said it all. Free pilot for free James Gatdet Dak nothing more. Cos jienges are too dull and can’t fly aircrafts but rather do as bogus foot soldiers, they revert to getting foreign mercenaries and hirelings who fly their heli gunships. A country like a waste dump pit: anything goes.

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        • 2 January 13:13, by South South

          People need to open their minds and see things in front of them as they are. Yesterday Nuer as tribe was insulted, today Dinka as a tribe has been insulted. These are the same people running around and spread lies to cause trouble in South Sudan while they are hiding under computers in the WEST.

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  • 2 January 17:13, by Maguto


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    • 2 January 18:58, by jubaone

      Who cares? You Kiir militia man. You duped the Tanzanian pilot that all areas are under govt control. Kiir is directly responsible for this lie and must release James Gatdet for this hireling and spy or send Taban to ask Riak for his release. Bravo SPLA-IO.

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  • 2 January 19:44, by Lou Nuer The Great

    sorry my tanzanian bro for blaming jienges militia there is no true gov,t rather than SPLA IO please donot fear us we will release

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  • 4 January 20:33, by Tangun Wani

    IO is into uncoordinated propaganda. anyone under threat will blame anyone he is told to blame. typical terrorist style where the captives are told to read the script on video. why is IO killing itself?

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