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South Sudanese rebels release Tanzanian pilot


January 2, 2017 (JUBA) – The Tanzanian pilot initially detained by South Sudanese rebels after the plane he flew landed in the armed opposition area, has been freed.

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The chattered plane detained by rebels (courtesy photo)

A rebel official said Mohammed Nasser and the Payinjiar county commissioner, Peter Gatkoi, who was aboard the chartered plane, were freed on “humanitarian” grounds.

“The Tanzanian Pilot who was sent by Juba regime to the SPLM-IO liberated territories without his knowledge, believing he would be harmed for their propaganda purposes, has been released today with his plane on humanitarian grounds,” Garang Mabior, the armed opposition’s director for public relations, said in a statement.

Mabior also dismissed as untrue reports that they had demanded the release of Tanzanian national with the hope that he would be exchanged for rebel leader, Riek Machar’s spokesman, James Dak, who is being detained.

“There was never such a demand. This is just usual propaganda of Juba to think that The United Republic of Tanzania is supporting our movement, when no such thing exists,” the statement further added.

Mabior said the government under President Salva Kiir wanted to create a diplomatic incident. The rebel official did not elaborate on the fate of Panyijiar county Commissioner, Peter Gatkoi, who was on the same plane.

The pilot had, in an earlier interview with Sudan Tribune, blamed the country’s authorities for his woes, saying he was duped to believe Payinjiar county was under the control of government.


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  • 2 January 21:56, by choldit

    This game is so stupid cde Mabior. If at all the SPLA IO demanded the exchange of a pilot and a commissioner with James Gatdet Dak, there is nothing wrong with them. The rogue regime in Juba kidnaped James Gatdet and the world is quiet on it. There is no reason to sha way from such a demand unless James have no value in IO. it is stupid to drop this demand!

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    • 3 January 02:23, by South South

      We all know his release is coming very soon. It was so stupid to kidnap him at the first place. Those who were making empty noises should hide now.

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    • 3 January 06:28, by Sadam Kuikoy

      choldit, I hope you know Dinka regime in juba very well,even if we demanded the release of James Gatdet,they can not release him as long as the detained commissioner is non Dinka and Kenya national pretended be Tanzanian unless Gatkoi Doar happens to be from Dinka tribe especially Makuie Lueth, but don’t worry we are going to knock on Makuie’s the door step soon.

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      • 3 January 15:14, by choldit

        Gatkoi Doar have no value amongst us. May have value in JCE camp as he is a dinkanized Nuer son who committed crimes in his process of pleasing JCE in expense of his mothers and fathers in Panijiar. He is a shame to his family. There is nothing called diplomacy in Juba regime. He who think of doing any diplomatic deals with Juba is playing. All is needed is tit-for-tat.

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        • 3 January 15:24, by choldit

          who initiated the idea of releasing the Kenyan pilot had played the SPLM IO systems. James Gatdet Dak is hate for what he is doing for SPLM IO and south Sudanese civilians. The SPLM IO didn’t value him when the SPLM IO leadership dropped or didn’t support the very demand that shld set him free just becoz the need to please some systems that don’t value the SPLM IO. SPLM IO have to depend onitself

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    • 3 January 06:30, by Sadam Kuikoy

      choldit, I hope you know Dinka regime in juba very well,even if we demanded the release of James Gatdet,they can not release him as long as the detained commissioner is non Dinka and Kenya national pretended be Tanzanian unless Gatkoi Doar happens to be from Dinka tribe especially Makuie Lueth, but don’t worry we are going to knock on Makuie’s the door step soon.

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    • 3 January 13:52, by Against Incitement

      Dear brother,what is wrong with you?why do you abuse your boss(Mabior Garang)?Are you in a different faction apart from what Mabior is representing?How long will it take for you over there to form a unified position?
      To brother Mabior and those who shares same ideas with him,i say thank you all and come home for dialogue!let us make 2017 to be a year of PEACE!

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      • 3 January 15:06, by choldit

        I like to thank for a good name. Yes, he is my boss if it is what u need to know. however, this is what makes different btwn a rogue regime in Juba and SPLM IO. In SPLM IO others’ opinion matter while in Juba nothing like that but just the benydit’s opinion. Juba regime kinaped James Gatdet why the rebels shld not ask for his release in exchange for a Kenyan pilot and a dinkanized commissioner?

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    • 3 January 19:33, by aarai baka

      @Choldit, rebels have no choice since they are not recognized by regional and international.very things on government side regionally and internationally.there is no exchange of James gatdet dak for pilot.

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  • 3 January 06:13, by thinni N Bilieu

    The pilot hasn’t done something wrong, regime in Juba play it’s game let them know SPLM/SPLA IO represent people of South Sudan.
    aluta continue.

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  • 3 January 06:36, by Jieng Nephew

    South South,
    Be reminded that you’re the most stupid uncle that i have ever met.your comments dont help here .smart Journey lunatic don’t accept your lunatic ideology. Don’t be a cheap jieng

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    • 3 January 11:46, by South South

      Jieng Nephew,

      You are very angry man who need to see someone to help you with your anger management, that’s what you need. Yes, Tanzanian pilot has been released unconditional. He is free and if that kill you go to the Nile River and drink from it.

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  • 3 January 08:15, by PEACE FOR ALL

    Dear all.
    those who comment on tribal line are HIV/AIDS in South Sudan civil war. how can one tribe lives without others. calling for national changes should not be represented on tribal line.
    use another languages rather than using our beloved tribe names for self interests. God is watching at you.


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  • 3 January 14:00, by Against Incitement

    To: Mabior Garang,
    Congrat.to you all and that is the RIGHT DIPLOMACY!i am applealing through you,to those elements spreading more hatred on this site to stop it immediately!S.Sudan needs us all come and let us build it.

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  • 3 January 15:51, by Mading IronKing

    Well,why am I not surprise.
    It just funny that a foreigner is the one that gets release first then their own son.
    All the same good luck to the pilot at least they the rebels have heard of new term called ’ humanitarian ground ’

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