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Kenya faulted with my deportation, says James Dak

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James Dak surrounded by police is heading to the court on 12 February 2018 (Photo Reuters)
February 24, 2019 (KHARTOUM ) - South Sudan’s main opposition leader’s former spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said he blamed Kenya for his illegal abduction and deportation to South Sudan in November 2016, saying the country’s authorities faulted.

"I did not do anything wrong. I did not commit a crime against the Republic of Kenya or its people which would have warranted my arrest or deportation," Dak told Sudan Tribune on Sunday when asked about his ordeal. 

Dak, who was a registered refugee in Kenya, was abducted from his home in the Lavington suburb in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi on 2 November 2016, by security officers. He was serving as the official spokesman of the former South Sudanese first vice president and leader of the SPLM/A-IO party, Riek Machar. 

His abductors, he said, immediately drove him to a police station at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where he spent the night and was deported to Juba the following day against his will. 

Dak said the Kenyan security officers, later on, told him that he was being deported because he welcomed, in a Facebook post, the dismissal of the commander of United Nations peacekeepers deployed in South Sudan. The UN commander is a Kenyan. 

However, Dak argued that there was nothing wrong or criminal about welcoming the commander’s sacking. 

"There was nothing misconduct or criminal about my statement in regard to the dismissal of the UN force commander," he said.

SPLM/A-IO, as a concerned party in the country’s security and safety of its people, he said, had the right to react to the dismissal of the UN officer who failed to protect civilians in the capital, Juba, and elsewhere. 

’First, the Kenyan officer was a UN commander deployed in my country and failed to protect my people despite his mandate to do so. Second, he was dismissed by UN Secretary-General who had his representative in Kenya. They didn’t deport any UN official. Third, I was a refugee and I was speaking on behalf of my organization and people" Dak said. 

He said he respected Kenya for being a democratic nation that tolerated freedom of speech and expression, as well as knowledgeable in international laws that govern all forms of human rights, including rights of refugees.

"I didn’t expect authorities in Kenya to have overreacted in the way they did. If they didn’t want me in their country for any reason they should have simply asked me to leave and choose where else to go. Handing me over to the enemy and exposing my life to danger knowingly was never a right thing to do’," Dak argued. 

He said he suspected involvement of an external player that motivated or forced Kenyan authorities to violate international laws or human rights in the case of the unlawful deportations.

Dak’s deportation was condemned by UN and human rights bodies around the world who called for his release from prison where he faced the death penalty for working against the government of President Salva Kiir. 

In their report to the United Nations Security Council in April 2017, the UN Panel of Experts condemned Dak’s deportation and cited a Kenyan official for "inciting violence" in South Sudan. The official wrote on his Facebook account, mocking Dak on the day of his deportation to Juba and telling him to " say hi to Mathiang Anyoor", a reference to a militia force from the Dinka ethnic group. 

Dak, however, said he is ready to forgive all those who were responsible for his kidnapping and commended South Sudan’s leadership for signing the revitalized peace agreement.

The former spokesman, who spent two years in prison, was pardoned by President Kiir on peace celebration day in Juba on 31 October 2018 in accordance with the revitalized peace deal he signed with Machar.

He is currently in Khartoum, Sudan, awaiting his travel to Sweden to reunite with his family he hasn’t seen in years. 

(ST) 

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  • 24 February 23:03, by Pakuai

    Mr. Gadet Dak
    Should just keeps his treasonous mouth shut and move on with his sorry life. He is lucky to have been let go. No more let traitors and foreign puppets getting away with crimes some of these days.

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    • 25 February 07:18, by Pakuai

      I thought idiots like Mr. Gadet Dak were so smart like his boss, Mr. Riek Machar to be rooting for them when they have been shown a number of times to be no ones, but bunch of fools with fake PhDs with no absolute qualms for what they had done to South Sudan and the South Sudanese people, but to be South Sudanese people leaders at all costs by using their Nuer fools as their step block and their Ngundeng Buong magic and superstitions. Fellows, be very careful. That Mr. Riek Machar would come back to South Sudan to come and take up his vice presidency in *May, after our mighty SPLM/A, 16/05/2019???* And there is an English bitch, called Theresa May. An evil woman we hate their country and what their country stand for to death>>>

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      • 25 February 07:29, by Pakuai

        This evil English woman call Theresa May as ’in May’ even came to South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. Her devil infested Leland of England have their ’army base in Nanyuki and Laikipia’ and these British army were the ones which used to drop weapons and munitions to Mr. Riek Machar here in Jonglei state. We have informed our Kenyan fools to remove the evils and it they don’t remove them, then we are going and to remove them by force out of Nanyuki and Laikipia. This same evil English witch even went to Egypt>>>>

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        • 25 February 07:37, by Pakuai

          There is a Europeans countries meeting in ’Sham El Sheik’ and this English witch is their with their gulf Arab states countries, their evil juus (so-called Israelis) and some of their creeps in between. I don’t know whether these Europeans and arabs consider Egypt part of their civilization? My guess is, they think, Egypt is Europeans or Arab country. Libya, Tunisia, Elgeria, Morocco and Saudi Arabia are considered high human beings than the so-called ’Sub Sarahan Africa’>>>>>

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          • 25 February 07:50, by Pakuai

            The US, the UK, their evil juus (so-called Israelis) attack dogs, cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Abeshas (so-called ethioipians), even some Bantus and other evils around the world are considered superior than us. And low lives like some of our Nuers and others chirping like birds for these monsters to be welcomed into our country. But these are the fools who would wake up like spook birds later after their evils take their villages like our North Sudan, Southern Egypt, our Gambella region, Nanyuki, Laikipia; some parts of Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, South Africa or Namibia; but not a single village of the Dinkas/Monyjiengs would be occupied by these vermin, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM>>>

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          • 25 February 07:56, by Midit Mitot

            Pakaui,

            I never seen such a idiots like you propagates nonsense against Dr Machar like this. Be realistic and mindful please!

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    • 25 February 07:42, by Midit Mitot

      Pakuai,

      Your traumatized pussy is now driving you out of senses, Gatdet Dak has right to express his opinion since such a Kenyan commander does not protect civilians, refer this to 1948 Universal Declaration of Human right (UDHR), read it well and you will get every rights @Yaaaaaa nincompoop.

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      • 25 February 07:59, by Pakuai

        And who was killing you fools in South Sudan? In 1991, your gat Machar staged an aimless coup and ran to our arch enemy, cloned so-called arab North Sudan and you Nuer me Nyantoc later lie through your foolish teeth that you were targeted by the Jaangs. Mr. Midit tot, don’t call people who know better than you losers and fake PhD doctors like Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol and other bunch of losers who believe in magic and Ngundeng Buong superstitions. Chap, watch your language.

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        • 25 February 08:17, by Midit Mitot

          Pakaui,
          I know how to counsel someone has been affected by pyriotic, be honest and have reasoning capacity if you are learned person. In 1991 you forks were airing-out nonsense to the world that Dr Machar killed you in Bor and yet no proves then. In 2013 Juba genocide had witness by the whole world with so many evidents @Yaaaah fools.

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          • 25 February 12:49, by Malakal county Simon

            Midiit/mitot

            Pakuai is a monnybor drug addicts who need a serious medical attention.... Let’s him sing the 91 song and blah blah until he will get tired!!

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            • 25 February 12:55, by Malakal county Simon

              Cont....

              He is not happy that the two leaders have compromised their differences in order to end the suffering of our ordinary citizens.... He is an enemy of peace and enemy of South Sudan at large need to be get ride-off by any chance!!

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