Breaking News: South Sudan National Army Hit By New Defection

Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers at Jonglei’s Bor airport in after they re-captured the town from rebel forces in January 2014 (AFP)

Soldiers from South Sudan army (Photo/AFP).

November 04, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— South Sudan national army has been hit by a new defection in Juba yesterday, a source within SPLA Tiger Battalion who wants to remain anonymous for safety concerns has informed Nyamilepedia news desk.

Captain Kuet Puok from Tiger Battalion has defected with 60 well armed troops to SPLM/A-IO under the leadership of former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon.

This news desk has also learned that Captain Puok is well received by Lt. General John Jok Gai, Central Equatoria Sector Commander. Captain Puok defected from Juba with his troops at 17:45 hours with light and heavy machine guns but the government decided not to pursue them for the fear that the pursuit may have triggered reinforcement from rebels.

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Although no one knows what caused the defection within Tiger Battalion in Juba, Gai Yak, a lawyer by training who defected together with Captain Kuet Puok is immediate relative to Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak who was unlawfully deported to Juba yesterday by Kenyan authorities.

It has to be established whether Puok’s defection to SPLM/A-IO has any correlation with Gatdet’s deportation. James Gatdet is currently under custody of South Sudan national security and his fate is unknown at the time of writing this report.

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6 comments

  • Those people are playing seek and hid because one in the government hand and the other leave one the government. Good luck for your defection, time will come when we will realize the important of being together talking with common voice instead of playing both game.

  • kiir deserve to step down because increases defections. he will never manage to bring south Sudanese together. deportation of Dak will bring more defection an anarchy in south Sudan mark my words…

  • We thought Uhuru was an upright man who stood for justice. It is unbelievable that a son of a respected Liberator could be shamefully. It is a betrayal of human rights priciples.

  • Learn it from now, East Africa communities are getting tired about South Sudanese rebellion and they wanted to distancing themselves. Be aware also the rest of the SPLA I0 neither generals nor politicians will soon be deported back to Juba. It can happen at any time in any country starting Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Sudan and Egypt. Maybe the former vice president will be caught up one day and taken to Juba put that in mind because people are getting tired about rebellion of South Sudanese.

  • Its good you just watch the space, south Sudan politics, still maturing

  • If defected alot, what benefit will you get on defectation? it caused damages to everyone.