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Machar ally forced to apologize after calling for investigation into Manawa’s death

Machar ally forced to apologize after calling for investigation into Manawa’s death

SPLM-IO member of National Liberation Council Dut Majokdit. [Photo via Facebook]

JUBA – A senior member of South Sudan’s main armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) has apparently been forced to apologize by the group’s leadership after calling for investigation into death of Manawa Peter Gatkuoth.

Gatkuoth who is also the minister of water resources and irrigation in the unity government and the spokesman of the main armed opposition group died on Sunday morning under unclear circumstances in the Egyptian capital Cairo where he was flown in for a medical emergency related to his chest.

Dut Majokdit, senior SPLM-IO member and close ally of First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar, told Sudans Post from Northern Bahr el Ghazal state capital Aweil that the main armed opposition group will not leave the death of the minister uninvestigated.

“The movement under the chairman and commander in chief Dr. Riek Machar Teny will not let this go without investigation. This surprise death of Comrade Manawa will be done in a way that will tell the public, the people of South Sudan in general and the SPLM-IO membership in particular the circumstances of his death,” he told Sudans Post Sunday afternoon.

But in a statement to Sudans Post this afternoon, Majokdit who is also the Chairperson of Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) for Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, said he was misquoted by the media and apologized for calling for investigation into Gatkuoth’s death.

“I apologize for being misquoted as saying that the SPLM (IO) will investigate the surprise death of Hon. Manawa Peter Gatkuoth Gual. I am here to extend my sincere heartfelt condolences to his family and comrades in the struggle,” he said in the statement.

Source: Sudan Post.

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