The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) on Wednesday said James Dak, the spokesperson of the rebel leader Riek Machar, went missing after he was apprehended in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
This is coming as Kenyan government Wednesday decided to withdraw its troops from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in protest of a UN decision to sack the Kenyan force commander.
Based on the conclusions of an internal report on UNMISS failure to protect civilians last July, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon relieved Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki of Kenya from his position as force commander and proposed to Nairobi to appoint another general to replace him.
The SPLM-IO said Gatdet was kidnapped by unkown gunmen in Nairobi.
“The office of the Sudan’s People Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition would like to regrettably announce the disappearance of James Gatdet Dak, the official spokesperson in the office of the chairman and commander in chief of SPLM/A-IO,” Dickson Gatluak Jock SPLA-IO Deputy Spokesperson said in a statement.
“James Gatdet was kidnapped this afternoon around 4: 00PM by Unknown gunmen dressed in Uniform who came to his house in Nairobi Kenya. After picking him, his whereabouts is unknown up to this time”, adds the statement.
Attempts by Sudan Tribune to reach Dak from last evening were unsuccessful as his known telephone numbers were switched off.
The SPLM-IO has accused South Sudanese security service of alleged involvement in Dak’s kidnapping and called on the Kenyan authorities to intervene so he is released.
The vocal rebel spokesperson, on Tuesday, published a Facebook statement welcoming the removal by the United Nations Secretary General of Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki of Kenya from his position as the UNMISS force commander.