A senior member of the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In-Opposition (SPLM-IO) has died in Norway, the group’s leader said.
Daniel Wuor Joak, representative of the SPLM-IO rebel group to Norway, died of liver cancer on April 20.
South Sedan’s rebel leader Riek Machar said,”On my behalf and family, and on behalf of the SPLM/SPLA-IO, I am conveying our deep condolences to the family of Cde Daniel Wuor Joak who passed away on 20 April in Oslo, Norway.”
Machar said Wuor Joak had been a staunch supporter of self-determination and independence of South Sudan. “Cde Daniel Wuor Joak leaves a big void in our diplomatic work,” reads Machar’s statement in part.
The prominent opposition leader pointed out that Wuor Joak was a veteran of the liberation struggle and independence of South Sudan.
“The passing on of Cde Daniel Wuor Joak is untimely and a saddening news for the comrades in struggle and the family,” said another senior opposition official on his Facebook page.
Wuor, who hailed from Eastern Jikany Nuer, wrote a book entitled “The Rise and Fall of SPLM/SPLA Leadership” which provides lively and descriptive narratives of key leaders of the South Sudanese revolutions, with special attention to the debates and issues that make South Sudan’s history relevant to both contemporary South Sudanese and wider audiences.
Wuor Joak was a historian and influential politician.
Rebels reveal a $5 million alleged plot to kill Malong
Members of South Sudan’s United Front, a rebel group led by former army chief Gen. Paul Malong, claimed they have discovered a $5 million alleged plot to kill their leader.
Sunday de John, a spokesman for the South Sudan United Front (SSUF), told Radio Tamazuj on Friday that the alleged plot to assassinate Gen. Paul Malong and his associates originated with National Security Service (NSS).
“Last week, National Security Service had requested the president’s office to approve $5 million. But an amount of $850,000 was approved as the first installment because they said no money in the bank right now,” Sunday said.
“We know the person in charge of the plot, but we do not want to reveal the name. She is a senior South Sudanese government official working in Nairobi,” he added.
The rebel official said they will exert efforts to fail the plot.”The lady tasked to implement the plot is in Nairobi to bribe agents so that they kill us,” Sunday alleged.
For his part, President Kiir’s spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny dismissed the allegations that the government had rolled out a security strategy aimed at assassinating the former military chief, Paul Malong Awan.
“These are pure lies … It is not a South Sudanese culture to assassinate political and armed opponents,” Ateny said.
Gen. Paul Malong, who was sacked last May and placed under house arrest before being released in November 2017, formed a rebel movement last month to challenge President Salva Kiir.
The government claimed recently that it had paid Paul Malong during his time in office, $5 million as part of a plot to assassinate the country’s main opposition leader Riek Machar in July 2016.