Kiir frees Machar spokesperson James Gatdet

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James Gatdet Dak

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered the release of James Gatdet and South African’s national, William Endley.

The two will be set free tomorrow on Thursday, according to Eye Radio.

During his Peace Celebration Day speech, Kiir announced the release of two political detainees Dak [former Machar spokesperson] and Endley Who served as a security advisor to Machar.

Kiir said although Gatdet has been sentenced to death, his release is for the sake of peace.

In November 2016, Dak was deported by Kenyan officials over issues related to a Facebook post in which he expressed support for the removal of Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, the Kenyan top officer in the UN mission in South Sudan.

Endley, the South African retired army colonel, will be deported to his home country.

He was also sentenced to death early this year on charges of espionage, conspiracy to overthrow the government and supplying weapons.

He was arrested in the capital Juba by national security agents on 18 August 2016.

Machar while addressing the celebrations called for the release of all political detainees, lifting of the state of emergency and political parties’ freedom.

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