South Sudan warlord Gen Peter Gadet dies in Khartoum

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Gen Gadet with his bodyguards

South Sudan warlord Gen Peter Gadet  Yak is reported to have died  in the volatile Sudan capital, Khartoum.

According to sources, Gadet suddenly died of a heart attack on Monday evening at about 8PM Khartoum time (9PM Juba time).

Other reports say Gadet, whose Generals recently defected back to the Juba government, has been sick for over three weeks now.

His tribe mates confirm Gadet is gone but his family members have not yet spoken out on the incident.

The brutal warlord switched sides more than 30 times between 1983—2016 during the Second War of Liberation and the current civil war.

Gadet’s long list of atrocities dates back to mid-1970s. Recently, he oversaw second Bor Massacre 2014 under the leadership of South Sudan first Vice President Riek Machar.

Profile

Peter Gatdet Yak (or Gadet) is a former Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) general who is now the leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), a rebel movement in South Sudan.

He was born between 1957 and 1959 in Mayom County, South Sudan.

Career

General Gadet was a member of the South Sudan Defence Forces (SSDF) during the Second Sudanese Civil War.

He joined the SPLA after the Juba Declaration of 8 January 2006, but said that he was marginalized and that the army was dominated by tribal nepotism.

In April 2011, Gadet emerged as leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), a new militia demanding a more broadly-based government.

In Unity State, he began an assault on the SPLA, leaving at least 45 people dead.

According to the military, 20 of the victims were southern army soldiers.

In August 2011, SSLA’s spokesperson has said that the movement has declared a ceasefire with the government.

Gadet integrated his forces into the army and became the 8th Division Commander.

South Sudanese Civil War

Amidst the South Sudanese Civil War, he mutinied again and his mainly Nuer militia claimed control of Bor, South Sudan. Riek Machar claims Gadet has been installed as military governor of Jonglei.

In July 2014, the European Union imposed sanctions on Gadet accusing him of leading an attack of the town of Bentiu, in which about 400 people were killed in the 2014 Bentiu massacre.

On 11 August 2015, Gabriel Tang, Gathoth Gatkuoth, the former SPLM-IO logistics chief, and Peter Gadet, announced that they had split from Riek Machar, believing him to be “seeking power for himself”.

They rejected ongoing peace talks and announced that they would now combat Riek Machar’s forces in addition to government forces, saying, “They (Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir) are symbols of hate, division and failed leadership, both leaders were responsible for starting the crisis.”

Gathoth Gatkuoth states he wishes for a President who is neither Dinka nor Nuer. Gatkuoth states that he intends to register his group as a political group called the “Federal Democratic Party”.

Peter Gadet became Chairman of the Military Command Council of FDP/South Sudan Armed Forces.

Personal life

He is an ethnic Nuer. His wife is the daughter of Gatluak Gai, a rebel general.

He is also on the board of advisers of the US-based Jarch Management Group, which has obtained oil concessions on large areas of land in South Sudan.

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