GATDET Dies in Khartoum

General Peter Gatdet Yak (file photo)

By Woja Emmanuel

One of South Sudan’s powerful generals Peter Gatdet Yak has died in Khartoum Sudan A friend and liberation colleague of the late, Gathoth Gathuoth Hothnyang Chairman of Interim Governing Council (IGC) of SPLM-IO in TGNoNU confirmed to Juba Monitor yesterday.

Gathuoth said that General Gatdet was admitted for few days in a hospital in Khartoum before his demise on Monday.

He said that details of the sickness that led to his death had not been verified yet.

“The general was sick for some days and yesterday (Monday) the sickness became very serious.He passed on in a hospital in Khartoum,” Gathuoth said through phone .

In a statement earlier, Gathouth expressed profound condolence to President Salva Kiir, the people of South Sudan and the family of the late general.

Gathouth described the late as one of the cornerstone who selflessly served and champion the interest of the people of the country.

“Gadget’s demise has taken away one of our pillar and cornerstone leaders who has selflessly served and champion the interests of the people of South Sudan and his community in general,” Gathuoth said

Gathuoth added that the country would make arrangements for Gen. Gadget’s body to be flown to his home town in Bentiu for burial .

Peter Gatdet Yak was a signatory to the Revitalized peace agreement signed on September 12th in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa.

Gatdet was a former Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) general who was before his demise, the leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), a rebel movement.

General Gatdet 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.

In April 2011 Gatdet emerged as leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), a new militia.

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

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

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