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LEFT: Former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar. RIGHT: James Gatdet Dak
LEFT: Former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar. RIGHT: James Gatdet Dak

Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) spokesman James Gatdet Dak, who was arrested at his Nairobi residence on Wednesday, is being held at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport police station.

Mr Dak is likely to be deported any time from now.

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Plain-clothes police picked him up from his house in the posh Lavington estate in Nairobi on Wednesday at around 4pm.

“They claimed to be Kenyan national security agents. When James asked them … the reason behind his summon, they replied they were going to discuss it in their offices,” Lam Jock, a representative of SPLM-IO Riek Machar in Kenya, told Nation.co.ke after the arrest.

He said the men refused to allow an SPLM-IO official to accompany Mr Dak.


The arrest came weeks after Kenyan MPs threatened to push for the freezing of assets that Dr Machar and President Salva Kiir own in Nairobi in a bid to force them to restore peace in Juba.

Kenya on Wednesday also announced it will withdraw its troops from South Sudan, a day after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sacked Lt-Gen Johnson Ondieki as the commander of the UN Mission in South Sudan.

The announcement follows an official UN report that said he had failed to protect civilians during the violence in Juba in July.

The Kenyan government disputed the claims, saying the responsibility to protect civilians could not be borne by an individual, given the complex nature of the conflict.


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