Updated at 4:07Am, March 23, 2015(PST)March 23, 2015 (Nyamilepedia)— The embattled SPLA former Chief of General Staff, Gen. James Gathoth Mai, has allegedly escaped from Juba to Nairobi following the arrest warrant issued against him and two of his colleagues by President Salva Kiir a couple of days ago.
An insider, who preferred anonymity due to fear of reprisal, confirmed to Nyamilepedia via a cellphone call that the General has last night narrowly escaped using a private vehicle to Kenya border where another vehicle came from Kenya and picked him up from the border and safely dropped him off to Nairobi this morning.
Other Generals whose names also appeared in the same list include; General Pieng Deng Majok, the Inspector General of South Sudan Police service, and Maj. Gen. Mac Paul, the former chief of Military Intelligence.
Maj. Gen Mac Paul immediately left the country after being fired for denying the December coup allegations, however, General Pieng Deng is still roaming within South Sudan Capital, Juba, waiting for his fateful time with trepidations.
General Gathoth Mai attempted self imposed exile and sought asylum in Australia after being fired in April 2014, unfortunately the general was promptly deported by Australian Authority after dragging unnecessary attention to a peaceful neighborhood where his relatives lived.
Upon his arrival in Juba, Gathoth Mai was appointed as the chairman of loyal Nuer Community, also known as “Nuer Wew”, for his security and safety. However, following a confidential meeting between the president and heads of security service three days ago, Hoth has reportedly evacuated the country for the second time.
Juba has been a big prison for many politicians and military generals, particularly the opposition party leaders and honest military officials, who refutes the government accounts on the conflict.
It is yet to be verified if this abrupt departure was coincidental, however, the insider report hints that Nairobi may not be a safe haven for the former officials as Juba may extend its surveillance to Nairobi, Kampala and Addis Ababa.
It is not yet clear whether Nairobi will be the final destination for the former Chief of Staff, however, the Kenyan capital has been a home away from home for many exiled politicians including Maj. Gen. Mac Paul, the former Chief of Military Intelligence.
These arrest warrants are believed to have been triggered by the leaked report of African Union, the AUCISS which was seen by Reuters and Nyamilepedia.
The draft did not auger well with President Salva Kiir, who later accused his former friends of letting him down by telling a version that contradicts and exposes the ethnic cleansing in Juba, which later triggered the ongoing violence in many parts of the country.
The intelligence confirmed that President Salva Kiir has ordered freezing of properties of those whom he believed to have betrayed him.
Latest reports from Kampala, Uganda, confirmed that properties and vehicles have been confiscated already in Kampala and this is expected to follow shortly in Nairobi, Kenya. These include bank accounts, buildings and any vehicle with South Sudan plate numbers.
Apart from the three Generals, crackdown on the lower ranked SPLA officers and politicians who gave information to AUCISS is said to have kicked off, and many are escaping from Juba to any safe haven they can find.
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