Defected General “Feels at Home”, Promises To Lead in the Struggle
April 14, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Brig. Gen. Gabriel Gatwech Puoch Maar, a renegade who recently joined the armed rebellion in expense of his family and comrades under Salva Kiir leadership, thanks the community and promises to lead in the rebellion.
The former Chief Administrator of 5th division, Anthropologist Gatwech, is pleased by the overwhelming welcome extended to him by the IO supporters, and Nuer community all over the world.
“Let me take this opportunity to thanks the Nuer Community all over the world for overwhelmingly welcoming me without hesitation to the people’s movement the SPLM/SPLA under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny” Gatwech said.
Gen. Gatwech acknowledges the efforts of SPLM/SPLA[IO] in fighting the regime, and promises to resume his duties with immediate effect to restore law and order, and to install federalism in the country under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
“As a professional soldier, I shall assume my duty without hesitation, and that I shall fully participate in fixing the system of governance of your choice (Federalism)”. Gatwech pledged.
The former top security officer further pledges his readiness to carry out any other roles assigned by Dr. Machar’s leadership to free the country from Salva Kiir’s regime.
“I would also like to inform you that I am ready and I shall consider any responsibility that shall be entrusted to me by the leadership of the SPLM/SPLA and I will do anything in order to free the people of South Sudan from the hand of the dictator in Juba” Gen. Gatwech promises.
Dr. Machar has acknowledged having had an important meeting with Gen. Gatwech and Cde Agel Ring Machar, a youth representative from Salva Kiir’s home area.
“Today i held a very important meeting with Gen.Gabriel Gatwech Puoch and Cde Agel Ring Machar” Dr. Machar acknowledges on his social media.
Gen. Gatwech, a brother to embattled Upper Nile State’s governor, Simon Kun Puoch, like many other South Sudanese, is leaving behind family members, friends and comrades under Salva Kiir’s leadership, however, he apologizes and promises to rescue the country and others whom he believes to be trapped in the conflict.
During the earlier split in 1991, Gatwech remained behind with SPLM-Torit under the leadership of Dr. John Garang de Mabior and Gen. Salva Kiir, however, he later defected to Dr. Machar’s leadership and teamed up with brother Kun and many others who left the movement in quest for Self determination that was later achieved after two decades (20 years) in 2011.
Brigadier Gatwech, who outgrown his comrades in ranks during the split, was recently left out of promotion list to ranks of Major General. He further cites critical manipulation of SPLA’s DAMN records and constant preaching of hate speech against his Nuer tribe by government officials on the state owned television as his major grievances to defect the government.