An unconfirmed report from Khartoum, Sudan alleges that the SPLA-IO Chief of staff Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual and Cdr. James Koang Chuol have been detained by Sudan’s security at a secret location in Khartoum. Accordingly to the source in Khartoum the arrest came after Riek Machar requested Sudan’s President, Omar El Bashir to arrest and detained SPLA-IO Chief of Staff. Riek Machar has
“Riek Machar has authorized Sudanese National Security not to allow both generals to go to Pagak the stronghold of rebels and other areas where rebels are base,” the source said.
The source alleges that the reasons behind the arrest of Gen Simon Gatwech and Cdr Koang Chuol was Machar’s master plans to keep both generals away from IO’s areas beacuse Riek fears that the generals would take over and sideline him.
“He did that because if both generals had got a chance to reach rebels areas. They should sack him from the movement and they should take over the leadership of the SPLM/SPLA-IO. Last week Gen Gatwech Dual attempted to go to Lou Nuer where he’s hailed from and he was denied a flight at Khartoum Airport with Helicopter,” he added.