South Sudan rebel leader and son killed
LEADING South Sudanese rebel commander Gabriel Tanginye has been killed following a heated argument between opposition groups over the objectives of the armed struggle in the world’s newest country – and competing allegiances.
The Sudan Tribune reported that Tanginye was killed last week during a clash.
The skirmish also claimed the lives of more than 20 others amid disputed circumstances as to what exactly took place.
Military spokesmen representing two rebel leaders, Lam Akol and Riek Machar, confirmed his death.
Tanginye withdrew his support for Dr Riek Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army In Opposition, opting to remain one of the holdout rebel commanders on the South Sudan-Sudan border when the conflict resumed in 2013.
He also failed to return to the capital Juba with Machar after the August 2015 peace agreement had been signed.
Some reports say that he later joined Akol’s forces, although other reports refute this, saying he was only in the area under the control of Akol’s commander, Yohanis Okech.
Okech’s headquarters came under attack last Wednesday by a group allied to Machar, which resulted in the clash leading to the loss of lives, including Tanginye and his son.
The clash was reportedly a result of an internal conflict between Okich and Johnson Olony, the commander allied to Riek Machar forces in the area.
Political tensions continue to divide South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement party as well. – ANA