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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The spokesperson for Riek Machar, the former vice-president of South Sudan has been deported by the Kenyan government.

James Gatdet Dak was deported to South Sudan’s capital Juba after the Kenyan government cancelled his visa. The BBC reported that James Gatdet Dak was deported on Thursday evening.

James Gatdet Dak acted as a spokesperson for South Sudan's former Vice-President Riek Machar. Photo credit: AFP
James Gatdet Dak acted as a spokesperson for South Sudan’s former Vice-President Riek Machar. Photo credit: AFP

Mr Gatdet is also reported by the AP news agency to have been sent out of Kenya for posting comments on Facebook that supported the sacking of the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, Lt Gen Kimani Ondieki, a Kenyan commander by the UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday.

The commander was indicted by a UN report that stated that troops under Kimani Ondieke failed to help aid workers after their compound was attacked in July.

The AP reports that there are fears among rebels loyal to Mr. Riek Machar that the deported Gatdet Dak could face imminent death.

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Mr. Machar in a statement condemned the deportation of his spokesperson.

He said “[In a] telephone conversation with the Deputy President William Ruto, I appealed that James Gatdet Dak should not be deported to Juba due to profound fear for his life. I also spoke to the Attorney General and attempted to speak with the Minister of Foreign Affairs.I alerted them that James Gatdet Dak was an urban refugee under the protection of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Kenya. Unfortunately, my appeal was ignored.”




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