S. Sudanese rebels dismiss alleged arrest of their leaders in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, 13 April  2014 (WIC) - The South Sudanese rebel SPLM-In-Opposition have dismissed speculations that some of their leaders were allegedly arrested by Ethiopian authorities in the country’s western region of Gambella, Sudan Tribune reported.


Social media was awash with reports that South Sudan’s ex-minister for wildlife conservation and tourism, Gabriel Changson Chang and Makuach Teny, the former youth and sports minister were arrested this week by the regional government in Gambella.


The reports further alleged that Chang was arrested on 12 April, while Teny on 10 April and that both were put in prison in Gambella town for allegedly trying to deliver fuel to the rebels.


Both men are members of the rebel group led by ex-vice president, Riek Machar.


However, Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, dismissed the story as a "concocted lie."


"Gabriel Changson is one of the leading members of our delegation at the peace talks in Addis Ababa. He was warmly welcomed in Gambella town by the regional authorities. He is free. Meanwhile Makuach Teny is in one of our bases in Upper Nile state", Dak told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.


"Besides that, we don’t receive logistics from Ethiopia, but we get it from surrendering and defecting SPLA soldiers", he said, adding that the two leaders were also not the ones handling logistics for the fighters.

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