“The guy whose name was written as Mut Bach Thoch is actually Mun Bach, a criminal dismissed by the movement long time ago. He never held any military rank. He was arrested here in Pagak in 2015 due to his criminal activities and sent to prison. He was released then and went to Gambella. He has never been given any rank of anything. where does he get all these titles from? We dont reward criminals. Another guy they said was a captain by the name Thiol Kier. That guy often loiters between Pagak , Itang and Gambella. He’s in fact an Ethiopian because all his family and himself were born and raised in Ethiopia. They said he used to be a bus driver between Gambella and Itang then. We have nothing with him if the regime of Salva Kiir want to take him because he has nothing to do with us” – Bol Khor, an army officer in Pagak told this paper on saturday.
The leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) would like to inform the people of South Sudan and the world at large that none of the generals from SPLA/IO in Pagak defected to Taban affiliated group. This is a groundless report with no evident. In fact, we in the SPLA-IO were surprised to learn through Sudan Tribune online publication that three generals from SPLA/IO Joint Taban Deng’s group. To be categorical, it is for this reason that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA-IO) would also like to inform the public that there was absolutely no one defected from Pagak military base and I hope Taban’s faction was not consulted well on the content of the report.
The claimed officers including Michael Paul Dak, Mun Bach Thoch and Dobuol Wuor Diew are not even known in our military camps or assigned in Pagak GHQs.” – Major Dickson said on his Facebook page.
Military officers in the area of Pagak also dismissed the existence of the defected men in division 5, rubbishing it as propaganda and an initiative by Taban groups to incite a Nuer-nuer war.