Bedridden Machar Rushed To South Africa Treatment

South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar

Bedridden Machar Rushed To South Africa Treatment

By Serestino Tusingwire

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar on Tuesday left Sudan’s Khartoum for South Africa to seek further medical treatment.

The war lord has been getting medical attention in Khartoum for a period close to two months but his health remained in a bad state which forced him run to South Africa for further treatment.

The former South Sudan first vice-president addressed the press at the Khartoum airport before his departure.

“I thank the government of Sudan for the hospitality and I want to announce here that I am heading to South Africa for medical treatment,” said Dr Machar.

The rebel leader recently declared that he would work to bring down the government of President Salva Kiir.

His pronouncement occasioned a diplomatic row between Juba and Khartoum, but the latter has reassured that it would not allow any aggression or opposition activities against South Sudan from its territories.

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