SPLA-IO commander General Gawar Manyok dies while on duty

General Gawar Manyok. [Photo courtesy]
General Gawar Manyok. [Photo courtesy]

JUBA, OCTOBER 3, 2023 (SUDANS POST) – South Sudan main armed opposition SPLA-IO commander and the group’s director of finance and administration General Stephen Gawar Manyok died on Monday at his duty station in Upper Nile state.

According to a statement issued by First Vice President and leader of the main armed opposition group Riek Machar, General Gawar died at the SPLA-IO headquarters in Dhiel of Upper Nile State after a short illness.

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“General Stephen Gawar Manyok passed on early this morning at 2:00 AM Monday 2nd October 2023. He suddenly died in Diel at the GHQS of SPLM/SPLA(IO) of which he was in command,” the statement reads in part.

“He died at age of sixty-one. His body has been taken to Malakal and is now laying in UMISS mortuary awaiting to be transported to Ayod where he will be laid to rest,” the statement added.

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General Gawar is a well-known army commander who was among the SPLA commanders during the war, Machar said.

“General Gawar was a dedicated and experienced leader who played a key role in the peace process. He will be deeply missed,” Machar added.

He was a company commander for the Wolf Battalion and then served as commissioner of Ayod County in Jonglei State, his home state, following the signing of the CPA in 2005.

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He was appointed to become the SPLA-IO director of administration and finance in March 2021.