James Gatdet back on duty, reinstated as Press Secretary in the FVP’s Office
May 4, 2020 (Thessherald)-South Sudan’s First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar has reinstated James Gatdet Dak as Press Secretary or Head of Press Unit in the First Vice President’s Office, a position he held for years before he was kidnapped in Kenya in 2016.
While announcing that the office of the First Vice-president is about to be established, Gatdet urges members of the public to stay informed of the latest developments on South Sudan by liking and following the newly created official Facebook page of the First Vice President.
“As The First Vice President’s Office is currently establishing a Press Unit (Office of the Press Secretary), I am delighted to inform the wider public that from today, Monday, May 4, 2020, my Office, as Press Secretary, will be publishing official events, Press releases, news stories, or any other relevant activity eminating from the Office of the First Vice President, H. E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny, and other relevant official activities from the Presidency, on the newly created official Page as shared below,” he announced.
“I have therefore invited you all to like and follow the Page so as to make it easy for you to timely see any popped up story from The First Vice President’s Office.”
Kidnapped in Kenya and locked behind bars in the capital, Juba for two years – Gatdet was released from prison under a presidential pardon in November 2018 following the signing of the current peace agreement and has not been reinstated to his previous position since then.
Immediately upon his release from prison, Gatdet launched a 116-page handbook recounting and reflecting on his abduction in Kenya and the suffering he had gone through while in detention in the capital, Juba at the National Security Service’s detention facility.