George Athor

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Lieutenant General George Athor was a leader of rebel group in South Sudan. He rebelled against the Government right after the April 2010 elections over the gubernatorial position of Jonglei state.

On 19 December 2011, George Athor was killed at about 18:00 by the SPLA border patrol at Morobo County-Central Equatoria State when infiltrating South Sudan from Rwanda.

The Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan Riek Machar Teny in a press briefing on 20 December 2011 announced that the killing of George Athor was not in the plans of the Government as they had declared general amnesty to all rebel groups in the bushes of South Sudan. He said that the death of George Athor and one of his soldiers is a result of a clash with the SPLA while coming from Rwanda, driving through the eastern borders of Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda to recruit in Central Equatoria state.

On 22 December 2011, Uganda has denied allegations that it was involved in the killing of George Athor. The South Sudan's Democratic Movement (SSDM/A) issued a statement alleging that Uganda president Yoweri Musevini conspired against Athor and helped SPLA in the killing of Athor.

George Athor was masquerading as a Kenyan citizen according to the military sources. A forged Kenyan passport bearing number A1760009 under the name of Samuel Otieno Ger was found when he was killed. The issue date on the passport was found to be November 23, 2011 and would expire in November 2012. However, according to the new rules, Kenyan passports would be issued for a time span of 10 years. Several other anomalies were found on the passport obtained.

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