Sources said that Riek escaped using a boat reaching Adok at weekend as fighting intensified in Jonglei and Unity states.
Makuei told South Sudan Television that “Machar managed to escape. He used his boat along the Nile and ended up in his village of Adok and went into Bentiu.”
Meanwhile, South Sudan Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin stated that government of South Sudan is committed to talk to VP Riek with his loyalists without preconditions.
Minister Marial confirmed that “it was under the command of Machar that Maj-Gen Peter Gadet Yak controls Bor town and at the same time under his command that Maj-Gen James Koang Chuol controls Bentiu, the oil rich state.”
Since the failed coup attempt on December 15, South Sudan government is receiving senior diplomats trying to broker peace.
The leadership of South Sudan under command of incumbent President Salva Kiir Mayardit accepted to dialogue without preconditions.