The two rebel commanders sacked from their positions a few weeks ago have decided not to resist their dismissal, but instead take time off and (in pursuit of knowledge) arm themselves with only pens and books for post-doctoral studies in Resource Management and Governance as a tool for Conflict Prevention, Execution and/or Resolution at an undisclosed university abroad.

According to the statement bearing the surprising news, the two commanders Gen. Gathoth Gatkouth and Gen. Peter Gatdet (both former deputy chiefs of general staff for logistics and operations respectively) have long wanted to share and further their field-experience in an academic forum.

The news came as a great relief after regional political observers feared and predicted (and Juba hoped) that the sacked war-lords would forcefully resist their dismissal and start an infighting in the already not-so-orderly rebel camp.

Among the list of universities rumoured to have considered and accepted the duo is the renowned Harvard University’s Ash Centre for Democratic Governance and Innovation; Nairobi University and two other universities in South Africa.

However a spokesperson from Harvard’s Ash Centre told Saakam that Harvard had considered Gen. Peter Gatdet as a subject of a post-doctoral study but not as a student.

Peter Gatdet become a person of interest to us primarily as a career rebel and a fighter with no clear national cause. He seems to have mastered the art of violently switching allegiance over and over again and getting away with previous crimes when he switches back – he is a living resource that makes for a good research subject.

“Peter Gatdet become a person of interest to us primarily as a career rebel and a fighter with no clear national cause. He seems to have mastered the art of violently switching allegiance over and over again and getting away with previous crimes when he switches back – he is a living resource that makes for a good research subject.”

During the Sudan civil war, Peter Gatdet had fought for and against the SPLA and the government switching side at least 4 times.

It is yet unclear in what capacity the commanders will part-take in the post-doctoral studies but the statement circulating in the internet seem to suggest they will be actively researching and discussing scientific findings with fellow academicians in the field.

Asked about the travel ban and asset freeze impose on them by the UN backed global sanctions, Gen Gathoth said he is hopeful it will be lifted now that they are pursuing a less bloody means of doing the same.

These sanctions are completely negative to our academic quest for a holistic and scientific solution to our own problems

“These sanctions are completely negative to our academic quest for a holistic and scientific solution to our own problems, ” said the would-be-doctor in Governance as a tool for Conflict Prevention, Execution and/or Resolution.

Based on their field-experience, the study is expected to take not more than 30 months.

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