By John Actually
May 3, 2011 (BOR) – A South Sudan army official said the rebel Gabriel Tanginya has been under house arrest in the South Sudan capital, Juba since he was flown there late last month, waiting for charges to be brought against him.
- Gabriel Tanginy during a visit to the Unity State last year (AP)
In an interview with Sudan Tribune, Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesman, Colonel Philip Aguer said Tanginya has been under house arrest since he landed in Juba on 26 April 2011.
Tanginya, on 25 April voluntarily surrendered to the SPLA forces, saying he wanted to continue with the reintegration process of his forces in the South Sudan army, which was interrupted by the “unexpected” clashes on Saturday 23 April at Kaldak assembly area, Jonglei. The clashes resulted in the deaths of 57 people.
On April 26, Tanginya was flown to Juba under heavy SPLA security where he was received by some high ranking SPLA generals who finally led him to where he would stay under house arrest while the military justice prepares for charges to be made against him.
The SPLA spokesman, Aguer, told Sudan Tribune “Gabriel Tanginya is under house arrest. And we are still waiting for the military justice to come up with charges against him. "Our role as SPLA is almost ended with Tanginya by bringing him to Juba. From now onwards, it is the political and legal leaderships to decide what next", he continued.
Asked whether the presidential amnesty was cancelled and if Tanginya has to be held responsible for what he did, Aguer said the amnesty is still holding but the recent incidents and the amnesty are the delicate events which the President of South Sudan will have to decide upon.
Kiir officially pardoned many rebel leaders in October 2010, offering them reintegration into the SPLA. Many accepted the pardon and some have reneged on their promises to lay down arms.
Independent sources told Sudan Tribune that the former militia leader resides now in the headquarters of the former Jointed Integrated Units in Juba and the UNMIS peacekeepers protect him after divergences over who will guard him.
On 14 October 2011, Tanginya arrived to Juba where he attended Southern Sudan Political Parties conference, escorted by his military officers namely Major General Mabior Dhol, Col. William Dak Hoth, Brig. Gen. Amilo Mboro and Col. James Gatwich.
In the conference, Tanginya said he had come to demonstrate their goodwill by returning to South Sudan, asking the political leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to consider their negative sentiments and grudges as bygones.
Toward the end of October 2010, Tanginye and his forces requested reintegration into the SPLA, which was jointly accepted by both the SPLA leadership and the SPLM.
A few days later, Tanginya was appointed as advisor to the US based investment Company, Jarch Management Group Limited in Upper Nile state.