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Unity state County Commissioner denies using security forces to arrest youth group

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October 28, 2012 (JUBA) - Stephen Mabek Lang, a Parieng county commissioner of Unity state, on Saturday vehemently denied allegations that he used security forces to arrest members of a youth group alleged to have walked out of local elections. 

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Lang was reacting to reports claiming that he had ordered the arrest of a group of youths alleged to have walked out of a local convention intended to elect the new leadership following an administrative instruction he issued to dissolve the branch office of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in the area (SPLM). 

“There is nothing like that. These are just allegations by people who want to cause confusion”, Lang told Sudan Tribune in an interview on Saturday. The official also denied that there is tension in the area. “There is no problem. People are living peacefully. There is no security concern. It is calm. I just came out from a function organised by youth office here. It was a function about the result of the convention,” he said. 

He explained that the procedures of the organisation are only ”representative and reflective” of the basic ruling and principle guidelines contained in the constitution of the SPLM but are equally compatible with internationally acceptable best practices. “The processes and procedures were followed. Selection of the delegates was made at the village levels all the way up to the county”, he said. 

Lang, however, declined to comment on allegations that 20 members of the youth group were arrested by security agents allegedly acting under his directive

Sources in Parieng claimed in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Saturday that his bodyguards were actively involved in the identification and arrest of the youth group who walked out from convention.

Angelo Chol, acting secretary general of the SPLM branch office in the state said 20 youth members were arrested but six of them were released on Saturday. 

“The cause of their arrest is a long story connected with the election. 20 members were arrested but six of them have been released today. 14 are still being held. The cause of the arrests is connected to the convention from which delegates from six payams [districts] walked out because procedures were not followed from the start. Commissioner had his own lists of delegates which was protested”, Chol told Sudan Tribune.  

He explained delegates from Jamjang, Gumriak, Aliny, Parieng, Kueldit and Yida payams walked out with their secretaries from the hall, reducing the quorum required for the conduction of convention. 

The group, he said, who walked out of the convention hall on 17 October wrote and sent their complaints about malpractices in the processes relating the convention to the state headquarters seeking immediate respond but the acting SPLM chair in Bentiu returned the group to the organising committee.

“The youth, after walking out of the convention, decided to send lists of observations about the procedures and processes to the state but the acting, Samuel Lony, instead of addressing it decided to send them back to the same the organising committee whose work was contested. So they decided to return and locked the office of the youth league which was being contested. This was how the problem started,” he said.  

James Monygon Mijak, is one of the contestants who pulled out from the race with his delegates. He also claimed in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Friday that Commissioner Lang had ordered the security forces to arrest anyone suspected of having shown opposition to the conduct of the conference. 

“His bodyguards were the ones collecting the youth from their places and locking them up. They were collecting them one by one because they know them all. More than 20 people have been arrested as I am talking to you now. They were arrested because they are opposed to the way the procedures and processes relating to the conduct of the convention were conducted. People differed over the process of the elections. Six payams out of nine withdrew from the elections because it was not fair. So the leaders who pulled out with their delegates have all been arrested and are still looking for others,“ said Mijak 

He claimed that the Commissioner and his group unilaterally decided to declare one of the contestants as the winner, even though the convention did not take place, because it became illegal after some members objected to it and passed a vote of no confidence against the Secretary of the Youth. 

“The commissioner and his group decided to unilaterally to install Arop Riak after the delegates have pulled from the convention but he refused to listen to the objection and instead decided to arrest anyone he suspect hold different views about convention”, said Mijak. 

Other contestants for the position of youth chair in the area included Charles Chol Makuei. Various sources in the county claim Makuei would have beaten Riak had the convention followed right procedures.

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  • 30 October 2012 07:34, by Gulung -dit

    it is shame on youth of panaru to oppose the sound minded commissioner, Mabek has been acompetitive since the time of his rule , i don,t think whether they will get banother leader like that if they remove such abriliant person. this youth who are complaining are inexperience in politic their is to sit at shisha smoking place talking nonscences against the gov,t shame on them

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    • 30 October 2012 12:08, by Runrach

      @Gutung-dit, you seem to be more than an idiotic person. Is it underhicwhich jurisdiction are you blaming Panrieng county youth for opposing the election process? Mr. How much experiences have you go in political affairs that Panrieng county youth doesn’t have ? I guest you could be one of Mabek’s cooks/toilet cleaner if not an house-boy. Minu ss Mabek leadership Panaruu will better off.

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      • 30 October 2012 13:32, by Jamjamez

        What else can you expect from this primitive commissioner with Bashir mentality! He is very corrupt and brutal just like Bashir. This guy is like a little child to Taban Deng who has assured him of no problem as long as he keeps serving him and his evil corrupt deeds. Mabek Lang is a murderer! He has kill Youth in Panrieng, we are watching him and will make him pay dearly. He will go to jail!

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        • 30 October 2012 14:06, by Gulung -dit

          Dear all stupid guys of panaru,
          you will not get a good leader like DIN AJER (mabek)
          though you complain like barking dogs, it will be difficult for you to remove him in that post, unless he want to resign that will be the time you will get that chance
          but they guy was not brought up with APAM DE THAU he had different mantality

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          • 30 October 2012 16:11, by Jamjamez

            Gulundit or Gulung-chieth! You seems to be one of the toilet cleaners of Miabek! How dare you call Panaruu Youth Stupid? If you love Miabek that much then why don’t you turn your back to him and let him do you behind like Muhamed! You are just one of those dead brain people! Not only will we remove him but we will jail him. I told you we are watching him and make no mistake! we are!

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      • 30 October 2012 14:02, by Gulung -dit

        hahahah @Runrachic
        I have more experience on panaru life , they the kind of people who want to eat while sitting down , they don,t want work, most of them are dependers,
        two years back they named a gentlemen who was water dealer to be CHOLKOCOGO meaning chol of donkey, in that case is there any kind of progress.
        shame on panaru

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  • 30 October 2012 16:41, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Mr,Miabek Lang has mastered his art of denying things in a broad day light.if in our watch can he deny all these,then what will he accept in his life time? He might be lacking some sensitive organs that made him missed all these things in Panriang.Twenty opposed youth have been arrested why denying it.

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    • 30 October 2012 16:56, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

      James monygon Mijak who contested the rigged youth convention in Panring is the most experienced guy in youth affairs.
      He is fit to lead the youth in doing their business in trustful manner than the one the commissioner has hand picked to defend his interest.

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      • 31 October 2012 07:10, by Gulung -dit

        Dear panaru youth
        can you tell us where lubo de Diar is?
        some of you may see heaven before you implement what you are intended

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    • 30 October 2012 20:22, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Mr Micheal Miyom Minyiel,
      Your response to the death of Miabek Lang doesn’t sound professional.I think you guys of Dinka Panaruu you will miss this person like the way you missed the Late hero Luba de Diar. The death of Miabek Lang is a big shame to all Dinka Panaruu whether on abroad or within South Sudan.
      By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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      • 31 October 2012 09:07, by Gulung -dit

        @Augustino, you are right panaru people are just behaving like a man who ate and depucate in his dish , shame on them

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      • 2 November 2012 06:03, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

        Augustine it seemed you did not fully read my response carefully,Miabek Lang is not killed and nobody wishes him death.
        Miabek was complicated in the death of the late Luba Diar 12 years ago.
        We are professional in handling our affairs, that was why we defeated the splinters

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