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Warrap’s Twic community protest arrest of youth leader over taxes

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November 3, 2012 (JUBA) - Community leaders from South Sudan’s Twic County in Warrap state have strongly protested against the arrest of a youth leader by state government officials over household taxes.

The arrest of Atem Ayuen Atem, sources told Sudan Tribune, drew fury from community leaders, mainly chiefs and faith based groups in the county. Atem is a youth leader from Wunrok Payam [district].

Deng Ayuel, a member of the county’s youth executive council said Atem was “forcefully” picked up on Thursday evening by police allegedly acting under the directive of the Payam administrator, who was reportedly irked by a question the youth leader asked on the decision to impose “double” household tax.

Neither an arrest warrant, Ayuel said, was issued nor was the youth council reportedly informed prior to Atem’s forceful arrest.

“We were not notified. We were just surprised seeing him being forcefully pushed into the cell and have been denied talking to him since he was arrested. It is now going to three days,” Ayuel told Sudan Tribune by phone from Wunrok on Saturday.

Deng Ayuel Atem, in a separate interview, also confirmed the arrest of the youth leader, whom he said had been transferred from Wunrok to the Twic county.

“His arrest sounds like a joke, simply because it surprises someone can be arrested for asking a question. I actually did not believe when I heard it because I was not there until when I saw him in the cell,” he said.

He described his brother’s arrest by as an “attempt by the authorities to silence people”.

Majok Deng Aguer, the Wunrok Payam administrator on Saturday confirmed Atem’s arrest, but denied reports it was linked to the issue of household taxes.

The youth leader’s arrest, Aguer told Sudan Tribune, was allegedly because the former wanted to create “chaos” and used “disobedient and inappropriate words” during a community meeting.

“Those who you told [you] that he [Atem] has been arrested because of a question he asked about tax are lying. They have not told you the truth. The truth is that he was misbehaving in the meeting to the extent that some of the participants were complaining. Others left because of the noise he was making. Actually people told us that he is not mentally stable,” the Payam administrator said by phone.

Meanwhile, Malek Ring Makuei, the Twic County Commissioner also confirmed the youth leader’s arrest, saying efforts are underway to resolve the matter.

“I asked his transfer to Turalei after I received information that he was arrested because he wanted to fight [the] Payam administrator in the meeting”, said Makuei.

However, in another interview with Sudan Tribune, chief Ayuel Deng Longar denied reports that Atem tried to cause disorder at the meeting, an account which sharply contradicts earlier information provided by the state officials.

Atem’s arrest, he added, occurred in the aftermath of a 1 November meeting held in Wunrok payam. The meeting, with an agenda to discuss tax collection and amalgamation of chiefs in accordance with the local government orders, was attended by all executive chiefs and sub-chiefs from the area.

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  • 4 November 2012 09:51, by Dinkawarrior

    Covering up the lies of the wrongdoers, is not a culture in Africa and the Twic people need to keep that in their minds! It’s stupid idea for the great Community to protest on such issues, we have rules to be follow If this is the way our people when to go through then let everybody forget the so called government role in people live.

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  • 4 November 2012 12:15, by Gabriel KK

    Injustice in President’s home town!!

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    • 5 November 2012 17:07, by Akoon mangok

      What are these injustice practices you are sayin that, happening in president home otherwise correction has no other names then be correctly called correction,it is the quote which goes like ’’never spare the child to spiol the rode’’ which mean correct the child as neccessarily as possible to shape for his/her future.

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  • 5 November 2012 06:24, by Augustino

    what is this for? since it is not use for benefits of the community as all of it is not accounted for but goes to the government’s officials pockets. who are taxpayers? since no people at workforce in south sudan, Is the corrupts official not satisified with oil money? please do not disturb people of twic county for this meaningless’ government plan of reaping the people of south sudan. release hi

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  • 5 November 2012 09:33, by Morthon Akol

    In this regards what is a use of youth leader in that meeting?
    in other hand the meeting is call meeting people use to meet so that to come up with the solution. and again if i ask a question it can’t lead to an arrest. may me that man did something else

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  • 5 November 2012 09:40, by Badi Malawi

    Infact,the arrest have right becoz if he cant see the proper devpt for those taxes then he has right to express his view otherwise PA is behind the arrest

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  • 5 November 2012 16:59, by Akoon mangok

    Malek Makuei the commissioner of Twic County was very good person when we were together in Gogrial Town here i hope for sure Atem will never be in Cell for long time. Immediately release will soon be order hope soon to seeing Atem Out of cell people of Wunrok no condition is performent and this so call unfruitful leaders will never be there for life.

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  • 5 November 2012 16:59, by Akoon mangok

    Malek Makuei the commissioner of Twic County was very good person when we were together in Gogrial Town here i hope for sure Atem will never be in Cell for long time. Immediately release will soon be order hope soon to seeing Atem Out of cell people of Wunrok no condition is performent and this so call unfruitful leaders will never be there for life.

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