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W. Equatoria denies link to arrest of former agriculture minister

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November 10, 2012 (JUBA) - Western Equatoria State has denied reports alleging that it sanctioned the arrest of the state’s former Minister of Agriculture, Charles Yoere, claiming that it has no information about the arrest.

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The state’s Minister of Information and Communications, Charles Barnaba Kisanga, said on Saturday that "the government has no hand in this" unless a criminal act had occurred in the state capital Yambio that he was not aware of.

Kisanga said that if the security services informed the government that there had been an arrest then he would release a statement. Western Equatoria State Governor Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro is currently in Juba

Sudan Tribune was not able to independently verify the actual cause of the arrest although multiple sources from Yambio claim that the manner in which Charles Yoere has been arrested suggests that some “powers from above” ordered his arrest.

Civil society groups and human right defenders in South Sudan repeatedly complain about the arbitrary arrest of individuals by the young nation’s security apparatus acting on the directives of the senior government officials wanting to silence their critics or due to lack adherence to constitutional provisions.

A government source in Yambio told Sudan Tribune that Yoere’s arrest mirrors that of the former commissioner of Maridi, Adel Sandrai, who was arrested in May 2012. Governor Bakosoro has distanced himself from the former Commissioners arrest, saying he did not order it.

The government source in Yambio said questioned whether such arrests could be made without the approval or knowledge of the state Governor.

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"It is constitutionally clear that the governor of the state is the head of the security committee. I am forced to say Western Equatoria will never be same again because the electorate is now witnessing what our leaders are doing."

Officials in Western Equatoria State are "preaching water and drinking wine" the government source said.

He added that “the recurring news of arrests, whether justified or not, will only divide the people of Western Equatoria who have been a model of unity in South Sudan. I am not saying the minister of information or the state governor is responsible for this disturbing situation, but as a government, you are the most informed citizens of the state."

If the Governor and Information Minister do not know what is happening, "then who else has the right information?" asked the source.

"Is Western Equatoria State turning into a police state? I think the question of frequent arrests in the area begs an answer from your cabinet. Silence will only taint the hopes for re-election for some of your cabinet members in the next election", he advised.

Bakosoro was the only independent to win gubernatorial elections in April 2010. He has since rejoined South Sudan’s ruling the SPLM.

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  • 11 November 2012 06:43, by George Bol

    Charless Kisanga of SPLM-Dc or someone else? Wolf are eating in the land that have swallowed brave and courageous people.
    OOoP!

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    • 12 November 2012 09:57, by Tata

      I think Hon. Kisanga & WES Government need to be very responsible. It is indeed rediculous that a responsible government denies the truth known to everybody and was carried at day time. Why denying? No security person can arrest anybody in the state without the perrmission of the Governor. Not so? Committing an act today and deny it tomorrow is prostitute’s way of doing things. Can Kisanga tell us

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      • 12 November 2012 10:01, by Tata

        who arrested Yoere. This means we do not have a government in WES. They looted enough let them jusr pack ang go to UK,USA, Australia where they belong. thieves.

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  • 11 November 2012 14:08, by lomodong

    Lack of trust within splm ruling parting is now getting to its highest heralded with accusations narrowed to its prominent members north to south, east to west of our young nation rich in history. Thereafter, propaganda’s official media comes in with their long lists of white lies of messages as earlier depicted on amongst others the UDF leader who is now one yr old in Bilpham under an arbitrary a

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  • 11 November 2012 14:11, by lomodong

    cont
    arrest n detention

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  • 11 November 2012 16:46, by Northern Sudanese

    Can any South Sudanese name me a major development project ’’in South Sudan’’ that is going great or nearly completed?

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    • 12 November 2012 07:42, by Joseph Canada

      Northern Sudanese,
      The Electric Power in Eastern Equatoria.
      Anyways was just answering your question. but for real, The SPLM Party is going to go on trash soon due to the Illegal dealings they have, as well as using the special forces that Kidnap and torturing the people who tell the truth. Corruption is very high in this leadership. In short, its tribalism in this Govt. Gluttonous leaders.

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  • 11 November 2012 19:23, by Whortti Bor Manza

    This is the price to pay when you elect a fool and a semi illiterate person like Bakosoro as governor. Bakosoro is a dying man from HIV. What ever is said he will just deny. It will not take long before he denies that HIV AIDS has killed him. Yore was a chief propagandist for Bakosoro. What went wrong? The same could be said about Riziq of WBG.

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