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Investigate Wau killings, US envoy tells S. Sudan government


December 14, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudanese authorities should thoroughly investigate the killings in Wau, the Western Bahr Ghazal state capital and properly deal with those accountable, Princeton Lyman, the US special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan said Friday.

At least eight people, state officials say, died in last week’s clashes between the Police and protestors, who were marching to protest the state government’s decision to transfer Wau county headquarters to Bagari, located 12 miles southwest of Wau.

However, albeit the state Governor, Rizik Zachariah Hassan insists no one was killed, the United Nations reported 10 people dead, while an ex-Wau Commissioner put the death toll at 25. Even South Sudan army (SPLA) claims no one died in the incident.

“If there are incidences like this, they must be investigated and dealt with and they should not occur again,” Lyman told journalists in Juba, the South Sudan capital.

“I think there have been several reported incidences in dealing with security problems in Jongeli now and Wau etc. In do not know if it has deteriorated so much as a lack of the right of kinds control and accountability, but it does not matter. They must be brought under control,” he added.

South Sudan, Lyman stressed, remains at a “very critical” stage, and that important government put in place strong institutions that protect the fundamental rights of its people.

South Sudan’s Information Minister, Barnaba Marial told journalists Friday that the Council of Ministers has formed an investigation committee to probe the Wau incident. Riek Machar, the country’s Vice-President heads the committee, which comprises the Defence, Security and Interior ministers.

In addition, a nine-member committee, headed by the security advisor to the Western Bahr el Ghazal Governor has been instituted conduct an investigation into the incident and report within 72 hours.

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday expressed concerns over the recent killings of innocent civilians in the new nation.

OHCHR, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, urged the Government of South Sudan to "take remedial action and send a strong signal of its readiness to protect the safety of journalists and human rights defenders, as part of a wider effort to bolster support for freedom of expression in this young and fragile democracy."


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  • 15 December 2012 09:11, by master

    the real master gave clear orders to SPLM thugs

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    • 15 December 2012 09:25, by King of jungle

      Dear Me,
      No SPLA armies can do thing wiz out order from his leader,meanwhile Albert the top dog of Wau is da one who pressure to Soldiers 2 kill civilian,never blame SPLM soldiers as they don,t drive themselves alone,Albert think dat killing of civilian who fought 4 the land will be solution and ain,t make a sense it is a violating of citizen right and I hope God will see him

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      • 15 December 2012 09:42, by King of jungle

        Dear Me
        why do da leader kill his people who gave him a leadership,what foolishness is this,it become known dat some guy were bribe by Jalaba to kill and finished da citizen of S.Sudan like what da Guy did,is just useless spy brought to South Sudan 2 finish our people,let him go 2 North wiz his money bribed to him by Jalaba,which kind of leader is this?

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        • 15 December 2012 10:07, by Lorolokin

          Mr Lie-man,
          If Salva Kiir can not investigate the killing in the national capital Juba, how will he investigate the one which is far away from him.
          This goverment has totally fail to protect its citizens as such we are appealling to Int’l community to give us Gun to protect ourself otherwise we have to go exile.

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        • 16 December 2012 02:12, by Ahmed Chol

          What I see in this video is not what the SPLA fought for 21 years. During the war, which batallian was this governor called Rizik Zacharia Hassan in?. Our current government is treating our people worst than the Khartoum government did.

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  • 15 December 2012 10:19, by dinkdong

    SPLA soldiers are monsters. I don’t think they got the training they should have during Basic Training. They are not well disciplined and that’s why they always violated Human Right principles. They killed people they should be protecting. What a humiliating "National Army!"

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  • 15 December 2012 13:07, by jienge

    SPLA Oyeeeee! Kiir Oyeeee, Rizik Zacharia Oyeeee, Malaak Ayuan Oyeeee! SPLA is just a tool to oppress citizens.
    I came to learn that this problem has been brewing for sometime in WBeG state for period now. The community of this state wrote to Juba informing them of the havoc governor was causing by inciting Dinka from neighbouring states of Warrap, Lake State that fertit don’t want them in WBe

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    • 16 December 2012 06:19, by nuer food lovers

      south sudan somalia is going be better,developmentally,economically and socially.than south sudan under this cronies SPLM leadership esp.drunkard salva kiir kuethpiny Nyal lual.oh almighty God could rest the sual of the victim the external peace,and bring death to people that killed people innocently.

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  • 15 December 2012 13:24, by jienge

    Hence, the governor was called to Juba to brief the president. After the meeting, Mr governor came back swinging & showing off his muscle, he was met by citizen power. He mowed citizens down for 2 consecutive days. When it came on the radar the governor and his clowns Elias Demo, Alfred Derik & Rizik Samuel quick to deny and implicate protesters. Luckily this video came to these civilians aid

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  • 15 December 2012 13:36, by jienge

    May be their God! So any rational being can definately judge for themselves as to who is responsible. His excellency John Garang must be turning in his grave now with happiness & sorrow. He was painted as a devil while his deputy was having a free on his collar. Sorrowful is that this is not what he wanted for this nation. Isaiah & victims of Wau massacre rest assure that your blood

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  • 15 December 2012 13:44, by jienge

    Will cleanse this nation from villain Kiir Mayar & his cronies. Kiir & governor should be taken to The Hague straight away. Too much power in the hand of retard, that’s a genocide.

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  • 15 December 2012 17:24, by Mayar

    I don’t know the whole story, but pointing a weapons toward unarm civilians and shoot them.. You are all guilty as well as a person who give the order.. if they are menly to fight, why don’t the go to the border and protect the village they dearly love from cattle raider.

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  • 15 December 2012 18:11, by Nyakuzuny

    Yes, wau incident should be investigated and the government should take a serious action to discourage such an action from re-occurance. South Sudan should premote the Rule of Laws.

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  • 16 December 2012 03:34, by Dan Samuel

    The governor should have resigned for failing to protect his own people.

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  • 16 December 2012 07:42, by dinkdong

    It look like there’s shooting everywhere now. So, shouldn’t Americans go investigated theirs shooting rather than ordering other nations to investigate their shooting.

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    • 16 December 2012 17:47, by ANYANYA1

      Dear Dinkdong, you are right in one way or other, there is shooting everywhere as you said, but ours is waste then another part of the world. Americans people know human right or the right of their people, which is diffeerent from ours,America shooting is Criminal and ours government big different so we need to tell true and true will seat us free. God Bless Victims soul

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