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W. Bahr el Ghazal arrests seven suspected of violence related to Wau dispute


December 17, 2012 (WAU) - South Sudanese police have arrested seven suspects, most of whom are local paramount chiefs, in relation to the violence following the deadly protests in Wau last week, Western Bahr el Ghazal State’s minister of Information and Communications said Monday.

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Bodies of prpotesters killed by the SPLA last week in Wau (ST)

State officials, including minister Derik Alfred Uya have said that at least eight people died, in clashes a week ago, 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 town.

Western Bahr el Ghazal State’s Governor, Rizik Zachariah Hassan has denied anyone was killed, the United Nations have reported that 10 people died, while an ex-Wau Commissioner has claimed that at least 25 protestors were killed. South Sudan’s army - the SPLA - who have been implicated in the violence also claim that no one died in the incident.

Al Jazeera English | Protestors shot at by South Sudan army | 13 December 2012

Minister Uya said the government has formed a nine-member security committee, drawn from key security organs, tasked with clear responsibility to investigate the circumstances leading to blocking of the three major roads connecting the state with Western Equatoria State as well as Bagari and Raja County.

The clashes between protestors and members of South Sudan’s security forces began when the police attempted to dismantle the road blocks established by the protestors.

The committee tasked with investigating the incident is headed by the state security advisor, Rizik Dominic Samuel, according to the state minister.

Other members of the committee include the commissioners of Wau and Jur River counties, the state’s Police commissioner and director of criminal investigation department, as well as a representative from the national security services, the army and other organized forces and relevant institutions.

“We also have other independent committees. We have a committee from the national legislative assembly and committee from United Nations Mission in South Sudan. They are conducting their own independent investigation. The objective of all these committees to establish the facts”, Uya explained.

He said the government is conducting a “methodical” investigation into the all the killings and damages caused after eruption of a conflict arising from a dispute over the administrative dispute.

The state minister said that he expected that more arrests will be made in addition to seven suspects, who have been arrested in the week since the armed forces were accused of firing on protestors.

Uya claimed that some people have a “hidden agenda” and are trying to cause confusion and havoc in the state.

“The truth will be found. We called on our people to remain calm”, he said.

“The slogan of the state government since the youth started to express their concerns in regards to the transfer of the county headquarters has always been peaceful dialogue, discussion and lawful means, Derik Alfred Uya, Minister of information and communications," told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

The bishop of Episcopal Church of Sudan, Wau diocese, reverend Moses Deng Bol, told Sudan Tribune on Monday he personally visited Wau teaching hospital and found six dead bodies in the mortuary.

"I saw six dead bodies in the mortuary today when I visited the hospital;" Bishop Bol said, adding that he had a meeting with community members from Wau in Baggari, south west of Wau town with the Roman Catholic Bishop of Wau diocese, Rudolf Deng Majak.

"We had a very meeting today with them in the place where they buried those who lost lives during protest. We went with the message of peace and open dialogue. They talked to us and we listened to them," he said.


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  • 18 December 2012 08:34, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    The reporter of this news is not putting across de other unfolding events in which innocent members of other communities ve fallen prey to this dispute of Wau town transfer. Why not report on de recent killings of about 30 persons fm other communities fm Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap n Lakes States. I am writing a piece in this regard. This is unacceptable act 2 killing those having nothing ther

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  • 18 December 2012 09:02, by jienge

    The whole thing sucks, the governor who gave order to shot & his clowns non have been suspended to pave away for investigation. There will be no justice for the victims, and now they have gone arresting those chiefs because the refused the transfer of their county from their town. Even if the chiefs protest does that give SPLA a mandate to shot them like what we all saw in the video?

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    • 18 December 2012 09:24, by Panda Odhie

      Dears; people are always run out from the truth,those who are killed in Wau was not SPLA who did it, but the protestors are the one killing people which are not even belong to Wau non concern with the issue of transfering County,but why people reject transfer and this is to provide the services to othersite why? avoid nonseses saying but let revealout the realities.

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      • 18 December 2012 19:53, by Peacocktail

        The fact is wanted to settled in Wau City, there is inner Rebel calls former COmmissioner of Wau. Why He confuse the public on transfer of County Hqs to people in Bagari? This man must be answerable for the death of innocent Civilians in Wau.Arrest that Big Foolish man and go deep to those Arab Minded(Wauainin)who still behave in Arab style in Wau. Remove them and prosecute them for violence and d

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  • 18 December 2012 09:10, by dinkdong

    Freaking SPLA. Denying the killing they did themselves. Shame on them

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    • 18 December 2012 20:56, by Arakataa

      Don’t say shame SPLA but shame on your stupid people thinking of making problem every time dead to all them others people kill here in juba like by your guys.so turn to God for forgiveness

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  • 18 December 2012 09:13, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Bro Kennedy, u r right. There is nothing wrong with transfer of a county Hqrs outside state capital. The first culprit shld be de former commissioner. If all of U ve read thru his interviews, u would see this man has instigated his pple to protest violently. Another part of this story here is z, violent isn’t a solution to any problem. Dialogue shld be our pple’s top priority in any dispute.

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  • 18 December 2012 09:18, by jienge

    I wonder what is really happening even those who are not from WeBG are interfering. we all saw what happened on the video! Now you are trying hard to distract people’s attention, do not fool us, we are all watching what you are up to! You guys have committed crime do not shy away from it. You are known all over the place end of stories!

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  • 18 December 2012 09:31, by jienge

    Dialogue with who they have refused the transfer, what’s the big deal?! You just thrive on violence and killing of others. The governor is solely responsible, and any person who ordered him. It is all over the place, and all their statements confirm their intentions.

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  • 18 December 2012 09:55, by unvissionleaders@yahoo.com

    Dear Readers,
    These tortures are under SPLM/A leaderships. The Human Right have to see on this Government well.

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    • 18 December 2012 10:10, by Panda Odhie

      Eventhough the government is change ,the hatred which is already existing before this government will not change,because we people are lacking way of presenting our own problems,as it happen instead of asking the governor to provided the reason,the demonstrators are just rushing to kill people which have no orders of transfering county,this is really shameone them.

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  • 18 December 2012 10:27, by master

    my god keep me safe

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    • 18 December 2012 13:24, by Akech

      My condolences to the families, we though that we have reach our nation where we will be confortable but turn into the same page. I’m really upset by Minister statement. they should all face judgement or revage from from parents of vatims.
      and other.

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      • 19 December 2012 07:12, by Shadrack Chol Buoi

        Dear Readers,
        I am sick of seeing people say ’guns are not the problem, it’s the people who use them who do the killings who are the problem’. So here’s a thought - take away the guns, then the ’people who use them to kill’ will no longer be able to use them to kill. Countries with strong gun control have fewer gun deaths. That is beyond dispute.

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  • 19 December 2012 07:15, by Man without fear

    You put on comments that the government of W.B.Ghazal kill the protesters who calm the State govt, decision of transfer Wau county to Bangari.
    My question is that what is the connection btw the govt, and Dinka. because it is clear that W.B.Ghazal is the one issued the Decision of transfer of Wau county to its people. Is it Dinka people who made the decision of transfer Wau county to Bangari?

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  • 19 December 2012 07:25, by Man without fear

    Why it become the Dinka people are victims facing the violence
    in the state while those who were protests against the development of their area.because if the govt plans always to take the the services to its people in the remote area where there is no Roads Schools,Health facilities ,Water supply, and
    etc, than what is the problems again? What do the people needs from the govt, again?

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  • 19 December 2012 07:36, by Man without fear

    My last question is that, Who will take the responsibility of InnocentDinka people killed by protesters without any part they have taken from the govt decision or protesters of W.B.Ghazal state and most of them are from other states. if there is human right what made the govts decision become a problems of Dinka people? Dose it mean the one ruling W.B.Ghazal state(Governor) is a Dinka Man or what?

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  • 19 December 2012 07:44, by Man without fear

    what is behind this incident of killing Dinka people out of the State capital? even now stiil three days ago bodies of Dinak people kill by Bangari peolpe still found in the in forest of Bangari area. In Yei W.Equatoria state houses of Dinka and Nuer people were burn down two days ago at mid-night dose it mean the same problem or what?

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