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WBEGS governor makes public appearance to dismiss suspension rumour


December 21, 2012 (WAU) - The Governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal, Rizik Zachariah Hassan on Thursday toured Wau town, perhaps to dispel rumors he had been suspended from his position over the deteriorating security situation in the northern western South Sudanese state.

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Rizik Zachariah Hassan, Governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal State (UN)

At least 12 people, eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune, died Wednesday when hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Wau to protest the 8 December killing of around 25 civilians in Parajallah, located 48 miles outside Wau town.

The protest follows the state’s council of ministers’ decision to transfer the headquarters of Wau county out of Wau town, a move rejected by the population. The decision prompted Peter Miskin, the former commissioner of Wau to resign in October.

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

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South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of Interior, Salva Mathok Gengdit said he received reports indicating that seven people lost lives during the protests with 32 wounded, while 12 people, according senior army officers who visited these areas on Tuesday, reportedly died.

However, state government officials have remained silent over the matter, preferring not to divulge details on casualties involved in these protests.

On Wednesday, members from the Balanda tribe, also known as the Fartit community, allegedly rejoiced over reports claiming the state governor has been suspended to pave way for investigations into the killing of innocent civilians.

The governor, on Thursday, made a public appearance in a heavily guarded convoy and disputed the rumours over his alleged suspension.

Hassan, in an attempt to show solidarity with the people, instead urged security organs to increase patrols in residential areas and assured the population of adequate security.

"You must all do possible to control this situation and protect properties of our people,” he told security forces, including South Sudan’s army - the SPLA.

The governor, flanked by the deputy interior minister, also visited civilians camped at the United Nations compound in the state, and pledged government support to protect innocent civilians.

Thousands of civilians, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said, fled the violence in Wau on Wednesday and have camped at the UN base in the area.

“A significant number of civilians, mainly women, children and the elderly, remain in the UN base and continue to be protected,” Eduardo Del Buey, the deputy spokesperson for the UN Secretary General said Thursday.

The state minister for information and communications, in a separate interview, also dismissed speculation over the Governor’s suspension, describing it as “telephone reports”.

“This is not correct. There is nothing like that. They are just telephone reports. Nobody has suspended the governor. You have seen him touring the town today," Minister of information and communications” Derik Alfred Uya told Sudan Tribune Thursday.

The deputy interior minister, on the other hand, urged the population to return to their houses, adding that government remains in control of the situation.

“There should be [no] fear. You have to return to your houses. Security is being provided, as it is the responsibility of the government to do so. Forces have now been deployed to provide and maintain stability and peace within and around Wau town”, he assured civilians outside UN camp in Wau on Thursday.

Gengdit further said more security personnel from other states would be deployed in Wau to boost the 300 extra auxiliary police currently on the ground.

“Only security forces are allowed on the streets so as to prevent revenge attacks,” the deputy interior minister told Sudan Tribune.

"We have stopped movement of people until we see the situation returns to normal. People should not randomly leave their homes until further notice because there are still people who are trying to provoke the situation", he added.

The UN on Thursday announced plans to deploy more peacekeepers in Wau, to calm a the “tense” situation.


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  • 22 December 2012 09:32, by master

    people of south sudan
    bring the gov down

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    • 22 December 2012 10:10, by Hardball

      What will be your benefits after we brought our government down? Is it going to help you to have a brain that will educate you that South Sudan is a foreign country that has nothing to do with you even if the government is brought down? Where is a sensible brain when others badly need it?

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      • 22 December 2012 12:42, by Ahmed Chol

        This governor is a moron and deserves to be in jail. He ordered the killing of the civilians and denied fatalities. Then he chose his advisors and friends to do the investigation. How does he end up with two contradicting names, Zacharia and Hassan? He is a real thief, he abandoned his real name and choose this fake name so that he appear muslim and christian at the same time if he goes to North.

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  • 22 December 2012 12:45, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    It looks like violence in South Sudan is getting out of control due to failure of provision of Security to the people. No life should be lost for senseless reasons: Balanda or Dinka. Genocide is about to unfold in South Sudan because all the security and defence institutions are controlled by one group of South Sudan community who are mismanaging the system. In Rwanda Hutus did likewise.

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    • 22 December 2012 13:37, by Rezingving monynok

      if you actually want South Sudanese to live in peace you would have not mentioned that the defence institutions are controlled by one group ,which is not really true , now instead for you to be someone who will provide good ideas for better and how things can be improved but blames will not make anything
      ...need to see laws are implemented
      ...no one is above the Laws .

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  • 22 December 2012 21:55, by Augustino

    Jesus said in Joh_10:11 "I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep. "
    Every authority is given by God , and one day we are all going to stand before Jesus and be accounted on how we used our authority, even our words and comments. so lets do good to others as Jesus did for us , for he died for our sins to give us better life. Amen

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  • 23 December 2012 08:30, by marie

    This incident of Wau is just the tip of the iceberg. Things would still get worse. Our people have been planting hatred, injustice, malice, you name it. What do you expect to harvest at the end of the day? The same things you planted, you would reap them at the end of the day. This should be an eye opener to us all. We should all be on our knees and ask for forgiveness,otherwise,Rwanda is nothing.

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    • 24 December 2012 06:56, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      We do not have icebergs in Western Bhar el Ghazal,let alone the tip? why shall we not call it a gone case.

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  • 25 December 2012 01:36, by marie

    It is an idiom for those who understand English language.

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