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S. Sudanese in diaspora petition President Kiir over Wau killings


January 6, 2013 (JUBA) – A committee of South Sudanese living in the Diaspora have petitioned President Salva Kiir over the recent spate of killing of unarmed protestors and civilians in Wau, the Western Bahr el Ghazal state capital.

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Western Bahr el Ghazal Governor, Rizik Zakariah Hassan (UN)

At least 20 protestors, the state government claims, died in Wau during separate demonstrations held in protest against the relocation of Wau country headquarters, but other officials say the death toll was much higher.

The incident follows last year’s decision by the state council of ministers to transfer Wau County administrative structures to Bagari, located about 48 miles from Wau town. The decision also led to the resignation of Peter Miskin, the former Wau County commissioner.

In a strongly worded letter, the Western Bahr el Ghazal committee in the diaspora has asked South Sudanese authorities to investigate the killings and bring those who committed these crimes to justice.

The committee, in the petition, copied to the Speaker of South Sudan National Assembly, James Wani Igga, US envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Princeton Lyman, among others urges government to “establish rule of law for the rights, freedom, liberty, and protection of civilians.”

“The death of our people has no statute of limitation”.

Meanwhile, the committee, in its petition extended to Sudan Tribune, have asked President Kiir to remove Rizik Zakaria Hassan, the Governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal from the gubernatorial position.

In recent weeks, however, there have been similar calls for the removal of the state governor from various section of the population, a move the president seems to disagree with.

On a 24 December visit to Wau, President Kiir backed the council of ministers’ decision for the re-location of the county headquarters; a move he said was in line with the ruling party’s (SPLM) vision of taking town to the people.

The South Sudan leader, during the visit, also assured the population of the protection from security forces, against elements whom he said were out to sabotage government programmes and destroy peoples’ properties.

The Diaspora group, meanwhile, called for the immediate release of all political prisoners arrested in relation to last month’s protests, citing a long list, which includes lawmakers, civil servants, journalists and activists.

“[The state should] cease further arbitrary arrests and detentions of officials, intellectuals, youth, women, and men who are simply exercising their rights as free citizens,” the petition reads in part.


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  • 7 January 2013 08:54, by master
  • 7 January 2013 12:23, by featured globe

    The SPLM main objective by our the father late Dr. John Garang was "to take towns to the people" but not when you heard of such initiative of development then you need not to laws in to your own hands.

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    • 7 January 2013 14:27, by EES Kingmaker

      Featured Globe
      "Taking towns to the people" is not the SPLM objective as you may falsely believe. This is a phrase late Dr. John Garang used in one of his speeches. It might become a policy but requires a separate parliamentary act. Under no illusion, should you be deceived that this is the SPLM objective. It is a jingle for now that party wants it sung and concretized in future.

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      • 8 January 2013 00:54, by Kenyang

        If I can remind you, locals and State of Central Equatoria refused to relocate their Capital elsewhere or allocate more land for RSS. The result, RSS now looking forwards to relocate South Sudan Capital to that said or Ramceil. Why should people of Wau be or treated different?

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      • 8 January 2013 01:08, by Kenyang

        still Continue...
        What Garang mean was bring development to people, not changing their mother last name or town. Obviously, these embezzlers who now infested people’s Movement, SPLM can’t deliver an inch of tarmac road, can they?

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    • 8 January 2013 00:40, by Kenyang

      What Late Garang suggested & how it’s being carried out are complete different issues. What John Garang said was an idea & shouldn’t mean that corrupts, selfish opportunists, out of blue woke up to tell ur people to move out of here. How Garang would had carried it out can be discussed but surely this isn’t it. Suppose, some people don’t want suggested town, what should be done, kill them off?

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  • 7 January 2013 20:02, by Whortti Bor Manza

    All the World know what happened in Wau. No Dinka will ever admit the truth. Kiir might have been under the influence of drugs and women. I am sure he is now sober.

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  • 7 January 2013 21:20, by featured globe

    EES kingmaker
    dear, Who was Dr. Jonh Garang and what is SPLM?????????
    come to this point if you don’t know then you have to know they are one thing.

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  • 9 January 2013 20:24, by Alier42

    Mr kiir is a killer, no one will trust him any more.His security agencies are killing future leaders.

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