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S. Sudanese civil society leader shot by unknown gunman

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August 1, 2014 (JUBA) – An unidentified gunman shot and injured the head of South Sudan’s civil society alliance, Deng Athuai, on Friday, forcing several people to flee the crime scene for safety.

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South Sudan civil society alliance chairperson Deng Athuai Mawiir (Credit: Radio Tamajuz)

Eyewitnesses say Athuai was shot in the thigh at South African park at around 8.30pm (local time) as he left the place for his hotel in the capital, Juba.

He was rushed to Juba teaching hospital after the incident, described as “unfortunate” by close relatives.

This is the second attempt on Athuai’s life after he was first kidnapped at gunpoint in from the Juba-based Nile Beach hotel where he resided in 2011.

“This is [an] unfortunate development. Deng Athuai is a very respectful person. He is someone who is objective and polite and I don’t know why this is happening,” presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune after confirming the Juba shooting.

Ateny stressed the government would do its best to identify the culprit and establish the cause of the targeted shooting even though it was not fatal.

“The assailant has not been apprehended. The person just disappeared and nobody knows where this person had gone,” said Deng Acuil, an eyewitness who was at the scene told Sudan Tribune Friday.

“We were all shock[ed] by the incident. Nobody had ever thought such a thing would happen,” he added.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organiaation (CEPO), a South Sudanese civil society entity said the government should immediately investigate the shooting of the renowned activists.

"It is a shocking and unfortunate situation that now activists are targeted by armed person. CEPO believes that our government is capable and should take this case seriously till the person or people behind the plan of taking Deng Athuai away are held accountable in the court of law," partly reads CEPO’s statement to Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

"This is the moment that all South Sudanese should for working for peace not taking away lives of person or people. This time, we are demanding accountability on this case," it adds.

"This practice sends strong messages to activists across the country that their lives are at risk".

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Friday’s attack, but are yet to establish a motive.

Athuai was vocal in his criticism of the different factions of South Sudan’s warring parties during the last round of negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. He accused the two warring parties, as well as the group of former detained leaders, of looting the country’s wealth and causing the current crisis.

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  • 2 August 2014 08:26, by dinkdong

    The government agents are the culprits.

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    • 2 August 2014 09:45, by Mr Point

      34% of the country’s revenue is spent on Security.

      The security apparatus should be able to find who is responsible for the attacks on civil society leaders and journalists. They probably don’t have to look too far from headquarters.

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      • 2 August 2014 09:52, by Ahmed Chol

        You need to have a "big stick" in your hand if you want to speak the truth in the day light. The result is what you are seeing if you don’t have one in your hands. Bhar el Ghazal have bred the monster and it is now devouring all of us including them. The monster knows no boundaries as it is now turning against those who brought it up. Malual Jernyang is bleeding!

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    • 2 August 2014 09:52, by Ahmed Chol

      You need to have a "big stick" in your hand if you want to speak the truth in the day light. The result is what you are seeing if you don’t have one in your hands. Bhar el Ghazal have bred the monster and it is now devouring all of us including them. The monster knows no boundaries as it is now turning against those who brought it up. Malual Jernyang is bleeding!

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      • 2 August 2014 10:40, by michael coma

        That’s act of cowardic person.If he is a man he would have join men in fronline.Most of security agents are not well trained about their duties.

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      • 2 August 2014 17:22, by Rommel

        Ahmed Chol:

        You can’t blame an entire region for the malfeasance of one man. This isn’t the first time that I’ve seen you treating Bahr el Ghazal as a monolith. Question: When Riek killed tens of thousands of civilians in 1991, was that reflective of his upbringing as a son of Upper Nile!? Did we ’bred’ the monster?

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        • 2 August 2014 17:53, by Ahmed Chol

          Rommel,
          Don’t bring me your brain child. You don’t understand, blind in the heart and in mind.

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          • 2 August 2014 17:59, by Rommel

            Ahmed Chol

            Is that all you can do, engage in pathetic attempts at insult? You’re just angry that I called you a traitor for having initially supported Riek. You changed your mind after his forces killed your people in Mading Bor. That you choose to take our discussions personally and respond to them with flame-attacks (albeit laughably weak ones) is the product of how you feel about yourself.

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    • 2 August 2014 10:42, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Salva Kiir wants to continued the thread at the mouth of every South Sudanese by intimidation and killing.

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      • 2 August 2014 10:50, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        Deng Athuai was shot at his thigh because he told Salva Kiir that, please Kiir, the Country is bigger than you, please Quit the seat and give it to the person loved by South Sudanese to safe million lives or otherwise you will be killed like how you are killing South Sudanese, then Salva called the security immediately after Deng Athuai left the office and directed the security to kill Deng Athuai

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        • 2 August 2014 10:55, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

          This is how Isaiah Abraham was killed by Salva Kiir, but this time around his security failed to kill Deng Athuai and that is the beginning of his failure.

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          • 2 August 2014 16:25, by Rommel

            Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek:

            There’s no evidence that Deng Athuai Mawiir ever told Salva Kiir to step down and accede Executive power to Riek Machar. Stop lying. Riek is ’loved’ [*worshiped*] by *some* people in South Sudan... the vast majority of which are Nuer.

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        • 2 August 2014 13:10, by Mr Point

          Yes it is a coincidencehow many people who criticise Kiir for becoming a dictator are surprise attacked by Security forces.

          There was Isiaah Abraham. Murdered.

          And that other guy, the politician who they tried to assassinate on December 13 after the SPLM convention. What was his name? Riek someone.

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        • 2 August 2014 13:15, by michael coma

          Simon,

          Please stop telling us propaganda here.We are not here for liars,ok.

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  • 3 August 2014 05:56, by 4Justice

    Vindicate me, O God, And plead my cause against an ungodly nation; Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! For You are the God of my strength; Why do You cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

    Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God,To God my exceeding joy;
    And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God. (Psalm 43 NKJV)

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