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S. Sudan security agents surround opposition leader’s house

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April 24, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese security agents surrounded the home of the country’s main opposition leader on Thursday, raising fears among his supporters.

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DC leader Lam Akol responds to questions at a news conference in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on 3 October 2014 (ST)

Lam Akol Ajawin, the leader of the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for democratic Change (SPLM-DC), confirmed that security operatives indeed surrounded his premise.

Unaware of what prompted the surprise move, Akol admitted he has been critical of the way government was handling the ongoing conflict amidst the rising costs of living.

The leader of the minority parliament, Onyoti Adigo said the deployment of security forces started at about 9pm (local time) as all roads leading to Akol’s house were blocked.

“They (security agents) surrounded the house before blocking all roads leading to the house, denying the people visiting any opportunity to interact with Dr. Lam Akol,” Adigo told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

Deng Bior, the secretary-general of the country’s main opposition party, also expressed concern over the manner in which Akol was being treated.

“The house of the SPLM-DC chairman and chairman of South Sudan national alliance, Dr Lam Akol Ajawin, has just been besieged by government security forces,” Bior said in a separate interview from the capital, Juba.

“My contact with him indicates that his situation is not normal from his voice. We are worried indeed,” he added.

South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, said Akol had not been arrested.

“If we want to arrest him, we can do that and it will take us no time to take him to prison. No forces have been deployed around his house. These are his usual claims,” Lueth told reporters on Friday.

However, it remains unclear why security agents besieged the opposition leader’s house and the Juba government is yet to officially issue a statement on the matter.

Akol’s claim of being placed under house arrest comes after he sharply criticised the government’s decision to allocate some 120 million South Sudanese pounds (SSP) to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the country’s independence and instead suggested that such huge amounts of money be dedicated towards development projects.

Security services in the world’s youngest nation are under direct control of the president whose office avoided making comments to the media on Akol’s situation.

(ST)

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  • 24 April 2015 20:53, by Kim Deng

    Othere Jurs (Teet, Bar, Jabe, Chai, Nyam-Nyam...) were advised to distance themselves from "Dinka-Nuer" war, but it seems some of them are not ready to take that path. I’m worry about those Jurs, who are going to be caught in between unknowingly.

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    • 24 April 2015 22:59, by Ahmed Chol

      Yaa, Lam! Don’t put your fist in the face of Kiir.
      Don’t instigate the Shilluk boys to bomb Malakal.

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      • 25 April 2015 10:27, by Mr Point

        I never expected to see a day where I would support Lam Akol!

        But today is that day!

        The SPLM was founded to provide democratic responsible and accountable government for South Sudan.

        Who deformed the SPLM to set up a military dictatorship? Who is responsible for sending security agents to intimidate opposing voices? How are they accountable to the people of South Sudan?

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    • 25 April 2015 06:27, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:

      Why didn’t you reject the assistance of other Jurs and Arabs in your war against the Dinka in the 90s? Why did you accept the assistance of the SAF, PDF, Murahaleen, Arab pastoralists, Equatorial Defence force, the Bari dominated Popular Resistance Movement/Army, Mundari militia and the Shilluk under Lam Akol?

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  • 25 April 2015 02:15, by San Manyuon

    I don’t have much to say on this article, but if all is true then government is digging itself a grave again. I know who Lam is and no surprise if he somehow take stupid move, but I am 100% oppose to the terrorizing of citizens. He is an opposition of ruling party, and that is good politic, it keep a check on ruling party.

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  • 25 April 2015 02:50, by lino

    Wow! I am not a supporter of Dr. Lam Akol, but if the Government did it again, they deem stupid rulers!!!
    How you govern in a democratic country without opposition???

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  • 25 April 2015 05:31, by Nyesi Ta

    The politically ailing vise president James Wani Igga is reported to be in comma. The vice president has long zipped his mouth for reason not known to many and the media attempted to reach him in vain. His silence in real politics of rss is politically incorrect given the political atmosphere in the republic in which he is the vice president. Please wake up from the comma.

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  • 25 April 2015 06:34, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Wani Igga is lost. He has eyes that can look but cannot see. He has ears that can hear but not listen. There is no doubt that he is heading to a disaster for his political mistakes.

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