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W. Equatoria governor protests illegal arrest of 36 youth


July 3, 2015 (JUBA) - The governor of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, Joseph Bakasoro, on Friday protested illegal arrest of 36 youth from Maridi county in the state by South Sudanese army (SPLA) commandos, saying his administration was not informed.

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Former Western Equatoria governor Joseph Bangansi Bakosoro (File photo: Larco Lomayat)

“We had no prior information of the arrest of 36 youth from Maridi by members of the commandos. They were collected from their homes without informing the state government,” governor Bakasoro in statements extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday.

“We don’t know what they have done. The cause of the arrest up to now is not clear. Neither me nor the county commissioner was informed,” lamented the governor.

He challenged the South Sudanese army, saying the way the arrest was made was not “conventional.”

He said the local youth members were just picked up from their homes and arrested for unclear reasons. Bakasoro explained that the youth were randomly arrested and taken by a car to Juba on Thursday, adding he knew nothing whether they were now in detention and on whose orders they were arrested.

The top executive in the state said he had asked Members of Parliament (MPs) in the national legislative assembly representing Maridi county to go for a search of the arrested youth and to find out who exactly was behind the order.

“We have asked our members of parliament in the national legislative assembly in Juba to go and ask the whereabouts of the youth in Juba. We want to know where they are [detained] and who ordered their arrest so that if anything happens to them we can ask those who took them,” he said.

It was not clear why the governor didn’t use his authority and executive channels to find out what transpired in the state from where the youth were arrested instead of referring the matter to the MPs from the area.

The protest by the governor also came two days after his state government’s minister of information accused the South Sudanese army of using “brutal tactics” to “destroy the country”, warning that such acts by the “brutalizing force [SPLA]” will increase the ongoing insecurity in the country.

“Western Equatoria [state] government condemns this brutal tactics of solving problems as one which will just alienate the population and increase insecurity and violence at a time when we should have been preparing to celebrate our fourth anniversary [of independence] and reduce the spread of violence to other peaceful areas of South Sudan,” Western Equatoria state’s minister of information, Charles Kisanga said on Wednesday.

“Why would we like to destroy the whole country before we can achieve peace or would we really be trying to contain violence to where it already occurred so that at least the cost of building this country is minimal afterwards?,” he inquired.

The state official asked the national government and the military leadership at the general headquarters to immediately withdraw the “brutalizing force” from the areas affected by the military activities in the state.

All innocent detained youth, he said, should be freed and SPLA should only go after rebels and their camps if at all they were in Western Equatoria state, because “rebels have bases” and not picking innocent youths from their homes.

He attributed the cause of the current unrest in the state to the events that ensued in Maridi and Mundi counties as the result of the tension between the two groups. He accused pastoralists from neighbouring states in the area of allegedly having been allowing their cows to go to the fields and eat up growing plantations.

He also denied that members of the state youth group threw grenade on a cattle camp which triggered fighting last month.

South Sudanese government said rebellion was in the making in Western Equatoria state, justifying the deployment of forces in order to contain the situation in the area. Minister of defense, Kuol Manyang Juuk, last month told the national parliament that rebel groups were emerging in the state.


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  • 4 July 2015 06:59, by Mi diit

    Western Equatoria state government against the army of Salva Kiir but supporting Salva Kiir. Interesting.

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    • 4 July 2015 07:17, by Ayuen deng

      The Governor was not asked by these Youths when they disturb peace in western Equatoria or did they???? ,if not then there’s no need of asking him permission to arrest,those who deserve what Commando does there...

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    • 5 July 2015 05:04, by Force 1

      If the governor is protesting the arrest of the 36 unlawful youth; then he is part of the lawless youth; therefore he must be arrested as well!

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  • 4 July 2015 09:22, by Eastern

    The Governor is absolutely right to challenge the arrest of the youth in his state. Malong can’t just come and arrest anybody in Western Equatoria because he is the shadow president of South Sudan. It’s a known fact that these days Malong bypasses Salva Kiir in his operation. This kind of unilateral action will soon create another ’Malakal’ in Western EQuatoria!

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    • 4 July 2015 13:33, by Hardlinner

      the spla should stop arresting civilains and civilians should equally stop attacking spla/other. war is unnecessary and does not benefit any one. so those calling war in equatoria are as stupid as dinka folks that mistreat equatorians civilians.

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  • 4 July 2015 10:47, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Time and time again Equatorians talk tough but do nothing against the injustice, oppression, mass murder of their people. It is time they bring down the elephant. Join who say no. Remember the death of Michael Loruwe and its aftermath is still the cause of all these. Take care with these cattle children.

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  • 4 July 2015 11:44, by American Missile.

    Mr. Governor, we thought that you a were united factor of South Sudanese in this country but you began to campaigned against the present of Cows in your State. hence,it was heard by the high authority in which the decrees were issued for the reasons of Cattle keepers to return back with their Cows, now it has turn away from the cattle to TRIBALISM.

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  • 4 July 2015 17:15, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    The days for W.Equatoria governor to join rebels are numbered.Will he fight tough like the sacked governor Taban Deng and/or be like Mr.Yauyau of pibor?
    Keep quite or face presidency’s wrath dear governor.You are not able to scare fly away from your face leave alone making gong noises

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  • 4 July 2015 17:37, by Tambura

    We will never rest from Dinka behave, if we dont tell them in the language they understand, I blame catholic for teaching our children how to like sheep....

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  • 4 July 2015 19:46, by Black Africa

    The best way to get Dinkas out of WES is by killing theirs cows every single day and secondly, starting from 6;00 pm to 6:00 am no Dinkas is allowed to be out on the street and It’s the duty of every citizen of WES to kill any Dinkas that you find on the street at night time.

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    • 5 July 2015 05:00, by Force 1

      Tombura and Black Africa;
      You guys talk that way but soon you’ll be crying at the UN that Dinka have massacred your people!

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  • 4 July 2015 19:51, by Black Africa

    Remember that it is not a crime or a sin when you kill Dinkas because they the are animals.

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