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August 15, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese security operatives on Saturday blocked the Western Equatoria state governor from leaving the capital, Juba until further notice.

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

It remains unclear what prompted actions to block Joseph Bakosoro, since neither the office of the president nor that of the minister of national security were able to make public statements on what triggered actions of operatives at Juba airport.

Several state and national level officials told Sudan Tribune during series of interviews following the incident that the decision may have been politically motivated. Others claimed it could be related to the recent statement in which governor Bakosoro and his administration welcomed not only demilitarisation and redeployment of the government forces outside Juba, but also members of the national security forces.

The reason for supporting such a provision of the compromise peace agreement proposed by the intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), according to the statement issued by the government, was to avoid civilians from becoming victims of differences between military personnel as happened in 2013.

His critics appeared to have misconstrued the rationality of the statement and interpreted it to mean a position supporting what they claimed to be a foreign proposal undermining sovereignty of an independent state.

His supporters however, say the statement did not call for deployment of foreign forces to provide protection and security but rather strengthen capacity of the police force.

A senior government official told Sudan Tribune Saturday that statements attributed Bakosoro “appear to have angered the president and his political allies from Western Equatoria state and was supposed to be removed from office effective from last week”.

The official further claimed that recent leadership consultations meeting on the IGAD proposal in which all the ten state governors, including Bakosoro himself, were invited to Juba by president Kiir may have been the cause of the delay of the presidential decision to either allow him return to the state or remove him from his position.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune when contacted on Saturday, Western Equatoria state information minister, Charles Barnaba Kisanga said government security operatives asked the governor to “disembark off commercial plane destined to the state”.

“It is true the governor did not return to the state as planned. He is now in Juba. He was prevented from traveling to Yambio and he is now at his hotel in Juba," he said.

Kisanga stressed that he was unaware of motives behind the actions taken by security officials, but disclosed that some groups politicians from Western Equatoria state in Juba whom he did not name were lobbying for the governor’s removal from office.

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  • 15 August 2015 22:16, by jubaone

    Whatever the motives of the security agents were, whether they acted impulsively or otherwise to block Governor Bakosoro from leaving Juba is an insult and humiliation. In such a lawless country, individual security agents simply take law into their hands. The best Bakosoro can do is simply join the SPLM-IO and fight or start an Equatorian front

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    • 16 August 2015 05:27, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Governor has a numbers of misconduct since day one he took office. He always talks abruptly without borders, maybe is caused of rampant detentioned.
      So let us wait other development with other governor in western Equartoria state.

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      • 16 August 2015 08:08, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        If there was sth like justice in S. South, WES’ governor Joseph B. B would have been sued to court for hatred & tribalistic speeches of calling people snakes to mention a single. No smoke without fire!

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    • 16 August 2015 10:24, by Gabriel Ajak

      So what if Bakosoro joint SPLM IN Opposition.

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    • 16 August 2015 10:41, by Ayuen deng

      I think western equatoria elders and politicians need to be careful with the way Bakasoro is against the government,this may one day affects the innocent people of western equatoria.you can not urinate in your own bed and think of sleeping comfortably.

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    • 16 August 2015 11:04, by Ayuen deng

      My friend Juba one.
      Joining rebels is not profitable at all just asked Oling/Olong how much its cost in his own community when he refused to listen to mighty King and rebel.innocent are dying of hunger,diseases and in battle that they have not call for...let the peacefully western equatoria remain peaceful without Bakasoro interference brother.

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      • 16 August 2015 14:44, by jubaone

        Ayuen Deng,

        There are choices in life to make: either you remain a subservient slave or you become a free renegade. Many are still in the system; look at Lakes, N. Bahr el Ghasal, Jonglei states so what? Are they not dying of hunger, revenge killings etc? This is twisted jienge logik and intimidation. You want war, we go for it. Simple. Most of Greater Equatoria is now out of bounds for you. NOTE

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  • 15 August 2015 23:03, by Force 1

    Finally; this was an overdue arrest; because being arrogant is nothing if you can’t back it up with an absolute power! Here is a heads up for those of his likes who think they don’t want Dinka; if you think you want to live in a state without Dinka; then you have to move to West Africa because you might not find any Dinka over there!

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    • 16 August 2015 06:44, by Eastern

      Well is absolute power is what you expect every leader worth their name must be the right way to lead the masses, then South Sudan is headed into a perilous future thanks to Dinkocracy! Bakasoro was elected to office by people who hold him high in esteem. Do you know what will become of South Sudan once Equatoria plunges into a state of full blown war?

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    • 16 August 2015 09:41, by jubaone

      Force 1,

      Bakosoro was the only fully and freely elected governor in the whole South Sudan. The rest where simply hand-picked. Bakosoro has every right to be arrogant: WES peaceful, economically stable, hard working people and such jienge scoundrels like you can only admire and of course want to destroy him. No way! You jienges have no added value to WES or the South at large, just useless burden.

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  • 16 August 2015 00:10, by salah

    We hoped South Sudan would be a beacon of democracy and a bright spot that lifts Africa from its darkness. Instead Silva Kirr turned out worst than Mugabi, Bashir, M7 and Ghadafi. The security apparatus prevent a sitting elected governor from returning to his state. OH God please have mercy on the wonderful people of South Sudan. Please lift this nightmare.

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  • 16 August 2015 07:21, by marie

    Force 1, West Africa, DRC, Uganda are our places before British divided us that is why the ethnic groups in these places are the same. Dinka does not belong to South Sudan. Dinka came from the North. Their places are Khartoum which is even called in their language. They ran to South because of Slave trade as they were being captured by Arabs to be taken into slavery. Nothing in common with Dinka.

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    • 16 August 2015 08:19, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      You missed the history of Dinka. Do u know when did they acquire the name ’DINKA’ & its meaning & why? Get well informed first prior to commenting.

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  • 16 August 2015 08:32, by marie

    I am not interested in learning that. I am here to refute their twisted history of Equatoria

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  • 16 August 2015 12:41, by Reuben

    The best ever governor in The Republic of South Sudan is Governor Bokosoro. He speaks for his State and this is what leaders should do.His detention is to humiliate him and instil fear so that he accepts the devilish plan of jienge. I do not think they will dismiss him because they know that they are play with fire. The arrow boys will strike watch....

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  • 16 August 2015 17:02, by Alfredo christiani

    Hahahahah
    Good moved ,I don’t know to why central government is keeping him in a position of governorship in Western Equatoria , he deserved to be removed since rebellion of Riak Machar on 15 December 2013 waiting for decree this evening on SSTV . congratulation for national security staff who detained him not to board on commercial flight,please jail him immediately .

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