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Juba University lecturers strike over detained colleagues

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January 28, 2017 (JUBA) - Academic lecturers have indefinitely suspended lessons at the South Sudan’s main University of Juba in protest to arbitrary detention of two academics.

Academic staff president Philip Finish Apollo and natural resources lecture Zuher Sule were arrested on Thursday for holding a "secret meeting" after being suspended from the university by Vice Chancellor Prof. John Akech. The lecturers slammed the detention as illegal and demand their immediate release.

David Evoc, the deputy president for the academic staff, said lecturers have lived to their promise and halted lecturers. Evoc said the arrest of Finish and Sule is an "intimidation" to the lecturers demanding their legitimate rights of better wages and arrears as well better management at the university.

However, University of Juba Vice Chancellor Prof. Akech said the lecturers have acted outside the regulations and bureaucratic management of the institutional issues. He blamed the academic for misrepresenting "facts" to the public.

"Instead of dialoguing with (university) administration for the way forward, they (academic staff) met on 15 December and made unfounded allegations against the VC [Vice Chancellor] in regards to new policies including changing a number of academic regulations," said Akec in an email obtained by Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

He said the regulations were agreed by "appropriate bodies" governing the university and not unilaterally declared by VC as alleged. Akech said the academic staff abandoned university and ministry of education as channels to address their grievances and resorted to the media.

"These allegations were first published by Juba Monitor [newspaper] on 16 December 2016 and for that reason, five academic staffs were suspended for dissemination of false information about university administration decision-making," he added.

He said a committee is investigating the suspended staffs. Akech said the embattled staffs embarked on mobilising the students to trigger chaos in the university.

"They have been polarising the university community as well as waging media campaigns using disinformation in order to have their way," he added.

The VC, however, did not say if he authorised the arrest of the two lecturers. Akech did not elaborate on steps is taking to end the strike.

A university student said lecturers did not teach on Friday.

"It is an unfortunate situation that we just found ourselves in. The lecturers just began three weeks ago and the lecturers have been doing great job amidst the challenges of transport and low pay," first student identifying his first name as Sebit said on Saturday.

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  • 29 January 05:51, by Kush Natives

    Now,all those lectures arrestees will take this on their shoulders as a tribal issue. How can this country prosper, if always the outlaws are not furnished? Where in the world can the lectures have their meeting without the counselor? They must be hold accountable till they speak out the truth! This is the acts of an undermining the system.

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    • 29 January 07:03, by jubaone

      Kush Natives,
      Just don’t understand what you are up to. Did you actually mean "punished" and erroneously misspelled that as "furnished?" Please clear that, if you can’t just keep a low profile. Thank you 😊.

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      • 29 January 07:40, by Kush Natives

        Jubaone,
        You’re right! Autocorrect is the problem. "Punish" that was what it meant. Thanks

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  • 29 January 07:15, by Eastern

    Kush Natives doesn’t see the blind tribal allegiance is driving South Sudan aground and South Sudanese asunder, the dinkanisation of public institutions in South Sudan is an open case but some dumbarses want to say otherwise. Good luck!

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    • 29 January 07:43, by Kush Natives

      Eastern,
      You’re totally less informed about my comment!

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      • 29 January 09:31, by Eastern

        .....less informed about your comment? Bruh!

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