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March 3, 2018 (JUBA) – Eight local chiefs representing the different communities in South Sudan’s Greater Bor region have appealed to President Salva Kiir to forgive and pardon jailed businessman John Agou Wuoi on the basis of his deteriorating health.

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South Sudanese businessman, John Agou Wuoi (courtesy photo)

In a 5 February 2018 letter extended to Sudan Tribune, the chiefs, led by paramount chief, Gideon Alier Aluong said Agou, whose “health is declining and deteriorating because of chronic illnesses” deserves to be pardoned like some of the individuals who were equally jailed with him, but were pardoned.

“We have also learnt that John Agou Wuoi is very sick and he has been referred abroad for further specialized treatment and management that are not possible within the prison environment or even in South Sudan. The health of our son John Agou Wuoi is declining and deteriorating as a result of these illnesses”, partly reads the letter, addressed to President Kiir.

Agou is one of the 16 individuals who were accused of corruption in the office of the President in 2015. He was arrested on 29 May 2015 with four Kenyan citizens who were employees of his company, Click Technologies Limited.

The decision to pardon all the individuals, including the four Kenyan citizens and all the South Sudanese who had been jailed with them, was agreed following bilateral talks between Kiir and his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta when the latter took oath of office on November 2017.

In their letter, channeled to the president through information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, the chiefs also appealed to President Kiir to pardon Agou so that he can take care of his family.

“In addition, John Agou Wuoi has a young family that he needs to raise and provide for as a husband and a father. It is for this reason that we are appealing to Your Excellency to forgive and pardon our son John Agou Wuoi for mistakes he may have done and show him kindness and mercy just like you have done with many people who have benefited from Your Excellency’s kind and forgiving heart”, the letter further states.

They wondered why Agou did not benefit from the presidential pardon, yet those jailed with him were accused of the same crime.

“As you may be aware Your Excellency, John Agou Wuoi who hails from Makuach County in Jonglei State was one of the individuals jailed because of corruption of case at your office. He was jointly jailed with some senior officials in the Office of the President - who we have since learnt - were pardoned by Your Excellency through a Presidential Order on 6th December 2017. However, John Agou Wuoi was not included in this Presidential Pardon. He was left out for reasons that are yet to be known even though all of them were equally accused of having committed the same crime”, they wrote.

The community chief urged Kiir to forgive and pardon Agou in line with his powers to grant pardon or remit prison sentences as enshrined in Article 101 (H) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan by remitting the prison sentence imposed on him by court in order to allow him undergo medical treatment.”

A senior member of the Greater Bor community, who spoke to Sudan Tribune on the condition of anonymity, said people were generally unhappy over the decision which saw Agou excluded from the list of those pardoned by the president over the same crime.

“We are not happy at all with this decision. It is discrimination against John Agou simply because he is from Bor area”, said the source, adding, “People from Bor do not want to speak out publicly about this issue because it risks jeopardizing efforts being exerted by its leaders and senior members like Kuol Manyang Juuk and Michael Makuei Lueth to convince the President to pardon John Agou just like he did with others who were jointly accused with John Agou".

He, described Kiir as “good person known for being forgiving and kind”, but blamed “some individuals” of allegedly misleading the South Sudan leader to leave Agou out from the list of those he opted to pardon, including the four Kenyan nationals.

Another source, who preferred not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter, claimed those who advised Kiir to leave out Agou from the presidential pardon are “not true supporters of Kiir”.

“They want to create problems for the president by portraying him as someone who only care about people from his home area or people related to him by blood and that is why he pardoned Yel Luol Koor and other people and left John Agou in prison", he stated.

He urged such individuals to encourage President Kiir to pardon Agou on health and humanitarian grounds, just like he did to Koor.

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  • 4 March 20:04, by Mayendit

    To: Father of corruptions jailed John Agou and those eights Bor communities chiefs. My question to you all is that, where were you during the time when he faked the signature of president? Basically, the father should have advice his Son if he has doubt on him but he never done that. I know very well, the South Sudanese civilians are more corrupts than government Officials. They wants money so bad

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  • 4 March 20:15, by loberito

    I am not sure what should be done here

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    • 4 March 20:21, by Mayendit

      Loberito
      Nothing we can do about it.

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  • 4 March 20:17, by Mayendit

    Mr. Gideon Alier Aluong.
    I don’t think you understand anything apart from comparing John Agou Wuol with those who have been released year ago. Faking the signature of the president to take money out in the banks is a big crime and he has to face jail in years so that, the others who will work close to next president learn lesson. If he die in jailed that is his own mistake and no blame on Gov.

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  • 4 March 21:07, by Games

    How could you pardon a person that stolen a portion of the money that can feed the whole nation? Give me break Bor Dinka

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  • 4 March 21:08, by lino

    As soon as he is jailed for life in prison for the corruption he committed, there shouldn’t be a compassionate ground for him, or these chiefs and family should pay to the coffer of the state what ever money the government thinks Agou had stolen and set him for medical care abroad!!!

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    • 5 March 01:57, by lino

      I also suggest that all pardoned for the corruption they committed have to pay back the money stolen or brought back to prisons! Stealing public money should not be tolerated!!!

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  • 5 March 09:25, by Peng Kimang

    Agou is a thief and deserve no impunity. Millions of dollars been looted by him and his cohorts would have avail drugs and render teachers salaries and other civil servants of this country. He is a criminal and must be behind bars. Thousands of South Sudanese died of sickness and hunger because of their acts.

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    • 5 March 10:13, by jubaone

      Peng Kimang,
      Very correct. Thieves and criminals can’t think they can count on their benydits and bandits like Kuol Manyang or Makuei for divine salvation. So such jienge scoundrels can steal with impunity and think they will get away just like that? Who cares anyway? They have made SS a shithole country.

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  • 5 March 10:31, by Kenyang ll

    I agreed with the chiefs. Mr. Agou needs to be released to his family. He can’t be the only sacrificial lamb, scapegoat in the land where everyone including thieves who jailed him are stealing in broad daylight. After all, Mr. Agou was stealing from the thief (Salva Kiir) and any justice would start with the first thief.

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    • 5 March 14:56, by lino

      His family and community must then pay back the portion his has stolen first before being released!!! He was caught red handed!!! The President and the rest of any SPLM/A thieves must be sent to International Court for South Sudan Corruption to be sentenced after real peace in the country!!!

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    • 5 March 15:32, by Tim Atiep

      Mr.writer,

      You need to understand the logic of jailing mr. Agou,it was not the orders given by President Kiir to detained him in prison,it was the law that governance the Country that has impacted on his negative thinking of using public assets and many people are dying in the Country due to poverty and one person is owning lurries assets and in a good health.Please do assessment with in t

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  • 5 March 15:39, by Tim Atiep

    Kenyang III,

    Please do your own assessment in the Country wide to see how many people are dying every day because of one or two people loaded public assets that are supposed to be use for road construction,good health care,construction of good schools for generation and many others.Guys,it’s not a matter of you getting up and start writing a lot of things to depend someone.Please look back.......

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    • 5 March 20:49, by Kenyang ll

      Tim Atiep,
      In case you didn’t understand my point, almost every SPLM official loot public money, you would be alone if you deny it. So, why are we singling only one man? Haven’t you heard Salva Kiir calling out 75 officials to return billions of dollars, did they? Don’t you think Kiir is guilty for thief for keeping millions of public money in his office and not bank or invest it on road?

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