Home | Comment & Analysis    Wednesday 21 March 2018

Maulana Mayen Wol was acquitted by South Sudan Supreme Court


By Amb. Gordon Buay

I have seen some quarters criticizing the appointment of Maulana Mayen Wol as the undersecretary of the Ministry of Petroleum on the basis of the charges brought against him in 2015. These quarters have expressed intellectual dishonesty by making irrational arguments which were dismissed by South Sudan Supreme Court in November 2017.

In a civilized world, every accused is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. When Maulana Mayen Wol was accused by the government of South Sudan in 2015, he was taken to the court to determine whether the accusations against him were true. In November 2017, the Supreme Court of South Sudan, the highest Court in the land, acquitted Maulana Mayen Wol and found him innocent.

The decision of South Sudan Supreme Court that declared Maulana Mayen innocent was written by Deputy Chief Justice, Maulana Gatwec Lul, a very respectful Nuer judge who has integrity, dignity and the adherence to the rule of law.

For those who always tribalize issues in South Sudan, I want to advise you that the judgment of South Sudan Supreme Court that found Molana Mayen Wol innocent was authored by a Nuer judge, not a Dinka. Therefore, any accusation against the decision of the Supreme Court on the basis of tribalism is a baloney.

Coming back to the question of why Maulana Mayen Wol was appointed by the President as an undersecretary, the answer is that any South Sudanese, who has been found innocent by the Supreme Court of South Sudan, has a right to be appointed in any capacity. The question of embezzlement of public funds was already settled by South Sudan Supreme Court and Maulana Mayen Wol was found innocent last year.

Maulana Mayen Wol should be appreciated by the people of South Sudan because when the Supreme Court of South Sudan found him innocent last year, he could have sued South Sudan government for a wrongful prosecution that tarnished his reputation. Based on the judgment of South Sudan Supreme Court, Maulana Mayen Wol could win a civil suit against the Government worth of millions of dollars for wrongful prosecution.

When he was released, Maulana Mayen Wol refused to sue the Government and stayed in his house as a normal citizen. His appointment this week as undersecretary is something appreciable and commendable because a man like him who was mistreated by the state for two years deserved such a position.

Those quarters in the media who are spreading lies about Maulana Mayen Wol should be advised that he was found innocent by the South Sudan Supreme Court in a unanimous judgement authored by a Nuer judge. The Court was convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that he was innocent man falsely accused by the government.

Therefore, all these nonsense in the media about Maulana Mayen Wol should stop and people should refer to the decision of South Sudan Supreme Court of November 2017.

The author is the South Sudanese chargé d’affairs to Washington

The views expressed in the 'Comment and Analysis' section are solely the opinions of the writers. The veracity of any claims made are the responsibility of the author not Sudan Tribune.

If you want to submit an opinion piece or an analysis please email it to comment@sudantribune.com

Sudan Tribune reserves the right to edit articles before publication. Please include your full name, relevant personal information and political affiliations.
Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Sudan’s removal from terror list taints U.S. values 2018-11-10 08:34:32 November, 9th, 2018 The Honorable Michael Richard Pompeo Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C St NW, Washington DC 20520 USA RESPONSE BY SUDAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT (SLM/A-AW) TO (...)

R-ARCISS: A Peace that divides the signatories and non-signatories 2018-11-10 07:58:28 By Tito Awen, Juba-South Sudan I keep wondering if peace can divide or unite the partners. I am not so young nor unmindful not to have known what happened after signing of the Comprehensive (...)

U.S. Move Ignores Sudan’s Abuses Against its Own People 2018-11-09 06:56:11 U.S. Considers Lifting Sudan’s ‘Terror State’ Designation By Jehanne Henry With all eyes on mid-term elections in the United States, almost no one noticed that on the same day the US State (...)


Latest Press Releases

Progress observed at end of second month of R-ARCSS implementation 2018-10-22 06:44:02 Press Release 21 October 2018 South Sudanese government released 24 detainees in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (...)

4th Annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum Announced for 25th October 2018 2018-10-15 12:38:14 PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER 14, 2018 Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), has announced October 25, 2018, as the date for its (...)

Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.