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Pressure mounts on President Salva Kiir to pardon John Agou


March 22, 2018 (JUBA) - Enormous pressure is mounting on South Sudan President, Salva Kiir to pardon and release jailed businessman, John Agou Wuoi from prison on health and humanitarian grounds, a recent online assessment Sudan Tribune independently conducted shows.

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Jailed South Sudanese businessman John Agou Wuoi (courtesy photo)

Agou is one of the 16 individuals jailed because of corruption scandal in the office of the president in 2015. Mayen Wol Jong (the former chief administrator in the president’s office) and Yel Luol Koor (former executive director of the presidency) were also implicated.

Mayen was among six of the 16 people acquitted by the High Court last year, but circumstances under he was released remain unclear.

On 19 March, President Kiir issued a Republican Decree No. 40 appointing Mayen as the undersecretary in the petroleum ministry

While the high court found Mayen not guilty of criminal responsibility, sections of the public criticized his appointment by the president.

A survey conducted by Sudan Tribune on social media forums such as Facebook and Twitter indicates that calls for the South Sudanese president to pardon Agou have increased in the wake of the appointment Mayen as undersecretary in the ministry of petroleum.

In a Facebook post, August Mayai said “Mayen Wol as a new chief of petroleum is a terrible case of public expectation management”.

On his part, however, one Reuben Garang wrote, “One thing that South Sudan politicians do not fear is public. And the public is toothless as long there no independent judiciary and free and fair election.

Mabior Akoi De Mabior said, “It is so disheartening to keep hearing so and so have been released, acquitted or pardoned, but nothing close to the name Agou John Wuoi. To add salt to the injury some are even appointed into high positions. South Sudan leadership, in all departments, shall never cease to surprising (not) people”.

He added, “Agou John was accused, arrested, tried and sentenced to life, or should I say 75 years imprisonment with some other 15 "colleagues." all but John have been either acquitted of their crimes or have simply been pardoned or release. I fail to understand why Agou John is not any of them. He is instead left loathing in jail for reasons best known to the judiciary and the executive”.

According to Mabior, Agou was left in prison allegedly because he seems not to have “powerful” representatives in the government.

“Simply put, he (John Agou) does not have a very big representative in the system whom the leadership can feel threatened if not listened to. He is just some small guy there who cannot stir things up for the big boys. God is always on the side of the weak,” he stressed.

Aguek John Abuoch, another Facebook user wrote, “Just thinking, release John Agou and make him office manager of Mayen Wol”.

Meanwhile a Twitter user named, Kachuol Mabil (@paulkasii) said, “release John Agou before his detention makes sense anymore”.

Agou is one of the 16 individuals who were accused of corruption case in the office of the president in 2015. He was arrested on 29 May 2015 together with four Kenyan citizens who were employees of his company, Click Technologies Limited. The decision to pardon all the individuals, including the four Kenyans and all the South Sudanese who had been jailed with them, was agreed following bilateral talks between President Kiir and his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.

Among those pardoned was Yel Luol Koor, a former executive director at the presidency, who is the Kiir’s close relative. No reasons were given regarding the decision to single out Agou and leave him in prison, yet all the 16 individuals accused were tried and jailed for the same crimes.


A political commentator, who spoke to Sudan Tribune on the condition of anonymity on Friday, said the decision to single out Agou from the presidential pardon left many people wondering about real motives of the South Sudan leader or his closest advisors.

“President Salva Kiir should just pardon this young man called John Agou (who hails from Bor) and set him free less he be accused of tribalism, nepotism and favouritism”, said the outspoken analyst.

He added, “This is because President Kiir pardoned Yel Luol Koor and Mayen Wol Jong who come from his hometown on Gogrial state and are related to him by blood and to make matters worse, he re-appointed Mayen as undersecretary in the ministry of petroleum while this young man John Agou from Bor is rotting in jail".

Under Article 101(h) of South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution, the president shall to confirm death sentences, grant pardons, and remit convictions or penalties, as per the constitution and the law.


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  • 23 March 2018 09:09, by Midit Mitot

    This guy deserve to be release since Kiir reappointed other criminals again, but government of lineage will not allow him to be release. God punishing South Sudanese citizens through bad leaders.

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    • 23 March 2018 10:22, by deng

      Exactly , we are suffering through bad leadership, if we accept change by ourselves God will give us good leaders, from where do we expected good leader while all people are not good, it is like when Israel wanted a King to lead them God gave them Saul who misled.

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  • 23 March 2018 09:34, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    No need for president to get pressure
    In my experience can not be in pressure to release unlawful acts.they must to save jail as they committed a crimes.

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    • 23 March 2018 10:22, by Midit Mitot

      Ayuiu Makuac Lam,

      There is no justice in your fool government, let Kiir rearrested the reappointed criminals if there are laws. Unlawful for one person while reappointed the real criminals, sorry!!!!!!

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  • 23 March 2018 10:47, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Midit Mitot,
    All South Sudanese leaders are fool not Salva Kiir Mayardit even those seeking leadership are more fool because they are deriving the same party, and are including Riek Machar Teny.

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  • 23 March 2018 15:18, by Jamy Moses Black

    The issue of John Agou Wuoi is a terrible thing to think and a slap in the face of Kiir`s historical and outstanding character of forgiveness.
    Agou being a convict of similar crimes in which others have so far been released should have as well benefited from the same consideration.
    To make it sensible, just release John Mr. president.

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  • 23 March 2018 16:04, by jubaone

    The faster the jienge Bor understood this message, the better. Jienge Warrap are punishing jienge Bor perhaps just like any other non-jienges. Jienge Warrap steal, kill, rape and go scot-free. But poor "Borians" can’t rebel. They have no gateway. Nuers, Murles on one hand, lurking Equatorians on the other. They are better squatting in Nimule. Makuei and Manyang can’t do much.

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  • 23 March 2018 16:36, by lino

    Stealing public money should not be tolerated!!! Thieves must be kept behind bars at all times! Those pardoned must be brought back, or President Kiir should be the money they have stolen to public coffers.
    An high court should be set up to investigate and try all SPLM/A leaders about the 4 billion dollars they have taken!!!

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    • 24 March 2018 12:45, by Rami Tot

      let me tell you, the most dangerous Dinka pushing Bhar elghazal people are Bor Dinka, those who are still comments bad comments are Bor dinka, those who hate other tribes to rule south sudan are Bor Dinka, they are responsible of cultivating hates among the south Sudanese people after the other dinka commit crimes they are safe from being convicted, s sudan war start with kuol mayang CGS

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      • 24 March 2018 12:53, by Rami Tot

        south sudan war start with kuol Mayang being the minister of defense during his appointment all of them from US and Australia begin to know that the war is near, I need you to make assessment you will get to know that they are the reason why we are fighting, warning do not share affair with Bor people if you do you are putting your business to risk believe me

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      • 24 March 2018 12:53, by Rami Tot

        south sudan war start with kuol Mayang being the minister of defense during his appointment all of them from US and Australia begin to know that the war is near, I need you to make assessment you will get to know that they are the reason why we are fighting, warning do not share affair with Bor people if you do you are putting your business to risk believe me

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