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Arrested teachers in south Sudan accuse police of mistreatment

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By Manyang Mayom

July 20, 2010 (RUMBEK) – One of the nineteen teachers accused of being behind violent student demonstrations in Rumbek, capital of Lakes state in southern Sudan, last week, has told Sudan Tribune that they have been mistreated by local police.

According to the teacher, in the three days they spent in jail they have been denied food and access to bathroom facilities.

One member of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), a break away party from the SPLM who govern southern Sudan, was among the teachers arrested.

The commissioner of Rumbek East County David Marial Gumke, told a meeting of the Rumbek Youth Union on Saturday that there may be more arrests if other teachers are believed to have encouraged the strike.

On Tuesday seven primary schools were closed indefinitely and riot police deployed after students destroyed files and broke all the windows at the office of the Rumbek East County commissioner. A generator donated by GoSS President Salva Kiir, during the April election campaign was also severely damaged.

The striking teachers say that they have only received 80% of their salaries and are demanding the rest before they return to work. A teacher who did not want to give his name told Sudan Tribune that the 200 Sudanese Pounds (US $77) they receive should not called a salary but "pocket money".

A top government official confirmed to the Sudan Tribune that 19 primary school teachers had been arrested on suspicion of being behind the protests.

Two policemen sustained injuries from students during Tuesday’s protest in Rumbek East County. Education Minister and a Deputy Governor of Lakes state, Major General Daniel Ayual Makoi, said that he decided to close down the seven schools in an attempt to minimize tension between students and government.

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  • 21 July 2010 08:24, by soldier boy

    This is my words to Students who are protesting...Why do you have to damage your own Stuff for example genarator and your school building windows? this is yours you do not have to brake it or damage it. if you are protesting about something you do not like just write some writen Signes so the Government could read and know what are protesting about.But when you start destoying what you have its make you looks stupid you need to stop god damn old school protest..the way i see it is like you are destoying your own house while you don’t know where are you going to be staying later...think think think use that god damn brain.and stop being stupid mind.

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    • 21 July 2010 08:51, by James Mangula

      When you installed illiterate people in to the power, the end result is like what is being reported. There is a growing tendency among corrupt officials to rob even the employees of the same system of their hardly earn salary. Where on earth do you have to live a parasitic life and at the same time expect a smile on victim face. The deducted 20% from those teachers must quickly be paid and perpetrators who stole it brought to book before that stooge commissioner can talk about law and order. Allegations of teachers being denied food and access to sanitary facility do amount to a fundamental breach of basic rights enshrined in the Southern Sudan Interim Constitution. That idiot commissioner must before condemning students constitute a body, to investigate the teachers’ allegations, if those allegations are substantiated, then the law must take it course against those police officers.

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  • 21 July 2010 08:30, by Paul Lokuji Micah daudi

    Dear Mr Commissioner,

    We all know that teachers are the least paid in South Sudan and on top of that their salaries go pending payments for more than 3 to 4 months every time,South Sudan needs too much development and there is no state in this world developed by uneducated people,the word civic itself comes to explain education,now if teachers are asking for their benefits and they end up in jail who will teach those millions of kids in South Sudan or are you working for the backwardness of the South.Such people you whom are task with the good will of the state and are doing the contrary must be fired otherwise we still remain uneducated for ages in the South.

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  • 21 July 2010 08:44, by Ayom

    Arresting Teachers,

    It creat bad image towards our government, sound shamefuly and it is worst compare to arresting doctors, Politicans and others common people.

    In front of Good, a teacher is a second person in all, you can start from zero level with a teacher teaching you until you become a president, doctor, specialist, chimist, Footballer, accountant and many others profession through teachers. to mr County commissoner of Rumbek East there is no point of arresting teachers and continues threatening them by saying more arrest are expect incase of any strick. You are a comissioner becuase you went to school and a teacher tought you.

    This is violating someone write, teachers are stricking because of their right of not being pay salaries. who want to work for free in this world?

    I am not happy

    Ayom Ayom

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    • 21 July 2010 16:39, by Abednego Majack Macharial

      Little knowledge is always a disease and these are the symptoms of it. How can government react negatively toward teachers who were demanding their rights in that manner?. For how long will we keep bending down under pressure from illiterates and corrupt leaders?. Arresting teachers and closure of schools is not a durable solution. This is dodging the problem and still that is not a solution unless you sit down with teachers and negotiate through a peaceful means. You cannot brutally arrest and humiliate the teachers in that way even if they are wrong. When should we learn to differentiate between politic and social demads? These guys are demanding their rights to live and this is what social justice is all about. You should not term it as a political sabotage against your administration. Mr. Commissioner, you have shown true signs of your personal weakness beyond doubt and I hope those who were favouring your being there as a commissioner should either regret or tuck their knickers and run back again for another replacement since the whole process has been politicise.

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    • 21 July 2010 17:08, by Ajokbil

      Yes Ayom. I think the reason to why teachers were arrested should be because government weakness was revealed which they don’t like most to happen.

      The decision taken by student to go on strike I guess was taken to be the option, as negotiation might have been given a deaf ear.If the commissioner was one time in school he must have gone the same attitude way and mean which those pupils student and teachers took, otherwise, government was good during their time if it never occurred.

      If Paying teachers with 80% of their salaries is because they are many, then that is a government policy which say every child should go to school and it is going to be free.
      If It is again not in position of paying them, then the word free should be remove from their mouth, and let those parents who can afford to pay school fees do so for better teaching of their children.

      I know they are least concern, because, their children are in neighboring countries for quality education

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      • 21 July 2010 23:03, by mack waweru

        We are doomed as a nation if teachers are arrested and tortured. Where in the world such incidents happen? It’s shameful for the authorities to order the arrest of the teachers instead of addressing their complains. 200 pounds is a two days meal budget. I’m so sorry indeed for this injustice against the people that are a light to the society. Things are not in right order even when military men are appointed to head education sectors.
        The said commissioner deserves to be unseated for a threat he made against the teachers.

        Mack Awer

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        • 22 July 2010 19:41, by Marial Mangar Akol

          Dear readers

          its sound very very bad for stupidity of our brothers who have narrow mind to do such a destruction, how are you feeling now? you are like one killed somebody. look now is there any change? are they given their money? why don’t they thinks back for what will happen after it? I my self, i don’t blame Mr. Commissioner, he is right to go before court with them those who are ring leaders.

          so commissioner keep it on.

          Dear brothers & sisters no matter you destroyed all they offices of Lakes state even the state office the same there will be no change because it the failure of Mr. Daniel Awet to requested the good budget before not late this.
          However, if the budget is the effect of whole Southern Sudan then why don’t go and destroyed the GOSS offices, Ashame on please!

          Congratulation to those who doesn’t involved to such mouther fucker destruction, it were the only building in the country. now which development are you go to say? is this this a development you always mean? WoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooW!
          My brothers of Rumbek-east improve your self, and i thinks there are some fools who will misunderstand it and they shall comment as if they are in their mother’s worm and if so i shall soon find you.

          Ashame..................................................................!

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