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Former SPLM secretary-general Amum arrested in Juba


December 18, 2013 (JUBA) – Pagan Amum, the former secretary-general of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM), has been arrested in connection with Sunday’s alleged coup attempt in the capital, Juba.

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Former SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum Okiech (Reuters)

Authorities say his arrest intensifies the pressure on those still at large, confirming that over 10 senior officials, mainly former ministers were being held over the incident, in which hundreds lost their lives.

“Security personnel by the order of president Salva Kiir, had stormed the house of my brother, Pagan Amum Okiech, in Thongpiny area near Juba International Airport, adjacent to [the] UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) compound”, Amum’s sister, Nyibil Amum, said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

“Few hours later, I learnt that my brother Pagan Amum and his body guard brother, Akol Opinyjwok were arrested and taken to security head quarter at Jebel near Jebel kujur area when he called his wife”, she added.

On Wednesday, the Juba government it had arrested more than 10 leading SPLM figures who appeared recently in a press conference with the former South Sudanese vice-president, Riek Machar, whose whereabouts remains unknown, along with Alfred Ladu Gore, Taban Deng Gai and Peter Adwok Nyaba.

Amum, a former chief negotiator during the country’s post-cessation discussions with neighbouring Sudan, has been under house arrest since 23 July when Kiir dissolved his entire cabinet.

He was also known to have been a vocal critic of the country’s leadership, alleging that it had failed to deliver basic services to its people as pledged in various forums.

His remarks prompted the president, also chairperson of the SPLM, to issue an order suspending the former secretary-general, who was neither allowed to address press conferences nor leave the country.

The president later formed a seven-member committee to investigate his actions, amid protest from his lawyers.

Samuel Dong Luak, a lawyer who represented the former secretary-general said the president’s directive against Amum was in breach of the country’s transitional constitution.

Meanwhile, Amum’s family said the government will be held accountable, should anything happen to him or his bodyguard.

“We hold the president Salva Kiir and the government of the Republic of South Sudan responsible for their safety”, the statement said.


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  • 19 December 2013 06:35, by omoni jr.

    what were you still doing here in this Zoo? you should have go and meet with mr. savior peter Gadet Yaak. you will be mistreat until you urinate like rat

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    • 19 December 2013 06:41, by Kurnyel

      Kill all the captives Pagan should exacuted when he is in hand like today.Dinka Oyee

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    • 19 December 2013 09:45, by Monydit

      Bravo SPLA Security personal well done ,Taken Pagan Amum to the Drankness place ...................................Mr pagan is the Cause of All this plus Rebecca Nyadeng

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      • 19 December 2013 15:26, by Bentiu son

        Monydit,you fools celebrate today but tomorrow you will mourn badly.My heartily congratulation to our gallant forces of South Sudanese Army under the command tiger Gen Peter Gatdet Yak Majiek for overrun the major strategy Town of Bor South Sudan.Our gallant forces are now moving towards Juba cowards, you will pay big prize for arresting Amum n others just wait for us womanizers.

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      • 21 December 2013 05:30, by Ahmed Chol

        Those of you who blame Mi Diit should also blame Dinka Dominated SPLA, he has been very negative against all nuer and Machar. He incited violence too. Now where is Dinka Dominated SPLA? He is with Mi Diit and that is fine.

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        • 21 December 2013 05:58, by Ahmed Chol

          Pagan should be released. He has done more good things to South Sudan than Kiir. Without him, CPA would have not been implemented by Sudan. He deserves praised for this.

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  • 19 December 2013 06:42, by Chol A.

    Well being behind the "coup" always death or alive! Pagan with his colleagues will face justice and they too be accountable for civilians who lost live and properties in Juba and else where in which their militias attack.

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    • 19 December 2013 07:10, by Peter Mading

      Now I have understood, that Mr. Mi diit was no longer a person but a vulture who’s got all what he wanted all these times. I’ve been warning him not to incite violence and criticizing the Gov’t at wrong time. All in all, it is not the seat of Kiir that makes one a president. Riek could have formed his own party for him to become a president not unseat Kiir in SPLM-chairmanship: Ie.Toxic Knowledge

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      • 19 December 2013 07:42, by BM-21

        Peter Mading@
        you right 100% per cent MI DIIT Has got what he wanted.
        always he bit the drum of war
        always he called President Kiir ,incompetent .
        today Kiir is a COMPETENT TO ALL NUER tribes
        MI DIIT may your soul rest in peace with your colleagues who has lost their lifes.

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  • 19 December 2013 09:00, by Gatluak

    Salva Killer will one day die after being fuck by Nuer Boy

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  • 19 December 2013 10:17, by Dengdittueny

    Nuer have already celebrated for the death one man who incite violence mr. Mii diit. He has found what he want from Kiir. His comments are the one that course tension between Dinka and Nuer. God had punished him for being bad mouth man.

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  • 19 December 2013 15:16, by BBCs

    You are a dead man,i which they will hang you as soon as posible.

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  • 20 December 2013 05:19, by chol

    Good jobs for captured this evil man ,next should be traitor Machar and the rest of greedy gangs.They should be sent straight to Hell to meet Nuer FALSE prophet that predicted Machar will rule this country.The Nuer should forget about it that not going happened whether through election or military.Fools Nuer don’t learn from their mistakes in the past.
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  • 20 December 2013 05:32, by chol

    Pagan will soon die,but the thirty millions he steal will never save him.Search word Pagan and you will know this guy is pure evil.he will never go to his Mansion in California or anywhere in east Africa.
    Chol Y

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  • 21 December 2013 05:40, by SPLA

    The capture, mistreatment and killing of key SPLA opposition like Pagan Amum will not make the situation any better for Kiir and his batch of killers. If anything this may isolate the Dinka Bar el Ghazel and the likes further. Kiir needs to be very careful, because if this turns out to be Dinka up against the rest of the tribes in S.S, then it will be very unfortunate for Dinka.

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