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Ex-Warrap governor accused of threatening political commentator

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August 29, 2015 (JUBA) - An alleged threat by the former governor of South Sudan’s Warrap state, Nyandeng Malek against a local political commentator has drawn lots of criticisms from opponents and those opposed to the latter’s leadership capabilities.

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Ex-Warrap state governor Nyandeng Malek addresing SPLM members in Kwajok April 15, 2013 (ST)

Simon Yel Yel, currently a columnist with MordernGhana, an Accra-based website, told Sudan Tribune Malek threatened him through a phone call and demanded that he should prepare evidences of all corruption allegations labelled against her.

“She [Malek] called me on phone at 12:44 pm today and said be ready for me. I am normal citizen like you. I am no longer a governor. You will bring your papers to proof that corruption you claimed in investigations. You have been writing a lot of bad things about me in print and online media but this time I am no longer a governor and hence be ready for me. I was ignoring your article because I was a governor Nyandeng Malek," he said.

Yel said the former governor’s action constituted a clear case of intimidation and threat to his life, stressing that she would be held responsible in case anything happen to him.

“To me, this is a threat because I don’t know what she will do to me next. I don’t apprehend what she really meant by saying be ready for me. This is act of intimidation".

The commentator said he didn’t mean that Malek had stolen money in Warrap, but that his article was entirely about how local politicians in Warrap viewed the border state.

"I don’t know why she is sensitive to hear corruption? I am ready if she wants to take me to court. My article was purely advice to caretaker governor of Warrap state and challenges ahead of him. If there is anything that happened to me then Nyandeng Malek will be responsible because being killed by unknown gunmen has become culture of smart killing in Juba now”, he said.

Yel, in a letter to the caretaker governor of Warrap, Akech Tong Aleu, claimed Malek had “arguably created a great gap of distrust between government, Warrap populations, state assembly and the SPLM party in the state. There is no link and trust between them at all".

"They see themselves as enemies and each work against the other”, he says in his letter.

“Mr. Governor, it is now your task to reunite the government with the SPLM party, state assembly and Warrap populations and build trust and teamwork among them once more”, it adds.

Yel further claimed many politicians in Warrap have totally misunderstood the meaning of Warrap and reasons why General Konggor Arop gave that name to the border state.

"Our local politicians have different version of Warrap state as they wrongly assume that Warrap state is War(pond or river) that is full of rap anyanjang(grain) where every constitutional post holder can fill his or her basket (gac) with rap anyanjang(grain) and goes away with it without being hold to account. They have got it totally wrong”, said Yel.

He also suggested, in his letter, that the present name of the border state be changed from Warrap to War alel in order to lessen rapid robbery of public funds because local politicians will not eat aleel(stones) again like the way they are eating rap now.

“Hon, don’t bring us local politicians that see Warrap state as “ War rap” where they can fill their bellies and gaac (baskets) and go away without doing their constitutional obligations to the citizens. We need some things tangible to be done in Warrap in these three years”, emphasised Yel in his letter to the caretaker governor.

He said the former governor and her supporters simply misunderstood his writing to mean she corrupted the state government, leading to eventual failure to deliver services to the people thus contributing to her removal from the governorship, earlier this month.

(ST)

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  • 30 August 2015 08:30, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    people of Warrap should stand together to protect this highly educated man, his kind are not easy to come by. him and I had tried our best to protect this gov, even though we lost the diplomatic front to SPLM/io.

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    • 30 August 2015 11:32, by Eastern

      It’s through your arrogance that you lost the diplomatic front to SPLA-io. How can you have people of Michael Makuei Lueth in your team and you expect to convince the international community. Akech Tong was kept for a long time under the long skirt of Nyandeng Malek, I hope he will not act like Kiir as a result of long time of working in the shadows of Garang.

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      • 30 August 2015 16:46, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        The reasons are Nuer support their leader through their websites of Nyamile and South Sudan agency while Dinka educators with big degrees are on face book fighting among themselves over minor issues. second, America have no trust for this gov after four billion was reported stolen.

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  • 31 August 2015 10:58, by Gen.Quack

    To nyandeng Malek, good faith madam, read me well, if kuac is your pond were you can intimidate people then this will Mark your end, you also be ready for me, you will go before you reached yel, soon you will reach your fate, during the processes of security arrangement between opposition and government less you flee to riak. Yes you are normal citizen like yel, you deserve not to be taken to cou

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    • 31 August 2015 11:08, by Gen.Quack

      Con.... Wher did you put two millions lcs with your fiance minister, please nyandeng I don’t know how to describe you, ther is a saying caught a thief and protect yourself, ahahajahaaja yel protect yourself she is a thief, nyandeng sincerely speaking the way you managed the state was shameful characterised with shambles, threat and corruption, what goes round come round, welcome to civilian/citize

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  • 31 August 2015 12:53, by Abyei Soil

    Simon Yel Yel himself is a real corruptist threatening Nyandeng to keep silent so that the plan for looting is given go ahead. How can he suggest Warrap should be change to War Alel, just because the state capital is in their home Town that is why he made such suggestion, well to tell you, that won’t work for now just keep looting but time will come.

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