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South Sudan security arrests ex-Wau governor after dismissal


June 25, 2016 (JUBA)- South Sudanese government has arrested Elias Waya Nyipuoc just hours after president Salva Kiir issued unexpected republican order sacking him from office in less than nine months since his appointment.

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Governor Elias Waya addressing people in Wau upon his arrival on January 12, 2016 (ST)

A high ranking security officer told Sudan Tribune Saturday that Nyipuoc was arrested on directives from higher authorities because he was behind the insecurity in town.

“That man deserves to be arrested to account for the loss of lives and properties of the security situation he caused in Wau. A lot of lives have been lost because of the way he was talking to the command. He was talking nonsense and has no respect to the division commander, not respecting security officers. Whom does he want to work with him? If he wants the rebels of Riek Machar, then he should have joined them before”, a visibly looking angry security officer told Sudan tribune on Saturday.

The latest security situation in Wau has forced more than 1000 civilians to seek protection at United Nations mission camp in the area. The International Committee of the Red Cross in the area expressed concern for the safety of the civilian population and warned immediate humanitarian crisis.

“How many times will South Sudanese civilians be forced to flee battle zones, knowing that if they don’t their lives will be in danger?” ICRC’s Deputy Head of Delegation for South Sudan, Gregory Mueller said.

“We again ask those involved in the fighting to not target civilians, medical facilities and humanitarian workers. Aid workers must be allowed to work," he added.

People trying to escape hostilities must be allowed to travel unimpeded. These are obligations mandated by International Humanitarian Law, stressed Mueller.


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  • 26 June 2016 01:47, by Mr Point

    Kiir’s unconstitutional appointment of this governor for one of Kiir’s 28 unconstitutional states has been overturned by Kiir’s unconstitutional dismissal of this governor.

    What a mess Kiir has made!!!!

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  • 26 June 2016 07:37, by Eastern

    Shame that Kiir and cohorts don’t seem to hear the voices of reason. It’s absurd that Elias Waya has been "Bakasoroed" after his dismissal. What happened in Yambio will certainly happen in Wau! Don’t leaders learn from their very recent mistakes? Shame!!

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  • 26 June 2016 09:35, by lino

    This 28 States must be put to rest, or we will see, hear, and witness SS having 64 states or even integrated to peices!!!

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