By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon, Sawa Sawa Network
Juba, (August 3, 2022) – Although it has been nearly two months (44 days) without trial, Lakes State authorities are still illegally holding six teachers, the alleged ringleaders of the pay strike, their relatives have confirmed.
The teachers under detention include Majak Nhial, Ater Ahou Machar, Ater Ariau, Marol Chol, Emmanuel Mapuor Mabor, and Abraham Makur Nyot Marol.
On June 18, the state teachers protested what they called “poor salary structure” which was enforced on them by the state education ministry, contrary to the new salary scale.
In September 2021, the National Ministry of Public Service and Human Resource Development in a circular No: 1/2021 directed all the states to implement the new salary structure for the civil servants.
The directive which was to come into effect by July 1, 2021 on all the government payrolls increased the civil servants’ salaries by 100 percent as approved by the president.
According to the structure, a grade 7 teacher is supposed to receive 22,763 South Sudanese Pounds (SSP) as opposed to 5,500 SSP, which was being enforced on the teachers in Lakes state.
But in Lakes State, the complaint resulted in the arrest of 13 instructors on June 20, before others were later set free after spending three days in the cells.
The families of the detained had hoped that justice would prevail in the past few days, in vain.
As a result, the teachers spent a month at Panda Military detention facility in Rumbek Centre before being taken to Rumbek Central Prison, commonly known as Alekic, last week.
Speaking to Sawa Sawa Network on Wednesday, a teacher who chose anonymity over “safety reasons”, said his colleagues were being unlawfully detained by the state security operatives.
“There’s no justification to continue to detain them. They were complaining of their rights. Why are they still being held without justice?” He questioned.
“This is not logical. The salary structure was passed by the national government and it was never respected by the state ministry of education. What would they expect from us?”
Reliable sources in Rumbek town said the six teachers were transferred from the military detention facility about a week ago to Rumbek Central prison.
Last week, it was alleged that the detainees would be arraigned on August 1, but it failed to work out because the Attorney General, Michael Wadan, caught malaria.
On the same note, Mayen Mading, the director of administration and finance at the state education docket, is believed to be the complainant of the case against the teachers.
Presently, it is now not known when the teachers will be produced before the court.
Cholhok Pagaraw Makuer, a wife to the detained Emmanuel Mapuor, said the kids were suffering in the absence of their father.
“The life has become extremely harsh with us since my husband was arrested. We are suffering and there is no way out,” she stated.
“Children get sick but they are not taken to the hospital because everything is money. I don’t have money to buy medicines.”
The mother said the entire family was even confused on why the case was escalating without justice.
“No one tells us the truth regarding the case. We keep going to the detention facility and we are constantly told that they will be taken to court, but they are not taken,” she said.
Makuer is calling for either immediate release of the husband or trial before the court.
Counsel David Ayuel, a Juba-based legal practitioner, argues that it is illegal to detain someone for more than 40 days without trial, according to the criminal court act.
It stipulates that 24 hours are deemed fit for someone to appear before the court.
Attempts to reach the state education minister were not immediately successful as he could not answer several phone calls.
But while speaking to this outlet in June, Nelson Makoi, Lakes State education minister, claimed a group of teachers were arrested for threatening cashiers, as opposed to the complaint on the new salary structure.
However, the speaker of the Lakes State Transitional Legislative Assembly later admitted they “had received the teachers petition” on salary dispute.
Gen. Buay rejects investigation committee on Mayom extrajudicial killings
JUBA – South Sudan opposition commander and leader of the holdout South Sudan People’s Movement/Army (SSPM/A) Gen. Stephen Buay Rolnyang has downplayed impact of a recent investigation committee formed by President Kiir to investigate Mayom extrajudicial killings.
In July, fighting between rebel forces belonging to Buay and South Sudan People’s Defense Forces resulted in the killing of Mayom County Commissioner who was attacked and assassinated in his house at dawn on July 21.
The government responded by hunting down rebel forces and was able to convince Sudan to handover to them those who had fled to Sudan. Four opposition commanders who were handed over by the Sudanese authorities were later on executed.
The killing parked public outcry with President Kiir being urged by members of the public to remove the governor of Unity State Nguen Manytuil Wijang who is accused of direct involvement in the killing of the opposition commanders.
Kiir then formed a committee to investigate the rising insecurity in Unity State and told the committee to receive a report in a period not exceeding two weeks.
Speaking to Sudans Post this afternoon, General Buay said he doubts that something will be done by the committee, citing previous committees formed without tangible results.
“The SSPM/A has learned with great concern the formation of the investigation committee that was formed by the regime to investigate the extrajudicial killing of the SSPA officers who were kidnapped in Fula state, Sudan on 6 August 2022 and summarily executed in Mayom by the governor of unity state on 8 August 2022,” he said.
“It has been a tendency of the regime to form an investigation committee which usually ends up without any tangible results or outcome,” he added.
He said “Several investigation committees were formed by the President himself and the results were undermined and sabotaged and thrown into dustbin with good example of the recent investigation committee that was formed to investigate atrocities that were committed by allied militias and SSPDF forces in South of Unity state, therefore, the investigation committee ended up without any tangible results. So, this investigation committee is not exceptional.”
General Buay further alleged that army generals who were involved “in the extrajudicial killing of the SSPA officers have been secretly sent to Khartoum by Hon. Tut Gatluak pretending to be sick to avoid investigation committee.”
These, he said, are General Joseph Manyuat, General Bol Mayak, and General Michal Makal Kuol Majak.
South Sudan rejects Morocco’s request to severe ties with Sahrawi
NEW YORK – South Sudan has rejected Morocco’s request for it to severe diplomatic ties with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, saying it supports the position of the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) on the matter.
The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is a partially recognised state, recognised by 41 UN member states, located in the western Maghreb, which claims the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara, but controls only the easternmost one-fifth of that territory.
On Tuesday, South Sudan’s Vice President for Services Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol met and held discussions with the Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the 77th regular session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The two leaders discussed bilateral relations, how to advance the interests of Africans, advocate for peace, security and supporting more than a decade-old policy in which they supported the continental body’s call for free self-determination of the Sahrawi people.
The meeting between the two leaders angered the Moroccan government, which protested in a letter it sent to the South Sudanese embassy in the North African country.
However, South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs ministry informed the Kingdom of Morocco government that “the meeting between our delegation and the Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs does not negate our strategic bilateral relations with the kingdom.”
“The Republic of South Sudan is a member of the African Union and the United Nations and would want to reiterate that it does not see it fit to have contrary views to the position of the African Union and UN [Security Council] Resolution 690, as a viable engagement framework to find a lasting solution over the dispute on Western Sahara”, it added.
Juba further said it has not deviated from supporting the AU and UN’s position which insists the Sahrawi people be allowed to decide their future.
“South Sudan’s leadership and the government position on the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is fully supportive of the decision of the Organization of African Unity turned African Union to admit SADR to its membership on 22nd August 1982, and the AU Charter which calls for the unquestionable and inalienable right of a people to self-determination,” stressed the ministry’s statement.
In 2017, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI visited South Sudan and held talks with President Salva Kiir aimed at “promoting friendship and solidarity” between both nations. The visit came at the time Morroco was seeking support to return to the AU.
Foreign policy experts, however, argue that the position of South Sudan would have backpedaled a decade-old policy in which African countries generally support calls for a referendum in a region Morocco claims is part of its territory.
MoH deploys Ebola response team at southern borders
The national Ministry of Health has deployed a technical team of 15 health workers to areas bordering Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor and screen travelers amid the new Ebola outbreak in Uganda.
Dr. Victoria Anib Majur, the ministry’s undersecretary said a five-member team is heading to Yambio of Western Equatoria State.
The health personnel include public health officers, lab technicians, case management surveillance officers and infection and preventing control officers.
“The ministry of health is very determined to make sure that there are precautionary measures in place to make sure Ebola doesn’t enter to the country,” said Anib.
“On top of it, we want to send a message to people to adhere with measure by washing hand If any person develops symptoms of fever or suspects any symptoms, he should report it to the nearest health facility.”
Dr. Victoria who spoke to reporters upon the departure of the doctors from Juba Airport, revealed that the ministry has also dispatched similar five-member team to Yei and another to Nimule.
Team of specialists deployed in Yei to conduct surveillance on Ebola Virus Disease. (Mabior Kiir).
She said the health professionals will launch precautionary measures center to monitor suspect Ebola cases.
On Tuesday, health authorities in Uganda declared an outbreak of Ebola after a case of the rare Sudan strain was confirmed in Mubende district in the central part of the country.
So far, 31 confirmed and suspected cases, and 19 deaths have been reported by Uganda’s health ministryOn Friday, President Kiir’s cabinet meeting allocated 500,000 US dollars as funds for mitigation and prevention of Ebola following reported outbreak of the virus in Uganda early this week.
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