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SPLM-IO says decision of Governor Tong Akeen lifting immunity of anti-corruption boss ‘null and void’

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SPLM-IO state secretariat in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state capital, Aweil. [Photo by Sudans Post]
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JUBA — The main armed opposition SPLM-IO has rejected lifting of immunity of the Chairperson of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State Anti-Corruption Commission Anei Rok Akuei, saying the decision by Governor Tong Akeen Ngor is null and void.

In a statement this week, Governor Tong lifted the immunity of Mr. Akuei who is also a senior member of the SPLM-IO after opening a court case against him over claims that he had defamed the governor.

On August 25, Mr. Akuei said in a statement that vehicles belonging to the state government “are being given out randomly to people who are not in the government leaving state officials walking on feet.”

 

 

 

The senior state government official also disclosed that the central government in Juba has been dispatching at least SSP260 million a month to the state government, but to his surprise the government has been paying civil servants on time as expected.

Governor Akeen then wrote to Akuei informing him that his immunity has been lifted as he is wanted to attend to a public prosecutor for hearing on the defamation allegations brought forward by the governor.

“In reference to the letter dated on 9th September 2022 with No. RSS/MoJ &CA/LA &PPA/A…..2022 from Aweil Town Public Prosecution Attorney office, I am here by writing to formally lift your immunity as constitutional post-holder with effect from the date of writing this letter for a needed probe at police office in Aweil Town Police Station to clear the alleged accusations against you,” Governor Tong said in the letter.

“You are requested under the case opened against you under case No. (2367) /2022, under section (289) of South Sudan Penal Code Act 2008, and the Director of Legal Administration and Public Prosecution had directed you to meet the prosecutor for you to answer some questions,” he added.

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In a statement extended to Sudans Post, SPLM-IO Chairperson in Northern Bahr el Ghazal Angelina Aweng Abraham condemned the lifting of immunity and accused Governor Tong Akeen of dictatorship, saying the anti-corruption boss has done nothing wrong to warrant lifting of immunity.

“It is with great disappointment and sense of displeasure to write this letter in response to the letter issued by honorable Tong Akeen Ngor, the Governor of Northern Bhar-el-Ghazal State on Wednesday, 14th, September,2022, lifting the immunity for chairperson of anti-corruption commission in Northern Bhar el Ghazal State Government,” the statement said.

“The SPLM-IO leadership, condemns this order in the strongest terms possible and this also shows that Governor Tong Akeen Ngor, is known for dictatorship, total tyranny and lack of democracy in his governance,” it added.

Ms. Abraham who is also the deputy speaker of parliament for Northern Bahr el Ghazal said Akuei spoke of corruption shr said is ongoing in the state and dismissed claims that he had defamed the governor.

“Honorable Anei Rok Akuei, talked of corruption at his level in the highest echelons of the government of Northern Bhar el Ghazal State and it is the order of the day. This is to be expected in a situation where there is no accountability of any sort. Personal loyalty, to be bought if necessary and possible, is what counts,” she said in the statement.

“The SPLM-IO leadership in Northern Bhar-Ghazal, repudiates the claims of honorable Tong Akeen that, he and his henchmen in the government have been defamed by honorable Anei Rok Akuei, the chairperson of anti-corruption commission during an interview conducted by different media outlets which we, in the SPLM-IO felt that honorable Anei Rok Akuei has absolute rights to disclose mismanagement of our local revenues, personal income taxes and unlawful usage of state’s resources for personal interests and gains by some government elites,” the statement added.

 

The statement further said that the lifting of immunity is not accepted by the SPLM-IO and that it is null and void and threatened that it will not leave stone unturned.

“This, has nothing to do with defamation as misconstrued by honorable Governor. The SPLM-IO position on this matter, is clear, given the fact that the procedure taken by honorable Governor Tong Akeen, in lifting the immunity of honorable Anei Rok Akuei, chairperson of anti-corruption commission, is null and void and no stone would be left unturned on this matter,” the statement said.

“Contrary to the revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the republic of South Sudan, Governor Tong Akeen Ngor, did not make prior consultations to the concern party’s leadership where honorable Anci Rok Akuei hails from, on the status or nature of his charges labelled against him,” it added.

 

 

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Gen. Buay rejects investigation committee on Mayom extrajudicial killings

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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.

 

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South Sudan rejects Morocco’s request to severe ties with Sahrawi

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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.

 

 

 

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MoH deploys Ebola response team at southern borders

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Team of health workers deployed at the border towns of Nimule. (Photo: Mabior Kiir).
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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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