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S. Sudanese presidency denies opposition claims of arrests, torture


November 1, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese presidency has dismissed reports alleging over 90 intellectuals and commentators from the Equatoria region have been arrested and tortured by government agents acting on president Salva Kiir’s directive.

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny speaks to journalists in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, after the signing of a series of media bills into law on 9 September 2014 (ST)

“I want to say that what has been reported is incorrect. It is untrue, unfounded and misleading reports. The president of the republic will never lower himself down to the point of ordering arrest of people he does not know, presidential spokesperson,” Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune on Saturday

“There is no single truth in these reports. These are fabrications intended by the rebels of Riek Machar to cause confusion among the people of Equatoria who provides 99.9% support to the president,” he added.

The presidential aide said Equatorias fully understand the actual cause of the conflict and would oppose any unconstitutional and undemocratic means to ascend to power.

On Friday, Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, a member of the SPLM in Opposition, accused the Juba regime of allegedly arresting and torturing civilians over calls for federalism in the country and demanded that government’s actions on people be properly investigated.

Ateny also admitted that some youth from Eastern Equatoria state were arrested on allegations they were involved in submissive activities and plotted an attack inside the capital, Torit. The plan was reportedly thwarted through a coordinated network.

“This was the plan, but was discovered by the security personnel,” he said.

Relatives of those arrested, however, claim it was something to do with the local politics.

“I think that the government, particularly the security operatives are not doing well in their work. What I know is that these people who have been arrested have no connection whatsoever with these allegations,” a source from the ruling party’s (SPLM) secretariat told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

“They have no connection with the rebels. What I know is that there are people in eastern Equatoria State government who wants to settle local differences through security claims,” he added.

He claimed the Juba government fears any small subversive activity could ignite rebellion, saying “this is always the case when people chose the path of darkness”.


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  • 2 November 2014 10:20, by Mayom County Boy

    torture here in Juba,it is just allegation from Riek Machar rebel high
    ranking officers ,No doudt security bill was pass last week.

  • 2 November 2014 18:37, by tootke’bai-ngo

    A liar called Mr. Opportunist Ateny wek always contradict himself like boss kiir kriminal. One day president wanted jobs to be awarded to qualified nationals, next day, no president wanted foriegners to keep jobs in the country where 99 per cent is jobless.
    Who doesn’t know that this useless kiir can go as low as sacking someone who has been acussed of slapping a warrapian?

  • 2 November 2014 18:53, by Naath Raani

    Liar Ateny Wek, you also admitted there some youth arrested. Who are they? Are they not people your fucking regime neglected? You killed Nuers innocents in Juba and you want to kill Equatorians? Everyone in South Sudan is aware of brutal killing you are doing in the country.

    • 2 November 2014 21:24, by Force 1

      If anyone acting against the government and disobeying law and order then he or she deserve to be arrested and be brought to the court of law! There have to be nothing to liar about; people can’t take it both ways because if you want to joint the opposition then the door is open and don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

  • 3 November 2014 00:59, by Naath Raani

    There is no law in South Sudan Mr. Force. Dinka laws will not govern the country. We are not all from Dinka but South Sudanese. If Gogrials and their thugs want to obey their useless, then we are not part of it. Please Dinkas, obey your village laws and go with your corruption without bothering others.

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