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South Sudan arrests adviser on minority affairs


July 21, 2020 (JUBA)- South Sudan has arrested a presidential adviser on minority affairs, sparking speculations trying to understand the motive necessitating the action.

Akot Lual Arech (ST photo)Akot Lual Arech, a presidential adviser on Murle affairs but who sees himself as an advocate of the rights of minorities in the country, has been arrested, causing a row within the presidency.

Family members and relatives told Sudan Tribune he is arrested at the national prison centre in Juba. No official statement from either the office of the president or police authorities has issued a statement commenting on the cause of their actions.

Arech confirmed his arrest without providing additional information.

Presidential sources told Sudan Tribune on Monday and Tuesday the presidential aide was arrested owing to his role in the conflict riddled state of Jonglei, where years of communal conflicts have hindered development activities, representing a national security threat.

“Akot Lual was arrested on Saturday and has not been released. He is at the national prison centre in Juba. I have just come from there. I have gone to visit him and to inquire what actually happened,” said a relative on Sunday.

“Nobody has given us clear information about what happened. People we have asked in the office of the president did not want to divulge much of what they know. They are careful, making it difficult to understand what caused his arrest," he added.

The arrest comes a month after he wrote an op-ed in which he tried to explain the motive behind his role in the Jonglei conflict, asserting that he was purely trying to find a solution to the conflict between the Dinka Bor and members of the Murle tribe.

The explanation caused him criticism from members of the Bor community, with some accusing him of having taken a side in the conflict.


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  • 22 July 2020 07:54, by King of Nyamlel

    I do only blame people of Jonglei for lacking piece of mind to solve their own problems. I doubt whether Akot Lual can solve problem of Murle and Dinka in Jonglei. For those who hate Dinka, bear in mind that Dinka is Dinka and Dinka is going anywhere, whether you like it or not!

  • 22 July 2020 12:37, by Angelo Achuil

    If only we can stop targeting the whole ethnic groups!

    "Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding."

    • 23 July 2020 01:38, by Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs

      King of Nyemnlel,
      worry less brother. This is a fake news. However, it is not because people of Jonglei don’t want peace. The crux of the matter is there are some low lives here in our country particularly here in Jonglei and Upper Nile who have sold themselves and their souls to secret societies. And they also want to sell our country and our people to their secret societies with them>>>>

      • 23 July 2020 01:45, by Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs

        But the low lives are playing with fire brother. These secret societies who have sold themselves and their souls to secret societies and foreign interest groups are: Mr. Majak Agoot, Rebecca Nyandeng, her ugly son, Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirillo in Central Equatoria, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, Susan Rice, Thabo Mbeki, Paul Kagame, Jakaya Kikwete, Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga,>>>

        • 23 July 2020 03:29, by Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs

          Hailemariam Desalegn, Abiy Ahmed, Mr. Ban Ki Moon and other secret societies who have ’attached themselves to our country and our people like leeches or ticks’.>>>>

          • 23 July 2020 04:02, by Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs

            These secret societies or foreign interest groups are the ones who have been playing games with our country and our people ever since. The dirty intrigues here is the so-called *Africa Unity and regional integration* piece of trash. The uncircumcised people have taken over their country fellows. Let any evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan,>>>

  • 23 July 2020 08:00, by Nueri Dial

    I have no much to say since the issue is b/n Bor Vs Barhelghazal. The guy has a big hand in dismantling Murle.

    • 23 July 2020 11:25, by South South

      Nueri Dial,

      My second man, you are right, you have nothing to say. Leave it to first people to deal with it.

      • 23 July 2020 14:04, by Nueri Dial

        South South
        You have no right to call me second man since you are my Jaang/Slave. I know Slaves act like their masters when they are away. Just check last part in my comment. His letter and the letter from Boma (Murle) shown clarity of what he was doing in Murle community.

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