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South Sudan sets free adviser on minority affairs


July 23, 2020 (JUBA) - Security authorities in South Sudan released a presidential adviser on minority affairs, lessening tensions that have arisen within the presidency following his arrest last week.

Akot Lual Arech (ST photo)Akot Lual Arech, a Presidential Adviser on Murle Affairs and who sees himself an advocate for the rights of minority tribes in the country, was arrested on Saturday on directives allegedly emanating from senior government officials discontented with the manner in which he involves himself in what are supposedly activities falling in purviews and constitutional prerogatives of different institutions.

A presidential source told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday talks involving president Salva Kiir who was allegedly caught unaware of what transpired, resulted in his release, stopping security and judicial measures to investigate reasons surrounding his detention.

"The president was unaware when Akot Lual was arrested. He learned from the relatives and his guards afterwards. When he learnt of this and was not convinced by the explanations given to him by those around him, he directed that he should be released, and the authorities acted immediately," a relative said when reached to comment on the circumstance behind the detention.

A security official said separately Akot was detained because of his activities, some of which extend into activities of the institutionally established organs of the government.

"This is a guy who has no assignment at the presidency, but you find him negotiating a peace agreement with some groups. Now he is negotiating with Paul Malong and nobody has authorized him. You know that he had already negotiated with David Yauyau and that the outcome of his negotiation created the Pibor administrative area".

"Now he wants to negotiate with Paul Malong and I hear Paul Malong is asking for a position of a vice president which Akot and his group have accepted. So, people want to know from him who gave him this power to negotiate with armed groups, asked a security source when contacted to comment on what he knows behind the detention of the presidential aide," he told Sudan Tribune.

He acknowledged Lual had been released following directives from higher authorities to stop whatever that was being done and to set him free.

“Yes, he has been released because directives came from higher authorities that he should be released and people will talk to him to stop these activities or he is given an official assignment to continue with his activities”, he explained. “This is all that is required to avoid confusion with regards to his role, he adds.

Family members expressed happiness following the release of the presidential aide.

"As the family and his friends, we are grateful that he is released. He is a free man now. I just came from his house where I went to see him after he was released. Akot is a good man. He wants this senseless conflict to stop. He wants peace to come so that people resume a normal way of living," he explained.

Observers are keen to describe the arrest as part of a political strategy aimed at deflecting attention from his role in the Jonglei conflict in which he is seen by a section of the Dinka Bor as favouring ethnic Murle in the way he manages the dispute between the rivals. Sources allege that he had been airlifting to Juba from Pibor areas those who have been wounded during communal fights in Jonglei.


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  • 23 July 2020 18:17, by Nueri Dial

    All criminals support one another, Kiirimnal Mayrdit has released his fellow criminal. I’m waiting to hear from Bor.

    • 24 July 2020 00:26, by Khent

      Nueri Dial

      Oh please, what prominent politician do you imagine is free of criminality in our political environment? Who are these angels? Riek? Is he not a criminal? Riek is infinitely more criminal than Akot Lual Arech, and is also a traitor. Riek’s alliance with Khartoum in 91 delivered the oilfields to Khartoum — allowing them to purchase billions of dollars in weaponry.

      • 25 July 2020 01:21, by The Rhino

        What a bloody fucking damned shit!Listen,only rookies can fall for this shit.Here’s the list,Akot Lual Arech,Peter Biar Ajak and the slain Kerbino Wol plus the kitchen bastard Akol koor Kuc have some linkage together or at least participated in some dark dirty classes jointly.Its true that ONLY an Equatorian FBI warrior,a caliber of NAS sovereign hammer can squeeze their nuts to a size of a pea...

        • 25 July 2020 01:51, by The Rhino

          ..to make them & Co.squeal like pigs and generally drive and bring upon some sort of sanity,order,nationhood,international and internal,national security & peace to bear.South Sudan as the youngest nation on this planet deserves better!This country if left undone and not sanitized under Dinka rapists,thieves and incompetent savages or Nuer traitors,slaves and food lovers,would drift into.........

          • 25 July 2020 01:57, by The Rhino

            ..a challenge and global peace threat.There will never be peace in South Sudan until the root causes of conflict are profoundly addressed, full stop!!!

    • 24 July 2020 05:00, by South South

      Nueri Dial,

      Betrayers and traidtors MUST keep their mouths shut and enjoy their second positions.

      • 24 July 2020 08:31, by Nueri Dial

        Khent & South South,
        Instead the opposite of what you said in addition to food lover and coward. Go and ask M7 who tried his level best to took my slave/Jaang from me.

        • 24 July 2020 09:26, by Khent

          Nueri Dial

          Ah, a slave like you speaks with pride. Hilarious. You submitted yourselves to decades of slavery in the hopes that the Dinka would lose and that 100 SAF Battalions would give you victory — and you failed, miserably. You returned from slavery, crawling on your knees and your big brothers accepted you back...

          • 24 July 2020 09:34, by Khent

            ..And a terribly myopic and flabby mis-leader (Salva Kiir) made the mistake of allowing these snakes and dogs (you) to account for 70-75% of the Army — as though traitorous slaves could be trusted; you now take pride in the fact that you fought three [3] UPDF Battalions so that Malong could recruit and mobilize the Dinka for war.

            • 24 July 2020 09:40, by Khent

              ..And when that happened, you lost all your headquarters and most of your lands. Take pride in fighting 3 UPDF Battalions for no more than 6 months, and the Dinka will take pride in fighting your Arab masters for 14 years. I want everyone to note that the Nuer almost invariably makes things tribal — and people just respond to it.

              • 24 July 2020 09:50, by Khent

                Let it be known that the Nuer will be constantly reminded of their many years of slavery everytime they step out of line and speak in a manner that former slaves and traitors should never be permitted to speak. Grow up and stop this obsession with your big brothers -> the Dinka, and let’s move forward as a family.

                • 24 July 2020 10:22, by Malakal county Simon

                  Khent/confused Twic East,

                  What’s bring Dr Machar here? We are trying to move on, unite our peoples for the peaceful South Sudan because we have enough killings on ourselves. Please don’t disturb peace and give peace a chance!! Thank you

                  • 24 July 2020 12:54, by Khent

                    Malakal county Simon

                    Please carefully re-read the first response to the article. Nueri thought that it was a good idea to pontificate — to condemn Akot Lual Arech as a criminal without so much as a shred of evidence in support of it... so I reminded him that the man he supports is one of the biggest criminals in South Sudanese history and one of the greatest traitors...

                    • 24 July 2020 13:02, by Khent

                      ..Who do you imagine hates the Nuer? Do you think the Dinka of Greater Upper Nile hate you? Do you think the brave, great and resillient people of Bahr El Ghazal hate you? If so, why did we allow Riek to return in 2004 and give him the Vice-Presidency? Why did we allow Paulino Matip Nhial to become Deputy Commander in Chief?

                      • 24 July 2020 13:33, by Khent

                        I take no pleasure with the rhetoric I routinely have to deploy against a segment of my own people; people who consistently stoke the flames of war; people that indulge in the delusion that they can attain a tribal military victory; people that need to accept and embrace the spirit of peace.

                    • 24 July 2020 14:13, by Nueri Dial

                      Malakal C.Simon question was right. There is no connection b/n Dr.Riek and Akot Lual arrest. If anyone is arrested, it should proof himself in the court of law that he is innocent and Dinka are not exceptional.

                      • 24 July 2020 14:29, by Khent

                        Nueri Dial

                        No, there is a connection. You called Akot Lual Arech a criminal without an ounce of evidence, so I made the point of hightlighting your hypocrisy; you support a criminal and a traitor — Riek Machar, so you should hold your tongue. Have you ever heard of the pressumption of innocence? You got the whole thing backwards.

                        • 24 July 2020 16:17, by Nueri Dial

                          That is why you are low informed and b/se of tribal hate, you could not know the d/n b/n visionary and traitor. Akot Lual was arrested based on filled evident from Murle and Bor community and current negotiation with Malong with out proper arrangement from TNGONU. He should go to court and proof himself. Good luck Jaang/Slave

                          • 25 July 2020 00:18, by Khent

                            Nueri Dial

                            "Lowly informed"? You actually think (not really) that a person goes to court to prove their innoncence and I’m "lowly informed"? The Nuer are the only people on the entire planet that consider Riek to be a "visionary"; it’s not "visionary" to make an alliance with the enemy; it’s not "visionary" to surrender the oilfields to the enemy...

                            • 25 July 2020 00:31, by Khent

                              ..It’s not "visionary" to destroy all the military gains of the movement; it’s not "visionary" to be ejected and discarded like filth from the oilfields after the Arabs made a side deal with a better slave -> Paulino Matip. It’s not "visionary" to negotiate a peace agreement without regional or international support. Riek even admitted that he was "tricked" by the Arabs.

                      • 24 July 2020 14:37, by South South

                        Nueri Dial,

                        You a little Nuer second man should keep away from big things and focus on the small things. Why? You are second man and your role MUST be minor. Leave big things to us, we know how to deal with them, ok.

                        • 24 July 2020 16:22, by Nueri Dial

                          South South,
                          Yes, i will keep myself away when it come to selling our country to M7, America, China, Khartoum and invite them to Kill SS citizen. That is purely your work but when it come to mission, vision and goal of SS, i will talk b/se i’m man of Ideas

                  • 24 July 2020 13:26, by RICHARD MAWA MICHAEL

                    For peace to continue effectively in ss, the bloodshed that happened at the past should be compensated by sacrifising thousands of cattle so that God will forgive the leaders and bring back there sense, otherwise it may break and our bodies will again be full of ’dead blood’ and peace may not come to us.

    • 24 July 2020 06:37, by RICHARD MAWA MICHAEL

      You knock the point, dial

  • 24 July 2020 13:13, by james john luka

    Justice belong to those in power only!!!

    How can His excellency, the one who is assumed to be expert in the law of the land order the release of an accused without allowing due process? any accused remained innocent until proved guilty but he is neither guilty nor innocent now. Why releasing him?

    • 25 July 2020 00:57, by Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs

      Mr. james john luka,
      "Justice belong to those in power only!!!" There you have it chap. However this gentleman issue is a made up story. You accused me the other day to be mentioning other people’s names. Well, those people and the countries and the hidden hands behind the scenes L always mention in my posts are the big problems in our country>>>>

      • 25 July 2020 01:03, by Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs

        most of South Sudanese laypeople just don’t get that South Sudan was destined to be destroyed or used as the so-called UN or the so-called NEW WORLD ORDER or ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT experiment. Call me a madman or a conspiracy theorist all you want. But I know all these cheap and dirty intrigues being played over our country and our people by the so-called allies or uncles>>>

        • 25 July 2020 01:10, by Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs

          in out and out like palm of my hands. The current army, Paul Malong and people like Jok Riek, Michael Makuei, Oboto Mamur, James Wani Igga and Mr. Kuol Manyang to some small extend and others. Have saved the day, right after Mr. Riek Machar and his allies brazenly let their ball carried them away for the second time and third time in July 2016. The Reasons as to why Mr. Riek Machar and his>>>>

          • 25 July 2020 01:19, by Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs

            allies were allowed to get away again after the shoot out outside the J1 complex would continue to haunt the criminals. The vague explanations were that, Mr. Riek Machar and his mobs were mowed down outside the J1 complex was, and was left with only two body guards inside the J1 complex. And that Mr. Riek Machar was then disarmed and given Mr. Salva Kiir body guards and his presidential car to>>>

            • 25 July 2020 01:26, by Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs

              escort him to his Jebel resident and was instructed to return back in the morning to J1 complex----that was ’allegedly to show Mr. Riek Machar of who is the boss’. But Mr. Riek Machar had other idea, he instructed his allies that he came and enlisted into his rank after he returned to Juba from Adis Ababa Abesh (so-called ethiopia) in 2015, to stage all all assault on Juba>>>

              • 25 July 2020 01:34, by Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs

                on early hours morning, they were dislodged out of Juba on the 12/July/2016. Mr. Riek Machar was kept by the UNIMISS (United mission in South Sudan) UN compound, in Juba. But allegedly taken to DR Congo national park by the UN peacekeepers. And then took him to Khartoum, North Sudan on the so-called "humanitarian ground", And then to Adis Ababa, South Africa, to Adis Ababa, to Khartoum>>>

                • 25 July 2020 02:33, by Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs

                  to Adis Ababa and back to Juba. Can you see chap what I am driving at? Mr. Lam Akol, was not accused to have had a hand on the 15/12/2013. But the low life and a secret society creep was so worked up and restless to get out of Juba. He went and formed his yet another party:>>>

                  • 25 July 2020 11:41, by james john luka

                    Avenger of Dinkas/mounyjiengs
                    Once again you are a mad man!! You keeps connecting unrelated issues I don’t understand, why? Are you using drugs that keeps you gibbering?

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