The suspect in connection to the double killing is in custody say authorities

Authorities say, a man who is alleged to have killed a woman and her infant child is in custody and has NOT been executed.

Police say, Nyitur Mapuor Chut and her baby boy were killed by a gunshot. The killing happened at Pachong in Lakes State on Monday.

Eighteen year-old Sebit Marol Kuticel from Panbarkou village, was arrested in connection with the double killing.

However, there are concerns that the arrested man has been executed – without evidence being presented in court. Local chief Sultan Majak Agok says they received Sebit Marol’s body. And he was buried at Panbarkou village, on Thursday.

Poth Madit is the deputy governor in Lakes state. He says the suspect has NOT been killed. “That is not the information I have. What I heard was that there was shooting at the scene when the man was arrested but he is in the custody of security forces in Rumbek East as we talk now. He is not killed”.

Madit says the arrest was made with the help of local youth group gelweng, police and the area commissioner.

Elijah Mabor Makuac is the police spokesperson in Lakes state.  He also denies the execution of the suspect. Makuac says the Sebit Marol Kuticel is now in custody and the report of the firing squad execution is not true.

Mingkaman 100 FM spoke to a number of people in Lakes state, some who claim to be close to the suspect Sebit Marol. They say Sebit Marol Kuticel, also known Rel Cheeth, was executed.  And his body was buried at his father’s house on Thursday.

They say justice for the woman and child has not been served. And the charges against Sebit Marol must be proven in court.

The commissioner of Rumbek East County was contacted by Mingkaman 100 FM.  Mapuor Malek refused to comment on the alleged execution of the suspect.

Police arrested 24 people in Rumbek after Catholic bishop shot

Authorities in Rumbek Lakes state say they have 24 people in detention after a catholic bishop was shot and wounded at his residence in Rumbek.

Police spokesman said those arrested include four priests and seven security guards who were around in the vicinity of bishop residents when the incident happened.

Unknown shooters shot and wounded Fr. Christian Carlassare, the bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek, at 2:00 am on Monday.

Elijah Mabor is the spokesperson in Lake’s state. He said the bishop is in stable condition and has been flown to Juba for further medication. He mentioned that the preliminary investigations are ongoing. “All security organs are investigating the detains suspect in connection with incident occurred at 2 am.”

Mabor said a resident is a well-secured place, but there no armed guards deployed.

“It’s a well secure place only that there are no soldiers deploy in that area; there are three concrete fences, two ahead of one fence for bishop house. The criminals sneak until they reach the third fence where bishop live,” Police said.

Stephen Mathiang Deng is the minister of cabinet affairs, said the suspect is still at large but said they would provide more detail later today about the outcome of preliminary investigations.

The Archbishop of Juba diocese Stephen Ameyu Martin told a church base radio that he was sadden by the shooting of bishop elect in Rumbek.

“We’re very saddened with this news of the bishop-elect being shot twice in his feet. Miraculous, the bones were not affected by these bullets. Both legs were shot in the lower limbs, and that’s a miracle from God,” Archbishop Ameyu said.

Fr Christian Carlassare was named the new bishop of the Rumbek Diocese in March this year. The Bishop arrived in Juba this afternoon and later put in a plane to Nairobi, Kenya for further treatment.

MSF dismissed seven staffs protested in Abyei

Medicine San Frontiers has dismissed its seven national teams from their jobs over demonstration. The dismissed persons believe to be the ring leaders who led the organization’s staff strike in Agok MSF hospital.

In February this year, MSF staff went on strike over contradictory letters from the office of national labor and national revenue authority.

The dismissal remains unclear because victims have not yet received a formal communication letter from the organization. They said MSF has submitted a sacking letter to the labor office and asks the group to get the letter in the office of labor and public service.

The controversy that occurred from the letter in the labor office indicates that the National Service Insurance Fund, NSIF has to be tax-free, and NRA stated that it should be TAXABLE which prompted the strike.

The Team leader for the sacked group, Mr. Daniel Reec Ador, questioned the dismissal procedure. He said the labor office has no direct roles in an issued letter to the accused staff.

The letter is supposed to be issued by MSF. He asked the organization to provide them with the dismissal letters or go to court.

“If the government is aware of the policy, then they will take back our dismissal letters to MSF and handed them over to us, and if they are not aware of the policy, then they continue keeping those letters. And this issue will take us to court to tell us if this is the right procedure,” he warned.

Abyei RRC officer Mr. Kuaja Yai Kuol clarified the organization had accused the workers of doing illegal strikes without notification, taking control of the hospital.

Kuol accredited that organization has carried the procedural dismissal based on the labor policy.

“We have seen all the procedures and are all correct. So, if anyone has a complaint, we can let him or her come to the labor office or go to court if he/she is not satisfied. So, this is it, either you go to court or come to the labor office”.

Last month, nine MSF committees were suspended indefinitely and warned to write an explanation letter to the MSF office indicating the reasons for the strike.

Abyei reject withdrawal of Ethiopian peacekeepers

Chief in Abyei Administrative area has rejected and criticizes the Sudan call to withdraw Ethiopian troops from disputing place under the United Nations-mandated to protect civilians.

Early this week, the Sudanese minister of foreign Affairs Mariam al-Mahdi has called for the withdrawal of Ethiopian peacekeepers in the Abyei administrative area. Minister said her country demanded deployment of different force be deployed in Abyei.

Sudanese government did not specify whether they demanded Ethiopian troops withdrawal under UN mandate linked to a dispute over Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) or political tension between the two sisterly countries.

Speaking to Mayardit FM, Abyei excluded such demands. General Kuol Dim questions the Sudanese interference, saying that the UNISFA mandate was an agreement of four bodies: UN, AU, Sudan, and South Sudan.

“South Sudan and Abyei, we are seeing UNISFA is doing its work very well. The duties given to them by the UN, they have to continue doing it, although there are some challenges.”

In January this year, more than 4,000 UN peacekeepers were stationed in Abyei as part of the UN Interim Security Force for the area.

The Security Council is expected to discuss the Sudanese request during a meeting scheduled on April 26.

On November 12, 2020, the UN Security Council renewed the UNISFA mandate for six months until May 15, 2021.

Motorbike riders restricted from going to Amiet market

Abyei-Amiet road. Photo: Courtesy of UNISFA

Authorities in Abyei administrative area has suspended movement of motorbikes between  Amiet market and Abyei town.

Official says the reason for restricting motorcyclists, they failed to adhere to security protocal UN troops escorts for the travelers.

Martino Kiir Deng is the information officer in Abyei. He said individuals are not allowed to travel along Abyei-Amiet unless in a convoy because there are suspected criminals who used to attack vehicles and motorbike riders.

Martino urged the riders to respect the order by the Abyei security protocol.

He quotes ” My message is that people should take good care of their lives because this is the season where criminals attack travelers. There are always unknown gunmen that disturb people.

He further explained that it is good to drive in a group with the convoy. This is the situation where UNISFA’s troops accompany travelers. And so I repeat that motorbike riders are warned not to escape to walk alone. Please follow the set rules or you will face consequences if you are found, ‘’ Martino stated.

In response, some motorbike riders say UN troops should be stationed along the road instead of moving in convoy. They appealed to the Abyei administration and the UN Interim Security force for Abyei to increase the number of peacekeepers.

Mr. Madhal Mabior from Turalei Market said that the price of goods increases when the convoy arrived in Amiet. Madhal said they always find it cheaper to buy goods at affordable prices when it is morning hours.

” according to me, to respect the so-called protocol can affect my work because going to Amiet market early in the morning is good because prices of goods get lower and when the convoy arrived, the prices shoot up. The convoy also delays up to 8:30 AM and going to Amiet needs early hours, ‘’ A Boda Boda man who deals in fuel told Mayardit FM.

Mr. Malek Deng who sells mixed goods welcomes the idea but the government’s inability to arrest the suspects who attack the travelers.

He urged that the soldiers should be put in suspected places permanently instead of guarding for few hours which is the only convoy,’’ Boda Boda man said.

Hundreds of people fled villages over cattle raiding in Awerial

Hundreds of residents have fled Mayom, Pulawar, and Magok villages due to insecurity threats triggered by cattle raiding. People who were fleeing villages include women, children, and elderly people.
Three villages abandoned at Awerial County in Lakes State were bordering Tindelo and Tali of Terekeka County which they alleged the source of the displacement.
The community blamed Mundari and Aliab for creating tension. IDPs were temporarily settled in Mingkaman without aid assistant.
Athieng Aguot Nyanyith is a resident of Pulawar village. She ran away from her home for safety mentioning an alarm of being attack by cattle raiders in the neighboring Terekeka County.
“I came here after our cattle were raided by arms men last week inside Tindelo, we decided to come back to the village and it was insecure because people fear as tension is still very high and there is no protection there. That is why I come, closure to the government for my protection.”
One of the IDP Ayak Thuc said the village is not a safe place because the cattle raiding incident sparks tension between two neighboring communities.
She explained armed youth are taking the laws into their own hands, which need government intervention to hold perpetrators accountable.
Ayak appealed to Awerial and Terekeka County authorities to provide protection to civilians in both counties as cattle raiders terrorize rural communities.
“We don’t sleep at night since our people killed and dozens of cows taken; there are rumors of attack in our village. We decided to leave the area because there is no policy that can protect us. Two ladies were even killed when attackers were raiding our cows.”
Awerial County Executive Director James Manoah has confirmed the mass displacement instigated by growing anxiety at villages bordering Tindelo.
He said the two governments of Awerial and Terekeka Counties are working to control the situation.
“We heard about the displacement and both County’s government including Terekeka are working so hard on security issues because Mandari and Aliab are good neighbors for years. They had inter-marriages, and they have a lot of common relationships and friendships. We shall report these displaced residents to IDPs” Manoah stressed.
Last week, seven people were killed that include one woman and one girl. And several heads of cattle were believed to have been raided at Baping cattle camp by the suspected group in Tindelo areas.

Civil society accuses the Government officials over land grabbing

Jame David Kolok, the Executive director of Foundation for Democracy and Accountable governance.

The civil society organization known as Foundation for Democracy and Accountable governance has accused the South Sudanese military general and unidentified politicians of land grabbing. They launched a report on Tuesday in Pyramid Continental Hotel about Land Reparation. Activists launched the report in partnership with the Institute for Security Studies.
Both organizations have conducted a survey this year about the perception of South Sudanese over the land issues in the country.
The report was about the outcome of the survey conducted this year in Juba, Wau, and Yambio. The areas mentioned were said are the most specific town affected by serious land grabbing.

From March 2013 to August 2013, the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS), with the support of the World Bank, has conducted a comprehensive assessment of land governance in South Sudan.

Their report claimed the “governance institutions in South Sudan suffer from a lack of accurate information, poorly defined roles and responsibilities relative to one another, and systematic financial and human resource constraints”.

The Executive director of the Foundation for Democracy and Accountable governance Jame David Kolok said the parties should include land in the legislation process. The peace agreement requires a review of land policies during the transitional government of national unity.

The report raised great concern if the issue of land grabbing is not addressed, it would create a continuous dispute in society. The activist urges the parties to implement the presidential order on land grabbers to face justice.
Kolok worried that land grabbing is a violation of human rights which was a punishable crime under the law.

“First of all, we have acknowledged that there are many concerns in terms of cases of land grabbing. And unfortunately, this report signals that some of these violations of land are attributed to a specific time. It escalated after 2013 and after the 2016 crisis because the conflict resulted in the displacement of citizens that have r become refugees”. He noted land grabbers took advantage of people displaced and seized their land.

Jame further said some generals played central roles in land grabbing, and intimidating judicial officials in this country.

Paramount Chief Gabriel Magga Baba from Kajo-keji County urged the accused military generals and politicians to respect the law. He admitted that some chiefs are also making corruption as well in the communities.
“As a community leader, I want to just to beg them, if the law is there, let them just respect the law. Let them respect their dignity because you here, you can’t go to somebody place and grab it without permission”.

Retired economist Dr. Logo Molokot who participated in the event acknowledged that there is a lack of implementation of laws to resolved land disputes. He said respect for the rule of law to address land grabbing is vital.
“My take on the land grabbing, as an economist the land has become very profitable, the economic part of it has appreciated and so people are using it to make wealth, like particular in the city here. Many people are taking lands from people because they want to build hours because they want to rent it out to investors”.

Court in Aweil slaps an SSPDF soldier with a death sentence for killing 17 year-old girl

A high court in Aweil (Northern Bahr el Ghazal) has sentenced Jacob Kuol Buong, aged 28, for the murder of a 17-year old girl.

In a closed door court hearing held in Aweil Central Prison Service premises, the suspect was found guilty of killing the teenager for allegedly refusing to marry him.

The presiding judge, Justice Abraham Majut, before pronouncing the verdict, highlighted the police investigations and the previous court proceeding to examine the evidence presented earlier to the court at a  closed-door session.

He explained how the court decides to convict the suspect for murdering a young girl at the Hai Salam area in Aweil town on 6, July this year.

Mr. Jacob Kuol Buong, an active SSPDF soldier from Tiger Division in Juba, allegedly traveled to Aweil with an intension to harm the deceased, Adut Deng Tong.

“He shot and killed the deceased for allegedly refusing to marry him just two days after he arrived in Aweil from Juba,” said the judge. Two other girls were wounded during the incident.

The judge told Mr. Jacob who was in handcaffs and chain around his legs that he had the right to appeal against court decision within 15 days.

The defend lawyer Garang Akok Mading welcomed the court decision to sentense the accused to death.

“Finally, today, this young man will face justice for what he did in July”, said Garang Akok.

He added that this was meant to be as per the 2008 South Sudan Constitution in article 206 that says, “Any person who kills another one the way this man did should be sentenced to death.”

The head of also legal administration in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State,  Deng Majak Deng, praised the court for being fair.

“I think the way this court was done was good because it can make other young people understand that it is not good to kill but to follow any legal procedures instead of killing a small girl because of 200,000 SSP, so I agree with the death sentence”, said Deng Majak.

However, Jacob Kuol’s defend lawyer, William Kuol Maduok, disagreed with the court decision accusing it for ignoring other important underlying factors that forced his client to act.

“Yes, the court decree was issued on 14 September 2020, but we party of the defend of Jacob Kuol Buong have fifteen days to appeal the decision, and we will go to Wau, Bahr El Ghazal Court of Appeals to open the case against the decision made by the high court in Aweil.” Said, William Kuol Maduok.

Jacob claimed that there were some issues raised by the young man that forced him to act which will be presented to the Court of Appeal in Wau.

Fresh food produce boost the markets, drops prices in Warrap State  

Customers in Warrap’s local markets are experiencing a gradual reduction in food prices as more fresh food is being harvested.

Some residents told Mayardit FM that one malwa of sorghum  now costs 1,200SSP that was previously sold at 200SSP. 

The demand for grains, especially sorghum, has reduced after local farmers harvested their produce after four months farming.

Some buyers expressed the hope of feed their families saying that only few people would purchase food from the market.

“Even though the food harvested is small, we are happy that prices have reduced. Maize, millet, sorghum, and even vegetables are already in the market and eat at home. So this is why the price has declined. This reduction is gradually, and we are expecting more drop as more fresh products are yielding.” Buyers happily explained.

A trader in Turalei market, Mr. Gor Deng Gor, said his business has badly been affected. He lamented that a day could pass without a client buying his Dura (Sorghum). He said that the people residing in the towns are still buying, but village residents no longer meet their customers.

‘’There are indications that local foods have become ready for consumption. The factual information is that not all people have cultivated because people residing in the markets do not have farms to eat, even though their farms are located in the villages. So the prices are reducing yes, but will be to the level it goes up to 300 SSP, ‘’Gor said.

While in Kwajok market, the cost of Malwa for dura is has come down from 2,000SSP to 1,000SSP with excepton of rice, maize, and wheat flour that still remain expensive.

Female students face tough questions to fulfill their needs. 

Schoolgirls in Warrap state faced resistance from parents to avail the needs that could keep them hygienic in public and education centers.

Some not find it easy to buy sanitary parts and feel shy to explain to the parents that a “student spokes out,” mature girls have monthly demands that parents are supposed to avail without excuse.”

A female student said she could wear an inner cloth or always protect the period’s visibility on an outer cloth to avoid embarrassment.

Mayardit FM spokes to some school girls and explained the situation many of them have gone through, calling for an end to such practices.

Nagai Ring, a senior student in Aweng secondary school. “Parents always ask, you need money for what and you have clothed and shoe? What are you going to do with the money? These are questions parents ask us, the girls. They forget that we have other things to buy apart from clothing, shoe, and food. There are somethings we cannot say by name to our fathers, unlike the mother,” she narrated.

Another student Ms Aluong Akech. She said only her brother’s wife is a solution to make needs available. Aluong said she could tell her brother’s wife that “month, month” aah, and she can understand. 

“When I say this, my brother’s wife understands that I need always. She can understand my monthly period is on. With this, I can imagine how my fellow girls suffer when in need of sanitary parts,” Along jokily told Mayardit FM.

The 3rd student who refused to be named said she felt very ashamed to ask for money every month from her dad and brother.

“It is very difficult to tell your father or brother that I always need. And sometimes when say it by name, some parents say, this is not a problem. I cannot give you money to go and buy just something to protect your period from being known. Lack of always prevents us from going to school because when you go to school, it may appear on the cloth and people, especially boys, may laugh at you and therefore, you will become embarrassed,” she mentioned.

Head Teacher of Aweng Secondary school, Mathiang Duor Mathiang, said some parents only know paying for school fees but do not provide other needs for their daughters, which he discouraged.

He stated that girls of adolescent age have more demands than boys, and their demand should be fulfilled.

“Many girls drop out of school because their demands are always not met by their parents. It is sometimes the NGOs that support girl education. Girls need soap, and they need body lotion, they always or liners and others. These are taken very less by the parents, and these are supposed to be top priorities before other things. Mathiang added.

The schoolgirls speak out during the distribution of hygiene kits this week by the National NGO known as Humanity of Friends-HoF.