Unity governor clarifies suspected killing to President Kiir

By Tereza Jeremiah Chuei

The Governor of Unity State Dr. Joseph Nyuen Monytuil has explained the summary execution of the captured suspects linked to the murder of Mayom County Commissioner with others to President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

This came after the President summoned governor Monytuil to his office to explain the instance that occurred in Mayom County, which navigated into the extrajudicial killings in which suspected rebel commanders were executed by firing squad and another burnt alive in a grass thatched hut.

“Governor Dr. Joseph Nyuen Monytuil explained to the President the incidents, where Mayom County Commissioner Gen. James Chuol Gatluak was killed which led to the killings of the suspects without due process,” read part of the statement seen by No.1 Citizen Newspaper in Presidential Facebook read.

The Minister of Presidential Affairs Dr. Barnaba Mariel Benyamin said the President summoned the governor to explain directly the instances that had transpired in Mayom County which caused security alarm and human rights violation.

The Minister added that South Sudan is a Country with rules and laws maintaining that the Law should have taken its course in such situations.

About two weeks ago, soldiers were seen in a video which was making runs on social media, executing the three suspected rebelled captives via firing squad, while setting Brig. Gen Gatluak Majiok Liey on fire in a hut to retaliate the killing of Mayom County Commissioner.

Meanwhile, South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) later condemned the incident and distanced itself from the execution of the rebel saying that the Army Leadership was not behind the decision.

The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Angelina Teny and Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth also condemned the extrajudicial killings, asserting that the killing did not amount to justice, hence it’s unacceptable.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) also joined the government in condemning the extrajudicial killing and called for Justice.

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