Tomori, NCMP – According to reports reaching NCMP, Gen. Garang Akok Adut has now been taken into custody by Military Police. NCMP learned that the arrest is directly related to the just submitted report by the Sherikat Committee that President Kiir put in place to investigate the Sherikat Incident. The arrest happened today in a crude and unprofessional manner with the arresting officer carrying himself like an errand boy and exclaiming “Garang is needed by the Sherikat committee.” Garang’s son Akok was present during his father’s arrest.
Just a few days ago, another General, Majier Abdalla Mabior was taken to custody by the Military Intelligence accused of having aided and abetted those who killed Lual Akok Wol (no relations to Garang Akok) although Lual was not the only victim in that incident. Seven other people died on the day including an elderly man.
Analyst considering the method of arrest argued that there was no reason to send two cars with about two dozen armed soldiers from the Military Police. Since Garang is a senior Military Officer, he should have been summoned. It was a shocking scene as women were wailing. Children gathered around and some were crying, a situation that would lead to trauma of unimaginable destruction.
As the story develops, the NCMP has gathered that Major Gen. Garang Akok was wrongfully arrested by the SSPDF military police. He was informed yesterday to appear on Thursday morning for questioning on facts that might be helpful to the investigations but turned out to be a victim of the government’s hopeless witch hunt. The arrest came from General Moses Lei who had neither the warrant nor the authority to arrest General Garang Akok. Garang is confirmed to have been released by the authorities.
Considering recent developments, Kiir’s regime continues to bully innocent South Sudanese, endangering the fragile peace agreement and pushing the country further into the abyss. It is apparent that many ordinary South Sudanese are victims of harassment and torture; a sad situation that is totally unwarranted. But for a veteran in the person of Garang Akok Adut to be picked up from his home like in such an uncanny manner is another form of tyranny altogether.
The Kiir Admiration has refused to expedite actions on necessary reforms to curb the National Security Service’s broad powers and ensure full compliance with existing legal safeguards. It is important that the administration ensures broad-based, public, and transparent consultations if the nation plans to progress past the existing status quo.