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THE SHERIKAT COMMITTEE REPORT: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

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Developing Story: An arrest warrant, dated 15th July 2020, has been issued by the Inspector General of Police and obtained by NCMP. The warrant is for the immediate arrest and detention of Brig. Gen. Majier Abdalla Mabior.

According to the warrant, the General is a suspect in the murder of Lual Akok Wol which occurred over a land quarrel in the Sherikat area of Juba on 3rd, June 2020. It is unclear precisely what Mabior is being charged with over the broader incident that took the lives of 7 people including the gunman, Lual Akok Wol. The warrant further states that the office of the Inspector General of Police is requesting that Mabior should be brought to Central Equatoria Police Headquarters for investigation.

It will be recalled that the committee tasked with investigating last month’s violence in Sherikat which led to the killing of several people handed over their findings to President Salva Kiir just yesterday.

Speaking to the media after the handing over of the Report, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial said that the committees were supposed to present their findings to President Salva Kiir a long time ago but they had requested more time to do a broader investigation about the origins and related issues surrounding the incident.

Hon. Nhial Deng added that the Report will be further studied by the President accordingly and action will be taken in-line with the law and with the particulars of the incident that occurred.

Although the details of the Report are still unclear, the Office of the President has insisted that the details are going to be thoroughly reviewed and act upon through legal procedures;Mabior’s arrest being obviously one of them.

Previously, the family of Lual Akok Wol had written a letter accusing a number of high ranking officers (Majier was not named) of complicity but were unable to provide sufficient evidence to justify the allegation of such complicity.

It has been noted by some analysts, however, that the President has started taking necessary actions for reasons beyond caring for the rule of la-the deceased being his biological son. As many have rightfully pointed out, the President has always sat on the fence about, or inflame, issues affecting many everyday South Sudanese.

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