Lakes State Government challenges UNMISS to provide ‘substantial evidence’ to back up its ‘unfounded, baseless and biased report
The government of Lakes State on Tuesday afternoon came out to label the newly published United Nations Mission in South Sudan report on extrajudicial killings in Warrap and Lakes as ‘unfounded, baseless and biased.
The UNMISS report indicated that Warrap and Lakes States have witnessed an increased number of extrajudicial executions- an incident which is a clear violation of the human right to ‘fair trial’ and natural justice.
In a statement read to the media, the Lakes State Government instead challenged UNMISS to provide ‘substantial and credible information to back up its claims.
“Lakes State Government will like to categorically state that the UNMISS report on extrajudicial killings in the state are unfounded, baseless and biased”, read the statement.
“We call on the UNMISS to provide us with substantial and credible information to back up its claims. We, therefore, urge UNMISS to cooperate next time to when publishing more reports to avoid giving out wrong info”, read the full statement.
Governor Rin Tueny Mabor summoned UNMISS officials working in the Capital Rumbek to elaborate more on the report that he feels diminishes the character of his administration.
Since the appointment of Rin Tueny as Governor, there’s been relative calm in South Sudan’s most troubled state. His method of administration has been received with some applause by the citizens of the state.
On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Rin mobilized 600 police officers to help enforce security and reduce crime rates across the state.
He called on the police officers to serve the citizens and put the country first. He urged them to cooperate with the civilians as they search for a common goal.
“We’ve got a task awaiting us. We’ve to enforce security and reduce crime. The civilians have received my message (of peace), but the criminals have not”, he said.
“Your work is to ensure we bring total peace to this state, “, he added.
Gen. Rin promised to clothe and arm the unarmed and hungry police officers.
Rin intends to embark on state-wide disarmament in the next few months- whether that will need force or voluntary hand over of guns- remains to be seen.