Two detained political activists that demanded the removal of Jonglei state’s deputy governor have been released.
Two political activists who were jailed in Jonglei State’s Bor town for calling for the dismissal of the state’s deputy governor have been freed.
Late last month, two political activists were seized and jailed in Bor town, the state capital. They were Anyieth Makuei Anyieth, popularly known as Gun Jamus, and his comrade, Mary Dookdit.
The two are among the disaffected members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) who have been pushing for the dismissal of state party head and deputy governor Antipas Nyok Kucha over allegations of inefficiency and provocation.
Anyieth Makuei Anyieth explained in a Radio Tamazuj report seen by NCMP over the weekend that they were freed Tuesday after spending a week without charges at Bor’s main jail.
“We were freed on Tuesday morning following eight-day detention. We were not prosecuted. The arrest was made on the deputy governor’s order because they said that we have been fighting for the deputy governor’s removal,” he emphasized.
Anyieth stated their arrests were political in nature.
“I am a jail officer and an artist. What occurred was that the SPLM party invited me to campaign for them during the 2010 election and referendum. That is how I started politically involved. In 2016, I served as the SPLM youth league’s mobilization secretary. Therefore, why would I be the exclusive target when the present state party leadership includes active members of the military? ” Anyieh inquired.
The disaffected SPLM member stated that they want to sue the state deputy governor and the superintendent of the Bor jail for their arbitrary arrests.
Deng Ajang Duot, the SPLM’s Secretary-General, denied last week that his party was involved in the detention, stating that the two were arrested on administrative grounds.
However, the senior state party official stated that they are willing to engage in conversation with the disaffected group in order to reach an acceptable resolution to the simmering tensions inside the party.