South Sudan

Coup Saga: S. Sudan Ministers Arrested As Machar Disappears


tadalafil adiposity geneva;”>Multiple sources in both camps and international bodies have confirmed that many ministers were picked yesterday after sporadic gunfire rocked the city from strategic military bases that President Salva Kiir later described as an attempted coup led by his former sacked deputy, Riek Machar.

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The first to be arrested yesterday morning was Gen. Gier Chuang Aluong, the minister of roads and bridges, who was picked from his home in Juba immediately after Kiir’s address.

Former Deputy Minister of Defence, Majak d’Agoot was also arrested last evening after a failed negotiations attempt by the National Security Minister who had proposed to him to leave his Juba residence.

Meanwhile, former Environment minister, Alfred Goro Lado, and former National Security minister, Oyai Deng, were also reportedly picked by the security.

Communication has been gravely curtailed mainly making telephone calls in and out of the country which has kept much of the activities happening unknown.

Nevertheless, Chimpreports managed to beat all the odds and get to our inside sources who confirmed that about 13 Machar leaning politicians are under detention and the former vice president who is key on the most wanted list is still hiding in the capital Juba.

We learnt that there is a convoy of uniformed and plain clothed security operatives in six vehicles including five land cruiser pickups and a tinted car that are carrying out the arrests under the orders of President Kiir.

Civilians being seek refugee at United Nations Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS) base

However, sources said that it is not yet clear where the politicians are being kept but on arrest, all are first taken to the General Police headquarters in Buluk where charges are likely preferred against them and later to a “safe housein the Amarat neighbourhood near Assessment and Evaluation Commission headquarters.

Sources further observed that some of the politicians including former ministers; Gier Chuang Aluong, Majak d’Agoot, Dr Cirino Hiteng (Culture, Children and sports), Deng Alor Kuor (Cabinet affairs), John Luk Jok (Justice), Kosti Manibe (Finance and Economic Planning) and Madut Biar (Telecommunication and postal service are all under custody.

Most of the arrested former ministers are victims of the July total government dissolving when Kiir issued a presidential decree dropping all ministers and those in powerful security positions with the exception of Manibe (Finance) who was earlier sacked after a $1m scandal.

In his address yesterday, Kiir strongly stated that those behind the failed coup shall be brought to book and thus, Machar and his group are to be charged with treason.

Since the declaration of the curfew yesterday, President Kiir has not yet issued another statement though gunfire continued last night.

United Nations Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS) is still receiving more civilians seeking refuge at their headquarters leading to the creation of two more camps.

More civilians pouring in at UNMISS bases

Toby Lanzer, the United Nations deputy representative in Juba, in his tweet says: “For now, numbers are stable as reported last night: up to 13,000 (inside and on the immediate outskirts of the two #UNMISS bases)”.


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