South Sudan

State Security Free Minister Adwok


stomach geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Adwok and other 10 former cabinet ministers were being held (the other 10 are still in custody) at the national security headquarters in Juba, in connection with the alleged coup.

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Our sources managed to take a quick peep at a message Adwok sent to his friends confirming his release.

Adwok’s release is in line with the IGAD ceasefire decree that was issued by the IGAD Heads of State at the Nairobi summit held yesterday, Friday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta made it clear that the detainees were also part of the South Sudan government and had to be released to facilitate a possibility for the peace talks.

According to Mrs Rebecca Garang and former vice President, Riek Machar, the peace agreements can only be realised if the arrested ministers are released from custody.

Other former cabinet officials who are still in custody include; Gier Chuang Aluong (Roads and Bridges), Majak d’Agoot (Defense), 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).

Yesterday, President Salva Kiir agreed to the ceasefire but later pointed out that if SPLA is attacked in the meantime, they will defend themselves.

It is still unclear whether Machar will too agree to the ceasefire yet the ministers are not yet released.

For the record, IGAD made it clear yesterday that they would not allow any unconstitutional overthrow of an elected government of South Sudan.


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