South Sudan

Kiir to Visit Juba Central Prison Today

Kiir addressing the legislative assembly recently

South Sudan President Salva Kiir is today Monday expected to pay a courtesy visit to juba Central Prison for the first time since taking power.

Reliable sources within the presidency say the president will meet with authorities and thousands of inmates at the nation’s main prison.

The visit comes against the backdrop of Vice president James Wani Igga’s promise last week that the president would give some of the prisoners a New Year gift.

The so-called gift was perceived as possible release of inmates from prison as a gesture of commitment to the national dialogue initiative.

The national dialogue aims at healing wounds arising from the civil war that nearly destroyed the country’s moral fabric.

Under article 101, information pills H of the transitional constitution of South Sudan 2011 (amended 2015), the president has powers to “confirm death sentences, grant pardons, and remit convictions or penalties according to this Constitution and the law.”

He also retains authority under the Peace Agreement, the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (Chapter 1, Article 5.2.16.) to “commute convictions and penalties in accordance with the law.”

Officials told ChimpReports that Kiir’s visit to the main prison would be a giant step forward in reaching out to all South Sudanese in the new spirit of reconciliation and starting a new chapter of peace in the broken country.


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