South Sudan: Government Officials Released To Promote Peace In The Country!

Brig. Gen. Isaiah Chol Aruai, the chairman of National Bureau of statistics and Census, was been released and returned to Juba after landing in a rebel-held teritory of Ayod county(Photo: Nyamilepedia/supply)

Brig. Gen. Isaiah Chol Aruai, the chairman of National Bureau of statistics and Census, was been released and returned to Juba after landing in a rebel-held teritory of Ayod county(Photo: Nyamilepedia/supply)

Feb 5, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The government of South Sudan, which split into two major factions under the incumbent President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his former deputy, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, had witnessed a major call for peace and reconciliation in the country.

A senior official in Salva Kiir government, Hon. Isaiah Chol Aruai, who chairs the National Bureau of Statistics and Census, and two other officials, Mr. Mading Akueth and Mr. Jacob Alier have been safely released and facilitated back to Juba after two days in Machar-held territory at Jiech Payam of Ayod county, South Sudan.

According to the SPLM/SPLA [in Opposition], the three officials, who traveled in a UN helicopter illegally landed at Jiech Payam without prior communication with the Opposition’s field officers.

“These three presons were detained by SPLM/SPLA county authority in Ayod when they landed illegally at Jiec Payam without prior communication” said the SPLM/SPLA Deputy Chairman for External Relations Committee, Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, the former South Sudan ambassador to Washington.

Since December 2013, South Sudan conflict has claim over 50, 000 lives as approximated by the International Crisis Group. Neither side in the conflict has maintained proper records of death and prisoners of war.

The release of the three officials was least expected given that the government side has kidnapped or detained, at least, six humanitarian workers in Malakal, Maban, Juba, Mapel and other parts of the country.

Among the three UN employees, who were kidnapped at Malakal airport in October 2014 is Mark Diang, whose whereabouts is yet to be traced.

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Despite the hard feelings that Salva Kiir government has “led a genocide against one particular tribe, the Nuer”, and did very little to intervene in the government backed attack on civilians, mostly Nuer IDPs at the UN base in Bor last year, the local authority in Nuer-dominated Ayod county has accorded the detainees “the best treatment according to the international humanitarian law”

“The office of deputy chairperson would like to inform the families and relatives of the detained persons that, … they were accorded the best treatment by our local authorities according to the international humanitarian law in regards to unarmed civilians in arms conflict” Said Amb Lol.

The opposition, SPLM/SPLA, has taken a generous step to encourage dialogue and promote peace among the people of South Sudan, according to former South Sudan ambassador to Washington.

“ We are releasing comrade Isaiah Chol Aruai as a good will gesture to encourage dialogue and promote peace among the people of South Sudan and the two warring parties” Amb. Lol Gatkuoth said.

The SPLM/SPLA calls on the United Nation and International humanitarian agencies working in South Sudan to abide by the law, rules and regulations governing South Sudan.

“We encourage all and International humanitarian agencies to work in transparent manner with both parties as to avoid repetition of such incidences.” Lol concludes.

Although Juba abundantly thanks their comrades in Oppositions, the UN Helicopter has been detained in the town of Bor until the United Nations is brought to account for landing a government official in a “rebel-held territory”.

Hundreds of South Sudanese waiting for Isaiah Chol Aruai and his colleagues in Juba before their arrival(Photo: Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

Hundreds of South Sudanese waiting for Isaiah Chol Aruai and his colleagues in Juba before their arrival(Photo: Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

According to Micheal Makuie Lueth, the Minister of Information, UNMISS must explain to the government of South Sudan the circumstances that led to such mysterious incident.

The minister, who warned in the past that anyone who speaks with the rebels is a rebel, has reportedly spent a good chunk of his last two days convincing the top SPLM/SPLA leadership, Dr. Riek Machar Teny and Gen. Taban Deng Gai to release the government officials without preconditions.

Public Reaction on the release of detainees and what its symbolizes:

The two sides in the conflict, for the first time, celebrated the decision of one party, the SPLM/SPLA[IO]. Members of Salva Kiir administration, relatives, friends and supporters have thanks the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny for the outstanding example.

Although the SPLM/SPLA [IO] has released a few other officials that include Jonglei State’s Paramount Chief of Duk County, James Cuei Leek in March 2014, the release of Brig Gen. Isaiah Chol Aruai, who is also the chairman of Kongor Community, has been heavily celebrated in Bor and Juba, South Sudan.

According to Kuir E Garang, a South Sudanese-Canadian, the release of Isaiah Chol and his colleagues is a good news that South Sudan has not seen for a very long time.

“The release of Choldit, Mading and Aleer is a good news in a country that has not seen such a thing for a very long time. It shows South Sudanese can solve their problems if no IGAD stands in the way.” Kuir E Garang, a South Sudanese-Canadian state.

South Sudanese celebrating the release of Hon. Isaiah Chol and two other officials in the town of Bor(Photo: Nyamilepedia/Supply)

South Sudanese celebrating the release of Hon. Isaiah Chol and two other officials in the town of Bor(Photo: Nyamilepedia/Supplied)

United by the incident, many young South Sudanese on social media are calling for peace, unity, forgiveness and reconciliation in the country.

“Let’s applaud SPLM-IO and all those involved for this milestone and let’s hope that marks the end of tough rhetoric and brutality from both the government and opposition sides. Let’s also hope the move to release the three is a sign of greater things to come: peace, unity, forgiveness and reconciliation. Clearly we are all one” Chol De Awëër-Guetkëër

The supporters of SPLM/SPLA [IO], particularly the Nuer, are calling on Salva Kiir government to release the UN employees, kidnapped by government allied militias for being ethnic Nuer in Malakal, Maban and Juba.

“So my point is that, killing of an innocent person is not right and that’s why Nuer don’t do it from creation and if Salva Kiir doesn’t like to see his innocents killed, even though they would never be killed, then why does he enjoy killing of innocent Nuer? He too must release those that they have kidnapped because their lives matter to us the same way” Said Daya Batim Moses.

14 comments

  • Sanity at last!

    Let me congratulate Cde Duop Lam and his colleagues for the release of Cde Isaiah Chol Aruai and the two youngmen working for NGOs. This is a demonstration of Cde Duop’s intellectual capacity that we know and he has shown South Sudan today something it has not known for a very long time. The way they treated Cde Isaiah was exceptionally well and I know that Isaiah will have a different view of the Nuer after today.
    I also want to tell our Nuer colleagues in the SPLM/A-IO that the Nuer that were killed in Maban were killed by Upper Nile MP Mun Paan with his personal militia. It was not government of South Sudan. Also, there were six Nuer including my friend Mark Diang who were kidnapped and killed in Malakal last year by Shulluk Militias led by Johnson Oluny. These kidnappings and killings were not done by the government. The only blame one can give to the government of South Sudan is, why is it that the killers of the Nuer are known and they are not being arrested. Mun Pan is in Juba walking freely and Oluny is in Malaka? If it is not possible to arrest them, then at least the government should condemn the killing of the Nuer by these militia groups. Congratulations to SPLM/A-IO for showing leadership and release our comrades! Nyaluak

  • brorhers in z name of living God the release isaih chol have nothing to do with peace.but there is the fame w/c have play,take look to malaak ayuen how negatively he have been talking to Dr riek & nuer in general & he was forgive in the same way.any way these war there is a certain family have not tast its bitterness that those guys have been released by lol gatkuoth b/coz lol family have contibute nothing.

  • The release of these three speaks volume. I am a bit speechless that he was released that quick. Fortunately, the greater good of all South Sudanese seeking peace, Macahar is the man and I don’t care what you all say about him. After thinking over again and again. I am glad he released him in the fastest time. Those who goes on rampage killing of Nuers have a lot to learn from this. This might be for all to learn from as peace is facilitated.

  • Congratulation to Nuer Movement for not killing any one! Maban Movement killed six UN workers in Maban 2014, Dinka movement killed 20,000 civilian in Juba 2013 and Shuluk movement killed three UN workers in Malakal 2014.

  • Mrs Nyaluak or whatever you wrote your name, what happens to those whom you talk about are not the way that convince people we know all people who are abducted or killed because they are Nuer ethnic and working with un or ngo under government control special what happened in malakal airport on October when Mr Mark was abducted, is not a militias as you mention because it happened in airport no militia it’s government under control of malakal airport. thanks to spla splm under leader visionary Dr Riek Machar we know you can not follow their wrong doing in juba under salva kiir government thank you again you are fighting because you want south sudan to follow the world of today.

  • congratulation to the SPLM\A for releasing govt offical and UNaids, dispite their badness,abusive languages and filthy decisions toward nuer particularly Isaiah chol who allows the regime to conduct elections without sincere statistics and census to be done in order to maintain his bank acct satisfied, while people were massacred at his face yet he proceeded to mandated that wildbeast regime . move ahead Dr RIEK, AMB LOL AND CDR DUOP LAM it appeared that you are the leaders who act wisely long live to the momnt

  • congratulation to the SPLM\A for releasing govt offical and UNaids, dispite their badness,abusive languages and filthy decisions toward nuer particularly Isaiah chol who allows the regime to conduct elections without sincere statistics and census to be done in order to maintain his bank acct satisfied, while people were massacred at his face yet he proceeded to mandated that wildbeast regime . move ahead Dr RIEK, AMB LOL AND CDR DUOP LAM it appeared that you are the leaders who act wisely long live to the momnt warning to the gvt stop killing

  • Getting an enemy from the third party can not be celebrated but should be treated as coming back of one to his/her original senses.

  • This is not the first time for Nuer to spare life of an armed person
    we are here in the bush to fight for freedom of marginalize people of South Sudan.
    we separated from North Sudan for the same thing Salva Kiir is doubling now in the new country.
    we are here to represent the voiceless people who were left behind since we got our country
    we are not here to repeat the same thing Kiir is doing now in Juba.
    we want peace thats why our delegation are in Addis Ababa.
    one day my South Sudanese it will come to your sense that we fight for everyone

  • This is not the first time for Nuer to spare life of an armed person
    we are here in the bush to fight for freedom of marginalize people of South Sudan.
    we separated from North Sudan for the same thing Salva Kiir is doubling now in the new country.
    we are here to represent the voiceless people who were left behind since we got our country
    we are not here to repeat the same thing Kiir is doing now in Juba.
    we want peace thats why our delegation are in Addis Ababa.
    one day my South Sudanese it will come to your sense that we fight for everyone.

  • Congratulation SPLM/A-IO for proving them wrong. kiir mislead people of South Sudan that we kill every dinka ethnic. ‘they are even lucky (referring to IDPs) if you go to where rebels are and your a dinka, they can just kill you’.
    you must wash this false belive out of your mines
    we don’t harm unarmed person, Dr Machar used to tell us that.
    we are doing the contrary to what Salva Kiir is doing.
    we want every SouthSudanese to live the free life that they never dreamed of.
    we were marginalize by Khartoum that is why we separated, why should we except the same thing we separated for?
    eventually it will come to your senses that we fight for the entire south sudan and not NAATH people alone.
    you will praise Dr Machar for the great job

  • Hi, Buay Malek Chol what do you say about the Nuer whom you call terrorists, even the Dinkas are appreciating them for the best they have taken. What do you say as ambassador? padiet gahgah by pgahgah@yahoo.com

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