South Sudan Expels Peace and Research Expert, Dr. Luka Biong Deng!
Oct 21, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from South Sudan’s capital, Juba, confirmed the expulsion of Dr. Luka Biong Deng (DPhil), the Director of Centre for Peace and Development Studies at the University of Juba, South Sudan.
Last week, the center for peace organized a well attended lecture at the University of Juba on the legality and constitutionality of the Republican Order number 36, issued by President Salva Kiir on October 2nd to create 28 states out of the current ten states.
According to credible sources from the University, the lecture was attended by the leader of political opposition parties Dr. Lam Akol, Chairman of Jieng Council of Elders(JCE) Ambrose Riiny and government officials including the Presidential Advisor for Legal Affairs, Lawrence Korbandi.
The reliable insider confirms that the JCE chairman, Ambrose Riiny, abruptly stormed out of the lecture hall and rushed to president Salva Kiir’s office to request the dismiss of Dr. Luka:
“Ambrose Riny stormed out of the lecture in protest and went directly to President Kiir office, requesting the President to dismissed Dr. Luka, reasons being the centre is anti government.” said the reliable insider who declined to be named due to sensitivity of the case.
Before the end of the lecture, the insider explained, President Kiir had made a direct phone call to Vice Chancellor of Juba University, Mr. John Akec, who immediately summoned Dr. Luka and passed on the order that Mr. Biong must leave the country for his own safety.
“President Kiir called the Vice Chancellor of Juba University John Akec, who was ordered to dismissed Dr. Luka from the centre. Dr. Akec in turn summoned Dr. Luka and told him, he has been instructed from above.” the insider explains to Nyamilepedia correspondent.
“the best he could do is for him to give Dr. Luka open leave, tickets and depart from Juba not later then Tuesday 20/10/2015.” the insider continued.
According to the report, Dr. Akec could not guarantee safety of Dr. Luka.
Latest reports confirmed that Dr. Luka left the country on 19th October and he has now arrived in Australia where his family lives.
Dr. Luka has been closely monitored, detained and arrested by the government agents, the Military Intelligence, in December 2014. He was accused of distributing money to bribe the Equatorian Youth, locally known as arrow-boys, to fight the regime.
“December 23, 2014 – I was arrested, detained, deported from Yei with my properties sought and seized not by police or national security service but by the Military Intelligence of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) on Sunday 14th December 2014, when I was conducting UK-funded research on strengthening institutions of accountability in South Sudan….I was accused of distributing money to mobilize Equatorian youth against the government” Dr. Luka explained after his release last year.
Luka Biong, the Director of Centre for Peace and Development Studies, is also in charge of Kush Inc., a non-profit organisation promoting peace, stability and development, with a particular focus on South Sudan and Abyei area.
Luka is a Global Fellow at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Associate Fellow at Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a fellow at Rift Valley Institute. He is a recognised expert on the affairs of Sudan, South Sudan in areas of poverty, vulnerability, famine, civil wars, constitution-making, and state-building.
He served for five years as a Minister in the Office of the President of South Sudan and as a National Minister of Cabinet Affairs of the Sudan until he resigned in May 2011 after Government of Sudan invaded Abyei, his home area, in May 2011.