South Sudan diplomat killed after being mistaken for theft in Central Africa
May 5th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – A South Sudanese diplomat working for the South Sudan Embassy in the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui was killed Friday night by the state security apparatuses after reportedly being mistaken for theft, the AFP reported.
Members of the Central Office for the Suppression of Banditry (OCRB) said in a statement that the victim was spotted caring a gun in his car when they followed him to his residence before killing him.
The Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera has apologized for the incident.
South Sudan maintains its embassy in Bangui after closing down tens of embassies across the globe due to financial and economic crisis the country is undergoing currently.
South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 after forces and militia men loyal to the country’s President Salva Kiir Mayardiit and his then governor of Northern Bahr Al-Ghazal State, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, went door-to-door killing men, women, children and elderly people belonging to the Nuer ethnic group.
The killing which later became the Juba Massacre sparked a nation-wide protests from top army generals belonging to the Nuer ethnic group marking the beginning of the five-year-old civil war.
Ten of thousands of people have been killed and millions displace to the neighboring countries.
A peace deal signed in August 2015 collapsed in July 2016 after the government forced out former the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, a signatory to the 2015 peace deal, who was almost killed by the government forces during clashes which took place in the Presidential Palace, J1.