Government releases former SPLM-IO Governor, four other political detainees

Political detainees released today in Juba (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

October 25th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government has finally released five political detainees in line with the implementation matrix of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

One of the high profile opposition figures released today is Marko Lukudo, former SPLM-IO governor of Kapoeta state.

Early today, a source close to South Sudan Presidency told Nyamilepedia that the Government was planning to release some prisoners and that it has invited media houses to come and cover the release of political detainees, detained in relation to ongoing conflict between the warring parties.

Last month, the chairman of the main armed opposition group, the Sudan People Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) set preconditions and prerequisites for his participation in peace celebrationsaying in Juba demanding that all political detainees must be released and the State of Emergency be lifted before he steps a foot in Juba.

Among the released political detainees is the SPLA-IO appointed governor for Kapoeta state, Marko Lokidor, who was abducted in Kakuma Refugee Camp by South Sudan Security operatives.

Machar’signed ex-spokesman James Gatdet Dak is not among the released detainees.