Wife disappointed that husband Peter Biar Ajak was not released

Prominent civil rights activist Peter Biar Ajak (File photo)

October 26th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The wife of detained prominent South Sudan activist Peter Biar Ajak has said she is sadned that her husband was not among the five political detainees released by South Sudan government on Thursday.

Activist and youths leader, Biar Ajak, was arrested at Juba airport while leaving for Aweil to attend a youth activity there on July 28th.

He has not been released since then and the authorities have not revealed why he was arrested.

In a brief Facebook statement on Friday,  Nyanthon James Hoth Mai, wife of Peter Biar Ajak, said although she welcomes the release of five political detainees on Thursday,  she said she is sad that her husband was not among the five men set free on Thursday.

“Very sad that Peter Biar Ajak was not among the five political detainees released yesterday from National security, but I am happy for the families of these five as they reunite with their loved ones,” Nyathon said.

She however praised the Government of South Sudan for undertaking the most important step to implement the revitalized version of the peace deal signed by South Sudan warring parties in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa last.

“Big appreciation to government of South Sudan for taking steps to address the issue of prisoners of war (POC), political detainees (PD) and prisoners of conscience (POC) in the country. And also for listening to the voices of citizens who have united their voices to call for the release of these prisoners,” she said.

She further noted that the release of the political detainees heralds a new era of peace for the rest of the families whose loved ones are still being held under detention in the country.

“I hope this good news also extend to the rest of the families to whom their loved ones are still in the custody of National security so that we can all celebrate and embrace the new spirit of peace in South Sudan,” she added.

South Sudan government on Thursday released five detainees among those who were set free was the SPLM/A-IO appointed governor for Kapoeta state, Marko Lokidor, who was kidnapped last year in Kakuma Refugee Camp.