Gov’t investigation team meets N. Liech state authorities over last month’s sexual assault

South Sudan investigation committee meets Northern Liech acting governor Laraka Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

December 19th, 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The investigation team sent by the South Sudan government to visit Bentiu, the Northern Liech capital, to investigate last month’s sexual assault against women near Bentiu has met the state Authorities in the state capital Bentiu, sources have told the Nyamilepedia.

In mid-November, 150 South Sudanese women from Unity State’s Rubkona County were raped by soldiers loyal to the South Sudan army, the South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF): something that sparked an international uproar.

Under regional, international and United Nations pressure, the South Sudan government decided the form and send an investigation committee to Unity State’s Bentiu and investigate what it initially termed as a baseless claim.

The committee is headed by South Sudan’s Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare Awut Deng is expected to submit its findings to the South Sudan council of ministers within a week.

On Tuesday, a senior Northern Liech state official told the Nyamilepedia on the condition of anonymity that the government investigative team have met the state authorities under the leadership of Deputy and acting governor Laraka Machar Turoal and discussed the incident.

“The team led by the National Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare is here and they have met the government under deputy governor Laraka Machar,” the source said adding: “They have discussed the incident with the state authorities.”

The same source said the team will travel to the UN POC site in Rubkona to meet the rape victims today.