UN report on Dong, Aggrey misleading and not acceptable – government

South Sudan information minister and government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth (Photo: file)

South Sudan information minister and government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth (Photo: file)

May 1st 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government has referred to a United Nations report on disappearance of prominent activists allied to the country’s opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny as misleading and not acceptable.

On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council said in a report that it has a evidence that South Sudan’s head of National Security Service ordered the deportation of Dong Samuel Luak, a human rights lawyer and civil rights activist and Aggrey Idri, a member of the main armed opposition group led by the country former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

However, in disputing this, South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said the UN report is misleading and not acceptable because it targets the government for something he said the government didn’t do.

“It’s not the government of South Sudan that apprehended them; it’s the Kenyan government. So, if any investigation [is to be conducted], investigate Kenya, not us,” Makuei was quoted by the Eye Radio as saying. “These are reversed situations; these targeted misleading questions are not acceptable.”

He said the only person who was apprehended by the government of South Sudan is James Gatdet – who was convicted by a Juba court and later pardoned by the President last year.

“The only person was [James] Gatdet whom we released. If these people were brought to us, we would have released them,” Makuei argued.

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