Footage: South Sudan defense minister threatens to “beat” local minister

Kuol Manyang, Defense Minister, in a past event(Photo: file)

Kuol Manyang, Defense Minister, in a past event(Photo: file)

February 8th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s defense minister Kuol Manyang Juuk threatened a local minister in a latest footage leaked to the media over dispute about the construction of the Juba-Bahr el-Ghazal highway.

In the footage reportedly taken on January 15, Juuk who is under United States sanction list for inciting war could be heard threatening Jubek state minister of education Dr. Wani Sule.

“I will beat you up,” Juuk could be heard. As the minister turns away in furry, Juuk said the “road will be built [whether you like it or not].”

The local minister began saying “beat me hear where I am.”

The construction the high-way connecting the country’s capital Juba with several states in the region of Bahr El-Ghazal was suspended last year after disagreement with locals who wanted to be compensated before Jebel Lado could be used.

South Sudan government signed a deal with a Chinese road construction firm in March last year to build 400 Kilometers of road connecting the capital with Bahr El-Ghazal region. The government allocated a daily budget of 30 barrels of crude oil.

“Before they could move with an inch, they demands that the government compensate them and I think this is logic and yes we the government is developing our country but at personal level, you can’t do that without paying the person affected,” a local government official told Nyamilepedia at the time.

The government official said because of the issue, the construction of the company couldn’t go through because the government do not wants to commit to the demand of the Lado community.

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