Juba, South Sudan
June 17,2021 — Local authorities in Panyijiar County of Unity State claim to have arrested two suspects believe to have been involved in the death of Dr. Louis Edward Saleh, a humanitarian worker who was employed for years in the area by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Ganyiel Payam.
This comes less than a week after speculations that Dr. Saleh’s death was a homicide although the residents claim that he committed a suicide.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Panyijiar County commissioner Col. William Gatjiek Mabor said the two arrested suspects are watchmen who are also employed by the IRC to guard the medical staff and patients in the same clinic where Dr. Louis was found dead.
He said the case is now in the office of President Salva Kiir and cabinet minister, Dr. Martin Elia Lomoro.
According to information received by Nyamilepedia on Monday, Minister Lomoro said the security forces have been launched to apprehend all suspects involved in Dr. Saleh’s killing adding that the National Government will bring all perpetrators to book.
However Col. William Gatjiek Mabor, the Panyijiar County commissioner, said the National Government investigation team has yet to arrive in Panyijiar County.
” Up to now there’s no team going to Panyijiar I don’t know why, Panyijiar people are not animals they are human beings”, Commisioner Mabor told media.
The commissioner condemned the death of Dr. Louis Edward and promised that the people of Panyijiar County are ready to receive any investigative teams.
Col. Mabor said when the incident happened he tried his best to reach out to top authorities concerned to help him in tracing the criminals.
On the other hand, Mabor blames the national government for not conducting a genuine investigation to determine whether the case was a murder or a suicide.