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Breaking: Government Security Agents Arrest SPLM/SPLA-IO Media Team Preparing For The Arrival Of Deputy Chairman

Members of SPLM/SPLA-IO media secretariat welcoming SPLA-IO troops in Juba(Photo: supplied)
Members of SPLM/SPLA-IO media secretariat welcoming SPLA-IO troops in Juba(Photo: supplied)

April 12, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Latest reports from South Sudan’s capital, Juba, confirm that the National Security has detained more than 30 media personals within the last two hours.

According to reliable sources, the government intents to prevent media activities and popular welcoming of SPLM/SPLA Deputy Chairman, 1st Lieutenant General Alfred Lado Gore, who is expected to arrive in Juba this afternoon leading 61 high profiles delegates of the armed Opposition.

Among the arrested SPLM/SPLA-IO media secretariat include Sirir Gabrial, Lam John and 15 others.

According to eye witnesses, the journalists have been detained at the Operation department of National Security ISB near migration office.

William Ezekiel, Spokeman of SPLM-IO in Juba, said the journalists were severally beaten for announcing the coming of SPLM/SPLA-IO Deputy Chairman, Alfred Lado Gore.

“They are sixteen in number. They have been severely beaten. They started beating them right away when they were arrested,” Ezekiel said.

In response, Ateny Wek Ateny, the presidential spokesman, confirmed the unauthorized detention of SPLM/SPLA-IO media team.

Ateny pledges they were detained for announcing the arrival of SPLM/SPLA Deputy Chairman, 1st. Lt. Gen. Alfred Lado Gore, on unsafe streets of Juba at night.

“the truth in this is the fact that the so called Media Team of the SPLM/A IO in Juba were just summoned for questioning. They just went outdoors to announce on loudspeakers the expected arrival of the IO deputy Chair Alfred Lado Gore without prior permission which is even prerequisite in the administration of proper security arrangement.” Ateny said.

“They were moving all night announcing without even taking care of the fact that they may run into an isolated problem as Juba is known with lots of unauthorized activities.” he continued.

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Ateny, who speaks for the SPLM-IG blames the SPLM/SPLA-IO for conducting its activities without seeking permission from the government security department.

On Saturday Ateny warned against public reception of SPLM/SPLA-IO leaders for what he terms as “security reasons”.

Broadcasted by the government owned SSTV, Michael Makuei Lueth, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, warned JMEC against facilitating the first meeting of President Salva Kiir and the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

Other government officials, including the Chief of General Staff for the SPLA-IG, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, have sparked controversial debates and hate speech in the last few days for ordering fresh attacks on the oppositions while decampaigning Dr. Riek Machar’s leadership.

South Sudan has been imposing media censorship since its independent. While at least 10 journalists have been reportedly killed in the last two years of civil war, many others have been arrested and released without charges.

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Lokiden April 12, 2016 at 2:09 am

Hi, people not play with fire, the arrival of Dr. Riak will be the same with arrival of Dr. Garang in Khartoum. the entire citizen declare to SPLA , It will be the same when the leader of SPLA IO arrive Juba, people will declare to be SPLA IO due to massive in entire country. The most people serving now in government were not SPLA, they were residing in Khartoum, now they are the people confuse the government in Juba.

Akot Mathiang April 12, 2016 at 4:35 am

Poor and confused lokiden,
Was Dr. Riek Machar not in Khartoum fighting aproxy war against the people of Southern Sudan? Revisit the history of liberation boy.

Bol Gatjang April 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm

AKOT,Who told Dr.Riek, was fighting with SPLA in South Sudan? You are so diabolical man, your conveying messages is completely wrong. Nuer and Shulluk were only tribes who fought bravely even those of Khartoum government should tell you. How many times Dr. Riek sent to war in Nasir by Dr.John? I personally never heard about Salva Kiir, I think he was cook in military during the liberation.

Akot Mathiang April 13, 2016 at 6:50 am

Bol Gatjang,
I think you were just born after the Nairobi reunification of SPLM and you deserve no blame for being behind the history of liberation.
But one thing I should tell you is that Dr. Riek Machar killed more people than any dictator in Africa and this is the history you should learn more as you grown up.
He spent the eleven good yrs in Khartoum while fighting a proxy war and defending the oil fields which strengthen Bashir ability to buy the devastated weapons and say what! Not fighting the SPLA.

Bol Gatjang April 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Ah ah ah ah, Akhot,you don’t even know how old Iam right now. I should be your father my boy who remembered even the genesis of SPLA since 1983. SPLA was in the middle of my finger after its soldiers raided our cattle in 1985 in the places called Koor Machar. SPLA was not combating against Arabs, you even know their history.Their soldiers were fighting us as GaaJaak community since we have learned their bulshit robberies. They were just amassed wealth especially soldiers more than Dr.John Garang by looting cattle.

son of Ngundeng April 12, 2016 at 3:16 am

It look funny!!!

Those who are pronounce the language of death, Juba will not take us our chairman will come, and we will face whatever will come out from thugs of Salva Kiir. As My Dad Ngundeng said this war it will still continue, it will end when Salva die!
Bring our people back we give you only 2hrs.

Son of prophet
currently in Juba
IO New location.

chol y April 12, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Oh I see like father like son that’s why you still believed in ngundeng false prophecies that only will lead all nuers to their death. Only a fool can’t learned from their mistakes. Wurnyang promised white army that they will come to life if they got killed in a battlefield and none of them came and you nuers fools still believed in his fasle prophecies. One day the Nuer will be a smallest tribe in South Sudan if keep going with the same mentality.

Chol Agut_Nuer.

Bol Gatjang April 12, 2016 at 4:02 am

Please South Sudanese government and so called unknown gunmen refrain from this vicious behaviors. I hope the world is watching with an open eyes upon your harassment of IO whoever they are by targeting them. You are destroying their health by beating the thoroughly and compelled them to unsafe detentions. What’s going to happen next? Please don’t kill let’s JMEs take them back to IO headquarter.


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