May 18, 2021 — Latest reports from Jonglei State capital confirmed that at least 38 politicians have been arrested this evening in what seems to be an escalating leadership crisis.
According to reliable sources from Bor, senior politicians that include the former Bor county commissioner Isaac Mamer Ruk, former Gender minister Rachel Amuor Paach and the former RRC director Gabrial Deng Ajak are currently spending the night behind bars in prison in Bor town.
In a statement by Deng Ghai Deng, a journalist with Radio Jonglei and a reporter for VOA, the former commissioner confirmed their arrest and said that they are worried about their health.
“At least 38 politicians including the former Bor county commissioner Isaac Mamer Ruk, former Gender minister Rachel Amuor Paach and the former RRC director Gabrial Deng Ajak will spend the night in jail in Bor.” Deng Ghat Deng stated.
“Mamer who confirmed their arrest to me a few minutes ago says they are being kept in a room that makes them worry about their health conditions.” He added.
Deng said the reasons for their arrest are yet to be verified but among the arrested politicians are those who signed a petition against Jonglei state deputy governor Antipas Nyok Kucha recently.
The Deputy Governor, who fired Bor town mayor last week but later reinstated by the governor, has been at odds with politicians including the governor.
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At the time of this report, Governor Denay travelled to Juba to attend non-oil revenue conference that was organized by National Revenue Authority (NRA) in Juba.