Juba, South Sudan
July 9,2021— South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has granted a Presidential amnesty to at least 15 inmates who have been languishing behind bars on the 10th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of South Sudan.
In his address to the Nation, Kiir pardoned 15 prisoners and said his message on this milestone will be short and brief as he wishes to talk more on his policy directives during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed parliamentarians.
“Let me first congratulate ourselves for this historic 10th Anniversary of our Independence. Our country is ten years old today. ” To mark this important occasion, I am granting full pardon to 15 prisoners who were serving jail terms in various prisons across South Sudan “, Kiir said in the statement extended to Nyamilepedia.
“Before I proceed, follow countrymen and women, I would like to advise in advance that my remarks for this important day will be brief, because I will speak to you more on my Policy Direction when we inaugurate the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States in coming days.” He added
President Kiir said although the country needlessly slipped into war on December 15, 2013, just two years after the independence, he appreciates the fact that the ceasefire is still holding so far.
Over the past two years President Kiir pardoned more than 20 inmates 10 of which included Machar’s spokesman James Gatdet, Peter Biar Ajak, Kerbino Wol and others.