June 29, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan government, under president Salva Kiir Mayardit, has unconditionally freed Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba. Adwok, among his colleagues, has served the longest term under house arrest in Juba.
His documents were confiscated by the security agents, who implicated him in what the government believes was a coup in December but later faltered due to lack of substantial evidence.
One of the politicians, from the oppositions, who received Dr. Adwok in Nairobi, Kenya, believes that Adwok has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“In fact we airlifted him this morning from Rumbek to Nairobi, he left to addis at 11:00 Pm, he just arrived Addis” said the politician, who facilitated Dr. Adwok in Nairobi.
Despite the detention, Adwok has played a vital role in this conflict by sensitizing the world through his succinct articles and interviews.
Dr. Adwok released the first articles while under house arrest in December. The articles, which nakedly expose the government, have shaped many perspectives around the world. Adwok was among the first people to deny the coup gospel and instead narrated how “Salva Kiir shot himself in the foot”.
His perspectives were quickly circulated by the international and local media, which prompted the government to drag Dr. Adwok to jail.
Adwok was arrested for a few days but later released, together with Deng Deng, the former office manager for Dr. Riek Machar.
While waiting his arrest, Adwok conducted a rare private interview with Gregory Warner, the NPR’s East Africa Correspondent, in his house.
The interview, which the government would deem illegal, did not only coincide with his arrest but also with the curfew hours. Adwok, who had already packed to be jailed that day, welcomed Gregory to his house and offered him refreshments before they started the interview as if nothing was going to happen. Adwok shown no worries.
By the time the security forces arrived to pick him up, Adwok had said too little but sufficient enough to encounter the coup version that the government traded on the international media. Among his most cited phrases is how Salva Kiir handles political disputes through military commands.
“Salva [Kiir] is not a political animal,” Adwok said. “He is a soldier, and doesn’t perceive the political process as some of us perceive it.” Adwok told Gregory.
“The democratic culture is still very shallow,” Adwok said. “It is a long struggle to bring these concepts to the minds of people so they can internalize them.”
After months of house arrest in Juba, Adwok attended a special court with the last four political detainees in March, however, he was disappointed to learn that his name was not on the list of the political detainees, which the government referred as “criminals.”
“I don’t know why they did not mention by name. You know I supposed to be among them.” Adwok said in March.
Adwok remained under house arrest, however, he never fail to surprise the Juba government. Adwok resigned from the SPLM party at the beginning of June.
In his resignation letter, Adwok continues to educate the government on how the conflict should have been avoided before he goes on to narrate his sad experiences under house arrest.
“This violence resulted in demise of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of our people. This war could have been avoided had you cared to listen to voices of peace loving people. Together with other comrades, I was arrested and detained briefly in connection with these events. What looked a compassionate gesture to release me turned out to be a wicked stratagem to incarcerate me in oblivion and obscurity.” Dr. Adwok stated.
“I do not want, by virtue of being a member of the SPLM, to be privy to the some of the horrendous crimes being committed against the people of South Sudan. I, also, do not want to be privy to the transformation of the SPLM into a totalitarian machine, and an oppressive regime that is destroying South Sudan. I am therefore in all dignity and honour submitting my resignation from the SPLM as of June 1st, 2014.” Dr. Adwok resigned.
Today, Adwok has joined his colleagues in Addis Ababa, however, it is not very clear which of the very many political groups he will join.