South Sudan

Kiir Institutes Committee to Investigate Juba Deadly Shooting

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has instituted investigations into the Wednesday shooting in capital Juba that claimed the lives of six people.

The Committee named on June 4, 2020, to probe the deadly incident in Shirkat suburb was sworn in by the country’s Chief Justice, Chan Reech Madut on Sunday at the presidential palace.

A statement released by the presidency said the incident also resulted into destruction of property.

“The committee members took oath before President Salva Kiir to perform all their functions and powers assigned to them in good faith and ensure that the investigation is expedited so that the law can take its course, and the apprehended suspects can answer to their charges in the court of law,” said part of the statement.

President reportedly urged the committee to dig deeper and find out the facts on what led to the incident that involved his nephew Lual Marine Akook, who later died from the hospital. Lt. Col. Lual reportedly opened fire with his bodyguards on the locals over a land wrangle. It remains unclear if he was injured during the scuffle with the locals or during the arrest.

Kiir committed that those found guilty of being behind the incident will be taken to court and should be a deterrent measure to avoid future occurrence.

The killing has sparked retribution in Jonglei state capital of Bor where people originating from Bhar el Ghazal are being targeted.

“Even though there have been sporadic reports from Bor that students and business people from Bhar el Ghazal were targeted, there has been no official reports from authorities on the ground. A facts finding committee will put in place to find out if indeed people from Bhar el Ghazal were being targeted in Bor, and if there is any such incidents, the perpetrators will face the law as individual criminals,” he added.

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He emphasized that the people of Bor and Bahr el Ghazal are a one people who fought hard to liberate the nation, and should not be divided by this unfortunate incident that occurred in Shirkat.

“The bonds that unite us are thicker than the strings that may seek to drive us apart,” he said.

The chairperson of the investigation committee, Madol Arol Kachuol, said the committee is committed to accomplishing their investigation within the agreed time frame of 7 days.

The Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial urged the public to be patient and avoid speculation on what transpired in Shirkat and not to jump into conclusions.

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