South Sudan

Bashir denies plot to assassinate Kiir

President Kiir and president al-Bashir

President Kiir and president al-Bashir

The government of President Omar al-Bashir denied a WikiLeaks report alleging that Sudan was planning to eliminate South Sudan president, Salva Kiir.

The plot, according to WikiLeaks cables published by WikiLeaks last Friday and Saturday, was also being masterminded by Egypt.

However, Sudan Foreign Affairs ministry spokesman, Ali Alsadiq, said the “false” reports were aimed at breaking the diplomatic ties between the regional countries.

WikiLeaks insists Sudan and Egyptian intelligence planned to assassinate President Kiir and even availed an alleged letter by former Saudi Foreign Affairs minister telling the Royal Palace about the plot.

The letter says Egypt’s intelligence agents were stationed at the Garden City area in Khartoum “to formulate a joint plan with the Sudanese intelligence for the elimination and assassination of Kiir and some of his aides”.

Sudan’s former Defence minister and a state governor were to mastermind the smooth operation by unknown assassins.

Kiir’s spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny, told journalists in Juba that they had received the document but had nothing to say about.

Sudan army burns S.Sudan villages

Meanwhile, Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) have burned three villages in Blue Nile state since April, according to the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS).

ACJPS reported that on 8 April 2015, the village of Mediam Al Jabal was burnt to the ground displacing approximately 3,700 civilians, while a 10 May attack on Khor Mungra and an 11 May attack on Bau displaced 6,018 residents together.

The Khor Mungra and Bau people stayed for two days without access to food supplies, before settling in temporary structures along the main road to Damazin.

Further, on 13 May, the SAF ordered residents of four nearby villages – Khor Mganza, Daim Masaleet, Alshaheed Afandi, and Raieh Balak – to relocate, saying anyone who remained would be presumed to be a member of the rebel SPLA-North group.

The ACJPS accused the SAF of razing the villages, which were primarily comprised of members of the Ingessana and Maasalit ethnic groups, in an apparent attempt to forcibly displace communities perceived to support the SPLA-N.

The alleged attacks and forced displacements took place following the reinvigoration of the “Decisive Summer” campaign which began in December 2014.

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