South Sudan

Kiir men arrest governor, Kenyan banker


WES Governor Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro

Security personnel loyal to President Salva Kiir on Tuesday detained a manager of a Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) branch in Juba after he failed to produce a bank statement of a politician targeted by Kiir’s security in a new purge within his government.

On Sunday evening, Kiir issued a decree via state television firing the governor of Western Equatoria Joseph Bakosoro, along with several others.

Security personnel then arrested the governor without warrant and held him in a secret detention centre without charge.

This Tuesday morning, security personnel went to a KCB branch in Juba and asked the operations manager to give the account details of the ousted Governor Bokosoro.

However, the manager refused saying it is against the law to produce someone’s bank statement without a legal letter from the attorney-general.

Reportedly, the security personnel also went to Equity Bank requesting the bank account details for the wife of the governor, Angeline Bokosoro.

The manager of Equity Bank also refused and was arrested too.

Meanwhile, Lam Akol, the chairman of South Sudan’s official opposition party, lashed out at President Kiir’s security personnel for their ongoing detention of Bakosoro.

SPLM-DC Chairman Akol told Radio Tamazuj the detention was “unconstitutional” and said if the detainee had done something illegal he should have been taken to court.

Akol also slammed the presidential decrees Kiir issued earlier this week removing Bakosoro and three other governors.

“To us these are unconstitutional decrees because article 101 (R) talks of changes if there is instability, but we didn’t see it in the areas where the governors were changed,” he said.

“This government interprets articles as it wishes.”


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