JUBA, (Xinhua) --
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on
Friday said his government will release political
detainees as the war-torn country prepares for national
revealed that he was aware of only three high profile
political prisoners being held by his government.
talking that I have political detainees, I don’t have
political detainees. If they are there I will free
them,” he said in Juba.
political prisoners mentioned include former Wau state
governor Elias Waya Nyipuoch and his ex-deputy General
Andrea Dominic who were arrested on accusation of
inciting the violent tribal clash in Wau in June 2016
that killed over 43 people and displaced 12,000 people.
didn’t mention whether the detained James Gatdet Dak
former spokesman of rebel leader Riek Machar who was
deported last year from Kenya would benefit from the
held national prayers on Friday that will pave way for
the much lauded national dialogue geared toward
forgiveness and reconciliation of warring factions
following more than three years of violent conflict.
descended into violence in December 2013, following
political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his
former deputy Riek Machar. The war has killed tens of
thousands, displaced more than two million from their
renewed violence in July 2016 threatened to tear apart a
fragile 2015 peace agreement to end the conflict and
intermittent fighting in once peaceful Equatoria region
led to massive refugee influx of 1.5 million people
fleeing brutal atrocities into neighboring countries.