JUBA – A former Secretary of External Relations of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit is urging vising United States Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth, to put suppression tools of the government including the National Security Service under close watch.
Suzanne Jambo who is also the leader of the exiled South Sudan Steps Towards Peace and Democracy made the appeal in an open letter to Booth who is in Juba to meet members of the coalition government over the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.
The political activist and lawyer stressed the need to help out the people of South Sudan from the ongoing famine and lack of security which she said is a result of power hunger between President Kiir and his first deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny, both of whom have been in a power war since 2013.
“President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar’s government must simply exit; it has been over 6 years of their senseless wars of which our people pay the ultimate price! We wish to end this unnecessary suffering, and that regional /African nations to be part of such a continental effort to restore sanity in our young nation,” she said in the open letter she extended to Sudans Post.
The activist demanded a complete United States scrutiny of the security bodies being used by the regime in Juba to suppress its citizens, most specifically vocal activists and journalists who have been detained when they disagree with they disagree government.
“We demand a scrutiny unto President Kiir’s torturous tools to intimidate the population and vocal activists,” she said. “These are 2 folds; the National Security infamous Blue House bossed by ruthless Gen. Akol Koor who arbitrarily detains and kills President Kiir’s opponents … and most recently; it is reported that Akol Koor is joined by President Kiir’s top security advisor Mr. Tutkew in the formation of a Janjaweed-like Rapid Response Militia, RRM.”
“Grave concerns abound around commonalities and unique features of South Sudan’s NSS since 2014 and recent RRM formation, with Sudan’s historical national security intelligence; ‘ghosts houses’ and Janjaweed by former dictator President Bashir’s National Congress Party, NCP.
“Indeed a notorious ‘continuation and multiplication’ two factors of Bashir in Sudan appears to be Mr. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo aka Hemedti and in South Sudan is Mr. Tutkew. A man mysteriously planted into the centre of South Sudan’s top politics by the NCP around the December 2013 war break out. It is worthy to note that General Akol Koor is also a trained NCP cadre,” Jambo added.
“The sooner South Sudan restores genuine peace, peaceful transfer and transition of power, and democracy, the sooner security will be tackled to avert any further chaos and suffering in South Sudan and the region. President Kiir/Riek Machar’s time is up and must pave way for a patriotic South Sudanese transitional government which shall cooperate with all national peace actors and with the region.”