JUBA — South Sudan government has denied any involvement in the summary execution of four opposition commanders in Unity State, saying an investigation will now be carried out.
Yesterday, soldiers belonging to South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) were seen executing, by firing squad, three opposition commander allied to SSPM/A of Gen. Stephen Buay.
A fourth alleged to be the one behind the killing of Mayom County Commissioner was handcuffed and then burned inside a tukul, the same way Mayom County commissioner died.
This afternoon, President Salva Kiir Mayardit met the country’s defense minister Angelina Jany Teny to discuss the matter as well as other issues regarding the security of the country.
“His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Tuesday held an extensive meeting with Hon. Angelina Teny , the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs on a wide range of security issues,” the presidency said in a statement.
Speaking to the media following the meeting, Hon. Teny condemned the extrajudicial killing of the opposition officers and said the killing is not acceptable in the army and distanced the army from it.
“We condemn the extrajudicial killing that happened in Mayom County of Unity State. It is not justice, it is unacceptable, not tolerated, it is condemned and the order did not come from the Ministry of Defence and SSPDF,” she said.
“We have military justice, when someone is arrested and they are culprits, the due process takes place, they are investigated, tried and the trial passes the judgment, We don’t do summary execution,” she added.
She further said that “the SSPDF in consultation with the Commander in Chief will investigate the henious act in Mayom County of Unity State.”