The Leader of SPLM-DC Remains Under House Arrest in Juba
By Aldo Lokonyen Ben,
May 01, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — On the night of April 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm local time, South Sudan government Security forces came with four (4) cars and surrounded the house of SPLM-DC leader, and Chairman of National Political Parties Alliance in Juba, preventing him from get out of his house .
This is done without his knowledge and against his will. Up to now security personnel are still camping outside Dr. Lam’s house, preventing him to leave his house and carryout this normal activities.
When asked why security personnel surrounded SPLM-DC leader’s house, the government spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth, and Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Elia Lomoro, blatantly denied the presence of government security agents at Lam’s house. The government denial of presence of security agents at Lam house deceitful, irresponsible, dishonest, and invasion of truth.
We challenge the two ministers to visit Dr. Lam Akol’s house and see for themselves if they meant their words. Instead of invading the truth, the government of South Sudan need to come out clean and tell the people of South Sudan, the reason behind Dr. Lam restriction of movement.
We consider government’s action a real threat to Dr. Lam Akol’s life. The surrounding of his house by security agents, against his will and without justification whatsoever, violates Article 27 of South Sudan Transitional Constitution, 2011.
It also violates his basic rights to freedom of movement, as grantee to all citizenry of the Republic of South Sudan under the same Article. We deplore such unlawful act against our great leader in a strongest term possible. We demand an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of security personnel out of Dr. Lam Akol’s house.
We call upon South Sudanese people, International community, regional governments, Africa Union, (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), TROIKA countries (US, Norway & UK), human rights agencies, Amnesty International, to immediately intervention on this matter and call upon President Salva Kiir and his security forces to respect citizens’ rights to freedom of movement, as grantee to them under Article 27 of the Republic of South Sudan Transitional Constitution, 2011.
Aldo Lokonyen Ben
Acting Rep. of SPLM-DC in Canada