To All Equatoria Leaders in the Diaspora: The Arrest of Former Governor Mr Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro is Unlawful

By Federico Awi Vuni

Western Equatoria State Governor Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro addressing the 29th SPLA anniversary celebrations in Yambio. [Photo: Joseph Nashion/Nyamilepedia]

Western Equatoria State Governor Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro addressing the 29th SPLA anniversary celebrations in Yambio. [Photo: Joseph Nashion/Nyamilepedia]

 Dec 24, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) —- It has been brought to our attention that Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro, the former Governor of Western Equatoria State, has been arrested and detained by the South Sudan National Security Services on Tuesday 22/12/2015 after he was summoned for a meeting. We Equatorians in the Diaspora are deeply concerned about his arrest, welfare and safety.

This is not the first time the former Governor was harassed and detained by the South Sudan National Security Services. After the signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement in August 2015, he was similarly summoned by the Security Services and was arrested on the 16 August 2015 and detained without any charges. He was released only after concerted efforts from Equatorians within and outside the country and pressure from the International Community. This was soon after he was removed from his position as the Governor of Western Equatoria State by a Presidential decree.

We see this action of arbitrary arrest and harassment of the former Governor as a step by the Government of South Sudan to derail and frustrate the implementation of the peace process.

Given the return of the SPLM-IO into the country as part of the implementation of the peace process and the beginning of a new environment of peace and reconciliation, we feel that the arrest of the former Governor is unfair and counter-productive to realisation of peace and reconciliation.

In addition to the arrest of former Governor Bakaroso, we have learned of the arrest of Dr Leonzio Angole Onek of Juba University by the South Sudan Security Services. He was picked up from the University campus on 7 December 2015 and has not been seen since then. We are concerned about his safety and where about. We view these arrests as another example of systematic targeting of Equatorian leaders and intellectuals.

On behalf of all Equatorians and other peace lovers, we demand immediate and unconditional release of the former Governor, Professor Onek, and others who have been arbitrary arrested without any due legal process.

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  7 comments for “To All Equatoria Leaders in the Diaspora: The Arrest of Former Governor Mr Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro is Unlawful

  1. Eddie Sondota-Ruge
    December 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    If Coln. Bakosoro was a rebel he would not have made deliberate move to live in Juba, only an arm’s length away from notorious South Sudan National Security agents! Where is the evidence? Release an innocent citizen with all his rights and freedom! If you have credible evidence please publish the evidence and give the governor opportunity to defend himself from Dinka dominated National Security Security Agency!


  2. Joseph Taban
    December 27, 2015 at 2:20 am

    This is realy sounds stupid of aresting The former governor of western equatoria BAKOSO. some body which has been removed out.& every human being in ssudan know it very well that we equatorians are peace lovers people & well educated & understanding.please i’m urging this security personel to stop Harrashing & aresting our leaders. they actualy got nothing with this sensless war in south sudan.


  3. December 28, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Dear Joseph Taban,

    You know I will begin with your name specially Taban it is Arab word which means weakness and disability that why you are unable to comprehend the situation in South Sudan today. it is very unfortunate that you generalized your weakness to all Equatorians there are so many reasons happening today in Equatoria that could make man even a woman to fight. no human rights over there in South Sudan, mainly in capital Juba.

    In Juba Dinka General can sleep with any woman she like it or not, take your land and all kinds of bad things they are doing it over there in the watch of peaceful Equatorians like you but not everyone from Equatoria can tolerate that.


    • Panom Lualbil
      December 30, 2015 at 12:06 am

      preaching hatred in social network wouldn’t help at all. the more you talk, the more you expose your true colours. cheap and lunatic mind can buy your idea but it’s waste of time


    • Panom Lualbil
      December 30, 2015 at 12:14 am

      I wouldn’t bother to capitalize on this article, it’s from empty mind


  4. lawrence aka
    January 5, 2016 at 2:14 am

    there is no need for us to say this and that forget and start new page of doing things my brothers, the more we compline the more our country failing. Peace ,love unity of God to be prayed for.


  5. January 10, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    arrest of the former WES governor should not worry any body ,it is a way of finding justice to WES but lets us all say we demanded for his unconditional quick release by the government


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