South Sudan’s security agents have on Monday arrested two prominent activists after they joined a call for peaceful protests seeking for political change in the country. The arrested persons include Kuel Aguer Kuel, a former state governor, and senior analyst and Augustino Ting Mayai, with allegations that the two were responsible for signing the declaration issued by
a coalition of civil society groups last week saying they have “had enough” after 10 years of independence marked by civil war, escalating insecurity, crippling healthcare services, impunity hunger and political instability.
As a result of the arrests, the influential and also independent think tank group ‘Sudd Institute’, that is also part of the civil society coalition has also been shut down and its executive director Abraham Awolich is among other activists also being looked for by the South Sudanese government security agencies.
Awolich, the executive director Sudd Institute published a social media post on this Twitter account saying he was on the run after the Sudd Institute was stormed and its staff arrested over Friday’s declaration by the People’s Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA). Awolich also said he will address the country tomorrow ‘Wednesday’ on his next move. This leaves a country politically divided with a growing anger on the manner Civil society fraternities are being handled by the state security agencies.
PCCA on Monday released a statement saying “it was intent on leading a non-violent “revolution” in the world’s newest country and to seek “regime change”. It further called for the resignation of both President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar from the coalition government. Also, in a quote, PCCA mentioned that the current regime is “a bankrupt political system that has become so dangerous and has subjected our people to immense suffering, death and brought upon them abject poverty and destitution”. This was how PCCA responded to the immense threat of persecution by the government security agencies clearly pointing a mockery to the country’s democratic process.