Tuesday December 12, 2017

Bakosoro arrested and interrogated over the deteriorating security situation in Western Equatoria State

Bith Jonathan

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JUBA – Former Governor of the Western Equatoria State (WES) Hon Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro was arrested on Tuesday evening by the National Security Services (NSS) after turning up for an earlier summon request by the NSS.

Bakosoro, an independent governor for WES was recently sacked by President Kiir and replaced with a military governor in the state despite being democratically elected by the people in his state through an independent ticket. After his sacking, his states then brawled in a huge civil conflict that involved the SPLA army fighting a group of disgruntled armed youths called the Arrow boys supported by defected government soldiers and police. Bakosoro’s former information Minister Engineer Charles Kisanga defected to the disgruntled group and announced the command of the forces 2 months ago in a facebook update.

Joseph Bakosoro however remained in Juba after his sacking in August and didn’t move back to WES capital Yambio.

NSS said Bakosoro may be linked to the Arrow Boys and other disgruntled groups in WES

On Monday,  ex-Governor Bakosoro was called to the NSS headquarter in Juba but didn’t turn up. A situation the NSS said was refusal on the ex-governor’s part to turn himself in. On Tuesday evening, Bakosoro eventually showed up willingly. On arrival, he was asked to surrender his IDs and any bank cards. His driver was told to return back by 2 NSS officials with guns and dressed in civilian uniforms. According to a NSS security agent who spoke to this paper this afternoon, Bakosoro was interrogated over the ongoing fighting in Western Equatoria State. He was asked whether he indirectly commands the Arrow Boys and rebels in Yambio area. He was also asked whether he has any contacts with his former Information Minister currently in that rebellion. He denied all the questions asked of him saying that if he was part of the conflict, he would not be in Juba.

Bakosoro this afternoon asked the NSS security personnels if they can give him a chance to speak to President Kiir. The NSS security refuses.

Since this afternoon, no immediate members of his family are allowed to visit him. Further, no sign of his release so far as the NSS security clings on the notion that they have evident to support that the ex-governor directly supports the ongoing rebellion in Western Equatoria State. Moreover, attempts by the ex-governor’s family to allow his lawyer to visit him is ongoing.

 

THE UPPER NILE TIMES

Bith Jonathan

Bith Jonathan is an award-winning journalist and columnist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media and journalism from the prestigious kenyan school of mass media.


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