Monday December 11, 2017

Dr Lam Akol “technically” under house arrest. family confirmed

Bith Jonathan

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JUBA – The leader of the official Oppostion, SPLM-DC Dr Lam Akol Ajawin is technically in house arrest in Juba according to a member of his family who spoke to The Upper Nile Times on condition of anonymity.
Dr Lam’s arrest according to the relative was executed by the CID and National security services more than a month ago in what the relative described as a plan by the government to block his attempt to attend peace talks in Addis Ababa.

“Dr Lam has been in technical arrest since early November. His passport has since been confiscated and not allowed to move out of Juba. In November, people who dressed in plain clothes shortly after his passport was taken came here and advised Lam not to take any risk of going anywhere. They said the order came from a “big guy from above” and that Lam must take it seriously. He complied and now he’s not going anywhere even recently he wanted to go to Nairobi for medical check up but he was told not to attempt because he doesnt have a passport and risk being put in jail” – a relative said.

Dr Lam was the leader of the political parties in the ongoing peace talks in Ethiopia. He was then disowned by some parties who are allied to the government of Kiir, for meeting the SPLM-i-O leader, Dr Riek Machar. The parties then decided to nominate one of their colleagues to lead their team at peace talks. IGAD mediators then rejected the move and send back government-allied political parties to Juba.
When talks resumed last week, IGAD mediators condemned the lack of participation of the political parties in the talk and in particular, the absent of Dr Lam Akol. The government denied having denied political parties any participation nor having arrested Lam Akol.

 

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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