South Sudan probing reports on citizens jailed in DRC

South Sudan probing reports on citizens jailed in DRC
Deng Dau Deng, Deputy of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (photo credit: Juba Echo)

The Deputy of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Deng Dau Deng has said efforts are underway to verify the report that some South Sudanese have been jailed in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

He said the government learned of the arrest through social media but had not received any formal communication from the DRC government.

“We have got the information from social media, but, still we are getting in touch with our embassy in Kinshasa. We will let you know as soon as we get the details,” Deng told The City Review on Wednesday.

This comes after The City Review ran an exclusive news report last week that at least 20 South Sudanese have been jailed in DR Congo, including five SPLA-IO officers and a 12-year-old boy.

The SPLA-IO officers were identified as Lt. Col. Moris Mungu Juma, 1st Lt. Simon Lomoro Abdall, Lt. Col. Salvatoria Benson, 1st Lt. Lou Steven Moris, and Alfred Ladu.

While disclosing the report, Anglican Bishop Alfred William Lasu told The City Review last Friday that the civilians were arrested at the bordering places with DRC in areas of Aba, Magoroho, Sunba, Nadiapai, and Bayote between 2017 and 2020,

When contacted, SPLA-IO Spokesperson Col. Lam Paul said they were aware of the report, but the identities of the jailed individuals were not disclosed.

“I did not hear about the report of SPLA-IO members being arrested but I got a report that some South Sudanese are being detained in DRC. If they are SPLA-IO members then we would need to find out from the government of DRC,” Lam told The City Review on Friday last week.

On the other hand, the civilians were identified as Dawo Dato Magawa, Christopher Angbadimo, Samgdoligo Emma, Fungaro John, Cosmas Bidali, Mabe Karaba, and John Lokoroto.

However, Lasu said the list would be presented to the Minister of Cabinet Affairs Dr Martin Elia Lomuro, and the Speaker of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly Jemma Nunu Kumba, and Dr Riek Machar, the First Vice President for follow on their release.

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