South Sudan Releases Two Key Prisoners Ahead of IGAD Deadline Top story

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Samuel Luate Lominusk, the Republic of South Sudan Ambassador to Uganda says his government released the two leaders as part of the commitment to the resolutions of the Extra-ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The Republic of South Sudan has released two of the five political prisoners linked to its former Vice President Dr. Reik Machar now said to be behind the rebel group that sparked off nearly three weeks of war in South Sudan.
 
Samuel Luate Lominusk, the Republic of South Sudan Ambassador to Uganda says his government released the two leaders as part of the commitment to the resolutions of the Extra-ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Six Presidents under Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on December 27th met in Nairobi Kenya in effort to resolve the volatile situation in South Sudan.

The Presidents that included Yoweri Museveni of Uganda called for urgent measures for all inclusive dialogue including reviewing the status of the detainees.

Ambassador Lominsuk at a Press Conference in Kampala said his government will not release some of the prisoners that were behind the attempted overthrow of the Salva Kiir government.

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Those still in detention include former cabinet Affairs Minister, Deng Alor and former Finance Minister Kotsi Manibe.
 
Also in detention is Pagan Amum, the former Secretary General of Sudan’s ruling party who has been under investigation over $4 billion that went missing at the time when the new Republic was about to be born.

But Dr. Riek Machar has reportedly demanded for the release of Pagum and others saying they would be part of the negotiating team.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) had set today December 31st as deadline for the two warring factions to cease hostilities. But as the deadline nears, there have not been concrete proposals from both sides to end aggression.

Ambassador Lominsuk said President Salva Kiir was committed to face to face negotiations with Dr. Machar group. He however said he was not aware whether Dr. Reik Machar has contacted the IGAD secretariat since the Nairobi IGAD meeting.

He said Rebecca Garang, the wife of former SPLA/M leader John Garang should have been those detained for supporting the attempted coup but she was allowed by Salva Kirr to travel to Nairobi.

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