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South Sudan MPs Demand Defense Minister, 2 Others Resign.

By Luate Satimon – Juba, South Sudan – Thursday, January 16, 2020. 

Kuol Manyang Juuk, South Sudan’s Defense Minister.

Lawmakers in South Sudan are demanding the resignation of Security Ministers over rising killings. Some members of Parliament have called on the Ministers in charge of security to resign if they cannot contain insecurities in Juba. 

On Tuesday, the Parliament summoned three Ministers; Defense, Kuol Manyang Juuk, Interior, Michael Changjiek and National Security, Obote Namur over rampant killings in South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

Sources hinted National Telegraph this move has been precipitated by the killing of a lecturer of the University of Juba near Gudele 2 police station on Monday, January 13, 2020, prompting students to march to the Parliament to demand justice.

The Minister of National Security, Obote Namur deflected any blame on national security. He said it is the role of the Minister of Interior to respond to crimes in the town.

The Minister of Interior, Michael Chiengjiek insisted that it is the collective role of the security organs to address matters of insecurity

On his part, the Minister of Defense said our soldiers don’t have barracks and stores for guns, because of insecurity, we started the country straight into war, we never had time to organise ourselves, Kuol Manyang said.

Several students at the University of Juba, a state-run University in South Sudan’s capital have started a strike action, Monday, January 13, 2020. The students told National Telegraph the demonstration is in solidarity with the death of one of their lecturers who was shot and killed by unknown gunmen under unclear circumstances. 

Molona Stephen, a lecturer at the Department of Law was killed Monday, January 13, at about 7 PM GMT+3  as he was returning to his residence from lecturers. The students went to Parliament calling for justice to be taken accordingly and have promised to continue with the protest until justice takes place.

The students, mostly from the Department of Law gathered in front of the administrative block, carrying placards, demanding government speeds up investigations into Molona’s death.

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