Kiir calls for emergency rule, suspends civil rights
SOUTH Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has declared a three-month state of emergency in his home state, where clashes have raged for months between clan-based militias, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.
Michael Makuei, who is also the information minister in the country, said the army would be given powers to stop the fighting in Gogrial state, and that citizens’ rights would be suspended.
Local media said dozens of people had been killed in the fighting in the state in the country’s north.
Makuei said the state of emergency also applied to the neighbouring areas of Tonj, Wau, and Aweil East.
Wau has experienced fighting this year between government forces and rebels under former vice-president Riek Machar, who is waging an insurgency in much of the country.
Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) yesterday said that South Sudan authorities had jailed Adil Faris Mayat, the public broadcaster director, because he failed to air a live state of the nation speech by Kiir on independence day.
CPJ, which is calling for the immediate release of Mayat, said National Security Service agents arrested the director of the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation in Juba on July 10.
Mayat’s wife, Amira Alnahawi, believes her husband was arrested because he failed to air a live state of the nation speech by Kiir on July9, the country’s sixth independence day. Reuters and ANA