Kiir calls for emer­gency rule, sus­pends civil rights

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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

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