Rescue Alfred Taban in Hospital-Activist
Jame David Kolok, executive director of Foundation for Democracy and
Accountable Governance speaking to media (credit: David Mono)
By Bullen Bala Alexander
A civil society activist has called on the government and the well-wishers to support Alfred Taban whose health condition remains unimproved.
Alfred was referred to Uganda for medical treatment last month but since then, his health condition remains unimproved
Jame David Kolok, the Executive Director of Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance (FOGAG) said the civil societies were concerned over the condition of Alfred Taban in the hospital
“For the factor that while Taban is in the hospital there seems to be very little support coming out of friends and particularly the government in supporting Taban’s medical bill,” he said.
“As we speak now, there is a very big bill and the hospital has threatened to reduce the services if it is not paid which is very dangerous for his life,” Kolok explained.
Kolok said that Alfred has made a great legacy and his contributions are known by every South Sudanese especially when he was working as BBC correspondent in Khartoum.
“Taban was arrested and imprisoned in Khartoum several times because of this country. He was once detained by the security of this country because of his voice on the recent crisis,” he stressed.
“These are some of the fundamental contributions that must be acknowledged,” Kolok said.
The Executive Director further said that Taban initially established Khartoum Monitor and later changed to open Juba Monitor which has helped in the dissemination of information to the citizens.
“It is very clear that the government particularly the party that Alfred Taban is presenting at the National Transitional Legislative Assembly should come out and rescue his situation,” he said.
Kolok said two days ago they received information about the Alfred’s medical bill which he said was around 10,000 US dollar
“I think we need to devise a way of treating our national heroes and supporting our leaders. We are talking not because that we knew Alfred but the government should make sure that whoever was under such situation needs to be supported,” he said.
“Do we have to wait for something to happen to Alfred then we see V8s lining up at the Juba international airport,” Kolok stressed.
“I am particularly talking to First Vice president Taban Deng Gai. I know he has done a lot of contributions in this country in various ways but as a leader of Alfred Taban I appeal to him to come and rescue Alfred,” he said.
He said Alfred Taban went to the parliament through FVP Taban Deng Gai as a representative of SPLM/IO under Taban Deng Gai.
The Executive Director said it was important to remove the culture of coming to help someone when the person is no more there.
“We are appealing to some of the cooperate entities like the banks, business and the diplomatic entities who had been friends to Alfred to rescue his life,” he concluded.