USAP’s chairman arrested in Wau

By Wek Atak Kacjang

The Chairman of the United Sudan African Party (USAP) has been arrested in Wau State according to the party’s spokesperson.

Philip Jiben Ogal said USAP Chairman Joseph Ukel Abang was arrested on Wednesday by authorities in Wau State.

He said Ukel had traveled to Wau to visit his relatives and to check on the construction of his school.

Mr. Ogal said Ukel has always been a peaceful man and not working against the government.

“Ukel is a dignitary to the Revitalized Peace Agreement,” he said.

“We want to tell the entire citizens of South Sudan that this time is for peace and we should avoid those who are against peace. I am urging the government to intervene by releasing him immediately,” Ogal said.

The USAP spokesperson said it was better to investigate Ukel if he had done something wrong.

“If he is found guilty then the government should take him to court but we in the party are for peace,” he said.

Mr. Ogal said yesterday morning, Wau State security transferred Ukel to Juba.

However, when Juba Monitor contacted Mary Mariano, Wau State Information Minster for comment, she declined to pick the phone calls.



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