National Security Must Claim Responsibility for Juba-Nimule Highway Fatal Shootings That Killed Two Nuns.
The office of the SSUF/A Deputy Military Spokesperson would like to inform the general public and international communities concern about this unfortunate incident that took the lives of Sister Mary Abud and Sister Regina Roba of the Sacred Heart of Jesus occurred on the 16th August 2021, between Nesitu and Jebelin on the return of the Catholic Congregation who attended the centenary celebration of the Loa Parish, Diocese of Torit. The celebration was attended by the president of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, and Vice President H.E James Wani Igga among other senior government dignitaries.
Prior to the celebration, heavy Government army forces predominately presidential Guards and other security organs were deployed along the roads and within the closest vicinity to the celebration Venue. The security of the congregation and that of senior Government officials was guaranteed given the full protection extended by the government forces.
This incident occurred at around 3:00 pm; South Sudan Local time when the congregation and the presidential convoys were returning to Juba after the conclusion of a beautiful Christian celebration. At that time, there was still the presence of heavy deployment of security forces from the celebration Venue all the way to Nesitu, each convoy was accorded full security escort. In addition, there’s a military Artillery base at Jebel Lemon a few meters away from the incident scene. What is mind-boggling is how could such a dreadful incident happened in an area fully covered by government security forces? How did the assailants manage to infiltrate and lay such an ambush which singled out a vehicle carrying Catholic Nuns without being foiled?
Evidence from Our Reliable Security Sources
Given the above-detailed security coverage, there were no indicators of impending threats between Nesitu and Jebelin areas where the incident took place. It’s beyond any reasonable doubt that such a highly protected area could easily be penetrated by any holdout group other than the government’s forces themselves. It was a highly premeditated incident carried out most probably by insiders with an intention to evoke the masses emotionally as innocent Christians were killed and that would definitely implicate the SSOMA peace process with Government.
According to our reliable security sources; indicated that one officer from The National Security service active list by the name of Justin Oyet who’s deployed at the HQs of Vice president James Wani Igga was instructed to carry out such a heinous crime that took the souls of two catholic Nuns. The rogue officer clearly acted on directives of belligerent National Security Service (NSS) Gen. Akol Koor Kuc as revealed by an internal source of intelligence. The immediate release of the suspects that were arrested in connection with the incident by the National Security services claiming that they were just charcoal vendors who happened to be within the vicinity at the time of the incident was a gimmick to bury any evidence.
The intention behind this targeted killing of the catholic nuns is to implicate the hold-out groups –SSOMA and to portray their image to the international community as terrorists, and to also impede the progress of Rome Peace Talks. The recent outburst by the president threatening to pull out of the Rome peace talks is a clear indication that the Juba Regime is unwilling to implement any peace Agreement including the ongoing Rome peace talk. The killing was a ploy to blackmail SSOMA and to spoil the peace negotiations.
We, therefore, call upon the international community and especially the community of Saint Egidio to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book!
Maj. Philip Deng Kuol Nguot
SSUF/A Deputy Military Spokesperson