The leadership of the National Salvation Front (NAS) on Tuesday condemned the violence against unarmed civilians in Maban County, Upper Nile State urging all the armed groups involved to cease targetting civilians and to allow humanitarian access to the areas affected.
Items from a cargo of humanitarian aid meant for the displaced communities in Lainya County, Central Equatoria State have been spotted at an SSPDF base in Kulipapa just hours after two civilian lorries carrying the cargo were ambushed, looted, and then burned not too far away from the Kiir’s SSPDF base on August 29.
“Amnesty deals reduce the incentive for dictators to fight to the bitter – and bloody – end” -writes rule of law commentator Julia Pettengil. It is then self-defeating that a dictator would put themselves in the position of rewarding liberation dissent with amnesty.
NAS has rubbished Salva Kiir’s decree to grant amnesty to SSOMA members as ‘political mockery and a PR display’ and has suggested that the dictator could have ‘done better if he pardons the political prisoners who are in [illegally] jailed’ across various ghost-houses in the country.