New tension is building up between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Riek Machar following assassination of a powerful South Sudan MP in Uganda.
Jacob Kuwinsuk Gale was reportedly shot dead on Wednesday, December 6, in north-western Uganda by people believed to be former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar’s soldiers.
South Sudan’s Minister for Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Alfred Kenneth Duku, has pointed finger at Machar as the one responsible for the assassination of Gale. “He was shot by people loyal to Machar,” Duku claimed as quoted by Reuters.
Marchar’s spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel, has denied their soldiers were involved in the alleged assassination. He has instead accused the government of President Kiir of being behind the murder. “Our soldiers cannot cross the border to Uganda because we don’t have that mandate. We are not responsible for what happened to the MP,” Gabriel disclosed to Reuters.
South Sudan has been in civil war for nearly four years. The protracted strife, mostly caused by power tussle between Kiir and Machar, has led to bloodbaths, economic deterioration, and displacement of thousands. Many have fled their homes to become refugees in neighboring countries, with Uganda hosting the majority of them.