President Salva Kiir has ordered Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak to release all prisoners of War and detainees immediately as part of the implementation of the peace agreement.
In a republican order read on the state-run TV, SSBC last evening, Kiir instructed the Chief of Defense Forces and the commanders of all the regular forces to register and hand over the detainees to any third party.
“The President of the republic and commander-in-chief of the SPLA has issued a Republican Order No. 17 for the implementation of the permanent ceasefire and transitional security arrangements as per the provisions of R-ARCISS,” said part of the decree.
The President instructed the Chief of Defense Forces to direct all the SPLA forces to refrain from revenge attack or retaliation as well as stop training of any recruits immediately.
Kiir also directed the Chief of Defense Forces to ensure the orders are implemented with immediate effect.
Last week, the first Vice President Designate, Dr. Machar appealed to President Kiir to release all political detainees and lift the state of emergency if he is to come to Juba to attend peace celebrations.
He also calls on Kiir to allow freedom of expression of the citizens and guarantee their safety.
Among the detainees, former spokesperson of Dr. Riek Machar, James Gadet Dak, SPLM-IO senior official, Aggrey Idr Ezbon, a well-known activist, Dong Samuel Luak and Opposition appointed Kapoeta governor, Marko Lokidor.
The others include Kerbino Wol of Nile Foundation and Peter Biar Ajak of South Sudan Youth Leadership Forum.
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