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Wau Governor dismisses alleged links to insecurity.

May 29, 2016 (WAU) - The governor of South Sudan's Wau state, Elias Waya Nyipuoch has dismissed as untrue allegations that he has bad relationship with security organs.

Governor Elias Waya addressing people in Wau upon his arrival on January 12, 2016 (ST)

is response comes a week after the former Western Bahr el Ghazal state governor, Rizik Zackaria Hassan attributed the insecurity in Wau to what he described as the bad relationship between Governor Waya and the head of security organs in the state.

"I have all the newspapers, he [Rizik] kept saying that it is my bad relation with security organs that are killing people in Wau, why should security organs kill people if their relationship with me as a person is bad, why should they kill innocent people?" he asked.

"What is other interpretation to what he is saying? Is he really agitating the security organs against me as a person," Waya further questioned.

The Wau state governor said it was unfair for his Lol state counterpart to blame him.

"What was that good that he was doing to the security organs? When I came on 14 January this year, during the first meeting that I held with the security committee, I was able to discover that already five people had died within this short period of time. The killing did not start with my coming, it was already a continuous things," he stressed.

Waya said insecurity in Wau started since 2012 and that Rizik's administration knew this well.

"Am now wondering, what is that bad that I have done to the security organs that he kept talking about in all interviews in the media? Is he agitating the security organs to kill the civil population or he is now agitating the security organs to kill me"? he wondered.

Sudan Tribune was unable to get an immediate reaction from the Lol state Governor.

The US-based Human Rights Watch, in a report released last week, accused the South Sudanese army of killings, raping and abducting civilians in the country's state of Wau.


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Date:May 30, 2016
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