Kiir strongly condemns shooting incident in Sherikat, calls for maximum restraint
June 3, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has been deeply saddened and strongly condemned the shooting incident that occurred in Sherikat Juba suburb in which unarmed civilians were killed early this morning.
“The President condemns this in the strongest terms possible, and has directed authorities to investigate the incident and press charges against the perpetrator/s immediately.
The situation is under control as the security organs are now stationed in the crime scene,” said President Salva Kiir in a statement seen by the South Sudan Herald.
The office of the President confirmed that the perpetrator in question had been arrested and is receiving treatment in hospital after sustaining critical injuries.
“The perpetrator has been apprehended by authorities and is under close monitor in hospital, in a critical condition. It is unclear whether he was injured during the incident or after his arrest. The killings of five people, 4 (four) men and 1 (one) woman is a very serious criminal act the perpetrator (s) must be punished.”
“Our sympathy to the families of the victims. In the same note, the Office of the President hereby categorically denies the allegations circulated in the social media by some individuals that the apprehended suspect is a son to President Salva Kiir Mayardit.”
“In fact, he is a distance relative of the President, but he was acting alone. The suspect is called Lual Akook Wol Kiir-a distance cousin to the President.”
“President Kiir’s son is called Lual Salva Kiir Mayardit who wasn’t involved in the incident. The incident would be investigated and public will be informed of the outcome through the court of law.
The President called for maximum restraint and urged members of the public not to turn the individual criminal case into a political issue.
“The President of the Republic, urges restraint from the families/ community of the victims. Resilient and steadfast in dealing with the situation is highly needed. He further warns of politicizing this clear criminal matter.”