Youth leader Gola arrests citizen over corruption claims on Facebook, sues him in court

May 21, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Chairman of the National Youth Union (SSNYU), Gola Boyoi Boya has arrested and filed a lawsuit against one member of the organization, Meen Gabriel Chol Kuac for what he called “defamatory remarks.”

“This serves to inform the public and the youth fraternity that the South Sudan National Youth Union has opened a defamation case against Mr. Meen Gabriel Chol Kuac, After the Pubic Prosecution Attorney has issued the Warrant of Arrest, the Police arrested him this afternoon. Therefore, the Union is informing his family, relatives, and friends that Mr. Meen Gabriel Chol Kuac is in Northern Division Police station, Juba town, The case is about the claims of the embezzlement and sources of the said money, which Mr. Meen Gabriel Chol Kuac has been propagating on his Facebook timeline and on other social media platforms,” said the statement issued on Wednesday.

“Therefore, for transparency and rule of law, the Union resolved to open a case against him to substantiate his claims with evidences before the court of law. In pursuant of freedom of speech and transparency, the Union stands to be criticized with facts if the leadership goes astray. But as South Sudan National Youth Union cherishes freedom of speech, it can’t entertain defamatory utterances on the pretext of the freedom of speech at the expense of its reputation.”

“The allegations of financial corruption are not something to be taken lightly for it damages the reputations of the institutions and makes the public to believe that the alleged claims are true if the accused institutions and people didn’t go to court.”

The Union clarified that the matter is an individual issue and shouldn’t be politicized whatsoever.

“This necessitated the current undertaking. Lastly, the Union would like to categorically make it clear that the case is only between the Union and Mr. Meen Gabriel Chol Kuac. Therefore, the Union would like to appeal to the public to be cautious about those who would want to politicize the case and take it out of the context. The Union is not acting at behest of anyone, but wants to clear its image from all the alleged financial scandals through court of law. There is nothing political or personal in this case.”

Boyoi was accused last week of misappropriating funding that should have been used for other beneficial purposes.