South Sudan Ambassador Asks Machar to Surrender Top story

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In his statement issued on Tuesday evening, Lominsuk said the South Sudan government has credible information indicating that Machar is the mastermind of the unrest in Juba.

Samuel Luate Lominsuk, the South Sudanese ambassador to Uganda has asked Dr Riek Machar, the former South Sudan president to surrender to any police station or government institution to end the ongoing clashes in Juba. His appeal comes few days after a failed coup attempt against the south Sudan government led by General Salva Kiir.
 
On Sunday, soldiers suspected to be loyal to Machar opened gunfire after he and other leaders stormed out of the National Liberation Council, the top most political organ of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement. At least ten ministers are being held in connection to the shootings. They are Oyay Deng Ajak, Geir Choung Aloung, Majak Agot, John Luk Jok, Cirino Hiteng, Koul Tong Mayai,  Izekeil Lul, Deng Alor Koul, Madut Bier and Kosti Manibe. 
 
Those on the wanted list are Riek Machar, Pagan Amum, Taban Deng Gai and Adwok Nyaba. Rebecca Garang, the widow of the late Dr Garang told the BBC last evening she was under protective arrest.  In his statement issued on Tuesday evening, Lominsuk said the South Sudan government has credible information indicating that Machar is the mastermind of the unrest in Juba.
 
He said they are also aware that Machar is still in Juba and asked him to surrender. However, information from the BBC tweeter account last evening indicated that Riek Machar had escaped from Juba and was being pursued by government forces.
 
Government had earlier issued a statement on its website claiming that they had arrested Machar in connection with the shooting in Juba. Luate also disclosed plans to transfer the arrested people to legal detention centers because they were still being held at the home of the Inspector General of Police for  ‘security purposes’

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He also denied reports that there were Ugandan casualties in the shooting saying he had been informed by both the government and Foreign Affairs ministry here that there were no Ugandan causalities. The fighting has pushed over 10,000 civilians to seek refuge at the UN Mission in Juba. The UN’s special representative in Juba says they have received the refugees and will continue providing them protection until the gun violence ends.