Detained aide to VP Nyandeng, pleads to President Kiir to secure his freedom

The Director of Disability Affairs in the Office of the Vice President for Gender and Youth Cluster, on Wednesday pleaded to President Salva Kiir to secure his release in police custody after alleging political persecution from his boss.
Director of Disability Affairs in the Office of the Vice President for Gender and Youth Cluster, Stephen Dhieu Kuach

 By Simon Deng

The Director of Disability Affairs in the Office of the Vice President for Gender and Youth Cluster, on Wednesday pleaded to President Salva Kiir to secure his release in police custody after alleging political persecution from his boss.

Stephen Dhieu Kuach is accused by his boss of selling off an official car assigned to him to facilitate his movement.

 However, Kuach claims persecution because of his political affiliation to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party.

“I was arrested in my office yesterday (Tuesday) and later transferred to Northern Division of the police in Juba, I am still under detention and I have not been told why I am detained,” said Kuach on in an interview with the Dawn newspaper.       

“I think the solution is for President Salva Kiir to intervene and say no to what his deputy is doing,” he disclosed.               

Kuach who is visually impaired said that he lives in fear for every day he spends in the police cells, adding that he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

David Dau Achuoth,the Executive Director in the office of Vice President for Gender and Youth Cluster said when contacted that Stephen Dhieu Kuach is in custody over the disappearance of a car belonging to the office of the Vice President.

“What happened to the coordinator of people with disability is that we have a vehicle for staff operation, he requested the car to facilitate him to visit Mangala and he decided to sell the car, he took the car and he disappeared without official leave for three weeks,” said Achuoth.

“I formed an investigation committee to find out the whereabouts of the car, the committee informed us that the car was no longer in the country and that requires civil authority, Stephen Kuach showed up in the office and I asked the security to ask him about the car but he refused to comply and I took him to police because he was refusing to disclose the whereabouts of the car,” he added.

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