South Sudan opposition leader calls for a nation-wide uprising against corrupt, oppressive Kiir regime

By Joseph Oduha

One of South Sudan’s leading politicians has slammed the government for suspending Al-Watan, one of the country’s major newspapers, and has issued a call for a nation-wide uprising against this oppression.

Dr. Dario Hakim, the leader of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), described as “unlawful” the order from South Sudan’s media authority to end the newspaper’s publication.

“PDM has learned with great dismay of the action by the Media Authority to suspend Al-Watan Newspaper, which was based on its unjustified claim that the newspaper had failed to fulfill its operating license terms!” Dr. Hakim said in a press statement.  

Dr. Hakim accused South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and and its information minister Michael Makuei Lueth of orchestrating a concerted attack against freedom of expression in South Sudan.

“South Sudan is today run under the whim and dictatorship of President Salva Kiir and his accomplices,” added Hakim.

Hakim launched a call for a nationwide uprising against this dictatorship.

“President Salva Kiir’s dictatorship must come to an end. It is time for the country to free itself from his tyranny, corruption and disregard of law,”  Hakim concluded.

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