Two top officials in South Sudan’s military courts resign, rebuke gov’t

The resignations of Brigadier General Henry Oyay Nyago and Colonel Khalid Ono Loki follow the resignations of a highly respected general and the minister of labour earlier this week.

Oil-rich South Sudan has been mired in civil war since 2013, when President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, fired his deputy Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer.

Since then, fighting has increasingly fractured the world’s youngest country along ethnic lines, leading the U.N. to warn that the violence was setting the

stage for genocide.

Both Nyago and Loki said soldiers were committing crimes without fear of punishment, particularly officers who were Dinka, the same tribe as the president and chief of army staff.

“Your regime committed sundry war crimes; crimes against humanity; genocidal acts and ethnic cleansing,” wrote Nyago.

“Rape cases committed and being committed by your army and organised forces have become a daily game … you have recruited children compulsorily and ordered killing of war prisoners.”

Both Nyago and Loki said the president was protecting soldiers from his own tribe.

Source: Angola Press News Agency