Southern Sudan President issues stunning pardons for Athor and other warlords


Southern Sudan President, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit issued executive orders on Wednesday, setting various rebels free, ahead of the referendum. 

(Alberta NSV) - Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Commander in Chief of the SPLA and the first elected President of Southern Sudan, has just announced the boldest decisions of his nascent presidency.

On Wednesday, Mr. Kiir unilaterally forgave all the insurgents in the south, including Lt. Gen. George Athor, less than three months before the highly anticipated referendum on southern Sudan independence.

“I, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Government of Southern Sudan and Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), do hereby issue an executive pardon for Lt. General George Athor, officers and men under his command, regarding any crimes committed by them severely or jointly as a result of their rebellion against the Government of Southern Sudan,” Kiir said on Wednesday.

Mr. Kiir also pardoned Maj. Gen. Gabriel Tangganinya, who is responsible for orchestrating deadly attacks on Malakal in 2006 and 2009.

Kiir said Lt. Gen. George Athor and his officers and men “under his command are pardoned for any criminal activities committed as a result of their mutiny and rebellion against the Government of Southern Sudan, after the 2010 general elections.”

“They will be free to join the SPLA rank and file in their previous ranks before their mutiny,” he added.

Kiir cited the powers “conferred upon me under Article 103 (2) (1) of the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan, 2005” as the basis for his respective executive orders, which set scot free any active rebel in the south, some of whom have killed hundreds of civilians.    

The New Sudan Vision could not immediately establish the reasons behind Mr. Kiir’s sweeping pardons.

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