Australian Citizen Arrested In Rumbek

The Australian Citizen who was arrested by the Lakes State authorities last week in Rumbek has been detained without charges.

By Gabriel Mayom

RUMBEK, 30 March 2013 (Gurtong) – Paul Muoranyar Maker Mabor arrest happened when the Australian government representative to the region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan and Somalia) based at the Australian High Commission in Nairobi, Consul General, Jeffrey Houston visited Rumbek.

Upon his return to Nairobi there was a row at Rumbek airport with Lakes State authorities. He was openly harassed, verbally abused including taking the passport from his accompanying Australian citizen.

He was in the company of other embassy official and a 22-year-old Australian citizen named Nyianbany Chinmouth, who is also a South Sudanese citizen by birth and she sought diplomatic protection and assistance on her way back to Nairobi and eventually to Australia.

Nyianbang is fleeing away from Rumbek due to harsh security measures hitting state citizens.

Australian High Commission in Nairobi has consular responsibility for Australian citizens in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

In February, Australian citizen Manyang Maker Tulba was arrested and the Australian government diplomat visited Rumbek to sort out the issue but the state government ignored diplomatic discussion and transferred Manyang Maker from the military prison in Langcok to Rumbek Central prison but no charges were levelled against him.

Muoranyar told media that security officers were not friendly to the diplomat and he was called in to assist.

“As he came to airport without accompanying security personnel given to him by state government, he then rang me,” Muoranyar said adding that he personally knew the Ambassador.

Muoranyar was later arrested and is still under investigation as a result of his involvement in the incident.

The 22 year old Australian young lady was alleged to have contacted the Ambassador and was not allowed by her relatives to return to Australia citing cultural issues.

The Australian Embassy in Nairobi later sent in a detailed letter explaining that Mabor is innocent and only assisted in clarifying that Ms Chinmouth is as an Australian citizen in the company of an Australian diplomat legally.

“I tried to liaise between the diplomat and local authorities telling them that, it’s unacceptable that foreign diplomats are openly harassed, mistreated or disrespected in a way or another,” Muoranyar said.

Australia contributes millions of dollars annually to South Sudan’s economy in terms of foreign aid including fleets of other Australian supported projects in South Sudan.

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