South Sudanese Urged To Remain Calm

Western Bahr el Ghazal State residents have been urged to remain calm following reports of attempted coup in Juba as President Salva Kiir announced a night curfew.

South Sudanese Urged To Remain Calm
Wau residents go about their business at Jaw main market this morning. State Special Forces are now patrolling the town. [James Deng Dimo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 16 December 2013[Gurtong] - 
Wau Town Mayor Arkangelo Anyar Anyar has appeal to the residents to remain peaceful as security is guaranteed.

“People should not take in advance what is taking place in Juba but should remain calm and enjoy their peaceful lives in the state without fear,” Anyar who spoke to Gurtong said.

He said that the state Special Forces are now patrolling the town and there is no problem.

“Since we heard yesterday the military developments in Juba, we made a precaution of deploying our defensive forces along the town and informing our people to feel free,” said Anyar.

Wau town was tense this morning after the street children attempted to throw stones at Jaw main market.

Anyar said police forces have managed to make arrests and control the situation making the circumstance stable.

Even though shops remain closed in the town, the state authority has sent out the public announcement circulating within the town calling on business people to open their shops as normal.

Other towns in Western Bahr el Ghazal state including Mapel town remain calm.

The South Sudanese president Salva Kiir declared a curfew in the capital Juba on Monday after clashes overnight between rival factions of soldiers. (READ: South Sudan Declares Curfew after Troops Clash around Capital

Kiir blamed troops loyal to the former Vice President Riek Machar for the violence.

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