Unknown gunmen crossed into Yumbe District in Uganda on Wednesday night and shot dead Jacob Kuwinsuk Gale, South Sudan Member of Parliament for Yei River State Transitional Legislative Assembly.
In press statement released by Mr Alfred Kenneth Duku, the Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sport Yei River State, the MP was in company of other people making consultations as part of the National dialogue in Uganda.
“This is to inform the people of Yei River State in particular and South Sudan in general on the brutal assassination of our Member of State Transitional Legislative Assembly Jacob Kuwinsuk Gale who was assassinated on the 6th. Dec.2017 in Mijale Sub County of Yumbe District in Uganda,” he said.
“The late and three other members of SPLA headed by the deputy speaker of SPLA Yokoju Sivalano were sent by the state on November 22 to conduct consultative grass root peace meetings and dialogues with community members of greater Kajo-Keji Counties and the consultations went successful,” Mr Duku said in a press statement.
No rebel group that operates along the Uganda-South Sudan borders has claimed responsibility but Duku said the incident occurred at about 7pm on Wednesday.
“The late was rushed to Midigo health facility but died on the way before being referred to Arua hospital for better health treatment,” he said.
However, the Deputy Spokesperson of the SPLA-IO that is loyal to Dr Machar, Col Gabriel Lam Paul, denied any involvement in the killing.
“The SPLA-IO does not operate abroad especially in Uganda where the government protects and provides security of the South Sudan refugees. Our thoughts are with the family of the MP,” said Col Lam.
The SPLA-IO controls the Ugandan border areas stretching from Yei to Kajo-Keji areas although another rebel group of Martin Kenyi also operates in Kajo-Keji.
The deceased MP served in the State Transitional Legislative Assembly as the chairperson for members’ affairs, gender and human rights committee.
The government of South Sudan has formed a National Peace committee that has been visiting the refugee camps to them hope of possible return to South Sudan.
The committee, which was set up by President Salva Kiir in June, has been seeking to revitalize the collapsed 2015 peace agreement.