The detained rebel leader, Peter Abdurrahman Sule who is currently behind bars in Juba will soon appear in the courts of law, the South Sudan President Salva Kiir has said.
Sule who is the former leader of one of the South Sudan’s opposition parties, United Democratic Front was arrested early this month after defecting from Juba to rebel against the government.
Kiir who was speaking last Thursday during the graduation of over 1,000 police officers in Rajaf said that the law must take its course. He disclosed that Sule’s rebel activities and his arrest is beyond pardon.
“There is nothing that we will do to them (Sule and his arrested juniors) but we will take them to court. Let the law deal with them since this is not the way we should be handling our own affairs,” said Kiir.
He directed and emphasized that, the South Sudanese armed forces have to work on the unity of the people of the infant nation which is yet to be four months old since gaining independence.
“This is the time that we must cement the unity of South Sudan so that we are one country,” the President added.
Sule and his juniors were arrested in Western Equatoria State in a cross fire battle between his loyal forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, (SPLA.)
Sule’s rebellion against the government is a form of insecurity that is challenging the infant nation following groups of SPLA senior officers who defected from the army last year to rebel against the government.
His arrest also came after the President’s announcement of an amnesty offer to all rebel factions fighting the South Sudanese government to lay down their arms and peacefully reconcile with the government.