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“Your absence from your station will subject you to answer whether you took part in the demonstration or you are planning for a difference thing,” the mayor said.
He said that the employees should report to work as the situation has normalized following the protests which led to the loss of life and destruction of property.
However the curfew in Wau Town is still in place from dawn to dusk with the security patrols having been intensified along the roads which were blocked by protestors.
The night curfew was issued on 9 December 2012 by the state governor Rizik Zackaria Hassan as part of combating crime following the protest.
The incident started on 8th December when demonstrators marched in protest against the decision to take Wau County headquarters to Bagari town.
The transfer was backed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit in December during a visit to Western Bahr el Ghazal state.
The president said that there is nothing wrong with relocation of Wau County headquarters to Bagari as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party policy is for taking towns to people in the rural villages.
The president instructed security personnel to identify individuals who burnt the national flag during the demonstrations in Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal state in December 2012.
On 9 December, the security forces killed nine people when they opened fire on demonstrators angry at the relocation of a County headquarters to Bagari Town.
In protest, residents blocked roads out of Wau and the army was sent in to relieve the blockade.
The governor said the move by the state government to transfer Wau County head quarters to Bagari is not ill intentioned but rather extension of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) vision of taking towns to the people.
The state government also formed an independent committee that comprise members of the national legislative assembly and the committee from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to investigate the incidents.