The leader of the United Democratic Front (UDF) Peter Abdelrahman Sule has been assassinated between the border of South Sudan and Uganda.
A military source in Nimule confirmed the death of Sule together with other colleagues, but the identity of the other victims remains unknown. According to the source Sule was extracted from the town of Adjumani in northern straight into the hands of South Sudanese security intelligence.
The incentive for his killing remains unknown. However, the South Sudan government between 2011-12 detained Sule and later he was released without any charges.
Last year,Â South Sudanese government prevented Sule from travelling to peace talks in Addis Ababa. He sought asylum in Uganda.
The death of Sule comes days after the murder of journalistÂ Peter Moi Julius. Â Moi was murdered days after President Salva Kiir warned journalists against opposing his government in their work.
“If anybody [journalists] does not know that this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one day, on them. Freedom of the press does not mean you work against the country,” he said.
Soon after this murder, Kiir retracted, with a source at the Presidency sayng he was quoted out of context.
“This was just a reminder to South Sudanese Journalists, not a threat of inhalation [sic] against Journalists as it was distorted,” the statement said. “Nothing shall harm a Journalist when he/she is going about his/her journalistic profession.”