Conflict in Pochalla – Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA), South Sudan

July 23, 2015 (USA) – We are writing to the United States Department of State with a sense of the utmost urgency regrading a naturalized United States citizen Akwai Agada Akwai Cham, who returned to South Sudan in the county of Pochalla North, under greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) and was crowned a king in one of Anyuak people’s village of Adongo/Otalo. His wife and children reside in Mankato, Minnesota, U.S.

On Jun 13, 2015, two of King Akwai body guards killed uniformed police who was guarding World Food Program store and another by-stander but Akwai refused to hand over the alleged killers to Pochalla South County. On July 14, 2015, he, King Akwai once again ordered his guards to go attack Pochalla town that is located about 20 kilometer from his village. His guards were estimated to be 90 men armed with AK-47, RPGs and other automatic machine guns went and attacked Pochalla South County Police stations that resulted in loss of lives including beheading of two by King Akwai guards. Until now, women and children are still in bushes and his guards still occupied part of the town.

We sincerely ask U.S. Dept of State to repatriate King Akwai back to U.S. in order to prevent more bloodshed. King Akwai refused to direct his guards to return to his village of Otalo, and persuaded his friend, Achuil Ayat who’s the commander of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces in Pochalla town and his deputy Bol Mayen Ngong to stand with his guards to fight against the police and civilians of Pochalla south. Commander Achuil Ayat had already provided ammunition to king’s guards and sent fabricated report to central government saying his SPLA forces were fighting against cobra faction of GPAA.

King Akwai co-conspirators are Botrus Ochalla, Ogato Cham who are S. Sudanese politicians and Adhiero Omot Odhieng of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. As a U.S. citizen, Akwai must be held accountable for killing innocent people, destruction of property and livestock. Here are our demands to de-escalate the situation.

1)    To immediately deport King Akwai to U.S. where he will face justice and revoke his U.S. citizenship;

2)    To urge the government of S. Sudan to expel King Akwai immediately;

3)    To urge the government of S. Sudan to investigate the atrocities and arrest alleged perpetrators Ogato Cham, Boturs Ochalla, and SPLA Commander Achuli Ayat, and his deputy Bol Mayen Ngong who provided ammunition to king’s guards.

We sincerely ask for your help as soon as possible on the above matters.

Thank you and May God Bless America.

Sincerely,

Unified Anywaa/Anyuak Voices for Peace!