Aguer denied access to physical exercise, claims daughter

Aguer denied access to physical exercise, claims daughter
Former Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State Governor Kuel Aguer Kuel (photo credit: courtesy)

The daughter of the former Governor of Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State Kuel Aguer Kuel has accused the security officer assigned to monitor her father in the hospital of defying the doctor’s advice to allow him to go for physical exercise at Dr. Biar Sports Complex.

Aguer was last rushed to the hospital when his health got worse at Juba Central Prison. He was later diagnosed with liver problems, diabetes, and high blood pressure and since then the doctor had advised him to do more exercise, his daughter, Akuel Agul Taltal revealed.

Speaking to City Review Taltal said the sickness of her father was improving but the pressure remained constantly high ranging between 38 to 40 in measurement.

“He is supposed to [do] more exercise at Dr. Biar [Sports] ground every morning as per the doctor’s advise but the security [officer] guiding him has refused. His condition is a little bit fair not as it was brought in the hospital the other week,” Akuel said.

Mr. Aguer was arrested in early August by the state security apparatus for being one of the signatories to the People’s Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA).

The group had called for a mass protest to oust President Salva Kiir and the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and declared obsolete the September 2018 revitalized peace agreement.

On August 29, the police said Mr. Kuel was being investigated and was supposed to be presented in court on August 30 but since then he has not been tried.

Last week, the daughter said she was worried about her father’s underlying illness as she called on the government to expedite his trial and subsequent release.

“I am calling upon the government to speed up the investigations so that my father will be freed because he is a sick person. He has diabetes and blood pressure.

“If they have carried out investigations, they should not put him under house arrest because the detention wards are not suitable for him because he is an elderly person,” she said.