Government freezes bank accounts of five civil society activists

Government freezes bank accounts of five civil society activists

The government of South Sudan has ordered the termination of five bank accounts owned by national civil society activists.

In a statement dated 06/10/2021, Moses Makur Deng, the Director-General at the Banking Supervision, Research and Statistics directed all commercial banks to block accounts belonging to the five individuals.

“In reference to the above-mentioned subject, you are hereby directed to freeze and block all the bank accounts of the below individuals with immediate effect,” the statement read in part.

People whose accounts are to be frozen include Abraham Awolic, Rajab Mohandis, Wani Michael, former Executive Director of Okay Africa Foundation, Jame David Kolok, Executive Director of Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance, and Kuel Aguer Kuel.

The statement did not give reasons for the termination of the bank accounts. However, some activists like Mr. Aguer have been arrested and detained by the National Security Service for being a signatory to a document crafted by a group dubbed the People’s Coalition for Civil Action that was behind the failed anti-government protest slated for 30th August this year.