South Sudan freezes bank accounts of group agitating for protests

Source: Xinhua| 2021-10-08 00:10:33|Editor: huaxia
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JUBA, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The central bank of South Sudan on Thursday directed commercial banks to freeze accounts of individuals belonging to a civil society group that has been agitating for popular protests against the transitional unity government.

Moses Makur Deng, Director General for Banking Supervision at the central bank told Xinhua in Juba that banks have been ordered to block bank accounts of Abraham Awolich, Rajab Mohandis, Wani Michael, James David Kolok and Kuel Aguer Kuel seen as the ring leaders of the group.

The People's Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA) in August called on South Sudanese to join street protests against the government, accusing the leadership of failure to fully implement the revitalized peace deal.

It also blamed the government for failing to end the prevailing economic hardship in the nation.

The apex bank also directed commercial banks to block accounts of four organizations linked with PCCA.

The affected organizations include policy think tank Sudd Institute, Organization for Responsive Governance, Okay Africa Foundation and Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance.

South Sudan's former warring parties are struggling to implement the 2018 revitalized peace deal to end years of conflict since the outbreak in December 2013.

The parties are yet to conclude the security arrangement that includes the graduation of the 83,000 unified forces to take charge of security during the ongoing transitional period. Enditem

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