A renowned South Sudan human rights advocate who has declared intention to challenge president Salva Kiir in the upcoming elections says her life is in danger.
Suzanne Jambo, also a former Secretary of External Relations in the ruling SPLM said Thursday in a facebook post that she is being sought after by “unknown gunmen”.
“I am sure unknown gunmen have their bullets ready for my head. But I am not afraid!,” she said, in a post that has attracted sympathetic response from her followers.
In October 2017, Jambo said the unending abyss in the Africa’s youngest nation has influenced her decision to challenge the leadership of President Kiir.
“I have an obsession for South Sudan, besides my ability such as programs and vision of my party SPLM, so I believe that I can deliver whatever this country wants to be done to its people,” she told Paris-based Sudan Tribune late October.
“Being from South Sudan, I am a direct victim of the war. I have seen a lot of suffering, particularly among women. I hate to see women being victimized. I really hate to see that. But it’s a reality and it’s happening,” she added.
Kiir called upon his opponents to prepare for the country’s general elections, scheduled to take place after the end of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) period this year.
However, UN secretary-general’s special envoy to the African Union Haile Menkerios warned in September that the plan to hold elections in 2018 risks “deepening and extending” an already devastating civil war.
South Sudan’s election can only be held in a stable environment where “people are not displaced by violence and hunger and in which they are able to express their political views free from intimidation,” Menkerios opined.