By Michael Harrington |
WASHINGTON, DC –The Trump administration has imposed sanction on few senior officials and three companies in South Sudan for what the administration considered as a deliberate attempt to obstruct peaceful co-existence.
The United States in a swift action imposed sanctions on two senior government officials and a former army chief suspected of hindering peace in the country. Those affected include Information Minister Michael Makuei, Malek Reuben, a high-ranking military official, and former army chief General Paul Malong.
The U.S. Treasury and State Department announced the sanctions on Wednesday, according to a statement released.
According to the release, the action on Wednesday freezes any assets that Information Minister Michael Makuei Leuth, deputy defense chief Malek Reuben and former army Chief Paul Malong have under U.S. jurisdiction. The three are also barred from entering the United States.
The U.S. accused the three officials of engaging in actions that lengthened South Sudan’s intramural conflict and obstructed efforts to establish peace.
After breaking away from mainland Sudan, South Sudan has been stalled in conflict between government and rebel forces since December 2013. The two sides signed a peace accord in 2015, but the accord shattered a year later when army troops, reportedly operating under orders from Malong, attacked a rebel base in the capital, Juba.
Source: Globe Afrique Media