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Kade Doris Samson-CRN
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 17:27
A Catholic Priest of the Diocese in Yei says there is no progress made against three suspected SPLA soldiers who killed a Catholic sister.
 
The late Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Veronika Theresia Rackova a medical personnel was killed in 2016 in Yei South Sudan.
 
The sister was shot on medical duty and later died in Nairobi.
 
Sister Veronika was a Medical Director of St Bakhita Health Centre in Yei, who was offering services to South Sudanese.
 
She took two expectant mothers to the hospital on the night of the 16th May 2016 and helped them delivered safely. On her way back using an ambulance, she was shot by suspected SPLA soldiers on the hip and abdomen.
 
The Sister was then flown to Nairobi, Kenya for treatment, where she died from her wounds two days later.
 
Secretary General of the Catholic Diocese of Yei, Fr Emmanuel Lodongo Sebit told CRN that apart from the arrest of the three suspected SPLA soldiers, no action has been taken against them.
 
He adds that the arrested soldiers were shown to the church, before they were put in prison. But up to now, nothing has been done.
 
Fr Lodongo regrets that the Sister was shot while on medical duty after rescuing the lives of two expectant mothers, and one of them gave birth to twins.
 
He calls for justice into the killing of the sister who volunteered to save the lives of South Sudanese.
 
Yei River State Governor, Emmanuel Adil admits that the killing of the Sister remains a dark history in Yei River State. He regrets that such an event occurred in the area.
 
He notes that the former Governor David Loknga Moses wrote a letter to President Salva Kiir Mayardit, asking him to direct some military judges to handle the issue.
 
But Presidential Spokesperson Wek Ateny Wek says he did not see any letter from the former Governor addressed to the President concerning the matter.
 
He adds that any information released about the proceedings, will affect fair trial for the accused.
 
Yei Catholic Bishop Erkolano Ladu says they saw the soldiers who shot the sister, they have forgiven them but the government has to take further action.
 
He believes the soldiers have been released without any charge.
 
Sister Eulalia Capdevila, from Rome, General Council expresses disappointment that, two years on, nothing has been done to bring the perpetrators to book.
 
Sister Rackova was born on Jan 8, 1958. She was a Slovakian national who worked in South Sudan.
 

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