AFEX Condemns Burglary of AMDISS Office, Urges Police to Investigate

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) joins its member, the Association for Media and Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) to strongly condemn the armed burglary incident at the AMDISS office.

Five unidentified persons broke into the offices of AMDISS in Juba, South Sudanese capital on the night of October 27, 2016 and made away with valuable gadgets and some money.

According to AMDISS, two of the assailants who were armed ordered the security guard on duty to lie face down at gun point. The remaining three broke into the offices and took away two laptops computers and a hard drive containing valuable information about the organisation’s work. The intruders also made away with a camera, a television set flat screen and a safe which contained 15,000 South Sudanese Pounds an equivalent of US$ 2,337.78 and US$ 100.

The case has since been reported to the South Sudanese Police for further investigation. No suspects have been arrested in relation to the incident as at the time of writing this article.

This is the second time that the office of AMDISS has been broken into in three years. In 2013, unidentified persons broke into the office and took away computers and a projector. No arrest was made neither was there a report from the police regarding the outcome of their investigation.

AFEX finds such attacks unacceptable and a further threat to the promotion of the work of AMDISS. We call on the police in South Sudan to thoroughly and independently investigate into the matter and bring the culprits to book.