Juba - International hip-hop star Emmanuel Jal vows to carry on with his peace concert as scheduled even after being beaten up by security forces.
The artiste said the September 8 incident has only motivated him more to spread the message of peace and change in his country, South Sudan.
“What happened was an isolated incident and the Government has no part in it. I also found out that I am not the only one. People are being beaten for no reason,” Jal said.
He called on victims of police brutality to speak out so that it can be stopped. “Brutality of Police is everywhere. If you happen to be a victim of such unprofessional act, you need to let it be known so that this evil is eliminated.”
Recalling the incident, he said he had lost his way in Juba and when he stopped to ask directions, the security men ordered him out of the car and started slapping him, accusing him of being drunk and disorderly.
“They told other Police who passed by that I had tried to run away and they too started kicking and slapping me. They banged both sides of my head between their palms until I blacked out,” he said.
He said when he regained consciousness, they accused him that he was pretending to be dead. He said he later identified two of the men and they were arrested.
“This kind of mistreatment shows that there is a lot of abuse of power and innocent people become victims,” he said, adding that the country had a long way to go to instill discipline and professionalism in the security organs.
“Our President is working hard to put things right but people are frustrating his efforts. We need to uncover these enemies of peace,” he declared.
He called for awarding policemen and women who lived up to their ethics and professionalism.
On his concert, scheduled for next Friday, September 21, at Freedom Hall, he called on people to come in large numbers, saying he had a lot to share with them.
He will be performing alongside American hip hop star DMC of the group RAM DMC. The curtain raisers will be Silver X, K Deng, Queen Zee and other local artistes.
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