Rumbek, 18 February, 2022 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
A suspect in the shooting of Mons. Christian Carlassare, the Bishop-elect for the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan, lobbied to be appointed Bishop of the South Sudanese Episcopal See, a witness has told the court in Juba.
The witness who appeared before the judge during the Friday, February 18 court session said that one of the suspects, Fr. John Mathiang Machol “ordered” him to assist him draft a letter to the Vatican in 2016 in which the Catholic Priest was “lobbying for the Bishop's position in Rumbek.”
In a Catholic Radio Network (CRN) report about the ongoing case that was first mentioned on January 26 at the High Court in Juba, Jonah Marier Mabeny who is identified as the youth Coordinator of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek disclosed to Judge Alexander Subek Sebur that “Fr. Mathiang mobilized youth in September 2011 to support him to be the Bishop of Rumbek.”
Mr. Mabeny added, “Fr. Mathiang also threatened Fr. Andrea Osman Okello not to preach to the congregation that, don’t kill because of position.”
He also said that “Fr. Mathiang made several attempts to kill Fr. Don Bosco, former Director of Good News Radio.”