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VP WANI IGGA DEPLOYED HEAVILY ARMED SSPDF IN CONTESTED COMMUNITY LAND HE FORCIBLY GRABBED IN NIMULE

Nimule, 25 August 2020; South Sudan's People Defense Force (SSPDF) has deployed more than 45 well-armed soldiers in Anzara Boma, Nimule Payam beside the private security deployed by Far-Reaching Ministry last week. 

According to a witness who declined to be named for the fear of reprisal in her life, the soldiers wearing red berets have been drawn from the barrack in Nimule and deployed in an area that is believed to have been illegally sold to South Sudan's Vice President James by fraudulent individuals. 

This additional deployment of the soldiers came a day after the chief of Anzara Boma, Alex John Ebele had been summoned for questioning by the police in Nimule, on allegation of a defamation case brought against him by two cousins: Luka Lowira and Opira Ganyipira, who are believed by the community members in Nimule to be in the center of the shady land deal with Vice President James Wani Igga. 

Several other eyewitnesses who have seen the moving of the army this morning told SSLN, that the recent round of deployment of the soldiers is meant to scare and intimidate the local indigenous landowners and Ma'di people at large, who are generally against the policy of land grabbing, and in particular very dissatisfied about their land in Anzara being grabbed in broad daylight.  

The land grabbers fear the indigenous people of Nimule may protest, so the army is deployed as a show of strength and possible forceful suppression of any protest. 

Nimule since the beginning of this year has seen unprecedented ( scrambling for land) events including the Dinka Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) asked the people of Nimule to recognize them as one of the tribes of Nimule, and accept to coexist with them (The Dinka) or else the Madi people from Nimule who refused to recognize them (the Dinka) as one of the tribes of Nimule should relocate to Loa, Pageri and other places. 

Andrew Olweny 

SSLN 

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