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PRESIDENT KIIR SENDS HIGH-LEVEL DELEGATION TO NIMULE TO CALM THE SITUATION

Nimule, 15 May 2022: Today President Kiir has dispatched a high-level delegation comprising of the Chief of Defense General staff of South Sudan People's Defense Forces (SSPDF), The Director-General of internal security (NSS), the Minister of National Security Services (NSS) the governor of Jonglei state, the governor of Eastern Equatoria State, the inspector general of the police, the commissioner of Magwi county, and other key government officials to Nimule.   

 

The high-level delegation said they were in Nimule with a clear and final message from the head of the state, that the President sends them to tell the cattle herders from Bor that he wants the Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) and cattle herders to leave Magwi County and return to their ancestral homeland in Jonglei with immediate effect.  

 

The high-level delegation held a meeting with the host community leaders and representatives of the cattle herders in Nimule town.  

A source who attended the meeting asked his identity to be concealed because he was not authorized to speak to the media said the Dinka Bor herders in the presence of the delegation have accused the commissioner of Magwi county of siding with the Madi community.   

They said when some Madi men were killed in Mugali, the commissioner quickly came to Mugali, in full military attire, with soldiers to rescue the situation. However, they said they expect the commissioner to do the same when the cattle herders were attacked and killed in Mugali and Melijo, by armed men they claimed to be from Madi and Acholi.  

However, Governor Lobong of Eastern Equatoria State, reprimand the herders that his commissioner is the commissioner of citizens, not of cows' commissioner.  

 

He further openly told the herders to go back to their state since the country is in peace.  

In response, the herders in a very arrogant manner replied that the situation will force them to revenge.   

Governor Louis cautioned them and told the herders if they revenge that will worsen the situation. Governor Lobong said the country needs peace and not fighting.  

 Andrew Olweny  

 SSLN 

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