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GOV LOBONG REITERATED HIS CALL FOR BOR CATTLE HERDERS TO EXIT EES WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

Nimule, 16 May 2022; Governor Louis Lobong reiterated his call for cattle herders and internally Displaced persons to exit Eastern Equatoria state. Gov Lobong made the call this afternoon while addressing a rally in the border town of Nimule, the gathering crowd cheered and applauded governor Lobong amid his speech.  

Governor Lobong said there is an urgent need for the cattle and the herders to exit EES, particularly Magwi County. Gov. Lobong said there is no need to wait for the tracks to transport the cows and herders back to Jonglei, saying the issue of tracks will delay the repatriation of the cows and their herders.  

Lobong offered and said if it is an issue of insecurity the herders are afraid that they are going to be attacked along their way back to their ancestral land, he offered to join the group as the head of security in his state to escort the herder to provide them safe passage.  

" The tracks will only be necessary to transport the elderly people and people with mobility problems," said gov. Lobong.  

Gov. Lobong urged both the host community and IPDs in Nimule to learn to peacefully coexist, saying South Sudan is too big the accommodate everyone, however, he was quick to say, learn to respect Madi people and their culture, when you are in Rome, you behave like the Romans, the cheering crowd applauded him amid his speech on Monday afternoon.  

Gov. Lobong then turn the gun on the Madi people by saying, you Madi people alone cannot develop Nimule, he urged the Madi people to allow Nimule to be surveyed for good use and development.  

He called for intermarriage between the host community and IDPs, he said Dinka have married many Madi ladies and Madi married a few of Dinka ladies, someone in the crowd said we have no cows to marry Dinka girls.  

Gov Lobong camped in Nimule border town since Sunday as part of President Kiir's high-level delegation dispatched to Nimule to ease the growing tension between the Madi host community and Dinka Bor cattle herders.  

The tension which was triggered by constant intimidation and harassment by the herders against the host community worsen by the attack of unknown cattle raiders which claimed 21 lives early last week, and 3 youth from Madi were killed by the herders on 11 May in Mugali Payam located 19 km from Nimule. 

Andrew Olweny 

SSLN 

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