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Nimule, 24 May 2022; Neighbors and residents of Reyi suburb of Nimule woke up with shocking news of the death of one of their citizen. Mr. Musa Okumu a veteran liberator of the South Sudan Liberation Army was gunned down right from his home backyard while taking bath on Monday evening. 


The neighbors and authorities in Nimule border town have pointed their fingers without hesitation at Dinka Bor land occupiers. 

A 52-year Musa Okumu was a former combatant in SPLA who is amputated and he is a member of the wounded heroes, his death is considered to be a targeted killing not only by Dinka Bor cattle herders but the Dinka Bor in Nimule who have now joined their cattle herders Kin and began to commit inhuman targeted revenge killing against the Madi and Acholi in Nimule. 


The situation in Nimule is getting worse each day, since the incident of Mugali, two ladies and a man were killed last week in the Olikwi suburb of Nimule, two days later a topless body of a man was found, and two police were murdered on day broad light by Dinka occupiers, then the killing of a senior government health worker Mr. Patrick and on Monday evening killing of a disable ex-combatant brings the number to eight deaths in the hands of Dinka Bor and each crimes, the criminals are still at large. 


According to the preliminary police report, Musa Okumu was shot three times in the back, due to excessive injuries he sustained he died on spot at the scene. 


In a related development, SSPDF has announced that the cattle herders have officially begun to exit Nimule heading back to Jonglei and more trucks are expected to ferry more cows and herders, however, the reality on the ground never changed, all those cows moved from Mugali are roaming in Nimule, the cows are visible everywhere. 


The army should have not rushed to make the announcement prematurely without verification. 

Also, such movement of cows to ensure there are no more cows left behind, state governments from EES and Jonglei states should have been present on the ground, and also a third party such as United Nations Mission in South Sudan should be on the ground to witness this but also to prevent further cattle rustles as they head out or the region, without the presence of the state governments from EES and Jonglei state there is no guarantees. 


Andrew Olweny 


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