Kajo-keji, 27 December 2022; This week more than ten thousand cattle have entered Kajo-keji County Central Equatoria State. Heavily armed cattle herders accompany the cows believed to have crossed from the Eastern bank of the Nile, some of the cows and herders were said to be those who previously settled in Nimule, Magwi, and Nyolo areas.
While the new arrival of the herders with at least ten thousand cows has caused panic and fear since Wednesday last week.
The cattle herders who are mainly from Dinka Bor from Jonglei State last weekend fought a fierce battle with the youth in Mangalla Payam, Juba County Central Equatoria state. It was believed some of the herders who now entered Kajo-Keji County are part of those who were pushed out from Mangalla by the local youth.
The new arrival of heavily armed cattle herders from Dinka Bor has already caused the displacement of recent returnees who crossed from Uganda back to Kajo-keji.
The community leaders from Kuku people the inhabitants of Kajo-keji who spoke to this publication on the condition of anonymity, said the herders are beating local people and looting their food items while the cows are grazing the fields. They called for the state government to deploy security forces to protect them and their properties.
The area affected by the new arrival of cattle herders includes; Ki'bo in Lowolo Payam to Kansuk, in Nyepo Payam.
Our reporter who visited the Nyepo Payam Headquarters on Sunday the 26 December confirmed the arrival of the cows in those places and he spotted the presence of heavy South Sudan People's Defense Force (SSPDF) near those cattle camps, it was not clear what their missions are in those cattle camps as these are not military barracks.
Our attempt to speak to the Kajo-keji County commissioner was unfruitful as his known mobile number is unavailable by the time of filing this report.