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E. Equatoria governor visits Hiyala district amid rising tensions

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July 22, 2013 (TORIT) – The governor of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state visited Hiyala payam [district] in the capital, Torit on Monday following rising tension among communities in the areas.

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Eastern Equatoria governor Louis Lobong speaks at an event in Torit on 2 March 2012 (ST/Ijjo Bosco)

Authorities told Sudan Tribune that increased conflict among communities in Hiyala central and neighbouring Ileiu and Chalamini had prompted Louis Lobong Lojore’s surprise visit to the area.

“The mission that drew senior state government officials and security officers [was] aimed at assessing the cause of tension, following counter attacks and killings of innocent citizens around the neighbouring villages of Hiyala payam,” an official said.

He added that attempts by the governor’s team to meet with Ileiu and Chalamini communities hit a snag after residents failed to honour a planned meeting with the team.

Governor Lojore later disclosed that the state plans to organise a peace conference, seeking to reconcile and create harmony in Hiyala village and its surrounding neighbours.

He stressed that such an initiative would enhance free interaction and grazing between the Hiyala and Buya communities in the Kidepo area.

“You are communities surrounded by [a] common language, culture and norms. In case of death, all of you come and mourn together and share drinks and inter-marriage together,” Lojore told Hiyala community members, adding that he was “disturbed” by the recent surge in violence.

The Eastern Equatoria governor further reiterated the state government’s commitment to peace, urging youths to play more active roles in security work within their respective localities.

However, he conceded that the absence of enough security personnel in the area made it impossible to deploy police in every village.

Meanwhile, Lobong donated 500 South Sudanese pounds ($150) to Hiyala secondary school for the purchase of wood fuel, following a wave of panic that hit the school’s administration.

In April, at least eight people, including government soldiers, were killed when security forces clashed with cattle raiders, sparking a gun battle that threatened to further escalate the worrying security situation.

Thirteen others were also wounded, as well as an unknown number, mostly children attending schools at the time of the attack on 16 April.

The incident has prompted widespread condemnation, amid claims it was unnecessary for the army to intervene.

The clashes occurred as the state government attempted to contain reprisal attacks following an attack on Bira community in which more than 75 heads of cattle were stolen by raiders.

(ST)

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  • 24 July 2013 05:06, by Dinkawarrior

    Mr. Lobong, you’re the best person I have ever seen in my life. We are watching very closely on whoever do right things. Chances are very high for you to be either in federal or remains as a state governor.

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    • 24 July 2013 07:50, by Joseph Canada

      To you Dinkawarrior, Lobong is the best person because you are comparing it to Kual Manyan and Tul. Also you like him because he’s a Dinka parapet who is used by Kiir to incite community proxy wars while you are stilling the country resources. To Us, he is unwanted Arab in Eastern Equatoria to rule.If he can’t rule his own house (Toposa) and Bira his In-laws, can he rule EES peacefully? NO!

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  • 24 July 2013 05:40, by Marco Bul

    Cows are the main problem in dis country.They make pple proud n arrogant.All the sad news come from the pastrolist communities.
    Let’s learn to live in peace.Time for APPEASEMENT is over!

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  • 24 July 2013 07:53, by Joseph Canada

    We want Isaac Mobutu Mamur Matee to be the Governor of EES, or General Peter Lorot!!

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  • 24 July 2013 10:23, by Marco Bul

    @Joseph Canada.We want Ojetuk back after Lobong.Wait a minute.There is a leak Z Mamuur Mete is going to b Chief of General Staff.Avoid mentioning tribes here.What will u b saying if Kiir propose Bakasoro?

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    • 24 July 2013 14:37, by Joseph Canada

      Bakasoro as what the VP? well, I will recieve Bakasoro very well based on his leadership in W.E State. For Ojituk, it will also be great but he have already tested the leadership before but didn’t do much to curb the situation. For Mamur, for the chief of GS, he was already relieved from the command. How will this work since the C.G.S have to come by the ranking seniority? unless minister of D.

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      • 24 July 2013 14:41, by Joseph Canada

        What are other great names that can relieve the G. or EE S to you?. And by the way what’s this thing that Mr. President is keeping Kuol Mangang JUUK on the G. seat while his state is on the burning Bullet? Am I the only person who see wrong here?

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  • 24 July 2013 16:11, by Marco Bul

    Jonglei problem is not Kuol making.The president only remove those who sympathize with tribesmen against the president.U C?

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  • 24 July 2013 17:42, by Lion

    South Sudan former Information Minister Barnaba Marial first interview after getting fired.......Watch
    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/2731/S_Sudan_former_Info._Minister_Barnaba_Marial_Benjamin/

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