By Manyang Mayom
March 6, 2009 (RUMBEK) — A pregnant woman was killed while walking with her four children last Monday, allegedly by a man from Rumbek East seeking inter-clan revenge. Another woman was hit and killed by a stray bullet fired by a policeman on patrol.
In the first case, she was shot dead at Makudur Payam of Wulu approximately of 17 miles away from Rumbek Central County. According to a Lakes state policeman in the Criminal Investigation Department in Rumbek, they have not received the dead body yet but a committee has been formed to deal with the crime.
Meanwhile, the local branch of National Intelligence Security Services (NISS) has outlined a search for the murderer.
According to an eyewitness, the pregnant woman was shot dead on her way home walking with her four children to look for food stuff in her house which she had left during inter-clan fighting between Dinka Agaar of Rumbek East County and Wulu County inhabitants of Jur-beli community.
In February, over 414 people who fled the area were living in Wau for safety after over nine people were reported killed in the line of gunfire exchanged between Agaar and Jur-beli last January 18 – 20, 2009.
Another separate incident happened on Wednesday at nighttime at Rumbek Central County, in which another pregnant woman was killed, losing her seven month old unborn child and orphaning five children now in the hand of her relatives.
According to a policeman, the woman was sleeping outside her house due to the hot weather of Rumbek nowadays. Nearby, a policeman came late at night and found someone lying on the ground on the road and assumed he was someone who had drunk too much beer. At that place, the policeman lit up his matchbox and looked upon the man lying on ground. Suddenly he looked up to see someone running beside him and immediately the policeman did not wait, he started shooting at the suspect person.
From there the bullet caught the woman who was sleeping on her bed outside. This is the first time a pregnant woman is shot dead sleeping outside her house in Lakes state.
A police official said, “We have capture two people accused of killing a mother of five children and pregnant with seven months; serious measures are going to be taken against them.”
FIGHT AT CATTLE CAMPS
In a separate incident that took place in Marial-bek cattle camps, three people are reported kill as more people sustained injuries and were admitted to Lakes state hospital during midnight, said an official.
According to a source, the fighting which took place was among the Panyon clan by themselves over the line of revenge.
Generally, Lakes state local chiefs pin the blame on Lakes state authority for failing to prove good rule of law but Lakes state government ignores the accusations.
Rumbek has been seriously hit by inter-clan and inter-tribal conflict since the state government was established in 2005. Moreover, there has been power struggling in the seat of the state government.