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Soldiers gun down one pastoralist in Yirol West

By Manyang Mayom

January 29, 2010 (RUMBEK) – A pastoralist bragging about his bull was shot dead on Thursday evening in Yirol West County of Lakes state by two soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

The shooting occurred inside the town center’s market near a local lodge called Green View Hotel. According to an eyewitness, the pastoralist man was moving with his black stick praising his bull and the soldiers — two bodyguards belonging to Lt-Col Ngeth Job — came cross him and they ordered him to lay down the stick. But the man refused to lay down his stick. Thereupon, the two soldiers decided to shoot him in the chest and immediately the pastoralist died on the spot.

The deceased belonged to Pan-Angony of Luac (Atuot) section.

County Commissioner Agok Manyiel Dhieu confirmed that the incident happened at 6 p.m. inside Yirol West County market. He added that two bodyguards opened fire and shot dead one civilian over a row about laying down the stick. “These two soldiers are creating the same like what had happened on January 28, 2010 in Akot just by shooting at civilians without reasonable (cause),” he said.

The town is under curfew now from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. because cattle keepers were attempting to attack the SPLA barrack, seeking immediate revenge. “But I have spoken to all cattle keepers youth to stop feelings of revenge and I ensured them that the law will follow up this case,” said Commissioner Agok Manyiel Dhieu.

Lt-Col. Ngeth Job is a son of Yirol East County and is staying in Yirol West County on a private visit — both he and his two bodyguards who carried out the shooting are under arrest now in Yirol West County in SPLA military barrack, said the commissioner.

An initial investigation by county police suggested that Lt-Col Ngeth Job is not a member of the disarmament team garrisoned in Lakes state.