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E. Equatoria’s legislators threatened by military officer


By Isaac Vuni

July 17, 2009 (JUBA) – Several legislators of Toposa in Eastern
Equatoria State, including the state’s SPLM Chairman Hon. Louis Lobong
were threatened with elimination by the Brigadier in charge of Torit
and Kapoeta, who accused them of promoting the rival SPLM-DC and
National Congress Party.

Among the legislators whom he threatened were Hon. Martin Lopir and
Hon. Paul Napon.

Hon. Lopir stated that the Brigadier threatened him through a
telephone call in which he said that Toposa legislators are
instigating their community to embrace SPLM-DC and the National
Congress Party in the state.

A source from within the state government who spoke on condition of
anonymity today remarked that tension between Toposa and Didinga
communities occurred from July 14 to 16. Some Toposa alleged that
Didinga have stolen over 200 cattle from them with the backing of SPLA
soldiers under instruction from Brigadier Jongok.

They allege that Brigadier Jongok had demanded food support from the
Toposa Community in order to feed the army.

The government source added that the presence of the SPLA forces in
Kapoeta and Lauro is meant to protect and minimize cattle raiding
between the two communities and any other intruders.

Reportedly, the Commissioner of Kapoeta Mark Lokitoi and Commissioner
of Luro County Fr. Moris Loguti are working very hard to defuse the
heightened tension.

So far one Toposa was killed; seven were seriously injured and are
recovering in the Diocese of Torit’s health centre while two have been
taken to Kakuma refugee camp for further treatment in Kenya.

The Toposa people have forwarded the case to the state governor for
quickly reaching an amicable solution before things go out of control.

The incident comes in the context of complaints by the recently
founded Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Democratic Change (SPLM-DC)
that they do not have enough political space in which to operate.


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  • 20 July 2009 04:16, by Kur

    There is no doubt that this is the change which traitor Mr. Akol is talking about. He wants tribal enemity to grow in South Sudan in order to fulfill the policy of NCP. Evil man, are you not contented with what did in the past. You need to be taught a lesson.


    • 20 July 2009 07:22, by Lokorai

      Mr. Isaac,

      What had happened is a different story and you got it all wrong, or try to distort it; the Brig. in question had other agendas, only to pop up this story of Toposa people joining other political party.

      Take it from me, my people will not go anywhere from the SPLM, we are behind the leadership of His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit 150%

      Please don’t drag the name of His Excellency Longolio Lololomoi (Louis Lobong) for the sake of it; he is so important to this state and will be the governor in March next year. This is a work of Brig. Ejotuk, stay away from it!

      We can’t be in a Shilluk outfit called SPLM-DC. Never!


      • 20 July 2009 17:27, by Deng Magot Riem

        You are as well wrong. If they "your" people did it before, at war times then what will prevnt them this time.

        This is what Southerners sould know. Traitors Like Lam needs no political space in the south. Lam is a NCP puppet. No deying that realty.

    • 20 July 2009 15:48, by Sala Gai

      Pease Toposa guys the time has reach to your end of killing instance people in the country if we except your stupidity you will not be the South again wise you to change motion behavior in the ground

      due to Dr lam Akol & FRIEND Riek Machar it was not their frist time to outbreak the party it was happen but nothing occur in the ground so the outbreak will be before no change for stupid guys

  • 20 July 2009 05:05, by Oduck Bol

    This is what I have been talking about that government of Salva kiir is a dictatorship. You are going to court soon or later Salva Kiir. Do not think that you could be able to lead people by the way of dectatorship. You are liers with your adivicers. We fought North to apply democracy system in Sudan,but you are still communist in South. You started forceing people ot be SLPM member. My advice to all parties in Sudan,please talk to that, and if he refuse the democracy then reporte him to human reiht

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