SUDAN WATCH: Jonglei State: 35 people killed, 9 wounded - Attackers in Uror were well-armed, organised and dressed in military uniforms

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Jonglei State: 35 people killed, 9 wounded - Attackers in Uror were well-armed, organised and dressed in military uniforms

Government of South Sudan presidential advisor on peace and reconciliation, Ismael Konyi, says disarming civilians in southern Sudan must be speeded up. Uror county commissioner Gatluak Reath Dual is calling for the disarmament process in southern Sudan to be stepped up. From Sudan Radio Service 6 February 2009 - (Nairobi):
Cattle Raiders Kill 35 in Jonglei State

35 people were killed and nine wounded in a series of cattle raids across Jonglei state last Friday.

William Kuol Chuol is the commissioner of Nyirol county, one of 3 counties affected by the raids. Speaking to Sudan Radio Service, he said the raiders were armed, organized, and appear to have come from Pibor county. He alleges the raiders managed to steal over 6000 head of cattle.

Chuol blames the attacks on what he calls ”false assurances” from the GOSS presidential advisor on peace and reconciliation, Ismael Konyi. Kuol charges Konyi and other Murle leaders with promising the Lou-Nuer community that there would be peace and an end to cattle raiding, which led to a false sense of security.

[William Kuol]: “People move to those areas because of the directives from Ismael Konyi, who is the advisor to the presidency for peace in the GOSS. He came to Akobo, Waat and Uror telling people there is peace, and now his word is turning to death. It’s because they were told by Murlei leaders.”

Konyi, who is a Murlei chief, told Sudan Radio Service on Thursday from Khartoum that he is appealing to all Murle to return any stolen cattle.

He said the families of those who have been killed in the raids will be compensated and the raiders will be prosecuted.

[Ismael Konyi]: “I am not happy with Murlei for taking cattle from Lou-Nuer. Those cows should be returned to the Nuer and the people who died should be compensated for. The culprits should face the law. But I have to go to Pibor to solve this problem. Chiefs and the commission of Pibor are working hard to bring back those cattle.”

Konyi also said that the process of disarming civilians in southern Sudan must be speeded up. He was responding to a statement from Uror county commissioner Gatluak Reath Dual, who said the attackers in Uror were well-armed and dressed in military uniforms.

[Gatluak Reath Dual]: “The problem is because disarmament was not done in the whole state here. In 2006, it was done here in Lou [Nuer] areas only. That is why the casualties are more in our side because they don’t have guns to defend themselves. So we cannot blame anybody. The only thing I can say to the government of southern Sudan is to continue with the disarmament program. If they don’t continue, the killing will be worse than before.”

That was Uror county commissioner Gatluak Reath Dual, calling for the disarmament process in southern Sudan to be stepped up.

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