South Sudan Gov't Minister Samson Kwaje shot by unknown gunmen in Lainya, Central Equatoria
From Sudan Radio Service, Monday, 16 November 2009:
Minister Attacked in Central Equatoria
(Nairobi, Kenya) - The GOSS Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Samson Kwaje, has been flown to Nairobi for emergency treatment after he was shot at by unknown gunmen in Lainya county on Sunday.
The minister’s car was ambushed on his way to Juba from Lainya. Four people were killed in the incident.
The commissioner of Lainya, Suba Samuel Manase, spoke to Sudan Radio Service on Monday from Lainya.
[Suba Samuel Manase]: “The incident happened yesterday around five. He was on a tour to meet the people to encourage them to participate in the voter registration process. All of a sudden, a group of civilians attacked his car. Four people were killed and then the minister himself got injured in the right arm. The bullet went through the flesh but there is no confirmation of bone fracture.”
Suba said that the incident was provoked by a dispute about constituency demarcation.
[Suba Samuel Manase]: “It's an issue which concerns Ounduruba payam which is said to belong to either Juba county or to Lainya county. Administratively, Ounduruba is assumed to be in Juba county. But after the recent constituencies demarcation, the National Election Commotion decided that Ounduruba should become a constituency of Lainya county. So that provoked the whole situation. Samson Kwaje happens to be one of the politicians that thinks that Ounduruba should be in Lainya county. That is the reason why he was attacked by those who want Lainya to be in Juba county.”
The commissioner said that the situation in Lainya and Ounduruba has returned to normal as the police and military are in control of the area.