19 Jan 2018

 

Kiir Declares State Of Emergency In Lakes Region

President Salva Kiir on Monday issued an order declaring a three-month State of emergency in Western, Eastern Lakes and Gok States.

Kiir Declares State Of Emergency In Lakes Region
President Salva Kiir [File photo]

By James Dimo/Jale Richard

WAU, 12 December 2017 [Gurtong]-
The order announced by the State-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation television (SSBCTV) on Monday evening ordered the government forces to move into the region and carry out forceful disarmament with immediate effect.

This comes after over one hundred were killed and two hundred wounded when communal fighting broke out between the three ethnic communities of Rup, Kuei and Pakam last week in Malek County of Western Lakes State.

Members of Parliament and youth from Western Lakes, Eastern Lakes and Gok States had demanded the President to declare a state of emergency in the region and order for forceful disarmament.

President Kiir also ordered the SPLA soldiers previously on the ground tasked to carry out a disarmament exercise in Gogrial State to move to Tonj State for their new assignment.

It is the third time for South Sudan to declare the State of emergency after a curfew was imposed in Juba following deadly clashes that erupted in December 2013.

In July, Kiir declared a State of emergency in Gogrial, some parts of Tonj, Wau and Aweil East States for three months.


 

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