21 Apr 2018

 

Seven Arrested After Deadly Clashes In Jonglei

"Now the government is dealing with the ring leaders, either the inciters, chiefs, community leaders and intellectuals who are involved in the clashes have to face the full force of the law,”

Seven Arrested After Deadly Clashes In Jonglei
Jacob Akech Dengdit, Jonglei State Minister of Information [Photo credit | PaanLuel Wël]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 27 December 2017 [Gurtong]-At least seven people have been arrested after communal clashes in Jonglei’s Bor South County left over twenty people dead over the weekend.

The clashes allegedly erupted over the naming of a village in which one group wants to rename the village Anuet, while other want to maintain the name Panweel.

“As we speak, seven people are in police hands those who are involved, and all the eighteen who survived are all suspects. Immediately they are discharged, they will be questioned,” Akech Deng Dit, Jonglei State Minister of Information told Gurtong on Wednesday.

He said the situation is now under control following creation of a buffer zone separating the two communities.

“Now the government has controlled it, the national army is there.  A buffer zone has been created among the two communities being monitored by the army and organized forces. They were deployed immediately to control the situation,” he said.

He said the community had lived together for a long time but the conflict arose after talks of changing a name of the place created tensions which resulted to the fighting.

Akech said Jonglei State government will investigate and hold accountable the ringleaders of the clashes.

“The government is not going to welcome such impunity among the community of acting by talking the law in to their hands. Now the government is dealing with the ring leaders, either the inciters, chiefs, community leaders and intellectuals who are involved in the clashes have to face the full force of the law,” he lamented.

He revealed that police will lead the women and children to the cattle camps where the clashes happened so that cattle belonging to the two communities will be separated without other incidences.

Akech said rumors over renaming the place started about seven years ago but there was no negotiation between the communities.

“Now it is high time the community understand that negotiation is the only way to peaceful resolution of problems,” Akech said.

In the clashes, over ten people were reported dead and twelve others wounded on Saturday, but the dead toll rose to twenty after more dead bodies were discovered. The number of the wounded also rose to eighteen according to the Information Minister.







 

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