ABRAHAM KUANY -As President Salva Kiir’s formed Committee to investigate Greater Jonglei communal clashes continue to relax in Juba, series of attacks have so far left more than 70 people killed and several others wounded in some parts of Jonglei State.
Continued attacks by alleged armed youth from the neighboring community have left many children and women killed since 17th of June.
Reports from local authorities indicate that there have been consecutive attacks from 17th June to 3rd of July in different Payams of Bor, Twic East and Duk Counties.
Chief administrators and Jonglei State Secretary General all revealed that the attacks were engineered in the following localities within the month of June.
On 17th of June, suspected criminals attacked Alian area of Jalle Payam, killing 5 people on spot indicated by gender as 2 males, 2 children and a woman, while 7 others were wounded.
Following that, another attack occurred in Makuach area of Bor South on 18th of June where 11 civilians lost their lives.
The breakdown specifies that at least 9 were women and 2 men lost as well as 5 others were wounded and one child abducted.
On 19th of June, armed criminals attacked Panyagor – the headquarters of Twic East County – an attack that left 2 people dead, 2 injured while hundreds herds of cattle raided.
On 30st of June, another attack occurred in Patiou village of Piol Boma, Pakeer Payam of Twic East County where 4 people were reported killed, several others injured and unspecified herds of cattle raided.
On the same day, 4 people were killed and 7 other wounded at Malith’thor area on Juba-Bor road, some kilometers from Bor when a civilian group of armed youth opened fire on a passenger vehicle that was travelling from Juba to Bor.
Meanwhile on the 1st of July, Makiir area, Ajuong Payam in Twic East County was attacked – an occurrence that left 4 people dead, and 17 others wounded while hundreds herds of cattle raided.
In the next day, Poktap area of Duk Deng Payam came under another attack leaving 4 people dead and 9 others wounded with unknown number of cattle raided.
On the 3rd of July, Duk Padiet Payam also suffered a deadly attack leaving 38 people dead which include 5 children and 6 women while 20,351 cattle raided.
That attack also left 44 people injured.
While on the same day, Patiou village of Pakeer Payam which was attacked on 30th of June suffered another repeated attack on 3rd June, leaving over 5 people dead, 2 others wounded and over 90 houses burned.
The incident also led to displacement of over 5,000 people according to Chief Administrator – Nyuop Peter.
“We have tried to dispatch police to those areas but it is really very difficult to make that happen because of mobility to those areas since it is a rainy season.
“I think we are not surprised about the attacks because these are our neighbors, the Neighboring Boma state” Mabior Atem Mabior, Jonglei State Secretary General told Northern Corridor Morning Post.
Efforts to reach Pibor Administrative Area authorities for comments were not immediately successful.
However, reports allege that armed youth from Lou-Nuer and Jonglei State areas are carrying out revenge attacks in areas of Pibor Administrative areas.
Cattle, child abduction and grazing land have been causes of conflict amongst communities of Greater Jonglei, Lakes and Warrap States.
During the twentieth century, historians say, the proliferation of guns, the commercialization of cattle and rising bride prices made cattle raiding more violent and lucrative.
The former Greater Jonglei, Lakes and Warrap States governments were seen working towards ending such problems, though little or nothing has been achieved.
Last week, President Salva Kiir appointed 8 eights, namely for Warrap, Lakes, Northern Bhar-el-Ghazel, Western Bhar-el-Ghazel, Unity, Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria and Central Equatoria States.
But he didn’t appoint governors for Jonglei and Upper Nile States.
The delays are attributed to ongoing dispute between SPLM-IO and SSOA, the two states’ leaderships.
SSOA group led by Josephine Lagu rejected the allocation of Jonglei State to them, saying they opted for Upper Nile – a move SPLM-IO rejects, citing their prominence there as per the peace agreement.
Meanwhile, another SSOA section led by Lam Akol accepted the allocation of Jonglei State to SSOA and he even nominated a candidate for that position.
SPLM-IO dominated Gen. Johnson Olony for Upper Nile State governor but was turned down by Kiir, saying he needs the general’s presence in Juba first before appointment.
However, members of public and activists have blamed the delays on President Kiir, saying he should immediately bring the groups on table in order to have the issue resolved because Jonglei and Upper Nile States are bleeding.