Mystery Unveiled: South Sudan’s Tonga Village Under Siege as Government Launches Investigation”
In a startling turn of events, the tranquil village of Tonga in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State found itself thrust into the midst of an enigmatic attack that has left authorities puzzled and residents in fear. The village, nestled on the serene west bank of the Nile, was rocked by a sudden burst of violence on Monday that sent shockwaves through the region.
Speaking exclusively to Radio Tamazuj, Al-Tayeb Okuoch Ajak, the State Advisor for Peace and Reconciliation, revealed that the situation in Tonga has calmed down after an attack by an unidentified armed group. The incident has prompted the government to launch an investigative committee to unravel the truth behind the attack.
Panyikang County Commissioner, Mustafa Gai, directly pointed fingers at the SPLA-IO Kit-Gwang forces, led by General Johnson Olony, for their alleged involvement in the deadly assault. Gai, a member of the National Democratic Movement (NDM), claimed that the skirmish erupted in the wake of violent clashes between the SPLA-IO factions under the command of Riek Machar and General Johnson Olony. Tragically, the confrontation resulted in the loss of lives, including a soldier from Machar’s forces and another from Olony’s, along with the wounding of a civilian.
“The attack resulted in the killing of a soldier from Machar’s forces and another soldier from Olony’s forces and the wounding of a civilian,” Gai lamented. His accusations against the SPLA-IO Kit-Gwang faction are weighty, and they have ignited a blaze of speculation.
Meanwhile, the press office of General Johnson Olony’s SPLA-IO Kit-Gwang faction vehemently denied any involvement in the assault on Tonga village. They labeled the reports as mere propaganda, raising questions about the true culprits behind this unsettling attack.
As Panyikang County Commissioner fled to Fangak in the wake of the clashes, many families found themselves displaced and without a clear communication network to locate their loved ones. The situation in Tonga remains riddled with uncertainty, leaving both residents and authorities grasping for answers in the face of this perplexing incident. South Sudan’s Upper Nile State stands at a crossroads, awaiting the outcome of the government’s fact-finding committee as it delves into the heart of the Tonga village mystery.