Four policemen killed; 6 wounded in Lakes State fresh clashes

In Lakes State, the police have reported four of its officers killed and six sustained gunshot injuries in a new cattle raid incident.

The fighting occurred at Yirol West County on Tuesday morning; no suspect arrested so far.

Police spokesperson Capt. Elijah Mabior said suspected arm cattle raiders from Rumbek East stormed Majama cattle at Yirol West County, raiding unknown livestock numbers.  But police promised to recover cattle looted during the attack.

He stated that casualties among the attackers and the cattle owners are unknown. 

Cattle raiding occurred on the day State governor Hon. Makur Kulang launched his peace campaign in greater Yirol Counties on Monday.

“We received information about cattle raiding yesterday in Yirol west County. Police officers were sent to recover the livestock, but unfortunately, they fall under attack from unknown arms groups.”

 Three officers were killed on the spot, and one policeman died a short while ago—the wounded policemen, including the head of the mission. So, officers return without cattle recovered.”

The police spokesman further says wounded officers are treated at Mapourdit hospital.

Yirol West County Executive Director James Dhour has confirmed the cattle raiding but says he did not have comprehensive information.

Parties optimistic of graduating unified forces this month

The Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs is optimistic that the graduation of unified forces will start toward the end of January.

The graduation is recently scheduled to occur this week, as Presidential Advisor stated on National Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak.

Minister of Defense Angelina Teny met with security organs Tuesday, January 12, discussed the graduation of forces.

“We have just concluded a very crucial meeting. This meeting included me as the member of NTC, the mechanisms; JDB, JTSC to discuss the forces’ graduation, we have discussed timetable.”

Soldiers at the training sites have spent many months waiting to be graduated. Some left the training centers with the prostration of being abundant.

According to the peace agreement, the training and redeployment of necessary unified forces would have completed during the pre-transitional period of eight months.

Hon: Teny says lack of funds delay the process but hoping to address it this time.  She stated that the uniforms for organized forces would arrive in Juba on Wednesday.

“The Advisor who is the chair of NTC has promised us he will avail the resources for the graduation, so we are very hopeful, and it is very promising. We had the other challenge, and we just discussed the logistics and the uniforms for the organized forces. We have enough here for the army.”She said.

Since the Unity government’s partial formation last year, the parties decided to allow the unification process to go beyond the deadline.

OPP finalized nomination of 3 deputy governors

The group of Other Political Parties known as OPP revealed that its internal dispute over the list of deputy governors’ nominees resolved.

This came after President Salva Kiir did not appoint three positions assigned to the other political parties.

Two weeks ago, six deputy governors nominated by SPLM and SPLM-IO were appointed. The remaining deputy governors are for Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, and Central Equatoria states.

Peter Mayen, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Other Political Parties’ leader, said the major parties take deputy governors’ positions within their alliance. But Mayen could not disclose the names of the political parties allocated to nominate deputies’ governors.

“Now, the appointment will happen. That is the president’s work, but we have resolved our issue, and we are working based on principles. One of the principles is that where you have prominence is where you go”.

The leader of OPP apologized for delay caused by his party. “we apologize for the delay”. We are now working based on an inclusive process with twenty-seven political parties regardless of their collaboration, regardless of their alliance.”

Mayen further mentioned the distribution of seats at states would be inclusive. And that his leadership is making sure there is equal participation.

“The positions even at the state level, where OPP have seats in the state, basically we have over sixty members of parliament and their state ministers. So, my leadership is trying as much as it can to make sure that everybody participates.”

Majongdit says it is essential to consolidate peace and have the guns silent. He acknowledges that the implementation is behind scheduled. Other members of the Alliance blamed Peter Mayen of creating misunderstanding over allocation of deputy government, a claimed he denied.

The parties to the revitalized peace agreement have not yet completed state and local government formation, which took several months.

Gunmen killed infants, kidnaped two boys in Bor

Attackers in Jonglei State have killed an 8-month-old baby and kidnapped two children aged 13 and 15 at Pagok village in Jonglei State on Saturday. All victims are from one family.

Police said the mother and her children came under attack while footing on a feeder road heading to Cha-Akau village after leaving Bor town.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Mayen is the Commissioner of Police. He said the mother of the abducted children was freed unharmed.

General Joseph says the slain infant’s body was found by the local youth who were following abductors a few hours later after children were kidnapped.

“the criminals live in the bushes, and they do have their coordinated plan of what to do, there are only a few villages that people live, but these criminals do disturb, they can ambush the people. The youth do patrol around. Women are vulnerable, older people are vulnerable, and children are vulnerable too. So, the youth shouldn’t allow women to move alone in the bushes.”

Child abductions and cattle raiding among Jonglei neighboring communities rose during the dry seasons for years. Several peace initiatives conducted did not end the kidnapping and cattle raiding activities in the area.

According to the Police, no suspect being arrested so far. Authority in Bor claimed the attackers are believed to be from Pibor Administrative Area, an allegation that couldn’t independently be verified.

In July last year, South Sudan’s Vice President James Wani Igga was tasked to mediate peace among Jonglei communities. He promised that the government had taken decisive decisions to restore security.

VP Igga appealed to community leaders to support the government’s effort for peace and stability, emphasizing that peace is necessary for development and prosperity.