Eight people killed over cattle raiding in Terekeka County

At least eight people have been killed and six others injured during the cattle raiding incident in Terekeka County over the weekend.

An incident happened on Saturday after gunmen stormed the Kuacjuwa cattle camp at Gura Payam.

Acting Executive Director in Terekeka County Hillary John Konga said death causalities are five cattle owners and three attackers.

Local Administrator claimed attackers believed coming from neighboring Awerial County. He called his counterpart to arrest the culprits.

“Yesterday in the morning, I received a problem in the cattle camp called Kuacjuwa. Some youths from Awerial killed people in the attack, four people killed, including a girl and six others injured in the fight.’’

Acting Executive Director in Awerial County Alfred Adult has confirmed the incident, citing that forces have been dispatched to apprehend the suspects.

He warned young people to cease cattle raids and promote peaceful coexistence among the neighboring Communities.

“We have started the investigation, we call the local chief of the suspect raiders to name their people behind this attack, and even these people have some people from Abuyung that need the Payam administrator.

I’m appealing to those who have been attacked to respect the highway if nobody would cause insecurity along the main road even, we had several things happen, but people forgive, but this issue will involve government to be in it to find the cause to be addressed immediately.’’

In November 2020, six people were killed, and thousands of cows were looted at the Tali area after suspected Mundari gunmen attacked the camp.

Government ordered privates’ oil companies auditing

South Sudan has ordered oil companies auditing after international community pressure mounted three weeks ago cited lack of transparency and accountability on national resources.

On February 16th, the UN Security Council requested information about the Dar Petroleum Operating Company. International community demands for transparency and accountability in the private sectors and government institutions put the authority on its toes.

The companies to be audited will include Greater Pioneer Oil Company and Dar Petroleum Oil Company. The government has constructed a private company known as Alex Stewart International to do the audited. 

According to the deputy chairperson of National Petroleum and Gas Commission Caeser Otile Marko said the International Company was contracted by government August last year to do auditing. The auditing shall be commencing soon after auditors strategic plans approval.

He says it is the first and extended overdue auditing since it got independent on July 9th, 2011. And auditing will begin from 2011 up to 2019 to audit the oil sector, which is part of public interest. 

Officials started an oil companied auditing data, including crude oil production, oil export, financial payment from partners, and environmental effects to South Sudan citizens. The ecological sample auditing will look at the soil and water effects.  

Nation Commission says the oil sector auditing decision was presidential degree headed by the minister of presidential affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, and other six members. 

On February 18th, the president of South Sudan president Kiir formed seven committee tasks to oversee an audit of the petroleum sector initiated by the National Petroleum and Gas Commission. The presidential order was named N. 02/2021. 

In the press conference, Caeser mentioned that the government demands prove details unconfirmed allegation from the UNSC panel that DPOC “has not been remitted the payment to the Bank of South Sudan for yearly surface rental fees.”

“We have to check the connection of water, the underground water, are they contaminated, because the sipping of the professional water inside, information, causes, problems, diseases to the people around the oil fields, because there are a lot of rumors that we have heard about the diseases caused by environmental in the oil companies, Marko echoed”

The Commission clarified that auditing outcome findings should determine government decisions and actions against the private companies’ misconduct toward their mandates.

Last week Jieng Council of elders called for the international community, particularly Canada and Norway, to audited South Sudan oil money.