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Unity state official claims involvement of SPLA soldier in cattle raid


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

December 9, 2012 (BENTIU) – Unity state’s Payinjiar county authorities say the death-toll of the attack on Thursday has reached 11, after conducting a search on Makur village on Friday, and claim the involvement of a member of the South Sudan army (SPLA) in the attack.

According to the press release by the county commissioner, Peter Gai Joak, on Saturday, the cattle raiders have killed three people, in addition to the eight found dead at the scene of the crime.

Makur village cattle camp is about 30km away from Payinjiar headquarters.

“We have found another three people murdered in the bush after Thursday’s raids by Lake state youths. It is a sad moment in the whole county after the loss of 11 people at once,” said Joak.

On Saturday Payinjiar county commissioner press secretary, David Yoak Ter, told Sudan Tribune the attack was planned by cattle rustlers and soldiers from the South Sudan army (SPLA).

“The evidence is that an SPLA soldier was killed, this is a clear mess up from the army. We have a photo of the dead body from SPLA, we don’t understand why the army was involved in raiding the civilians instead of protecting them external attack,” said Ter.

Joak told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that the raiders took over 7,000 heads of cattle dismissing the figure of 200 claimed by officials on Thursday.

Joak said, he has already informed the commissioners of Rumbek central and north about the raiders to make sure they are tracked down.

Last week the Rumbek central commissioner, Abraham Mayen Kuc accused Unity state youths of raids in Lake State, which was denied by Payinjiar authorities.

There has been a long history of cattle raiding in South Sudan. Cattle are many community’s main commodity and are exchanged by families during marriage. There has been an influx of bachelor returnees in the wake of South Sudanese independence and the proliferation of arms after the two decades of civil war, which laid the way for separation. This has put more pressure on the cattle market, pricing some out and leading, in some instances, to increased cattle raiding.

It was hoped that disarmament programmes have been taking place across South Sudan would quell such violence. Unity state’s began in November 2011.


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  • 10 December 2012 06:59, by Ruach

    The government needs to take all guns in the hands of Civilians.Cattle raids is not good any more.We are in one country,one culture one religion. Stop those dirty things of cattle raids.If you are all strong men,why don’t you raid from dirty Mesiriya?

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  • 10 December 2012 07:03, by George Bol

    Without justice and laws for those who commit crime, killing is not going to stop. during the war if someone loot civilian property, that person will be fire in squad and that was laws that govern people with no law.people think of raiding because no law and justice in place.Tribalism, corruption and selfishness are taking us backward.

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    • 10 December 2012 07:30, by wang

      George Bol
      I never seen or heard a Nuer soldier involved in cattle raided, but in what happened 2day at Unity state, it was a huge disappointments for whole Dinka community. Wasn’t about foods why poor a Dinka solider got himself killed in cattle raid? Wasn’t about foods why many Dinka politicians on the governments corruptions lists, just mentions only few points? You Dinka love foods more than c

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      • 10 December 2012 07:31, by wang

        You Dinka love foods more than chickens.

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        • 10 December 2012 12:58, by Makunon

          Wang, We are all against cattle raiding and killed of anybody regardless of being a civillain or a soldier of either side,but your negative comment generated from negative thought of negative ideas are equal to zero point zero and helpless. This website should have been use as a forum for sharing ideas and to solve challenges facing our communities rather than insulting and propaganda. you and

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          • 10 December 2012 13:09, by Makunon

            Other brothers in your company are exercising this attitude of leaving the topic and invade other people heart. criminal are part of the community and should be deal with though force of laws and nobody should associate with

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        • 10 December 2012 19:52, by Alfredo christiani

          Nuers are the most food lovers who joined hands with ARABS since 1973 up to date because of Food
          Dinka liberated you out from slaves and houseboys in Khartoum, Wang you’re stupid with constant pieces of wel wel between teeth. Secondly those cattle raiders who came to (ManygRel) were in uniformed armed with PKM & heavy machine gun, but armed villagers repulse them back with many casualtie

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    • 10 December 2012 08:55, by Ruach

      He was killed for violating the laws! Killing and raiding civilians in which he was assigned to protect them!

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      • 10 December 2012 11:18, by Takpiny

        Let us not associated criminal to our tribes if we do so, absolutely we are going to lose the war against criminals. The soldier’s tribe is a battalion he/she belongs to, that is one must be blamed for soldiers misbehaviours rather than tribe he/she come from.
        The SPLA soldier who went to raid civilian in Payinjiar county was damn wrong and he deserved the death as he did.

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        • 10 December 2012 11:24, by Takpiny

          ....Therefore, The way George Bol and Ruach addressed this situation is a magnificent and I am sorry Mr.Wang, you got it wrong as you missed the point of argument.

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          • 10 December 2012 13:07, by bianaathling

            You really sound great to convince our brother who attempted to leave on how to address the the issue precisely.Our spla Soldiers have right to raids cattle because their money is always steal and cheated by their Boss due to corruption.Its a power abuse fore a soldier to be killed in cattle raiding.sorry for him.They are not well trained by armies rules when dealing with civilians issues.

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  • 10 December 2012 21:32, by panom lualbil

    Thank you very much, ur comment make sense this time that we’re one spla, one culture and one nation. But blame is on PUR GATPAT- the spla who involved in cattle rustling.

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