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Wau steps up security for Kiir’s Christmas visit


December 23, 2012 (WAU) - Western Bahr el Ghazal State imposed a curfew and stepped up security in Wau town over the weekend ahead of the scheduled visit of South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Monday to celebrate Christmas Eve.

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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (Reuters)

Wau and some of the state capital’s surrounding area have experienced violent clashes since 8 December, which began over a dispute over a decision to move an administrative centre out of the town.

Last week Wau experienced violent clashes between protestors from different youth groups carrying traditional weapons, including sticks and hurling stones following the killing over 26 innocent civilians in Parajallah locality, some 48 miles south west of Wau town.

Authorities initially said they had arrested seven suspects before adding another suspect who is believed to have known the causes of the deaths. Parajallah locality is in the Bagari area; the proposed new location for the headquarters Wau County.

Bagari is inhabited by the Balanda tribe, also known as the Fartit, whose youth groups and intellectuals have rejected the proposed relocation of the Wau County administration. On December 8 and 9 protest against the change of headquarters led to eight people being killed, according to the government.

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) initially put the death toll at ten before revising the statement down to nine. The former Wau County commissioner, John Peter Miskin, has claimed that 25 people were killed and 21 others were wounded in the protests two weeks ago.

A further 12 people are reported to have died in the second protest on Tuesday 18 December with more people wounded.

South Sudan’s deputy interior minister, Salva Mathok Gengdit, who is currently in Wau, said Thursday he had received reports that only seven people have been killed and 32 been have been wounded.

Medical doctors say Wau Teaching Hospital’s mortuary has received 12 dead bodies, although they have not given figures for the numbers of wounded who are being treated at the hospital.

In an effort to restore law and order, the government deployed extra police forces to Western Bahr el Ghazal this week.

On Thursday 20 December, Western Bahr el Ghazal authorities decided to impose a full-day curfew which remained in force until late on Friday when citizens complained of the need to be given access to water points and nearby shops and butcheries. Shops in the centre of town have remained closed and there has been a huge security presence in the streets since the violence was broken up this week.

The authorities on Saturday evening announced that President Salva Kiir would visit Wau on Monday 24 December to deliver his Christmas message. Citizens have been asked to attend Kiir’s arrival and speech.

President Kiir is expected to hold meetings with leaders from Western and Northern Bahr el Ghazal as well as Lakes and Warrap States. Kiir will also meet with youth representatives and traditional leaders from the Balanda, Jurchol and Dinka communities.

Governor Rizik Zachariah Hassan on Saturday formed a nine-member peace and reconciliation committee headed by his advisor on peace and reconciliation, Efessio Kon Uguak.

The committee includes traditional leaders from the Balanda and Dinka communities, as well as other residents in the state. The Western Bahr el Ghazal administration has also divided the town into six zones and deployed different security forces to patrol and monitor the security situation and activities of the population.

The mayor of Wau town has also formed a committee to assess the level of damage caused by the protests and suggest how the affected communities can be compensated by the government.

Western Bahr el Ghazal State security advisor, Rizik Dominic Samuel told journalists on Sunday that the security situation has been brought "under control" and urged citizens to show up in large groups to receive the president on Monday.

“There are no big concerns. Our people should come out tomorrow in big number to receive the president. He will address the public”, Samuel said.


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  • 24 December 2012 07:30, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    His visit will east the tensions or solves it altogather.Miskin is another Ismail Konyi in the making.creating messes over trifles things are their biographies.by Loko El Pollo

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    • 24 December 2012 08:28, by dinkdong

      His visits may not ease the situation because this has now became a tribal issue. It is all because his stupid loyalist army couldn’t act professionally. Instead of protecting the citizens, they are harming them. It is normal to demonstrates and dispersing the demonstrators doesn’t mean killing them.

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  • 24 December 2012 09:12, by 4Justice

    Salva must address the burning issue of endemic corruption, tribalism, cronyism, Lawlessness and most importantly, he needs to inform the public about measures he has undertaken in order to secure the recovery of 4 billion dollars stolen from the government coffers. Secondly, why is there until now no Anti Aircraft defense system capable of protecting the civilian population and our airspace from enemy aircraft?

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    • 24 December 2012 09:43, by EES Kingmaker

      President Kiir’s visit and Christmas message may emphaisze on peace, reconciliation and ethnic co-existence. Yet lawlessness, tribalism, corruption and cronysm will re-fuel inter-communal tensions if WBGS leaders refuse to acknowledge publicly their part in that unfortunate violent conflict. The Peace and Reconciliation Committee, the Governor formed, may serve some short-term, cosmetic solutions.

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  • 24 December 2012 12:19, by Mapuor

    President’s visit to Wau is a positive step for Dinkas,Jurchol and Balanda lived for two millenniums without problem.Most of South Sudan problems come from greater Upper Nile.May God sow peace in the hearts of South Sudanese over the CHRISTMAS and beyond

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  • 24 December 2012 12:30, by master

    what mystifing me is every body in south sudan talking about reconciliation
    Are they not hailing from one country or hasn’t same ID
    this is consquency of blind leadership

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    • 24 December 2012 13:56, by Mapuor

      Sudan should also talk of reconciliation for the wars that are NOW being waged in Sudan AMONG MUSLIMS are more devastating than in the South.May be the whole world should talk of reconciliations for their is virtually no peace on EARTH.

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  • 14 June 2013 14:43, by smithcurt

    it’s almost too much to handle.
    school for nursing

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