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Unity: Car ambush kills three on Payinjiar Road


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

January 11, 2013 (BENTIU) - Bandits in South Sudan’s Unity State attacked a police Toyota pickup vehicle on Thursday afternoon killing three and leaving five critically injured in Payinjiar County, local officials have said.

The deadly incident occurred at 2:00pm on the road between between Mayom payam [district] of Payinjiar County and Madol junction of Mayiandit County.

Among the dead were two children and one adult. The Toyota pickup land cruiser was carrying 16 passengers traveling from Payinjiar County heading to Unity State’s capital, Bentiu. The gang is suspected to have been from Rumbek North neighbouring Lakes State, according to Unity State officials.

Paul Machul Kuol Gatluak, the director of finance at Unity State’s ministry of animal resources and fisheries was among those attacked on Thursday. Two of his sons were among those killed.

Cattle raiding and banditry remains a big challenge in South Sudan, especially along the borders between Unity, Warrap and Lake states.

Yesterday’s attack angered resident’s of Payinjiar including local MPs, who called on the government to respond by increasing the number of security forces deployed on roads leading into county.

Gatluak Pech Dak an MP from Mayom Payam urged lawmakers from both states to focus on peace-building among their young people in order to stop the practice of cattle raiding.

“We really call for the two states government to handle and this issue through peaceful facilitation which appeared several times in my reports that there is need for intervention for these insecurity among the two communities from Lake and Unity State”.

Dak says he submitted a report calling for reconciliations among the youth of communities either side of the state border to the office of governor. He added that if youth from the Dinka and Nuer tribes were brought together to discuss ways forward to stop the cycle of raids and violence things may improve.

“We need to call the youths even in their cattle camp, they need to be mobilized and then they must know there is a government and the government does not belong to one tribe, it belongs to all us and that is what we are working for as the representative of government and we need to bring the conflicting communities together”, said Dak.

“We need actually facts to disseminate and calling on the national government and the state government if they are initiating any peace talks, they have to involve the area representatives and the chiefs so that the national reconciliation should go as well”.

However, people in Payinjiar County say they live in fear from what they describe as continuous attacks from raiders crossing the border from Lakes State.

Tito Gatchang, 35, a member of staff at Liech College in Bentiu town, condemned the attack saying it was very bad that citizens from the same country kill each other in this manner and asked that the government of neighbouring Lake State do more to control the criminal gangs who take part in cross border raids.


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  • 12 January 2013 07:21, by Nuer Dominated Liberation of South Sudan

    Dinka Bar El gazal, u got the presidency,you still want some neigbor property. You got the Lion share you president was talking about still is not enough. we donate food for your homeless from Unity State still is not enough. we have the Government that should protect the people, it’s not enough...retaliation will come..change your name to nuer son.

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    • 12 January 2013 07:27, by Nuer Dominated Liberation of South Sudan

      before it become to late for you to join Nuer. Slave Dinka now they confused, they don’t know what exactly they are doing. President has an emty brain,people of all Dinka are empty minded people. what in the world we select this kind of president. This chellenges are here,and we need an educated President which can plan things,inovated things, create things.
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      • 12 January 2013 08:19, by George Bol

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        • 12 January 2013 11:32, by Ruach

          Geok Bol:Maa Liel muor,ci gaarku cie ke gaar muor! Buoc(coward) mi laa nak Naath ke par cie ke Jebe(Murle)

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      • 12 January 2013 13:37, by william mawien

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  • 12 January 2013 09:00, by master

    what dullness
    how gathering dinka and neur

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  • 12 January 2013 09:27, by barbayo

    three States take people back,what is wrong with cows.God created you eat your sweat

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  • 12 January 2013 10:38, by J P Puok

    I personally disagree with whoever call these attackers criminals. it is a pure organised activities of these unrully Dinka Agar lead by Awet Akot supported by Salva mathok. mathok have a point to proof regardless because we beheaded his father one day because of their sturbonnes. Do Awet Akot wanted the same to happened to his people because Murle would advise them better since after talk and

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  • 12 January 2013 10:45, by J P Puok

    talk we may resort to defending our people by crooks and hooks. Agar missed the point because during the 1991 split Hon Simon Maguek our current speaker who was then holding that frontline didn’t teach them the lesson as we did with those in Warrap fronts. mathok knows better that is why he is always like that, but inform him we are still watching his move could our temper be lost ooh wait!!!

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  • 12 January 2013 10:59, by Al-mezan

    I deeply expressed my condolences to the family that lost 2 SONS, it is really unbearable but God gives patience to sorrowfuls.
    Infact I absolutely agree with Hon. Dak- the MP who early called for including youths in any reconciliations process. This positively worked in Wunlit peace conference 1999.
    As educated/civilized or whatever we call ourselves, we need to send clear messages to our pple.

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  • 12 January 2013 11:14, by Al-mezan

    Ustaz Puok, you may be disturbed by this criminal attack as all of us are, but we need to address issues in civilized manners, you are addressing your messages to the world of open-minded people. Leave these toxic words to criminal/primitives along Lakes-Unity-Warrap States borders. Lets work to change them.

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    • 12 January 2013 12:10, by J P Puok

      I am sorry brother Almezan, but you imagine the bitterness of lossing his people every now and then to such a savage society? wait for those 7 SPLA soldiers they killed you may be surprise to hear your own brother is among the victims.
      What a shamefull community?

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