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W. Bahr el Ghazal official urges Lakes state to cease cattle raids

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January 23, 2013 (JUBA)- An official from South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state on Wednesday expressed concerns about the increasing level of violence in neighbouring Lake state, urging its authorities and pastoral communities to cease cattle raiding practices.

“Western Bahr el Ghazal was actually one of the most peaceful states in South Sudan. There have never been reports of tribal conflict. No reports of cattle raiding because most of our people do not keep cattle, but the area has in [the] recent past started experiencing cattle raids from neighbouring communities in Lakes state,” Effesio Kon Uguak, a former deputy governor, told Sudan Tribune.

He cited a recent incident, in which a group of armed civilians reportedly crossed into Mapel area in Western Bahr el Ghazal, killing people and seizing an unspecified number of cattle.

At least six people died and two others were injured in the attack, he said, which was allegedly carried out by a well-armed group with “modern” weapons.

“They [attackers] were carrying automatic Kalashnikov rifles (AKM) and [a] number of hand held grenades. They were having all these as if they were going to attack an enemy garrison,” said Uguak, now a peace and reconciliation advisor to the state government.

During the interview, the official further reiterated the state government’s support for peaceful coexistence with neighbouring communities in order to promote “social ties and harmony.”

However, he also called upon the Lake state government to take responsibility for the issue and compensate those who lost lives and properties during of the attack in Mapel.

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir on Monday issued a decree relieving Lakes state governor Chol Tong Mayay from his post, without giving a reason for his decision to remove the democratically elected official.

Cattle raiding remains an enormous challenge facing the new nation, with citizens and critics accusing the south-ruling party (SPLM) government of not doing enough to control tribal feuds, including cattle raids, which have claimed the lives of many innocent civilians.

(ST)

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  • 24 January 2013 09:52, by master

    who will cease cattle raiding
    this is hobby and habit

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    • 24 January 2013 09:58, by master

      ST
      why there no report about that incident

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    • 24 January 2013 13:32, by Malou Manyiel

      This is madness!! Is Lakes State a escapegoat? How can pastrolists from Lakes State crossed Warrap and raided cattles in WBS? Where will they pass with cattles? Tell the truth if you have your own militia there.

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      • 24 January 2013 20:42, by Badi Malawi

        To get rid about all this cases : cattle raiding , tribal conflict or clan conflict unless govt prioritize the laws by doing away the wrong doers , but where do they really get this modern rifles ? Thorough disarmament should be done everz months ,this where pple will enjoy freedom

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      • 25 January 2013 03:40, by Monydit

        People of Lakes state are better make recociliation among themwselves for two resoans:
        1 - Any criminal happening somewhere is now conneceted to the people of Lakes.
        2- Some states goverors failed their citizens by not tightening the security, yet the only failure see by the president is the failure of Lakes state goveror.

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  • 24 January 2013 09:54, by Nuer Empire

    Their Natural habits

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  • 24 January 2013 10:19, by Tong dut

    This will not end in this country. We are strong and too powerful.Any body who wants to stop us will see it, WE ARE WAITING FOR THOSE WHO WILL COME TO US FIRST.

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  • 24 January 2013 10:20, by Tong dut

    This will not end in this country. We are strong and too powerful.Any body who wants to stop us will see it, WE ARE WAITING FOR THOSE WHO WILL COME TO US FIRST.

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  • 24 January 2013 10:23, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

    Uguak,
    Check your facts! Lakes State does not even border Western Bhar El Ghazal! There is Warrap in between!!!!
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    • 24 January 2013 10:57, by History has Records

      "Those who Kill by the Sword will get killed by the sword" Peace comes to those who seek for it and Violence reigns in an empire that cherish it, if we are pleased in drawing a sword against a brother becoz of an ANIMAL, let us visit some facts history has to educate our brains.

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  • 24 January 2013 11:42, by Jong Anthony

    are you not shame on what you did some few days when you slaughter innocent people without any reason and you claim today to be a peace-maker ?

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  • 24 January 2013 11:57, by Jo-Luo

    I personally fail to understand for how long will our brothers keep killing themselves over animals for God Sake,we should think of how to stop the whole mess which is cause becuase of animal,to my brothers in the neighbours state WBGS has a record in south sudan of been the best state in the country but now see what others want to put the name of the state into,plz slove ur problem alone.

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  • 24 January 2013 14:27, by Makunon

    Surrender all cows to Lake state and there will be peace as Anhuak did to Murle. Uguak dream Lake State pple might have cross to attack his State which is fear of such thing may happen one day.

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  • 24 January 2013 16:12, by James Maker Akok

    To my Lakes State People,
    Lakes State people, Lakes State is a Headquarter for South Sudan and it must have to be clean from criminals as we see in Washington D.C. You my Lakes State you are in troubles in South Sudan Law for your doing gang criminals things and we will not support you for your doing criminals, you will be put in cage where you will not like it to be if force found you in crimes.

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    • 24 January 2013 16:35, by James Maker Akok

      My advice is to my Lakes State people is for the fighting happened in Lakes State but I’m not sure for what Western Bahr Al Ghazal are talking said that Lakes State attacked them. What I know is Wrap State, and Unity State, those two States are they once can be complaining about Lakes State.
      We need to be telling trues but not creating things.

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  • 24 January 2013 16:13, by 4Justice

    What’s the difference between Cattle raiding and the theft of $4 billion dollars?

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  • 24 January 2013 16:28, by Moneim

    Peaceful state! Again, a sad news from South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state. The tyrant Governor and his gang who are responsible for so many crimes should be brought to justice via Nuremberg Trials. Attacks, intimidation and threats will not deter the braves

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  • 24 January 2013 16:34, by Makuer Marou Manok

    Violence has become the daily food of our people who are cattle keepers. let’s try to bring Just peace.

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  • 24 January 2013 17:00, by Mapuor

    Uguak
    Have you ever gone to school?Lakes has no border with Western Bhar El Gazal.Lakes is bordered by Warrap to the west,Unity State to the North,Jonglei to the East,Central Equatoria to the South east and Western Equatoria in the South.Hahahah Uguak you must be crazy.How can Dinkas of Lakes cross Warrap to reach you in Mapel which is closer to Wau?Uguak is only exposing his ignorance

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  • 26 January 2013 03:02, by Samuel Malual

    @Brother Mapuor, you are right.
    The Lakes State has no border with Western Bhar EL Ghazal State. Those people are from Warrap State not from Lakes. But, this stooge called Uguak is full of imagination with no propare knowledge in geography. How can a well armed civilians from Lakes State crossed Warrap State into Western Bhar Al Ghzal State?

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  • 26 January 2013 03:19, by Samuel Malual

    You see, Lakes State shouldn’t be used as a river for the sinners of other neighbouring States to shaws from it.Cattle raiding doesn’t happen in Lakes State alone, but it is a daily practices of all pastoalists which involves Warrap, Lakes, unity and Jonglei States.So why Lakes State everyday? You stupid people should shut and do other businesses and live us alone. Secure Juba security first.

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    • 27 January 2013 00:09, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      Let’s pray for lake state! Almighty father help those of lake state to realize what peace mean. God help these people of thinking about cows, but thinking about people. God help them please! These people had super a lots. God blessed their heart to forget unity state, warrap so forth. Jesus bless Dinka!

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