Home | News    Friday 28 March 2014

Two killed as security forces, pastoralists clash in Lakes state

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

March 27, 2014 (RUMBEK) – Two people were killed when fresh clashes erupted in South Sudan’s Lakes state Thursday between pastoralists and the country’s security forces at Bahrgel payam, about three miles from Wulu county headquarter.

A pastoralist who spoke to Sudan Tribune claimed they were provoked by the army and police officers allegedly acting on the caretaker governor’s directives.

“The army followed us and we realized that they were interested in fighting us, but we really do not know the reason why they wanted to fight us”, said Agutkuei Maker.

“We opened gunfire on them as an answer to what they wanted and we killed them. Our cows and groups are saved,” added the youth leader.

He claimed none of the pastoralists was injured during clashes, but said they would confront security forces if they continued tracking their movement with cattle.

Majok Makur, another youth leader, said they would not allow security forces undermine their rights to freely move in their communities with their animals.

“We are very tired of Lakes state [authorities], the beat us like their wives, arrest us without charges, abuse us and accuse us of being Riek Machar supporters. They also eat our cows without justice, the undermine us and the caretaker governor threatens using firing square,” Majur said.

“Now we have accepted his [governor’s] will and we are waiting for his removable and if not, [then the] solution will come from heaven”, he added.

Eyewitnesses said the pastoralists overwhelmed the army and captured one PKM rifle, further pushing the military from Makeke village to Wulu county headquarter.

A Wulu county police officer, who asked not to be named, confirmed Thursday’s clashes.

“The owners of the cattle took their animals away to Domoli of Bahrgel payam and two people were confirmed dead from raider’s side”, he told Sudan Tribune by phone.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


UNAMID’s failure and the issue of security in Darfur 2014-08-01 05:51:58 By Eric Reeves July 31, 2014 - The failure of the UN/African Union ("hybrid") Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has become overwhelmingly conspicuous. The evidence of incompetence, ineffectiveness, (...)

Peace is only ultimate choice to end violence in South Sudan 2014-07-31 08:18:49 By Peter Gai Manyuon June 30, 2014 - In South Sudan, when once talk about peace and harmony, some people who are enemy of peace and reconciliation will begin analyzing in different ways. Before (...)

How pursuit of good life dominates ethical conscience in Africa 2014-07-27 05:03:47 By Francis Ayul Yuar July 26, 2014 - Looking at the African Continent, my country in particular within this critical time of post independence political and ethnic’s violence, one’s mind wondered (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Memory, healing and transformation in South Sudan 2014-07-23 05:55:08 Memory, Healing and Transformation in South Sudan A Working Paper by David K. Deng July 2014 Contents Introduction 1 What is memorialization? 2 Timing 2 Risks 3 Principles 3 Integrity 3 (...)

South Sudan: Independence Day marred by ongoing war crimes and looming famine 2014-07-09 01:39:56 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 8 July 2014 South Sudan: Independence Day marred by ongoing war crimes and looming famine · Both sides to the conflict committing war crimes and crimes (...)

UN urged to probe alleged cover-ups and manipulations by its mission in Darfur 2014-06-26 05:40:52 Strengthen Peacekeeping Mission’s Rights Reporting, Civilian Protection (New York, June 25, 2014) – The United Nations secretary-general should investigate alleged cover-ups and manipulation of (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.