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Central Equatoria state youth warn nomadic pastoralists

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April 4, 2015 (JUBA) – Youth from South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state have threatened to expel nomads roaming in their areas over their aggressive attitudes.

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A cattle keeper poses with one of his animals at the cattle camps in Terekeka on 29 September 2011 (Photo: FAO/Ogolla.E)

The youth, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, blamed nomads for the rising tension in Central Equatoria.

“They come here to live and they want to change our values, our way of living to suit their way of life. They come here for new life. They come here for safety, running away from insecurity in their homes, in their places and when they are here, they want to live their way of living in their homes and caused havoc and insecurity to our people,” Tombe Tongun, one of the youth leaders, said.

A group of cattle keepers, he said, burnt down Jopa village in Juba county, to the shock of communities living in the Central Equatoria area.

The commissioner of Juba county, Stephen Wani confirmed the attack, saying a person was killed and several houses were burnt down.

He however said police failed to apprehend the attackers after they arrived late at the crime scene only to find the perpetrators had fled.

“The information I have received is that a group of people came and started shooting, looting and burning down community houses. This is a practice by our cattle keeping community and it is something that needs significant attention from higher authorities so that it’s addressed immediately,” Wani told Sudan Tribune in a separate interview.

He expressed fears that the cattle keeping communities could continue destabilising the people of Central Equatoria , unless their activities were properly regulated.

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  • 5 April 2015 05:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Talks with these cowboys is unhelpful. Equatorians must pay an eye for an eye. The system in Juba is supporting them tacitly. As long as Maulana Ambrose Ring Thiik and Tribalist Bona Malwal are still in South Sudan political landscape South Sudan will never breathe an air of justice and true freedom. ’Dume ta den’gin kan’go taa keji na ba.

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  • 5 April 2015 05:11, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Talks with these cowboys is unhelpful. Equatorians must pay an eye for an eye. The system in Juba is supporting them tacitly. As long as Maulana Ambrose Ring Thiik and Tribalist Bona Malwal are still in South Sudan political landscape South Sudan will never breathe an air of justice and true freedom. ’Dume ta den’gin kan’go taa keji na ba.

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    • 5 April 2015 08:34, by Malakal county Simon

      Every where Dinkas goes, there is a chaos....... Kiir/Dinka let government has created the ongoing senseless war, tribalism, impunit, nepotism, and rampant corruptions. The mentioned words above, turned the country into a one failed State in the world........ So its time for Dinkas to give other tribes a chance as they proved that’s they are not capable to rule the Jinub Sudan!!!

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      • 5 April 2015 12:06, by Hardlinner

        Malakal county simon, Be rationale. I know u hate dinkas. But when it come to reality, cattle keepers r trouble makers. Whether be it dinka, nuer mundari, murle, toposa, lotuka or many more. These individuals don’t want to change this age old way of living. I’m one of mentioned tribes but I don’t support this old system to carry on in 21st century. Gov. Shld do something to end these practice.

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