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S. Sudan’s presidential cattle arrive in Bahr el Ghazal region


May 6, 2015 (JUBA) – About 3,000 heads of cattle belonging to the South Sudanese president Salva Kiir have arrived in Western Bahr el Ghazal state on Tuesday on their way to their last destination of Warrap state.

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Cattle from Warrap State moves north, as floods hit their grazing area (File photo/UN)

President Kiir last month issued a presidential order directing the evacuation of the cattle from Central Equatoria state after local farmers complained that the animals were destroying their crops.

The cattle were transported from Central Equatoria state to Bahr el Ghazal region, particularly to the president’s home state of Warrap using trucks guarded by heavy armed soldiers.

The presidential move to evacuate his cattle from Central Equatoria state, seat of his government, came a month after issuing a decree ordering cattle keepers to leave Central Equatoria state.

Agricultural farmers from the host state had been in a difficult situation with cattle keepers over land grazing.

Residents from Western Bahr el Ghazal state of Jur River county inhabited by Jur-chol community, claimed that the president’s cattle were denied right of settlement in Atur village of Wadho-Lelo payam after the state government failed to convince the local residents.

The local communities claimed hosting such a large number of cattle will be a threat to their crops.


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  • 7 May 2015 07:39, by Ayuen deng

    Good move but when are cattle from Jonglei coming home ????or do they have constitutional right to graze over a agricultural products. the issue of security and disease should not be an excuse of not coming home,because for how long will you be a voiding your motherland????????

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    • 7 May 2015 07:50, by Eastern

      Ayuen Deng, good question and observation. Cattle from Jonglei are still strewn all over Equatoria. Time for them to go home is long over due.

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  • 7 May 2015 08:09, by Simpleman

    Oh God the highly flammable corruption is till on its heat, transporting your own cattle with the Government Vehicles, Fuel and Army. How about those who don’t weigh the presidential kg transport their own?

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    • 7 May 2015 14:16, by Redeemer

      When you choose to be negative you will remain negative even to your own life. what was witnessed here was cows in commercial trucks not government vehicles as you said

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  • 7 May 2015 08:26, by Knight In Shining Armor

    The government in Jubais cattle camp government so, what do you expect?

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  • 7 May 2015 14:15, by lino

    A president owning cattle?

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    • 7 May 2015 14:47, by Redeemer

      What is wrong with the President owning cattle? they are just assets. what is your surprise is all about? or you are lacking what to say.

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      • 7 May 2015 19:26, by Joseph Canada

        The president cows who belongs to every tribe who own cows in South Sudan, including those contributed by the Eastern Eq. Govt to help those army in Heglig, the Agoro trade, The Murle Cows and the Nuer Cows. He didnt come from Lake state with Cows but he’s sending Cows with well Armed Military Equpments. Now some are saying its a negativity to comment on this. what a greed & tribal support!

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        • 7 May 2015 19:31, by Joseph Canada

          To those Robbers and tribal supporters of Greed and nepotism, this is a normal thing. While those in a national cry see it as a wrong thing to do. President Uhuru Kenyatta is a Kikuyu and did not bring his father’s cows from Kirinyaga to Nairobi. Moi did not bring his Cows from Kabarak to Nairobi. So does Museveni and the rest. even the Somali president. The nation is led by o do not know what..

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  • 7 May 2015 17:34, by Hardlinner

    Is kiir keeping his cattle for comercial purposes or for pride?. If he is keeping them for pride then he is a fool. People choice to livin the cities and yet don’t want to relinquish this age old tradition.

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