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South Sudan parliament forms investigation team over Maridi fighting

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June 10 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s national legislative assembly on Wednesday announced formation of a high level parliamentary committee to travel to Maridi county in Western Equatoria state to investigate the cause of recent fighting which resulted the death of at least nine people.

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South Sudanese MPs stand during a parliamentary session in Juba on August 31, 2011 (AFP)

Fighting occurred in the town on Monday between armed Dinka pastoralists and suspected local youth in the area.

Several others, mostly armed civilians have also sustained injuries resulting from the clashes, forcing people to flee their homes into the bush in search of safety. The violence also affected commercial activities as markets and schools ceased to operate in fear of being caught up in the skirmishes.

The speaker of the national legislative assembly, Magok Rundial announced that the house had formed a committee to travel to the state to take peace message from the leadership of the house to the citizens and called upon all the aggrieved parties to restraint from pursuing violent behaviours as a means to drawing attention of the authorities to any matter of concern.

“The parliament has formed a committee to travel to Maridi and meet with the people there. The members of the committee will be taking to the citizens and those involved in what caused this situation the message of peace and harmony from the leadership of the assembly,” speaker Rundial said.

“On behalf of the assembly, I appeal to our people in Western Equatoria, particularly people of Maridi to remain calm and desist from violent behaviours and work together with the government to bring peace and stability,” he said.

Head of parliamentary caucus in Western Equatoria, Pasquale Clement Batali, told media that several people with no connections to the incident have been arrested by security personnel.

“Some people who have no connections have been arrested. We are talking to their families and relatives to remain claim and show restraint,” Batali said.

“We are also talking to the security personnel in the county to see into [it] that these people are not mishandled. We want the issue to be addressed peacefully so that the situation returns to normal,” he said.

He added that the state authorities did not want the situation to go out of control.

(ST)

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  • 11 June 2015 06:34, by Joseph Canada

    I suggest that the parliament to send NON-DINKA and those who are Used by the Govt. as perpatrators to the investigation. The true and trusted tribes lie Equatorians , Murle and Anyuak.

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    • 11 June 2015 11:29, by Lango2010

      Joseph
      because of your negative Attitude, peace will never prevail in South Sudan. if you think non Dinka but not Dinka to share in the Investigation how it work. do you think the Dinka too will trust that committee? if you take the example you gave "Equatorians, Murle and Anyuak" the represent two regions, what about Bahr el Ghazal region.

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      • 11 June 2015 11:34, by Lango2010

        if you need better solution always take out the tribal mind of tribes and tribes but Nation as a whole. All the 64 plus tribes of South Sudan are one people and one Nation. my tribe is a small tribes among the tribes of South Sudan but I am Living peacefully with my neighbours always. others need to learn from us.

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        • 11 June 2015 17:01, by Kerem

          Lango

          You are absolutely right. This issue of saying Dinka, Nuer, Shilluk, Moro, bari, and so on and so forth will never help us. No any tribe can prosper without others. No single tribe can rule, develop the whole of South sudan but a collective responsibility. My tribe is big but I do not think like others and I do not care about the size of my tribe because it has nothing to bring to me

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  • 11 June 2015 22:01, by Mr Point

    Did the Parliament investigate the mass murder of civilians in Juba December 15 2013?

    Did they attempt to find who was responsible for the atrocity that started the civil war?

    If not, why not?

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