By Akol Madut Ngong
Calm is returning slowly to the conflict hit Western Equatoria State. In the past few days, markets have resumed normally and there are no much reported incidences of fighting.
The Information Minister of Western Equatoria State, William Baiki said the security situation in the State especially Tombura County has returned to normalcy as more South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF) have been deployed to deter any emerging conflict.
“The environment, the lives of the citizens have been restored to normal as the citizens had returned to their normal activities, markets are working as usual, no more ambushing again” he said.
“The SPLM-IO forces have been relocated to cantonment site for training of unified forces based on the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan” he added.
The minister appealed to the youth of Western Equatoria and South Sudan in general to maintain the revitalized peace agreement to build a better nation for the future generation to come.
In the last few months, Tombura County of Western Equatoria had experienced one of the worst gun violence in recent years that have claimed more than 200 people and over 40,000 others displaced. Lately, four armed groups have been accused of instigating the violence in Tombura.