Three Commissioners and Minister arrested over Warrap’s violence

Three Commissioners from Warrap State of Twic, Rumamer and Alal Counties and Minister of Physical Infrastructure of Abyei Administrative Area have allegedly been arrested in Juba for instigating violence in the State.

The four officials have been accused for taking part in the mobilization of youth of Abyei and Twic to renew violent clashes which have constituted violations of cessation of the hostility agreement.

The Aneet investigation committee which was formed by President Salva Kiir has confirmed the confinement of the four officials who are being accused.

“The committee notices a dismay that state government officials of Abyei Administrative Area and Twic County in Warrap State are involved in mobilization of youth that led to resumption of the conflict instead of implementing the CoH in their capacity as local government authorities,” statement stated.

“The committee has decided to temporarily confine the following leaders in Juba to contain the fighting and rescue the lives of people and properties,” it added.

The leaders confined include Minister of Physical Infrastructure of ASSA, Mayot Kuinit, Commissioner of Twic County, Eng Deng Tong Goc, Commissioner of Rumamer County, Chol Pur and Commissioner of Alal County of Abyei Administrative Area, Akuei Akoon Wel.

The statement added that the officials being confined shall remain in confinement until the situation is resolved.

Dhieu Mathok Diing, the Minister of Investment who doubled as Secretary for the Investigation Committee warned that, “whoever is found to be part of instigation of violence between Twic and Abyei would be held accountable”.

On 10 February 2022, violence broke out between Twic and Abyei armed youth in Aneet over land ownership.

Dozens of people from both sides have been killed and others wounded. Thousands of civilians have reportedly been displaced to areas under Twic county and others have moved to Abyei Town.

On 4th April, the cessation of hostility agreement was signed.

Some weeks later, both authorities of Twic and Abyei accused one another of violating the CoH. The serious clashes resumed in Malual, Aleu, Athony and others starting on the 8th of May until today.

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