Kiir directs security organs to tackle Nimule crisis

South Sudan President and head of organized forces, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit Getty photo

By Taban Henry

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has directed the security apparatus to immediately address the outstanding security situation in Nimule town of Eastern Equatoria State.

The order followed the gruesome beheading of two youth, shooting and killing of area chief at the funeral of the slain.

In the statement seen by No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper from the Presidential Facebook page directed the security apparatus to immediately address the security threat so as to return the town top normalcy. 

“The President expressed concern on the prevailing security situation in Nimule town and directed the security apparatus to address the situation with immediate effect in order to return the town to normalcy as well as bring the perpetrators responsible for the incident to book,” the security advisor said.

According to the security advisor the general security situation in the country particularly on the current security situation that has engulfed Nimule town in Eastern Equatoria state which resulted into the loss of lives and destruction of lives and destructions of properties.

The disturbing incidents of killing that happened in Mugali Payam and Nimule town of Eastern Equatoria State in the recent days sparked protest in the South Sudan’s border town of Nimule as angry mourners and youth blocked the Highway halting traffic at the busy border business hub of Nimule.

President Kiir’s directives to the security organs came on Wednesday in a meeting held between the President and the Presidential Advisor on National Security including the command of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces who briefed the President about the security situation in Nimule.

A chief was shot dead and two others injured in Nimule town Monday morning while attending a fund-raising meeting for the burial of two people who were killed in Mugali Payam in Eastern Equatoria at the Weekend, according to a community leader.  

Tako Charles who is one of the chiefs in Nimule area said the two young men – Moses Kanyiri and John were killed in cold blood in Mugali Payam by unidentified individuals on Saturday.

They had gone to the Mugali from Nimule town on Thursday to cultivate when they got killed.

The deceased relatives and community were meeting Monday Morning when misunderstanding ensued between the mourners and a stranger who appeared to take photographs.

The unnamed armed civilian reportedly became angry after he was questioned about taking photographs of the meeting.

He then went and picked a gun he was hiding nearby, and started firing randomly at the mourners, killing Chief Ebele John and wounding two others.

The incident occurred at the Malakia residential area, just about twenty meters from the main police office in Nimule center.

Chief Charles said slain 41year-old Ebele, was the Chief of Mugali where the two boys were murdered.
When contacted on the matter, the Inspector of Police in Nimule town, David Kasmiro confirmed the incident. But he said only one suspect was arrested. “He has been arrested and is now in police custody.”

In May this year, Nimule Police confirmed the murder of a veteran medical doctor who was killed in the outskirts of Nimule town. The 75-year-old doctor was found in a pool of his blood at sunset, in what police presumed as a targeted killing. So far, the perpetrator has not been brought to book.

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