Calm returns to Ikotos County after clashes

By Ijoo Bosco

The situation in Ikotos County has returned to normalcy as schools, business centers and other social amenities have reopened after fears gripped the area last week following tensions.

On Tuesday, the Commissioner of Ikotos County held a public rally with the majority who fled their homes and were back to create confidence in the area.

The Minister of Information and State government’s spokesperson Patrick Oting Cyprian spoke to the State radio after extra ordinary council of ministers No.16/2022 sitting assuring that the whole state is enjoying peace and stability despite few incidences that occurred in some areas.

The 16th extra ordinary council of ministers meeting discussed three Agenda mainly Security update of the week, Review of the previous minutes, Reports on 11th anniversary of independence in Magwi which they all agreed to hold in the next anniversary in Riwoto of Kapoeta north in regards to the rotational basis.

Minister Oting spoke to the State-run radio “Voice of Eastern Equatoria” Chief News Editor Kabaka Quintous Leone about the return of peace in Ikotos town.

“Yeah, calm has returned to Ikotos as business resumes normally, schools and markets are operating normally and the displaced communities have started returning back,” Oting told the State radio in Torit.

He also added that, the forces sent on the ground are doing all the duties diligently in maintaining peace in the county this he noted has given hope to the displaced citizens.

The State government spokesperson stressed that it was a misunderstanding between the youth and the army in a drinking joint that sparked the shooting in the area leading to the death of four people in the area.

Jannet Achaya, a resident in Ikotos however said people still fear the unknown threats being posed by the patrolling armed forces in the area.

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