Governor Adil in Kajo-Keji to assess security status

By William Madouk

The governor of Central Equatoria State, Emmanuel Adil and delegation have jetted to Kajo-Keji to assess security status following the violence that killed 27 people on Thursday last week.

On Thursday, the commissioner of Kajo-Keji County Phanuel Dumo confirmed the sad incident that resulted into killing of more than 20 individuals in Likamerok Boma of Lire Payam at around 5:30 Am.

Upon arrival at Kajo-Keji airstrip, Adil was welcomed by the county commissioner Mr. Dumo at County office together with youths, religious leaders, security chiefs, other officials including SPLM party supporters led by the county secretariat. 

County commissioner, Dumo briefed governor Adil on the overall security status and said “the general security situation was relatively calm despite the recent horrific killing of innocent civilians in Lire Payam.

Addressing the gathering at the mass grave yard after briefing, governor Adil shared word of comfort and urged the public to remain calm assuring them of continuing government efforts to take back cattle herders.

“[Governor] assured them of the sustained Government’s efforts to reinforce the immediate return of the cattle herders into their places of origin before he returns to the State’s general headquarters,” said a statement shared in his official page.

Yesterday, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) called for swift investigations into the recent violence that killed people and left many others injured in Kajo-Keji County of Central Equatoria State.

The peace keeping mission said initial reports of deadly violence in Kajo-Keji is shocking as dozens of people died, unknown number of people were injured and 2,000 mainly women and children were displaced including 30 unaccompanied kids.

Meanwhile, the Central Equatoria State cabinet on Friday also resolved to temporarily shift state government to Kajo-Keji County due to insecurity.  

In an extraordinary meeting held on Friday, chaired by Governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony, the cabinet decided to briefly move the government to the troubled border town of Kajo-Keji to manage the uncalled-for incidences.

Governor Adil is accompanied by his state cabinet; the state Advisors for Peace and Security Affairs, Angelo Daya, Human Rights, Jennifer Yobu, and State Ministers for Local Government and Law Enforcement Agency, Jenesio Moro.

It includes; the minister of Finance, planning and investment, Viana Kakule, Peace Building, Gerald Francis, Information and Communications minister, Andruga Mabe among other government officials.

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