By Bida Elly David
Central Equatoria state government has vowed to apprehend the suspected cattle herders behind the recent killing along the Juba-Bor highway
In a statement seen by No.1 Citizen daily newspaper yesterday, Andruga Mabe Saverino the state minister of information said the incident has already caused panic among travelers and the population inhabiting the place.
“The government of CES confirmed the killing of an innocent civilian in the tragic event which resulted some days ago by the suspected cattle herders at Mangala Payam along Juba-Bor road. This un-recalled-for ferocious incident has claimed life and has caused extreme panic and alarming fears especially among the travelers who frequent that road so vitally in accessing all life amenities,”
Andruga said the on-going attacks by cattle herders especially the recent incident has already planted insecurity to the Country especially Central Equatoria State in particular noting that the state government won’t desist their exercise of hunting of wrong elements jeopardizing security of its citizens.
“The same has caused serious insecurity, displacement and severe horror to the state and the Country as whole. The governor has called on tranquility to be maintained as he already dispatched a high level committee to find solution which shall diffuse the conflict on the ground so that calm and stability are restored to the affected communities there,” he said
Central Equatoria state government condemned the barbaric act by the suspected cattle herders and vowed to fish them for immediate legal measures.
“It is indeed unfortunate to be greeted with such horrific news at the time when the travels along this important road connecting Juba, the national capital with Bor the capital of Jonglei State is smoothly operating with encouraging the masses to carry out some lucrative inter-state businesses which are pivotal tools towards building peace and cohesion between the two sisterly states” Andruga noted.
According to the report from Samuel Ateny, the commissioner of Bor County, four civilians were killed and three others wounded contradicting the statement issued by the Central Equatoria State government.
The suspected cattle herders according to Samuel were believed to have been Mundari from Terekeka County noting that he confirmed with Terkeka County commissioner but measures to investigate the incident remain undefined until the suspects are proven guilty by law.