JUBA – Local authorities in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state are warning local communities against incitement of intercommunal violence after several series of fighting among communities in the state that hosts the country’s capital.
On 30 December 2020, a fierce communal violence in Terekeka County left at least 50 people dead, while another in Lainya county between cattle keepers left over ten (10) people dead.
The Secretary General of Pojulu community, Alex Lemi, condemned the communal attack and called on the state governor to hold criminals behind the conflict accountable.
“The Pojulu community under the chairmanship, Martin Elia Lomuro has condemns this inhumane behavior in the strongest term possible and calls for immediate arrest of the perpetrators and face legal justices accordingly,” Lemi
Lemi called on the Mundari cattle herders to desist from bringing their cattle to Lainya County.
“I am calling on the two sections of the Mundari community who are indulging into sectional fights with each other to immediately cease and address their grievances in an orderly manner,” he said.
He appealed to cattle herders from Terekeka to refrain from raising cattle among themselves in Pojulu land.
For his part, Governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony vowed to bring the perpetrators of the crimes to book.
“I affirmed to you my administration’s efforts towards arresting the situation and bringing the perpetrators to face the full force of the law as his security apparatus are pursuing the perpetrators,” Adil said.