By Garang Abraham Malak, Juba-South Sudan
January 4, 2017 (SSB) — At least 100 herds of cattle have been recovered out of the 203 herds of cattle raided on December 2016 in Kejo-keji by the armed groups said to be from Bor.
In a phone interview with SSB, the commissioner Julius Lokonya of Lapari county Yei River state stated that there have been no cases of cattle raiding in Equatoria years back before the settlement of Bor youth with their cattle in region.
“But now there have been several attacks and many herds of cattle being raided especially the month of December were there youth attacked thrice, the first attack was in Moli- Boma on 7th of December followed by the second one on 9th decemeber in Kuaya River bridge road and finally the third attack was on 13th December that is in Loa” he explained
Lokonya stressed when all the herds of cattle raided are totaled the Sam rate to 203 herds of cattle initiating that it has left the owners of the herds of cattle in a very big dilemma because the herds were their wealth in term of milk, beef and business.
Julius revealed that the good part of the story is there were no casualties on side of the cattle owners because they defended themselves properly.
He cited that the state government and the Committee from Jonglei state met and all are solving the problem hoping that all the herds will be return, “without them being returned there will be more problems”.
“I met with some of the leaders like Mr. Benjamin Malek and Peter Ayuen the heads of Committee send from Jonglei state and all what we discussed was positive and good, therefore I call upon the national government to intervened in this case before its alarms to upper level” he stated
Last year President Kiir issued a decree calling upon all different types of cattle keepers/owners to return to their respective states.
Contacted on Phone by SSB, the governor of Jonglei state Phillip Aguer Panyany Juuk stated that he sent a committee led by Dr. Benjamin Malek to go and look into the issue and see how the problem/crash can be solved.
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