Houses Set Ablaze In Yei

Yei River County Commissioner David Juma Augustine last month ordered banning of night movements, a move aimed at minimizing insecurity. [Gurtong | File]

Hon. Paul Youanes Bonju a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly from Yei elaborated the incident to the August House after Hon. Michael Ruot Koryom from Upper Nile States raised a motion to summon heads of security agencies to the August House.

There were no reports of causalities though properties were destroyed. 

Bonju said that on Thursday night 27 houses were set ablaze and one this last night.

“I would like to humbly appeal to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to rescue the affected people whose 28 houses were burnt,” Bonju said adding that “a committee should be send and find out the situation.”

In an exclusive interview with Gurtong, Youanes said this is the first of this kind of incident occurring in Yei though portray the magnitude of insecurity situation in the county.

“People are restless,” he said. “The motive of the assailants is not been known,” adding though the commissioner and security agents are working out efforts to arrest the assailants.”

He has warned government to be alert as this latest incident adds to exploding insecurity situation in several parts of the country particularly after the gunning down of a journalist in Juba and followed with killings in Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal State last week.

The incident happened despite several orders by the Yei County Commissioner last month. The orders included banning night movements, a move aimed at minimizing insecurity among several others.

Hon. Daniel Awet, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly chairing the sitting today ruled that, parliament will send a fact-finding team from the Security Committee to investigate the incident.

However, he had also called for area MPs to take responsibility of fact-finding in their areas in situation of such incidences. 

Bonju said according to reports the incident is an organized one.

He could not state exactly causes of insecurity currently in Yei, but stated Yei is one dense populated County in Central Equatoria State second to Juba hosting different tribes from the country.

He also pointed out that, government needs to set out exclusive security measures to curve the situation in the County including disarmament of the people over there. He said prior to the inception of the government in 2005, Yei had never been disarmed.

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