Peace Advisor Urges State To Compensate Mapel Cattle Owners

Western Bahr el Ghazal State Peace and Reconciliation Advisor, Efisio Kon Uguak said that the cattle raids occurred in Mapel where six people were killed and two others sustained injuries. [Gurtong | File]

Efisio Kon Uguak said that the cattle raids occurred in Mapel where six people were killed and two others sustained injuries.

“ We never raided anyone’s cattle since the beginning of our lives as Luo people in Western Bahr el Ghazal state and in South Sudan at large, therefore, why should Lake State subject our people to such offenses?,” he asked.

He said that he did not want to incite for violence and would want the residents to live in harmony as neighbours and prevent any revenge attacks.

He said that the Lake State government should take responsibility and offer compensation and should prevent the extension of raids to other states like Warrap, Unity and Western Bahr el Ghazal.

Six people were killed in Mapel during cattle raids at Mapel town led by suspected pastoralists from Lakes State.

More than 40 heavily armed youth suspected to be from Lake State raided cattle from Madhuny village at Alur Payam and some of the raided cattle belonged to Warrap state cattle keepers who were searching for pasture in Mapel.

The issue of cattle raids remains a top challenge facing the new nation putting the entire population to blame government for failing to curb raids especially during the dry season.

Warrap State governor Nyandeng Malek threatened to take the issue of cattle raiders mainly from Lake State as her top priority in accordance to their last month meeting with Lake State counterpart Chol Tong Mayia in Juba.

Since last year, the cattle raiders from Lake State of Cuiebet County have been targeting Tonj South County and some western parts neighbouring Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

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