Somali Traders Decry Rising Insecurity

Foreign Traders in South Sudan. [File]

The traders at Kapoeta town have protested at the frequent attacks, saying that just recently, five heavily armed men stole 150,000 South Sudanese Pounds fromNarus petroleum business belonging to a Somali only identified as Musa in Kapoeta town.

Traders who sought anonymity told Gurtong that armed men entered the premises in the Saturday night incident and ordered a policeman guarding the compoundto surrender his gun before tying him and ordering him to remain silent as they went for another Somali attendant.

They then forced him to lead them to the treasury where they made away with the cash before fleeing the premises.

The Somali business community in the state has however, expressed optimism that the situation will change with time.

In January this year, business at Kapoeta town came to a stand still for the better part of the day when shops remained closed as the traders were protesting the killing of a Kenyan Somali businessman at night.

However, investigations into the killing bore no fruit.

Efforts to reach the Kapoeta County Commissioner Martin LorikaLojam on the issue were futile as a call to his phone did not go through.

Kapoeta is located in Kapoeta South County, in Eastern Equatoria State, on the east bank of the Singaita River. The main road from Lokichogio, Kenya to the capital city of Juba, South Sudan, runs through Kapoeta and the town sits in a land dominated by the Toposa ethnic group.

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