Group Seeks Compensation For Livestock Loaned To SPLM/A

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In the statement raised by group of people in Bor, Jonglei state, some livestock were taken on loan from at least 52 people and they were promised to be paid back after SPLM/A which is struggled for the future of South Sudanese achieved its goal.

On June 1992, an order No 074/6/92 was issued by Deputy Commander in Chief, Salva Kiir Mayardit who is currently the president of South Sudan, directing the Commander of Boma to loan the private cows to feed the forces and civilians in Boma areas on condition that the owners would be compensated when South Sudan government is established.

And as the order came out, the committee was formed by Boma commander, Kuol Deim Kuol, a current SPLA retired general to prepare and sign the documents issued to the owners.

In 2007, the lending committee that loaned Boma cattle responded positively for the claims to be paid back.

In 2009, the claimers were called to submit their documents to the committee that was responsible for compensations as formed by the government in Juba.

The group is said to have lost patience with the government after eight years of peace agreement and are waiting to receive payment of their borrowed cattle taken by SPLM/A in Boma in 1992.

The SPLM/A loan of cattle came as the results of hunger and the support was to strengthen the army to fight for independence.

According to Philip Thon Nyok, each borrowed head of cattle is demanded to be running at the cost of 2,500 South Sudanese pounds as compensation from the government of the republic of South Sudan.

“These private cows, according to Nyok, were loaned to feed the SPLA forces and civilians in the Boma areas in 1992 as directed by the current president, Salva Kiir, who was by then the deputy commander in Chief of the army forces after late Dr. John Garang,” he said.

Phillip Thon Nyok, now a state Member of Parliament, by then was then SPLA 1st Lieutenant and had about 22 heads of cattle loaned to SPLA.

Thon said that the current leaders in Juba, including Minister of Information Makuei Lueth, president of the republic of South Sudan Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, late Ageer Gum and many others had some cattle among the borrowed.

The MP told Gurtong that he is put in charge of the borrowed cattle to prepare the lists of the owners and give a copy to each of person detailing the number.

He said that in 1991, the cows were escorted by SPLA from Bor to Pochalla when the SPLA bases where taken by Ethiopian army when leadership of Ethiopian president, Mengistu Haile Mariam lost power to late Meles Zenawi.

“On the way in 1992, cattle raiders and militias killed some soldiers and stole some cattle. I reached Boma with 27 soldiers and more than 1,000 private cattle. There were some private cattle inside Boma too,” Thon has said.

According to the MP, who was in charge of loaned cattle, claimers from other regions were compensated when the government in power in 2005 to 2009.

“Only people from Jonglei were not compensated, but the people in Bahr el Ghazal and other regions were given compensated”, he explained.

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