April 3, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Two Madi chiefs, John Amba Modi, the head chief of Kerepi Payam and his counterpart, Boma chief, Oyuru Mundala of Moli-Andru Boma, were arrested this morning by government soldiers.
Three army land cruiser full of soldiers carrying AK47, Automatic weapons(PKM) and RPG raided the Boma of Moli- Andru in the early hour of the morning and picked up the chief. On their way back, the soldiers also picked up the head chief of Kerepi Payam.
In Kerepi, while arresting the head chief, they collected all the phones of family members and neighbors and also arrested Idro Emilio, a government officer who got mad while in frontline and sent home for treatment.
They alleged that the two chiefs were hosting Maj. Gen. Martin Kenyi in recent days and they must declare his hideout.
After three hours of intensive interrogations and intimidation, the chief were transferred to Nimule barrack for further fatal interrogation. Their specific whereabouts and their condition remain uncertain.
Till now the situation remains tense as soldiers are paroling the Payams.
Reliable sources in the area, however, revealed that the two chiefs were not arrested for hosting Martin Kenyi but because of a meeting, organized by Dinka Elders, which the Madi chiefs attended in Nimule.
In the meeting, the Dinka elders presented three proposals to be signed by Madi chiefs:
- Allocation of land for settlement.
- Allowing free grazing of their cattle in Madi land.
- Appointment of Dupty Area Administrator for Pageri from Dinka community to represent them.
The two well-known vocal chiefs told the Dinka elders that they cannot sign the paper, suggesting that the Dinka elders should travel all the four Payams of Pageri Administrative Area to consult the host communities on their proposals.
The counter argument presented by the Madi Chiefs was not accepted by the Dinka Elders, ending the meeting without any break through.
Other reliable sources from Nimule confirmed that the Dinka elders held a follow-up meeting the following day, in which they reached the conclusion that the Madi Chief must be arrested and intimidated before another meeting is called.