April 4, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from Juba confirmed that Mundari Youth raided Jopa village on the outskirts of Juba yesterday, killing one person and burning down several tukuls in the area.
According to the Commissioner of Juba County, the attack might have been carried out by disgruntled cattle raiders from Mundari.
The residents have confirmed that a police force, which was dispatched from Juba, has arrived at the scene but the raiders have already left the village.
Another reliable source from Juba, Arkanjolo Lado, who briefed our editorial team on phone, alleges that the youth are threatening to attack Juba and its outskirts any time soon.
“they will go inside Juba anytime from now even up to J1… they can enter Juba through Gudele, Koryjek, Bilpham, Gumbo, Kor William or Jebel Lado” Arkanjolo said.
“they have armed gunmen in the outskirts all around Juba and they will soon be shutting down Juba to Bor road and will not allow any river movement” he added.
According to Stephen Wani, who spoke on Eye Radio, the grievances of cattle keepers must be addressed to prevent further chaos in and around Juba.
“The group of people came and started shooting, looting and burning down the community houses and so on. This phenomenon of our cattle keepers is something that needs to be addressed. If it is not addressed, these cattle keepers will continue to destabilize the people.” Wani reiterates.
The Mundari youth have also claimed responsibility of having attacked a boat on the River Nile on its way to Bor two days ago, killing 8 traders and diverting the boat to undisclosed location.
Although attempts to reach the suspects failed to obtain their account, Arkanjolo Lado and other observers believe that the attackers are raising two major grievances:
- Extension of Central Equatoria Governor’s term.
- SPLA-Juba attacked Mundari cattle camps on behalves of certain tribes.
The Mundari Chiefs have accused the government troops of raiding their cattle camps and stealing their cattle, an allegation that was aired earlier last month by the Central Equatoria Governor, Wani Konga.
Governor Konga warned last month that the youth might take up arms in self-defense if attacked or raided by the SPLA.
The host community has also accused the SPLA of not being neutral in conflict resolutions between the Mundari and internally displaced cattle keepers from Dinka tribe in their area.
The community is also aggrieved and accused members of Salva Kiir government of conspiring against extending the term of Central Equatoria State Governor, Clement Wani Konga.
After the national parliament controversially extended the presidential term of Salva Kiir and his government, many governors have convened their parliaments to extend their terms.
Two Equatorian governors, Clement Wani Konga and his counterpart, Joseph Bakosoro, the governor of Western Equatoria State, have reportedly failed to get their terms extended.
While Governor Konga was elected on SPLM ticket in 2010, Gen. Bakosoro won an election as an independent candidate in his state but the SPLM has an upper hand in the parliament.