Chagor orders probe on revenge killings

Chagor orders probe on revenge killings
Deenay Jock Chagor, Jonglei State Governor (photo credit: courtesy)

Jonglei State Governor Denay Jock Chagor has ordered security forces to investigate the killing of seven traders in Anyidi.

He condemned the killing and described it as an inhumane, brutal, and cowardly act.

Jock directed all the Bor chiefs to stop any activity that could sabotage peace between Jonglei State and the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA).

In an interview with The City Review, the Spokesperson of Deputy Governor of Jonglei State, Philip Maluak Deng, said the situation was contained and that Jonglei citizens in GPAA were secured by the United Nations.

On Saturday, seven people from the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) were murdered in a revenge attack. The heinous act was a retaliation for the killing of two people who were travelling to Anyidi on a motorbike.

“For its inhumane, brutal, and cowardice act, the government of Jonglei State is therefore dismayed and shocked by such a callous and unfortunate act by our youth,” the statement read in part.

“We strongly condemn this. In my capacity as Governor and Head of Security Committee in the state, I, therefore, order all the security forces to thoroughly investigate those who are indirectly or directly behind this cruel incident and quickly bring them to book as soon as possible so that justice is served.”

Nine lives were saved

The state Deputy Governor Antipas Nyok Kucha revealed in a separate statement that there were nine more people who were rescued from a potential attack.

He urged the youth in Jonglei State to desist from revenge attacks.

“Revenge attacks will not offer a lasting solution,” read part of the statement.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Bor Town, including some individuals from Anyidi Payam, who spared the lives of nine people from Murle who were also at risk of being killed.” “They were saved and handed over to police authorities for final protection…that’s the traditional spirit we always cherish,” the statement from the deputy governor read.

Antipas said since the signing of the Pieri Peace Agreement in March, the total number of people killed had exceeded 70 apart from cases of children abducted and cattle raided.

He called for peace to prevail, adding “we will continue to engage our brothers from GPAA to find a lasting solution and bring peace between our communities since we have no substitute to peace.”

Call for peace

The Deputy Chief Administrator of the Greater Pibor Administrative Area on Friday dismissed allegations of a possible attack.

“The government of Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) will continue engaging youth for the durable peace between these two sisterly states and beyond.”

 “GPAA youth call on the GPAA government, and Jonglei State government to intervene in the current situation,” read a statement from GPAA youth.

Increased instability

According to the Executive Director of Intrepid South Sudan (ISS), Bol Deng Bol, the organisation has recorded 20 incidences of ambushes, child abductions, cattle raids, and traces of intruders within November alone.

He said that fear was looming as it was not known which area could be attacked next and he called for night patrols to beef up security.

The activist called on Chagor to answer positively to the call for peace from the Greater Pibor Administrative Area Chief Administrator, Lokole Ameh.

“…please, respond to the call of your counterpart, Mr Lokole Amee, the Chief Administrator of GPAA. He believes that the resolutions of the recent peace negotiations in Jonglei can mitigate the insecurity surge between GPAA and JS,” he said.

President’s call

Early this month, President Salva Kiir directed the youth of Jonglei State to refrain from communal conflict and embrace.

This was in his meeting with Governor Chagor who briefed him about the security situation in the state which the governor said was calm.

 “H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit urged the youth of Jonglei State to get involved in peace activities that would contribute to the stability of the state and its neighbours,” read the statement from the office of the President.