State committee in Tonj to investigate recent clashes

State committee in Tonj to investigate recent clashes
State Minister of Information of Warrap State, Ring Deng Ading (photo credit: courtesy)

Warrap State government has dispersed a committee to Tonj East County to investigate the recent inter-communal clashes that left 23 people dead and 37 injured.

The team is already in the area and is expected to complete the mission within seven days.

This comes after Governor Aleu Ayieny Aleu formed a committee to probe the recent clashes in Tonj East County in a bid to end the recurring conflict.

Speaking to The City Review yesterday, the Minister of Information of Warrap State, Ring Deng Ading said the committee will engage the communities in discussing how to realise lasting peace.

“They will be there for two weeks and the state government delegation under the governor will go after this committee brings back the findings over the recent fighting that erupted last week,” Deng told The City Review in a telephone.

“They are going to meet the communities and try to bring them together before the governor goes to meet them. The situation is calm since last week. There has not been an act of revenge and or attack because we have [managed] to persuade them to avoid the revenge,” he added.

The team landed in Marialong on Sunday and after that, some of the members proceeded to Romik and   Kacat where they will spend two weeks, Deng said.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan recently revealed that cattle-related killing and revenge attacks remain the biggest source of insecurity challenges in some parts of the country.

In August 2021, similar clashes happened in Romathieng, where they involved communities residing in Tonj East County, Tonj North County and those within a section of the Thiik community of Tonj East. According to an August 2021 report by the State Minister of Information Ring Deng Ading in August, the fight left 31 people dead and 29 others wounded.

Warrap State government described the situation in Tonj as unpredictable as fighting escalated. The government decided to prioritise disarmament but later realised that the primary solution was dialogue as disarmament remained a long-term plan.

Two months later fierce fighting broke out in the same area in Romathieng village, leaving 35 people dead and 80 wounded.