WES probes killing of mayor’s father

WES probes killing of mayor’s father

Western Equatoria State government has said the security organs have launched investigations into the attack that led to the murder of the father of Yambio Town Mayor, John Singira.

Last Friday, unknown gunmen attacked the residence of Mayor John Singira’s father in Sakure Payam of Yambio County and killed him.

The State Minister of Information and Communication William Adriano Baiki said one woman was also killed and another wounded in the same attack.

He said the injured woman was receiving treatment at the health unit.

 “The motives and identities of the attackers were yet to be ascertained. The CID is trying their best to identify those who committed such a barbaric act and bring them to face justice,” said Baiki.

He said the deceased survived an attack at his son’s (Singira) residence in Yambio town in August that prompted his relocation to the village in Sakure Payam, Tambio Town.

Investigation launched

“We believe that the same people who attacked the house of the mayor last month are the ones who followed his father in the village. So, the investigation is ongoing,” he said.

Despite the relative calm in Yambio and its surrounding villages, the town has been witnessing targeted attacks on state government officials over the past two months.

On September 16, the house of Yambio Commissioner Hussen Enoka was attacked by unknown armed individuals.

Another incident happened in July where the bodyguard of the state Minister of Health was killed in an attack at his residence.  No arrest has been made.

“I want to urge the citizens especially the perpetrators of this kind of attacks to cease hostility and embrace peace. We should utilize this time to develop our country,” said Baiki.

However, Baiki said the calm was gradually returning to Tombura County where recent inter-communal clashes have displaced over 80, 000 people most of whom are women, children, and elderly people.