South Sudan: Tension Remains In Jonglei State Capital, Bor!
Feb 14, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Following the announcement of defection of government allied rebel group, COBRA, which rallies Murle ethnic group to join the opposition, members of Murle tribe in Bor, Jonglei state, have expressed fear of insecurity.
The less than one thousand population has remained on high alert, exchanging phones calls, on Saturday night as government allied youth in Bor were reportedly expected to attack the official of the minority community for the decision passed in Greater Pibor to join the SPLM/SPLA [in Opposition], under the former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
According to a member of parliament in Bor, who represents one of the Murle’s constituencies, Murle sons and daughters “have had a tough night in Bor town last night”.
“From 8pm yesterday we start hearing rumors that we will be arrested or attack because Murle are defecting to rebels.” Said the Honorable who comment on condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal.
The official claims that the armed Murle sons and daughters in the army and body guards to officials in the town of Bor are approximately 800 in number, however, he believes that they had no intention to defect as alleged.
According to the official, Murle would regardless fight in self-defense if attack by the youth or government soldiers.
“We are not going any where, who said we defected, to who? Those people are lying, none of us defected but if youth or government soldiers attack us, we will fight to defend ourselves” said the official.
Two weeks ago, Murle gunmen were accused of an attack at Jalle Payam of Bor county in which five people were killed and seven others injured.
A month earlier, the minority community was also accused of being responsible for an attack in the neighboring Twic East county at Pawoi payam.
Although Salva Kiir administration has signed an agreement with the Murle-dominated rebel faction, COBRA, the two parties disagreed on the implementation process.
According to an insider in the government, the peace process with COBRA has cost the government over $ 10 millions US dollar.
The insider believes that the top three leaders of Cobra, led by David Yau Yau have received over $1.5 US dollars as bonuses, accommodation and restoration fees.
Yau Yau, however, has remained inquisitive on how members of Salva Kiir government spent millions of US dollars that were donated by Arab Emirates towards Jebel Boma project.
According to the official, Arab Emirates donated over $50 million US dollar for the re-construction of a Tourist attraction and a mega Tourist hotel that were destroyed during the recent wars in Pibor area, however, the official believes that a big chunk of such money ended up in pockets of a few individuals that include, but not limited to, president Salva Kiir and Akot Lual, who was in charge of the project.
According to the insider, Yau Yau, who was received on a “red carpet” in Juba, has remains in Juba following up on the implementation of GPAA and project Jebel Boma but to his disappointment little has been done so far.
The official believes that, due to conflicts of interests, COBRA remained loosely united for the last year, however, the army has now returned to bush as the implementations failed.
While suspicion among the ranks of COBRA has been rampant that David Yau Yau, among the top leadership, has received millions of dollars in ransom, others attest that their leader was closely monitoring the implementation of the agreement in the interest of all Murle ethnic group.
Yau Yau, however, has turned down government assignments to recruit 10, 000 youth to attack Lou-Nuer counties from his newly created GPAA.
Yau Yau is also believe to have encountered a government plan to use Greater Pibor as a launching pad to Lou-Nuer areas.
According to the commander of Greater Pibor forces, Col. Paulino Zangil, Salva Kiir’s regime intended to fit the minorities tribes against one another as a divide and rule tactic.
In his latest declaration, Zangil calls for peaceful coexistent among the neighboring tribes in Jonglei state.
“The COBRA forces and the Murle People are for peaceful coexistence with their neighboring communities (Lou Nuer, Dinka, Anuak, Toposa, etc). As such, we condemn the regime’s tactics which promote ethnic conflict between neighboring communities” Col. Zangil emphasized in his press statement.