Opinion: Fueling inter-communal conflict in Gogrial state

By Alfred Thiik Thiik

Man at a cattle camp in Cueibet County (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

July 28th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The Governor of Gogrial State Mr. Victor Atem Atem in aid of commander of Tiger Division has secretly loaded military helicopter with millions of pounds from Juba to Gogrial state purposely for purchasing arms and ammunitions to be distributed to his community militants. The governor of  Gogrial state who is originally from Apuk is now working very hard to arm his fellow youth from his community to resume the conflict among the communities of Gogrial  State.

The helicopter which carries  millions of pounds was clandestinely flown by Maj Gen Lual Maroldit to Gogrial state on Thursday  and received in Luonyaker by Mr. Victor Atem in our presence. The money will be given to strong youths to purchase arms for self defense along the border of Northern Liech which we managed to see it though it was highly privatized.  the governor said Apuk community remains vulnerable to all risks in the border. He also mentioned that the border between Apuk, Kuac and Aguok must  be demarcated by Apuk youths in this summer.

The money were stolen from Tiger Division by Gen. Lual Wek the in charge commander and flown  to Gogrial state secretly without the knowledge of securities apparatus. Upon landing of helicopter in old luonyaker air strip, it was restricted only to few knowledgeable people and well oriented community youths to access the location of where military helicopter Landed.

The aim for the resumption of the fighting is to maintain Atem Atem in his gubernatorial seat which I don’t like personally as a youth of this area. When he was appointed by president as governor of Gogrial State at a time the fighting was ongoing, he assumed and thought that the continuation of the fighting will led the president renew the state of emergency so that he can continue ruling the state with an iron fist.

And now he wants to fuel the resumption of communal conflict so that the president gives him more powers and declare state of emergency and subsequent deployment of more forces in Gogrial state. This plan should to be told to H.E President to engage very well to this plan of Gen Lual Maroldit

The author, Alfred Thiik Thiik, is a concerned South Sudanese citizen and can be reached via alfredthiikthiik@gmail.com


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