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Update: Cabinet directs Unity State, Ruweng to end fresh cross-border violence

Author: Baria Johnson | Published: Saturday, June 22, 2024

Armed youth in show of weaponry. | Courtesy

The National Cabinet on Friday directed the governors of Unity State and the Chief of the Ruweng administrative Area to address fresh incidents of cattle-related conflicts involving armed bandits across their borders.

The decision came after Vice President Taban Deng raised concern following the cattle-related violence in Ruweng and Unity State.

Deputy Information Minister Jacob Korok says the cabinet has learned about reports of mobilization among the youth in the area.

“His excellency Taban Deng, the chairperson of the Infrastructure cluster, raised the issue of cattle raid between Ruweng and Unity State,” Korok said in a press briefing on Friday.

“The cattle raiding happened two weeks ago from Unity State to Ruweng, and now there is a mobilization maybe from the youth in Unity State to revenge. The advice given by the council to the two governors is to pursue peaceful solutions.”

Korok said two governors Tiop De Muonyluak and Riek Bim have been advised to contain the situation peacefully.

“The conclusion was that the council urged the two governors to contain the situations and seek peaceful solutions between the two neighbouring tribes of the two states.”

Editor’s Note: Correction to News Story Titled “Cabinet Directs Unity, Lakes Governors to End Fresh Cross-Border Violence” In the news story titled “Cabinet Directs Unity, Lakes Governors to end fresh cross-border violence,” there has been a correction. Initially, Deputy Minister of Information Jacob Karok stated that the National Cabinet had directed the governors of Lakes and Unity States to address recent incidents of cattle-related conflicts involving armed bandits along their borders. However, according to the deputy minister, he was wrong. The directive was aimed at the governor of Unity State and the chief of Ruweng Administrative Area, not the governors of Unity and Lakes States.

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