Two people killed and one wounded in Bor attack

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[Juba, South Sudan] Two people have been killed and another one is nursing wounds after suspected cattle raiders attacked the village of Kolnyang Payam of Bor County in Jonglei State late last week.

The attackers are believed to have come from Pibor and made away with more than one hundred head of cattle, confirmed by County Commissioner of Bor.

Speaking to media from state capital, the County Commissioner of Bor, Mr. Isaac Mamer Ruk, said the matter has been brought to the attention of David Yau Yau, Greater Pibor Chief Administrator.  “On 31 August 2015 at 2:45 pm, raiders suspected to be Murle criminals attacked Kolnyang Payam, a village called Bangasorot. Two from the side of the raiders were killed and one from our side wounded”, said Ruk.

The County Commissioner added that the youth of the area, SPLA and police pursued the raiders and recovered 90 heads of cattle,

In peace related development, South Sudan’s parliamentary Chief Whip, Tulio Odongi Ayaho, urged citizens to support a peace deal signed by President Salva Kiir last week, intended to end 20 months of conflict that began in December 2013.

Odongi told media in Parliament building on Tuesday that people should rally behind President Kiir in implementing the agreement saying “the peace agreement will be implemented by the government; it will be implemented also by the people. Everybody has yearned for peace because the war we had really strained our livelihood, but now peace is attained”.

Odongi added, “I appreciated one speaker who said one time in Upper Nile that anybody who does not support peace must ‘be a devil’”.

On issues related to country’s economy, the Chief Whip also said that the country’s economy has been at stake due to war, as the South Sudanese pound has been devalued. He said as parliament the consultations are underway between the Central Bank and the Ministry of finance to find ways of narrowing the gap between pounds and the hard currency in the black market.

“Peace will revitalize the oil sector and we shall have revenue coming from the oil,” he stated. “We shall also see that businesses are operational – especially small and medium class businesses shall be operational and we shall get taxes. You know what is happening in our markets, we have got the official rate at 2.96, and the parallel rate has been running from 4, 5, 6, 10, and 17 which is totally unfortunate.”

The inflation has skyrocket in few months since the conflict begun. South Sudanese pounds use to be strong against US dollar and other currencies, but the war has badly affected the country’s economy.


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