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FIRED-Pibor Chief Administrator

ByWek Atak Kacjang

President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Thursday fired Greater Pibor Chief Administrator Area Joshua Konyi and replaced him with Lokuli Amu Bullen.

His sacking was announced on the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) without elaborations.

Konyi’s predicament came barely two days after a high-powered delegation led by African Union Mission in South Sudan (AUMISS),  and included the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism (R-JMEC) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) visited Pibor to access the volatile situation in the area.

The delegation later issued a statement read by AU in which  they jointly said through  said “ we are concerned that violence this year could evolve into something similar to that witnessed in the early 2020 when thousands of fighters from Dinka, Nuer, Murle communities attacked villages, killing and wounding hundreds of civilians.

The Delegation acknowledged that the current fragile situation had begun to improve gradually, the delegation called on the government together with community leaders in Greater Pibor and Jonglei, to take steps to silence the guns, address the root causes of the conflict and fulfill its responsibility to protect civilians

Earlier UNMISS reported that recurring violence in Jonglei, the Greater Pibor Administrative Area and other areas had already displaced more than 60,000 people, was crippling the food security and livelihoods of growing numbers of people.

Last month, World Food Program (WFP)reported that some 550 metric tons of food, enough to feed 33,000 insecure people for one month, were looted and destroyed in Gumuruk, Pibor in the first two weeks of May during the latest bout of violence. 
The food included cereals, pulses, cooking oil, and nutrition supplements for the treatment and prevention of malnutrition in children and women. Violence between armed groups flared up in May, displacing thousands of people and jeopardizing the ability of humanitarian agencies to support communities on the brink of famine.
In May, increased attacks between local groups had reportedly displaced nearly 9,000 people from Gumuruk and Lekuangole to Pibor town.

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