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Forceful cattle relocation resumes

By James Atem Kuir

Security forces will resume the forceful return of herders and their cattle to places of origin after the process was suspended for the festive, police said.

Late last year, security forces began driving back thousands of herds and owners to Terekeka County, Central Equatoria State after farmers in areas hosting cattle keepers complained of threats and intimidation by herders who graze their animals on the farmers’ fields.

Speaking to Juba Monitor over the weekend, Maj. Gen. Daniel Justine the national police spokesperson said arrangements to relocate back herders and their animals will resume today Monday 4th of January.

“Right away from Monday, we will start relocating cattle camps back to their areas of origin,” Gen. said.

Gen. Justin stressed that the process will help quell recent intersectional clashes among sections of Mundari community has recurring since last.

He further stressed that the intersectional violence continues to pose security threat among the communities in Central Equatoria and called for comprehensive disarmament.  

Security situation has been deteriorating among the herders from Mundari sections with tens of people having been killed in several raids and attacks often sparked by cattle theft and revenge over several months last year.

Disputes between farming communities and herders have often caused security concerns with farmers accusing the herders from Jonglei state, Terekeka County, Central Equatoria state and Lakes state for allowing their animals to destroy their crops.

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