Local youth accused of raiding cattle
By Chany Ninrew
Some local armed youth have been accused of raiding Misseriya cattle in Unity State, John Kang Bol the Acting Director General at the State Ministry of Information told Juba Monitor through phone interview yesterday.
The Misseriya nomads who had reportedly crossed into South Sudan in search for pasture are being hosted in Pan Akuach near the border.
“On Thursday, the local youth believed to be from Unity State raided Misseriya tribe who has camped in Pan Akuach. The army tried to intercept them but they staged a fierce resistance forcing the army to let them go but we are now pursuing them and hopefully we will get the cows back to their rightful owners,” he said.
Kang said he had not yet obtained details of the numbers of the cattle raided and the casualties in either the alleged clashes during the raid or with the police.
Meanwhile, the youth leader of Rubkona county, Magok Maluit has speculated that the army has successfully confiscated the cows from the youth.
“The youth who raided the cattle are not yet known, they raided the cattle at the border town of Pan Akuach but on seeing the army, they ran away and left the cattle,” Maluit said.
He also claimed that an army commander who intercepted the cows told him that the raiders did not fight back, thus dismissing Kang’s report of clashes with the security forces.
However, efforts to reach the Misseriya herders for comments were not successful.
The incident involving Misseriya herders and Bentiu youth is the first of its kind in recent months after governments of the sisterly county have scaled up several efforts to mend bilateral relations that would pave way for free trade and unhindered movement of civilians.
In 2019, there were reports of conflict over resources between the Ngok Dinka of Abyei and Malual Dinka of Aweil against the armed Misseriya pastoralists at the Western borders with Sudan.
In November 2020, the government of South Sudan paid nearly $200,000 to the government of Sudan as blood compensation for the killing of a dozen Sudanese Misseriya tribesmen in West Kordofan.
This was after the Misseriya traditional leaders reportedly paid 6.7 million South Sudan Pounds for the killing of three Dinka Malual in Aweil East of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State.