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Pibor MP rejects Kiir’s investigation committee

By Kitab A Unango

A member of parliament representing Pibor Administrative Area in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) has rejected the Investigation committee formed by President Salva Kiir to investigate the Inter-communal fighting in greater Jonglei.

On Tuesday President Salva Kiir issued a republican Order constituting a 13 member committee to investigate the ongoing greater Jonglei communal fighting.

The committee is chaired by the Vice President for economic cluster, Dr. James Wani Igga with the former Presidential Security Advisor Daniel Awet Akot as the deputy.

The other members of the committee included Minister of Interior Paul Mayom Akech and Daniel Obacha Ali.

Judi Jonglei said people of greater Pibor would not accept the committee because of imbalance in the representation of areas which are parts of the problem and urges President Kiir to reconstitute the committee.

He said the President should amend the committee to include five representatives  from five counties of Pibor that have borders with Dinka Bor and Lou Nuer such as Likuangle, Gumuruk, Pibor, Pertet and Buma.

“We are lucking balancing in the committee. We don’t have problem with the committee but our problem is that there is no balance in the constitution of the representation in the committee. We are requesting the President to make amendment to the committee,” Judi said.

“We cannot be represented by one person only while the rest are more. There are four Dinka members from Jonglei and two Lou Nuer and Pangak and Murle is only one. So there is no balance,” he added.

According to the order, the committee representatives were from Bor South, Duk Padiet, Dur Pauel and Twic East, Waar, Akobo and  Pibor .

The committee was tasked to investigate the inter-communal fighting and submit their findings to the President within 21 days.

Over the past days, there has been repeated cattle raiding, revenge attacks in greater Jonglei involving armed youth from greater Bor, Akobo and Pibor, claiming lives and displacing thousands of population.

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