Disappointed Torit Commissioner demands an end to Hiyala violence

Torit County Commissioner has cautioned communities in Hiyala Payam against engaging in communal violence and revenge killings.

Over the weekend, reports of clashes between armed youths from Oguruny and Iloli, following the killing of a cattle keeper from Iloli.

The youths from Iloli reportedly carried out an attack on Oguruny leading to the killing of 4 people.

Commissioner Jacob Attari urged the youths to desist from violence.

He told Singaita 88.3 FM that they are shocked by the incident because both communities signed a peace agreement in Hiyala on 27th July 2022.

“As the government, we are disappointed [because] this communities committed themselves to peace, but after they committed themselves to it, they violated the signed agreement by killing and cattle raiding,” Attari stated.

The Commissioner said no one has been arrested, but investigations are ongoing.

“My message to the communities is that; they should uphold peace, the 2 villages are supposed to hand over the criminals who have actually broken the peace deal signed last time…we are working together to make sure we arrest the situation.”

He urges the community leaders and residents to support the authorities in identifying the perpetrators of the violence.