investigation team asks Machi community to end fighting

The minister of Peacebuilding in Eastern Equatoria State has urged the Machi Community of Kapoeta South County to remain calm and allow the government to investigate into the revenge killings in the area.

“I was sent to Kapoeta South with MPs of this area to come and talk to you – to inform you the Machi people that do not continue fighting because the government will handle this case,” Marko Lokidor said.

He made the remarks on Tuesday morning during the visit of a team tasked with finding the root causes of the revenge killings.

Last week, about 10 people lost their lives due to the intercommunal conflict between the two communities of Kapoeta South and Budi.

Set up by Governor Louis Lobong, the two separate committees comprising of state members of parliament, held meetings with the Buya and Toposa community representatives this morning.

“We are going to compile two separate reports – that of Buya and Toposa – and then hand over copies to the council of ministers and the state parliament because the government itself wants to address this case,” Marko Lokidor told the gathering on Tuesday.

The committees are expected to compile and submit their findings within seven days.

Some of the victims of the intercommunal fighting include women and children, some of whom were attacked and killed while mining gold at various sites. Others got killed on their farms.