Lawmakers in the transitional national legislative assembly have condemned the recent attack in Magwi County. According to the officials, at least 12,000 people have been displaced, 300 houses burnt in four separate incidences in Magwi and Torit West counties. They call for an immediate evacuation of Jonglei state cattle herders from the area.
They say the situation continues to deteriorate despite efforts put forward to president Salva Kiir and the two governors of Eastern Equatoria and Jonglei states to resolve the matter.
Hon. Julius Molinga is the chairperson of the Eastern Equatoria SPLM Caucus in the transitional National Assembly. He says the situation in Magwi and Torit west is futile and worrying.
‘’We members of the transitional national legislature representing the people of Eastern Equatoria state condemn in the strongest terms possible, this barbaric and acts of murder, destruction, and displacement of innocent and unarmed civilians’’ said Molinga.
He says they do not condone any act of violence, murder, destruction, and displacement that is currently happening in Eastern Equatoria. Hon. Molinga says many people who have fled their homes are currently in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
‘’The situation on the ground is futile. People are suffering if we in the towns cannot even afford to get medicines for ourselves; what about those displaced people who are suffering now. No food, no nothing. The only thing they receive is the shade of the trees.’’
They are appealing to both the state and the national government to find solutions before it runs out of control. They also call upon the government of Eastern Equatoria to track down the perpetrators of Magwi county attacks and bring them to book.