April 28, 2020 (Thessherald)–A group of lawmakers representing Central and Eastern Equatoria states in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly have filed a petition asking President Salva Kiir to take measures against the growing number of roaming cattle in the Equatoria region.
In 2015, South Sudanese president Salva Kiir ordered the evacuation and return of cattle keepers roaming in Central and Western Equatoria states to their home areas following concerns from agricultural farmers in both areas over the destruction of crops by cattle.
In a presidential order announced on on the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC), Kiir warned both the Dinka and Mundari cattle keepers to return to their places of origin with immediate effect, however the orders have been defied by the cattle herders.
This development comes following earlier reports that about twelve lorries ferrying cattle arrived in Magwi and Lobonok and three children were reportedly kidnapped by unidentified armed cattle keepers.
On Monday, a number of residents of Lobonok lodged complaints against cattle keepers, asking the government to relocate them to other grazing areas in the country.
“This issue needs urgent intervention from the government, the cattle herders should be relocated to another area which can be far from us here. They have been destroying crops,” said a community leader identified as Joseph Wani.