June 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–Calm has returned to the UNMISS POC camps, as the Nuer communities agreed, on the evening of June 7, 2020 to stop three days of inter-communal violence that left more than 170 people critically injured.
“The problem has been resolved amicably and the rival communities were celebrating upon their return to the POC sites,” said Daniel Gatjang, one of the internally displaced persons.
This afternoon, the Transitional Government of National Unity sent a security team headed by 1st Lt. Gen. Gabriel Duop Lam, Michael Changiek Gey in an effort to quell the communal tensions between the Nuer communities.
Since the outbreak of violence in 2013, thousands of Nuer communities have taken refuge in the camps run by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
April 20, 2020 (Thessherald)–A senior official of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO, Duer Tut Duer has criticized Nuer communities for involving in the movement’s politics and internal affairs by condemning those who recently defected to the government.
In a statement he posted on his social media account, Hon. Duer faulted Nuer communities for their deep involvement in politics more than community issues.
“SPLM-IO is not a communal organization. Defections from the SPLM-IO should be condemned by the SPLM-IO Leadership and not by Communities or by Community Leaders.”
He stressed that the latest defections of the SPLM-IO members should have been condemned by the leadership and not by local communities or elders.
“The Secretary General and the Spokesperson of the SPLM-IO are the ones to condemn the defections after consultation with the Chairman.”
Duer stated that recent rifts between senior officials were caused by elders’ involvement in the internal affairs of the movement.
“Nuer Communities are neither behind the wrong unilateral decisions which cause the defections, nor behind the defections of the SPLM-IO members.”
“Let us not try to create divisions amongst Nuer Communities by involving them in the inernal political differences within the Movement. Let us play our political games in the political play ground and not in the Nuer Community.”
“Although I doubt, let us hope there will be no more defections after the appointment of the State Governors and the Members of the Transitional National Assembly and the Council of States,” Duer concluded.