From: ANDREW OLWENY, Nimule, South Sudan, DEC/29/2014, SSN;
Inter-clan clashes erupted among the IDP Dinka Tuich and Dinka Bor in the town of Nimule. Residents of Motoyo village and Nimule trading center were set in panic as gunfire erupted among the Dinka IDP residing in Nimule.
According to eye witness who called our local correspondent in Nimule, a gathering at a traditional wedding went awry leading to several people being wounded, some with serious threatening injuries requiring life saving treatments in the neighboring hospital in Uganda.
Official figures of causalities and those wounded remain undisclosed by the local and state authorities. It is believed that the Juba government very quickly intervened to abort the situation and restricted media access and keeping a lid on the incident thus media houses were not able to report on it including the state owned SSTV.
To the best of our knowledge SSLN is the first to report after confirmations from our regional corespondent.
Per the confirmed report, the clashes erupted when the two clans of tuich and other clan from Bor gathered to celebrate a traditional marriage, however a disagreement soon ensued resulting into gunfire exchanges between the two clans.
This incident highlights the fact that while the locals are being disarmed, the Dinka IDP (so-called Internally Displaced Persons) are fully armed and without disruptions by the Kiir government.
Are these truly IDP’s, or implanted colonies, is the questions that need answers from the Juba authorities.
This is the worst such incident to have taken place in Nimule which, never registered such gunfight between civilians in her entire history to date.
The gunfight lasted for more than 25 minutes this caused panic and many families spent sleepless night in hiding. The Dinka Tuick chief, in Nimule, as ironically as it may sounds, was said to be in police custody, countless ammunitions and guns were recovered from the scene.
According to the caller who spoke to South Sudan liberty on condition of anonymity, the gun owners were definitely not part of national security personnel.
It is safe to assume that these are unlicensed and illegal guns smuggled into Nimule by high ranking military and government officials to inflict heavy losses on the Madi, should they dare seek to reclaim their ancestral lands, from the imposed internally displaced persons who left their home villages in Jonglei more than 20 years ago, and had since refused to repatriate to their ancestral land after the CPA and independence of South Sudan in July 2011 but have laid claim on the Madiland against the wishes of the locals and this is the reason why.
The relationship between the IDPs and the host community has been strained and the Kiir government has repeatedly ignored the appeals of the locals to repatriate these cattle keepers rejected by the locals precisely due to their violent cultures and their dependence on cows which can not be mixed with those whose lives depend on the land for survival with the cows eating up their crops.
Since the incident occurred on 29 December 2014, non Dinka and the native Ma’di people who have been already traumatized with constant intimidation and inaction from the state authorities in Torit and the national government in Juba, repeated their calls for these violent IDPs to go back to their ancestral lands and to let the Madi enjoy their lives in peace.
This unprecedented incident has caused more than 200 civilians to cross into neighboring Uganda, mostly from the Dinka IDPs.
The Nimule Police department (NDP) confirmed to our correspondent that indeed the incident has taken place and they lament to admit the discovery of such staggering quantities of guns and ammunitions in the custody of non-security personnel.
They said they were puzzled by the magnitude of the guns found in the neighborhood. They also said the Tuich Dinka chief is in their custody and will give an explanation as to how such guns got to Nimule and how they were kept under his watch.
A Local Ma’di native who asked for his identity to be concealed, expressed his disbelief and anger with the security and police in Nimule, that he has no faith in the system and it is just a matter of time that the chief will be freed and those who caused the incident will not face the court of law and their guns will be returned, if not Juba will simply supply some more.
“It is the presence of these guns that make the Dinka lay claim in Nimule and Madilnd, while they very well know that their government does not allow the locals to own guns and confiscate even the few the locals have, this is not a government for all but for the Dinkas, the law does not apply to them.” he concluded.
It is worth mentioning that in Nimule the Dinka IPDs run a parallel judiciary, chiefdom and local police to the regular state police and local authorities.
No Dinka has ever been tried in the state set system to date, there is therefore no doubt that those illegal gun owners and those who took lives in this incident will not be charged in courts of law anywhere.
That to you is the South Sudan of today!