South Sudan

Vice President visits troubled Pibor

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South Sudan's Vice president Riek Machar on Wednesday headed a delegation of representatives of Lou-Nuer and Murle to Pibor in a bid to end communal hostilities in the area.

The move is an attempt to stop the ongoing conflict between armed violence groups from the two communities.

His visit comes after a Tuesday meeting in Juba between representatives of the Lou-Nuer and Murle on one hand and the senior members of the national government on the other.

Authorities from Pibor County reported that at least twenty people have been confirmed killed, others wounded and many displaced from Lokwangle Payam.

The press secretary of Pibor commissioner Kirigeng Yoman Konyi said that houses including the Payam headquarters have been burnt down by the attackers:

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan commended the government's efforts to bring an end to the communal killings in Jonglei state.

Addressing the press in Juba on Wednesday members of parliament from Pibor in the national and state assemblies blamed the killings at Likwangole Payam on the late George Athor whom they accused of providing the arms.

The Deputy Chairperson of the Defense and Security Committee in the National Legislative Assembly David Okwier Akway appealed to the national government to act as fast as possible.