Parliament sets up ad-hoc committee to probe violence in Tambura County

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) on Monday formed a fact-finding committee to investigate the ongoingadeadly communal violence in Tombura County of Western Equatoria State.
MPs attend session in the National Legislative Assembly during on Monday in Juba (Photo: Awan Achiek).

By Awan Achiek

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) on Monday formed a fact-finding committee to investigate the ongoing deadly communal violence in Tombura County of Western Equatoria State.

Oliver Mori Benjamin, Chairperson of the parliamentary committee for information and also spokesperson for the TNLA, said the ad-hoc committee comprising 9 members has been tasked to investigate the incident and report back within two weeks.

“The committee will go to the ground to find out exactly the problem and the causes of this rampage killings in Tambura County,” Benjamin told journalists after the parliamentary session on Monday in Juba.

He said the report of the investigation would guide parliament in taking appropriate action.

“The report will be debated and thereafter, parliament will come up with appropriate action to be taken including summoning ministers or the governor of Western Equatoria State, or whoever is involved in this incident,” Benjamin said.

Clement Juma, Mp from Western Equatoria who raised the motion on the security situation in Tambura County, said that the fighting has displaced more than 40,000 civilians who are currently sheltering in churches, schools and outside the temporary base run by the UN peacekeepers.

He said some of the displaced persons are sheltering in the nearby Catholic Church, South Sudan People’s Defense Force barracks in Ngboko, Soure Yubu Payam.

Juma said the living conditions of the displaced persons are deteriorating with no food, shelter, water and medicines.

The renewed violence erupted on 24th April 2024 between the Balanda and Azande communities in Tambura County.

The fighting has killed scores of civilians and displaced mostly women and children.

It is marked by killings, kidnappings, disappearances and destruction of property.

The violence between the two communities first erupted in June 2021, with some local leaders alleging that the feuding communities are being backed by both the SSPDF and armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in opposition (SPLA-IO).

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