Governor Lobong serves porridge to suspected cattle raiders from neighbouring community
Eastern Equatoria State Governor Louis Lobong Lojore did the unthinkable when he served porridge to wounded suspected cattle rustles currently nursing various injuries in a local hospital.
The state chief was one of the visitors at Torit Civil Hospital on Monday.
But instead of waiting to be served, or rolling on a red carpet, the governor took his time to feed the suspected raiders who were admitted to the hospital after sustaining injuries from a previous attack on a local village in Kapoeta North.
“They were brought yesterday [Tuesday]. Some refuse to come because of wrong perceptions. They are afraid that the government would kill them.”
“I sent the vehicle yesterday to bring over 20 herders. Now you are all here because of the government,” he told the wounded cattle raiders.
Governor Lobong said that the wounded raiders should be turned into “peace ambassadors” after they are fully recovered.
The governor further beseeched the suspected raiders to ensure that all the abducted children from the state are all kept safe and later reunited with their families, adding that he will personally ensure that the injured youth are escorted to their respective villages once they completed their medication.
“The purpose is that we want to protect these people and teach them how the government works. After they recovered, we will hand them over to Pibor let them go and tell the rest what they have witnessed as the negative impact of raiding.”
“We want these people to go and preach that the very people that they are killing, raiding their cattle and abducting their children have saved our lives,” Lobong stressed.
Lobong urged the doctors to treat them well to ensure that they are fully recovered from the gunshot wounds.
“I believe those who think positively will help us to bring lasting peace within these two communities,” he stressed.
Early this month a joint armed group of three communities attacked the Kapoeta North County before fleeing with over 15,000 cattle.
An estimated 300 lives were lost in the one week of intensive fighting between the raiders and the owners of the cattle.