Abirius's MP says his community not part in Lakes State clashes.
By Manyang Mayom June 3, 2010 (RUMBEK) -- Abiriu representative at
the Lakes State assembly, Malek Macut Padai, strongly rejected
statements by the SPLA speaking about fighting between the southern
Sudan army and his community. On May 29, 2010, eight people were killed
and other 27 wounded in the Abirui-Payam region of Cueibet County
following clashes between the SPLA and armed civilian population. The
SPLA was asked to intervene after a conflict arose between people in
Rumbek and people in Cueibet over cattle raids, SPLA spokesman told
Sudan Tribune last week. According to Kuol, the Commissioner of Cueibet
County requested the SPLA's intervention, but when the people of
Abiriu saw the SPLA stepping down from their trucks, they immediately
opened gunfire killing one SPLA officer on the spot. However, the MP
Macut Padai refuted the allegations and denied his community involvement
in the incident saying that "in reference to the statement of Kuol
to Sudan Tribune, I would like to say that the community of Abiriu
didn't clash with the SPLA forces and Mr. Kuol must tell the world
the truth." He further said that "I am hereby strongly denying
those allegations against the people of Abiriu Payam that I represent in
the Lakes state Legislative Assembly. In fact it is not our community of
Abiriu who fought the SPLA forces but I have to tell the SPLA spokesman
that on 29 May 2010, a small fighting started among the people of Douny
payam themselves and later on they fought with the SPLA forces."
"Abiriu is not part of the conflict as reported," he stressed.
Adding "Abiriu was the area whereby SPLA forces came to stay so
that to avoid more clashes between them and the armed civilian
population of Douny payam." Cueibet County of Lakes state has eight
payams in which Douny payams is located at the North-east part of the
county. Macut affirmed that "Abiriu Payam should not be victimized
as a place of violence in Cueibet County of Lakes state." (ST)
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