20 December 2012

South Sudan: 'Wau Situation Under Control', Government

press release

Juba — Authorities in the government of South Sudan have announced that the situation in Wau is now under control after series of killings triggered by the transfer of county headquarters from Wau to Bagari.

Based on the reports, Wau up to yesterday was under violence from the demonstrators who are not happy with the relocation of the headquarter.

In a press conference today, the minister for Information and Broadcasting and the official government spokesperson, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the situation has been contained and that a number of police officers together with a delegation from National Legislative Assembly are already in Wau investigating the violence.

According to Dr. Benjamin, out of the 28 farmers reported to be killed six bodies were found and shops burned. "We regret this unfortunate loss of lives and destruction of property. We send our condolences to the relatives and friends of the deceased", he stated.

At the same conference, the minister urged all citizens especially those living in Juba to cooperate with police to avoid crimes during the Christmas celebration.

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