Governor Lobong gets heroic welcome in Kapoeta after surviving deadly road ambush
Thousands of well-wishers thronged the bank of Singaita River in Kapoeta town on Wednesday to welcome Louis Lobong Lojore, the Governor of Eastern Equatoria State, after surviving deadly Monday ambush at Camp 15. The ambuscade claimed 2 lives.
While addressing the mammoth crowd, Eastern Equatoria State leader urged Toposa community to remain calm as he appealed for harmony among all the communities in the region. He said Monday’s attempt on his life should not be used to instigate ethnic estrangements and insecurity in the area.
Lobong whose administration has prioritized amity, reconciliation and forgiveness also said he has pardoned the youth who waylaid his convoy. He called on the natives to embrace peaceful coexistence in order to improve livelihoods in Eastern Equatoria State. The Governor sent messages of condolences to the bereaved families.
A joint elite force from the National Security and the Tiger Division helped escorted out Governor Lobong and his entourage from the quagmire, waylaid by rowdy youth from Loriyok Payam of Budi County after the peace mission following a revenge attack in the area.
The Governor was at Camp 15 to address the conflict pitting outlawed armed youth from both the Toposa and Buya communities which initially rocked Lowareng Cantonment Site and Camp 15 town respectively.
The Lowareng’s and Camp 15’s incidents on the 22nd and 28th March 2021 respectively claimed 22 lives in total, mainly women and children, leaving dozens injured.
Via Eastern Equatoria Press