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YEI - 31 Aug 2017

Calm returns to Kaya town after heavy fighting: official

File photo: Governor David Lokonga
File photo: Governor David Lokonga

Calm has returned to the town of Kaya near the Ugandan border after heavy fighting between government and opposition troops over the weekend, a top state official said.

Yei River State Governor David Lokonga said government forces have been deployed to protect civilians in the area and to deter anti-peace elements.

“The general security situation in Yei River State in all the greater counties of Yei, Morobo, Kajo-Keji and Lainya counties is peaceful. We are for peace but there are some people who are anti-peace. I want to assure you that Yei is calm and normal including its rural counties,” he said.

Last week, the rebel-appointed governor of Yei River State Matata Frank named a new cabinet.