MOYO. Police in Moyo district has launched investigations into the killing of a South Sudanese refugee in Palorinya settlement, Itula Sub County, Obongi County.
The deceased has been identified as Nelson Sekwa Loyita, 34, a resident of block 23 Keguru, Belameling extension settlement, the incident happened at around 4am on Saturday morning at his residence.
Police recovered a cartridge at the scene of crime believed to have been used by gunman for killing the deceased.
According to Mr Stephen Agaba, the Moyo district police commander, a case of murder by shooting has been opened to investigate the case.
Agaba argued that according to their preliminary findings, the deceased was a government SPLA who defected to join the SPLA in opposition under former vice President Dr Reik Machar and after wards he was working with another rebel group called NAC under a General only identified as Suma.
Close relatives said that before he was killed, he had denounced all groups and joined his family as a refugee at Palorinya refugee settlement in Moyo district.
Agaba added that it’s not clear if he was killed by rebel belonging to Dr Reik Machar or general Sumas’s forces.
He said it’s not the first time that such incidence is happening in the camps especially in Palorinya settlement.
He said such circumstance needs intelligence led information system which requires cooperation from the community members and other stakeholders including local leaders to tussle such cases in the area.
Mr Agaba said plans are under way to make cordon and search in the refugee camps of Palorinya refugee settlement since they now have their leaders to eliminate wrong elements in the communities.
But Mr John Isse, one of the family members of the deceased remembered that during day of the fateful incident, someone with unfamiliar face came home claiming that his son was sick and he needed to be taken to health center, a request which the deceased turned down the request but only to be shot dead in the night.
Mr John Modi, one of Refugee Walfare Council 2 chairperson cautioned his fellow refugees to be conscious of their personal security especial with unfamiliar people in the areas who will pretend to be asking for help from them.