Bicycle Riding for Peace, Unity and Development and to Foster the Spirit of coexistence and Unity in Diversity

By Baraka John

Hundreds of faithful in Yambio including the government officials, business elites and youth participated in a bicycle ride on Monday 10th April 2023 to observe Easter Monday.

Speaking to Rurugene Online Newsletter, the Diocesan Youth coordinator Mr. William Tambua noted that the annual event was designed couples of years ago, by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Tambura Yambio, refer to as “Easter Monday bicycle riding for peace, unity and development”.

“This bicycle ride, is for unity, peace and development, have cooperated with our youth, government officials and the Church leaders in order to be as one people to bring peace”. Mr Tambua added.

Mr Tambua stated that, the event is taken as an avenue to ensure that youth, politicians and business entity coordinate together to develop the State and foster the spirit of coexistence and unity in diversity.

On the other hand, Commissioner of Yambio County, Hon. Mbiko Barakati described Bishop Edwardo Hiiboro Kussala as a visionary leader, who initiated the bicycle ride program to strengthen relation among different categories of human beings.

Hon. Barakati, expressed the readiness of the county government to work together with the Diocese wherever necessary.

In the bicycle ride exercise were the Hon. Minsters of Youth, sports and culture as well as renowned business man Mr Jackson Fudu and the people living with disability.   

The 5Km bicycle ride that began from Masia market to Yambio freedom square enrooted to Yambio open market proceeded to St. Mary Parish Mother of God, was accompanied with a diocesan music band known as “Pax brass band”, and the Diocesan trained Scouts.

Commissioner Barakati to Enforce 2021 Local Order Expelling Ambororo

By Baraka John 

The County commissioner for Yambio County Hon. Mbiko Barakati has told Anisa radio that his office is on the verge to revive and enforce the 2021 local order issued by the State’s top authority for the expulsion of Ambororo nomads from the Territory of Western Equatoria. 

In 2021 Governor Futuyo issued a state local order banning locals from trading with the foreign pastoralists, the order stated that any local found trading with the nomads will face drastic measures in a court of law.  

However, the order remained unimplemented as the local communities could still be seen buying cattle from the nomads, something Commissioner Barakati termed defiant of the State move adding that the order will soon be enforced, to ensure the nomads are out of Yambio County.

On the 18th of March 2023, a group of Ambororo nomads was reported to have attacked a house of a 65 years old man in an area called Berezigbo of Bangasu payam in the eastern part of Yambio County and gunned down four people. This incident has sparked fear among the locals in the area. 

The Yambio county commissioner blamed locals for continuously trading with the foreign pastoralists which he says create room for them to stay in Yambio and other parts of the State.

“What brought Ambororo back are the citizens of Western Equatoria, few of us who have been trading with the Ambororo, who pool them to enter again in Western Equatoria, supplying them with salt and money, buying cows from them and again supply them with all the needs they want”, Commissioner Barakati said.

Barakati further said that any one person found in the act defying the state order will be penalized by the county.

“I want to tell the people of Yambio County in particular that we have a local order which was issued by the honorable governor in 2021 and again renewed in the same year for the State in general, that Ambororo should leave Western Equatoria State, nobody should exercise business activities between him or her and Ambororo. Somebody who will be caught conducting business with Ambororo, first and foremost the goods and motorbikes you are using will be confiscated and you will be taken to the court of law for breaking the local order”, Barakati added.   

The presence of Ambororo nomads in some parts of Western Equatoria State continues to create fear among the population as they do not know the motive of the foreign pastoralists in the State.

On 21st March 2023, the King of Azande Kingdom His majesty king Atoroba Peni Rikito Gbudue called on the public to stop trading with the foreign cattle keepers stressing that this activity keeps the nomads in the areas causing havoc in the community. 

He urged the state government to work hard to stabilize security to allow the farmers to cultivate as the rainy season has started.  

CODEP Step Up Effort to Provide Clean Drinking Water to Communities as the World Commemorate “World Water Day”

By Baraka John

As the globe on 22nd March marked world water day, the Catholic organization for peace and development (CODEP) continues to step up efforts to provide clean drinking water to different communities of Western Equatoria State, through the “wash project”.

The Catholic-based organization has planned to dig seven boreholes this year in different locations in the State to avert a shortage of water among the communities.

The project which is funded by the Sudan Relief Fund is expected to benefit communities of Maridi, Mambe, Yambio, Gangura, Bagidi, Banduguyo, and Gangara Emilia South in Yambio.   

A team of experts completed the molding of nine rings in Gangura Payam in a two-day period, only waiting for it to be fixed into the well. The experts are to travel to the eastern deanery of the Diocese to continue molding rings. 

The theme for the 2023 World Water Day is “accelerating the change to solve the water and sanitation crisis”. The theme calls for the public to alter the way they use, consume, and manage water in their lives. This will assist in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6- water and sanitation for all by 2030.

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

King Atoroba Sends a Message of Sympathy to Families that Lost their Family Members in the hands of the Pastoralist in Western Equatoria State

By Joseph Ernesto

The king of the Azande Kingdom has sent his message of sympathy to the families that had lost their relatives on the hand of the cattle headers commonly known as Ambororo who have occupied some parts of Western Equatoria State specially Ibba and Maridi Counties. His majesty king Atoroba Peni Rikito Gbudue on Tuesday 21st March 2023 in his message of condolences through Anisa Radio said, “my heart goes out to you at this difficult time, you have my deepest sympathy and the Kingdom stands with you to say no, that shouldn’t happen again in the Azande Kingdom”.

The King called on the public to stop trading with the cattle keepers as this keeps them in the areas and their cattle devastate the agricultural land of Western Equatoria.

He urged the state government to work hard to stabilize insecurity to allow the farmers to cultivate as the rainy season has started.

Talking to the youth, King Atoroba advised them to distance themselves from the pastoralist to maintain stability during this rainy season.

A couple of weeks ago, 5 people were killed by cattle keepers in Western Equatoria State, which has created fear among citizens.

The Azande King encouraged people within the Kingdom to prioritize agriculture as it is important in supporting livelihoods through food and building strong economies through trade.

Lectures at Sustainable Agriculture for Rural Development Institute (SARD) have Emphasized on Agri – Parental Training as their Students Start the End-term Examination

By Baraka John

Sustainable Agriculture for Rural Development Institute (SARD) emphasizes Agri- parenteral training so as to improve agricultural production and marketing in South Sudan.

SARD institute is an initiative of the Catholic Diocese of Tambura Yambio (CDTY) initiated in 2021 in Mopoi, the aim is to have a peaceful, food-security, and economically enabled society through improved modern sustainable agriculture for rural development

At least twenty-four students studying agricultural courses at the Sustainable Agriculture for Rural Development Institute (SARD) in Yambio have begun a two weeks examination on the morning of Monday 20th March 2023.

According to the training coordinator for SARD institute, Mr. Marcelo Constantino Bokuyo, the students sitting for the end-term examination are those who enrolled in June and August 2022 intake.

“Second-year students are now going on with their final examination in order to move third year, and then third-year students will be promoted to fourth year. The fourth year will go for attachment for two months then they will come back around August and train for one month then have their final exams”. Mr. Constantino said explained.

Mr. Constantino said after completing their exams, the institute will attach the fourth-year students to agricultural institutes to enable them to acquire more knowledge.

“They will go and work practically in the field, it’s just like on-the-job training so as to acquire more experience in agriculture, so they will work tirelessly using their hands and then using the knowledge we have given them here and amalgamated with the knowledge they will get in the field, tutors will be going from time to time to assess them in the field of their deployment”, the SARD training coordinator stated.

Mr. Marcelo added that for the two-month internship, the Diocese will invite a Catholic University to give an external examination to the fourth-year students and after that, they will be awarded the certificate.

The SARD institute has three agriculture courses, which include,16 months, 6 months, and 1-6 weeks courses.

Currently, the institute operates at St Augustine Parish in Yambio.

The institute has established a demonstration farm at St. Augustine Parish of about one hectare which has been divided into small plots of 150m square per student for practical taring.

Over 130 People Have Undergone Eye Surgery in Ngboko and Nzara

By Baraka John

At least 137 people have undergone successful eye surgery in Ave Maria Ngboko Parish St Paul missionary of Source Yubu and at St Theresa mission hospital Nzara County.   

A team of ophthalmologists from Spain arrived in Yambio two weeks ago to conduct this mass surgery among members of the community who have suffered for so long with eye-related diseases including cataracts.   

Speaking in the morning of Thursday 16th, March 2023, during a farewell gathering to honor the service discharged by the team of ophthalmologists, Dr. Blanca Cracia an ophthalmologist with the team said that they were able to conduct eye surgery for 137 people who lost their sights but they are now able to see after successful operations.  

Dr. Gracia said, the eye specialists spent ten days conducting the operation in the two locations but that wasn’t enough as there is still high demand for the service in these two areas, as people with the eyesight could still be seen turning up to access the service after the 10 days elapsed.

“We have worked on people with eye problems who were brought from Tambura, Ezo, and from Source Yubu to access the service at St Paul missionary Ngboko Parish, this was an outreach program from Spain and an invitation from the missionary brothers of St Paul missionary Ngboko Parish. We look forward to coming back again to help this community”. DR. Gracia said

On the other hand, the vicar general of the Catholic Diocese of Tambura Yambio (CDTY), Fr. Thomas Bagbiowia, applauded the team of eye specialists for the great work they have done for the community.  

Fr. Bagbiowia noted the concern and commitment of the Diocese to take care of both the body and the soul as part of the Catholic Church’s mission.

“We believe that the ministry of Jesus in Luke chapter four is being lifted and implemented by you, to open the eyes of the blinds physically and spiritually, now you are living the gospel value. You have just started in the diocese, which means the continuity has to be there with the support of the Diocesan administration as well as the missionary of St Paul and all of us”. The vicar stated

On his part, the director of the Catholic organization for development (CODEP), Fr. Mbikoyo Charles, described the work done by the eye specialists as a great service to the integral human person in the social wing of the diocese.

“Health sector is one of the sectors that the social wing of the Diocese focuses on, because without good health then we will have a poor quality of people in our country and in our diocese”, Fr. Charles said.

“Consider Intervening and Ordering those who are Behind the Destruction of our Environment to Stop”, Says Bishop Eduardo to the Governor and State Government of Western Equatoria

By Sr. Henriette Anne FSSA

Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura – Yambio (CDTY), has appealed to the Governor and State Government of Western Equatoria to consider stopping the ongoing destruction of indigenous trees in Yambio.

“Honorable, I feel that it is my duty to bring to your attention the destruction of our trees that is currently ongoing in Yambio town and elsewhere. I have noticed with a heavy heart that some people are cutting down the big indigenous trees illegally in and around Yambio town. With much humility, I am respectfully requesting that you consider intervening and ordering those who are behind this destruction of our environment to stop doing so immediately”, he explained.

In his 15th March 2023 statement, he reminded the state officials to lead the community in the preservation and conservation of the environment since the Lenten campaign of this year in the Catholic Church calls for caring for Mother Earth that gives us clean air, brings rain, and beautiful shades to people.

“These huge indigenous trees keep the air that we breathe clean and fresh, they bring rain that helps our crops to grow, they make our town beautiful and act as shades to people during hot seasons. Kindly, let us stop their destruction. It is a coincidence that during this Lenten period, our campaign theme as the Catholic Church is the preservation and conservation of our Environment, Mother Earth. Lead us in this noble duty of preserving our environment”.

He added that the trees have been there for the last 200 years, therefore they are irreplaceable stressing that instead of cutting them down they should plant more.

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