27th February 2021
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Lopa-Lafon communities agree to end 17-year dispute

Author: Okot Emmanuel | Published: Monday, February 22, 2021

The Lopa-Lafon communities have agreed to resolve their long-standing dispute over the administration of their shared county in Eastern Equatoria State.

For about 17 years, four communities in the area have often disagreed over the name of the county, seat of the commissioner, and the county headquarters.

The four communities – Lopit, Pari, Lotuko, and Tenet – could not also agree on the name Lopa or Lafon.

Last week, Governor Louis Lobong said the dispute had derailed his plans to submit names of nominees for state government positions.

But over the weekend, the four communities – in a meeting with the governor – agreed on a compromise.

They resolved on naming the county as Lafon, based on the preference of the late SPLM leader, Dr. John Garang.

“The representatives of the four communities came out with the following resolution…that the name of the county shall be Lafon as per the establishment order dated 5 May 2004 as decreed by the late SPLM leader, Dr. John Garang De Mabior,” said Aliandro Lotok, press secretary of Governor Louis Lobong.

They then agreed to retain the county headquarters in Imehejek.

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