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The first woman mayor of Yei killed

The corpse of Cecilia Oba Tito, the first woman to be Mayor of Yei in the south-west of South Sudan, was found – together with that of Emmanuel Lemi, head of her cabinet – last 9 November in the suburbs of Juba, the capital. Msgr Zachariah Angutuwa Sebit, Vicar General of the Diocese of Yei, declared that the double homicide was an act against the population of Yei River County and, more in general, against peace in South Sudan. The assassins of the former mayor, the prelate continued, wished to strike a blow at the Church here. Indeed Tito was an active member of the Church in this country and fought to promote the rights of local women and, in particular, access to education. After being elected deputy at the National Assembly, Tito participated in drafting the Constitution of South Sudan – which achieved full Independence in July 2011 – and was elected mayor in 2013.

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