Citizens told to live in peace
By Opio Jackson
If we wish the faithful departed to rest in peace, and then we should also wish ourselves to live in peace, Alfred Towongo Nicholas National Peace Centre Coordinator said.
Mr. Nicholas said after Jesus Christ had risen from the death his first message to the world was “peace be with you” saying until today Christ is still challenging us to live in peace with one another despite all difficulties.
He said for the peace to exist among us, people must always be non-violent when resolving conflict, saying the ongoing National Dialogue is the best option that all citizens must seize it
“In related to the current National Dialogue we have some civil societies across the countries that are discussing the issues related to peace to find out the root causes of the conflict,” he said.
He said the inter-communal conflict related to cattle raiding had created insecurity in the villages saying it was the role of the civil society organizations to go at the grassroots and find out amicable solutions.
“The elders, chiefs, church leaders and the youth must all be brought together. Let them discuss because the solutions are within them and it cannot be brought from outside,” Nicholas said.
The Coordinator of National Peace Centre said conflicts are always there, but in a situation where the communities use firearms, then the security of the nation was at threat in which the national government needs to intervene through the grassroots peace initiative.
“The conflicting communities must be brought together to find out the root causes of their problem,” he said. If the issues are grazing land, cattle raiding or water source, then resolutions shall be made and any community that violates the regulations must be punished,” Nicholas added.
In the previous months there had been several reports about communal fighting in the former Lakes state, inter-state conflict between Boma and Jonglie states and as well as serious communal fight in Gogrial state.
However, Nicholas said these youths at the grassroots need to be educated about the existence of the Laws since they have no knowledge about of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan.
“The lawmakers many times have come out with good laws, but these laws are not disseminated and translated to the illiterate youth at the grass root level,” he said.
“These youths who are carrying out the attacks need to be told that there is a government and that in the government there is always a system that is being governed by the laws,” Nicholas added.
He continued that the national peace Centre is encouraging civil society organizations to discuss issues related to peace with the community because the government and private sectors sometimes may not reach to the people grass roots.