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Disarmament mops up 1500 guns in Tonj State

By Wek Atak Kacjang

Authorities in Tonj State have collected more than 1,500 illegal guns from youths in the state.

The disarmament exercise, which started on Monday was conducted by the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF).

Tonj State Information Minster William Wol Mayom said the youth volunteered and handed over their guns.

“South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) has now begun peaceful disarmament campaigns in the area, which is very good,” Mayom told Juba Monitor over phone from Tonj capital yesterday.

He said the state governor is working hard to prevent revenge attacks like happened previously.

Mayom said the governor was engaging Wau State governor to disarm youth in his state to prevent revenge attacks.

“We want the army to move from home to home and county to county to sensitize and create awareness among our people so that disarmament will become very easy,” Mayom said.

If we don’t sensitize our people, then it will be difficult to collect,” he added.

Mayom said the disarmament will also address social, economic, and political development, as well as good governance and security sector reform.

“If the whole population is catered for in all aspects, there will be no need or demand of small arms in the hands of civilians,” Mayom added.

He appealed to the state and national governments to carry out similar exercises in the neighbouring states.

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