Gov’t starts disarmament in Bahr El Ghazal
By Kitab A Unango
The government has started a comprehensive disarmament of civil population in Tonj County, Warrap State in Bahr El Ghazal region yesterday.
Maj. Gen. Daniel Justin, the South Sudan Police spokesperson said the activity targets areas where there have been recurring cattle raids and inter-communal fights.
“We want all the civilians to be disarmed. All the forces are mobilized between Tonj and Cueibet and they may start today ‘yesterday,” said Justin.
Several disarmament activities have been conducted in the country in a bid to curb revenge cattle raiding and inter-communal attacks but later the guns find their ways back to the communities.
Speaking on phone to Juba Monitor yesterday, Justin pointed out that eight members of organized forces including one civilian were killed during cattle raiding over the weekend in Gar cattle camp, Northern Rumbek.
He said the area remained tensed and organized forces were sent to the scene to calm the situation.
‘There is still tension there but our forces are on the ground and they will also start the process of disarmament because all the logistics are ready,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai, Spokesperson of South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) confirmed the disarmament process but said he was not aware of the details of the mode.
However, speaking over South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation on Sunday evening, Gen. Ring Mabior, commander of the disarmament forces said they would use all means to collect guns out of civilians’ hands.
“We call upon civilians to voluntarily surrender their guns to the authorities. We will use any means to get out guns from those who will refuse to peacefully handover to the organized forces,’’ said Ring.
Members of the organized forces, participating in the campaign comprises SSPDF, Police, National Security, Prisons and Wildlife.