INSECURITY-Three ministers, two governors summoned

By William Madouk Garang

The Council of State on Wednesday resolved to summon three national ministers and two governors of Eastern Equatoria and the Unity States respectively to answer and explain the reasons for the widespread insecurity in their restive areas of jurisdiction.

This came after MPs thoroughly deliberated on the two motions tabled to August House by a lawmaker representing Eastern Equatoria State, OkelloOdongtoo on ‘security threat and encroachment of cattle herders into Magwi’ and on ‘persistent insecurity in Leer County’ tabled byRiawGatlier an MP representing Unity State.

In a sitting chaired by speaker Deng DengAkoon, the parliamentarians decided to summon the minister of Interior, Defense, and Veteran Affairs, and National Security plus the two governors of Eastern Equatoria State and Unity State to answer questions regarding the persistent insecurity.

However, the fixed date for the ministers and governors to appear before parliament was not made public but it’s presumed a summon letter would soon be sent to them.

Speaking to the media after sitting, the Spokesperson of the House, Josephine Nakursaid after a lengthy debate the House decided to call two governors and three ministers to answer to August House regarding the widespread insecurity in their respective areas.

“On passing the document they were able to underline some resolutions, one was to summon the governors for these relevant states to appear before the August House,” Josephine noted.

“The second was to summon the ministers in the national government here, who are relevant to security issues and National Security is one of them, Minister of Interior, Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs to appear also before the August House to take members through the matters that were happening in these two relevant states such that we can see and come up with an amicable solution and how we can help the situation in our country,” she added.

MP representing Unity State RiawGatlier said he was pleased to see the House discussing at length some of the resolutions made, adding that one of the most recommended was the suspension of two commissioners for peace to prevail.

“The most important part of that motion in my recommendation is for the governor to remove two commissioners. The commissioner of Koch and Mayiandit counties immediately to give peace a chance and let our people have a breathing space,” Gatlier said.

According to UNMISS sporadic clashes between the farming communities and herders in Magwi, Eastern Equatoria was on rising and it had stepped up engagement to deescalate tension there.

It is reported that about 3,000 people were displaced from their homes and farms in Chomboro village after alleged armed cattle herders attacked them, opened fire on the youth bathing at a borehole, and then a a larger community.

Last week also, a group of youths and activists stormed parliament calling for the sacking of governors and commissioners saying they had failed to act while horrific killings and displacement engulfed the state.

The conflict which started as SPLM-IO fighting in Mirmir reportedly took another dimension as the armed group took advantage of the situation killing people, burning houses, and looting properties.

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