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JONGLEI-Pibor, presidency firm on peace

By Bullen Bala Alexander

Three Vice Presidents have called on the communities of greater Jonglei State and Pibor Administrative Area to bring an end to the current inter-communal fighting in the area and give chance to peace.

The three Vice Presidents made the call during the opening of Jonglei State and Pibor Administrative Area, people to people peace conference at Freedom Hall in Juba.

The Vice Presidents included, Dr. James Wani Igga, the VP for Economic Cluster who is also the chairperson of the high-level committee on Jonglei, Pibor peace initiative, Gen. Taban Deng Gai the VP for Infrastructure Cluster and VP for Service Cluster Hussein Abdelbagi Akol Ayii all urged leaders and communities of Jonglei, and Pibor to find lasting solution to the conflicts in the area.

In his opening remark, Dr. James Wani Igga said it is high time for the people of Jonglei State and Pibor Administrative Area to say no to violence and stay in peace.

“As VP, I must tell you people of Jonglei and Pibor that the fighting that you are involving in will only bring you destructions, you kill yourselves, cattle but you will never gain anything from it unless you choose peace you will not enjoy what you are aiming for,” Dr. Igga said.

Dr. Igga also called on the politicians from greater Jonglei state and Pibor to stop confusing communities and urges them to unify for the betterment of its people adding that this violence can only be stopped if politicians halt from involving themselves.

“Some of us here are tired of seeing and listening to these conflicts and we cannot continue tolerating such behaviors. So, in this conference you need to go with something and take peace back to the area.”

“Remember, we cannot achieve the peace we are talking about, unless we leave revenge killings, cattle raiding, abducting children and raping of women and reduce high dowry in Jonglei and Pibor and educate the youth,” Dr. Igga added.

He said there is need for the conference to achieve something tangible saying there is need for the communities in the area to return the stolen cattle to their rightful owners including abducted children, women and other lost property.

“If we do not do that, we will not see peace that we want in greater Jonglei and Pibor because if you do not do that some people will still be angry and such a person will not forgive unless their things are brought back,” Dr. Wani added.

Meanwhile, Gen. Taban Deng Gai urged communities from the Jonglei and Pibor to see them as one people and copy how their grand fathers and mothers used to behave. They used to work together without any violence among them.

“So, we need to follow the footsteps of our grandfathers and grandmothers of seeing ourselves as South Sudanese, and working together, shun tribalism and nepotism among us and have peace in the area,” he said.

For his part, VP Hussein Abdelbagi Akol Ayii called on the politicians who are fueling communal fighting in the country to distance themselves from adding fuel to the fire and give chance to peace.

“If I am to ask all of you the delegates in this conference, why are you fighting or what are our communities fighting for and who are we behind them or who is supporting those youth? So, I am saying politicians should stop fueling the conflicts in the country especially in Jonglei and Pibor,” VP Akol Ayii said.

Jonglei – Pibor Peace Conference aimed at finding lasting solution to the communal fighting, cattle raiding, child abducting and to progress towards a transformation of behaviors and attitudes to build peace, stability and resilience.

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