Pastoralists, famers call for Dialogue

By Kidega Livingstone

The pastoralists and famers in Rumbek, Terekeka, Amadi, Gok, Western and Eastern Lakes States have requested the Governors of their States to take National Dialogue to the grassroots in order to address the current border conflicts and battles between the pastoralists and the famers.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on Friday, the Governor of Terekeka State, Juma Ali Malou said a conference in Rumbek last week attended by the Governors of the five States has tried to resolve some of the burning issues including cattle raiding among the pastoralists, and the conflict between famers and pastoralists.

According to Governor Malou, they selected two traditional leaders (Chiefs) from each State to solve the problem of border conflict in their local courts.

“The conference went successful and we were able to resolve some problems and others were left to some of the selected chiefs who will finish that issue in their respective courts,” said Malou.

“And at the same time we are very happy because the community in the area requested us to convince the Steering Committee of the National Dialogue to take the Dialogue to them. Hopefully the delegations for the National Dialogue will reach them at the grassroots,” he added.

It is not clear whether the committees have started moving to the various states for grassroots consultations. Last month the Steering Committee stated that the selected group will move at grassroots for more consultations.

The former Governor of Imotong State, who is also a member of the Steering Committee, Nartisio Loluke Manir while presenting during the seminar on Friday said that the National Dialogue process is a grassroots oriented and bottom up approach because it involves many people right from villages to the national level where a number of issues will be discussed.

“The Peace Agreement is more external because it only looks at the negotiation, mediation and powering between the principle parties but the National Dialogue captures a lot of issues and it is inclusive,” Loluke told the members of the Steering Committee.

He said that the National Dialogue is for everybody to participate.

Another member of the Steering Committee, Stephen Abraham said that participating in the National Dialogue would reactivate and reinforce the implementation of the Peace Agreement since the process is long, taking more time.

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