THE JONGLEI CONFERENCE IN JUBA SHOULD SHUN VIOLENCE
By Loro Louis Yugu
The Juba conference for the Jonglei Pibor communities should take peace to the people who have been living amid violent attacks for decades. There must be permanent solution to curb the repeated crimes such as child abduction, cattle raiding, revenge attacks, inter-communal violence and many others.
The Vice President for Economic Cluster Dr. James Wani Igga earlier knelt down to the Jonglei communities and pleaded for them to accept peace as one people living in the same state.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit quickly realized that it was paramount to initiate peace efforts and as such he appointed Dr. Igga to head a fact-finding committee to address the inter-communal violence among the Jonglei and Pibor communities. That shows that the leaders of this country would love to see the citizens of this country live in peace. Finally, a conference is here in Juba to bring all the Jonglei and Pibor communities together. We must all rally behind the peace conference.
The 500 peace delegates including 300 others representing all the counties in Jonglei State and Greater Pibor Administrative Area must put in their minds that the citizens from the said communities have suffered enough and they are yearning for urgent peace. Those with thorny hearts should mind the suffering of women and children.
The heads of UN missions and diplomatic corps among other delegates to the conference should work closely with the local leaders to unlock any effort to derail peace efforts for Jonglei and Pibor states and the entire South Sudan.
Thank God that all the communities in Jonglei and Pibor are represented. The Dinka, Nuer, Murle, Anyuak, Jieh and Kachipo tribes who live in the restive regions should now open a new chapter by revitalizing their hearts and accept peace. This is your chance to welcome peace in your states and live together.
This country is not ready to bleed again due to deliberate attacks on ordinary citizens. All forms of violent confrontations must be put to an end for tranquility.
The peace delegates must know that the poor inter-ethnic relations in Jonglei and Pibor has been caused by the prevalence of small arms in the hands of civilians; exacerbated by extreme poverty and lack of social infrastructure.
The tribal politicians are also another menace to the peaceful coexistence of the Jonglei and Pibor communities because they often take sides when there is violence. Such politicians should not be given a chance to tarnish the image of people. Let peace reign in Jonglei and Pibor states in this New Year.