Rights group Calls on Kiir to appoint religious leaders and Civil Society Representatives

President Salva Kiir Mayardit signing a document | Photo: File

CPA | Press Release

June 26, 2020 (Thessherald)-The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA), a Juba-based human rights organization, welcomes the presidential order issued by the president of the republic H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit on Tuesday 23rd, June 2020. The order aimed at resolving the endless and on-ongoing inter-communal violence in Jonglei State is a welcome move in the direction.

However, the Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) takes this order at face value. It has to be noted that, several attempts were made since 2005 to deal with the communal fights in Jonglei, but all efforts were rendered futile and ineffective.

Despite the presidential order being a good gesture and a welcomed move, the Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) strongly object the composition of the high-level committee and seriously doubts whether it will be able to deliver. The decade’s long tension in the Greater Jonglei area that involves the Nuer, the Dinka and the Murle tribes cannot be without unknown root causes that deserve a committee to find out. It is an open secret that the inter-communal feuds if not all but most of the times are issues related to revenge attacks usually accompanied by cattle raids, child and women abductions, rapes and other revenge-inducing crimes.

The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) therefore urges the president to reconsider reconstituting the membership of the high-level committee to include representatives from the civil society and religious leaders, but most importantly there should and must be tribal chiefs from the ground representing respective conflicting tribes; they are well informed with issues affecting them, unlike politicians. Appointing politicians to head the process is nothing but another opportunity for politicians to empty the state’s coffers. If appointing politicians solves anything, the Greater Jonglei’s inter-communal fights would have been solved long time ago.

Conclusively, the Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) cannot help points out to the fact that, these communal feuds in Jonglei and other parts of South Sudan are as a results of state policy failures, anarchy and dysfunctionality. It is therefore a joke to expect a state that has presided over the chaos for over decades to overnight wake up and solve the problems they help created. The political elites in South Sudan have politicized and commercialized these inter-communal fights and should not be appointed to further their gains!

The president should as a matter of credibility appoints members from the ground not Juba-based politicians if he wants to solve the issue; something we are tempted to believe.

The problems in Jonglei do not end with finding the root causes but it is fundamentally tied generally to the prevailing situation of lawlessness and rampant insecurity countrywide. It has to do with provision of all forms of securities; justice and proper administration the rule of law, appointing politicians will not help it but aggravate it.

The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) would like to urge the president to look at involving the civil society, religious leaders and paramount chiefs of the conflicting tribes from the ground, otherwise this is going to be another political appointment that has nothing to do with the common people but politicians.

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