Kiir says he’s tired of violence in Jonglei, vows not to intervene again in their issues

President Salva Kiir Mayardit speaks at the Pibor-Jonglei Peace Conference held in Juba between 25th - 27th January, 2021 |Photo: Office of the President
President Salva Kiir Mayardit speaks at the Pibor-Jonglei Peace Conference held in Juba between 25th – 27th January, 2021 |Photo: Office of the President

Speaking at the conclusion of the Jonglei-Pibor Peace Conference on Wednesday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit called on the rival communities to stop engaging in inter-tribal conflicts or else he would not send troops to de-escalate tensions.

“Next time you go for fighting, I will not come to help you again, and even, I will not appoint any committee to go and investigate the fighting in that area,” Kiir told the participants while closing the two-day Peace Conference in Juba.

Kiir told them that he would rather remain silent and keep his security forces around him for other purposes than intercommunal violence.

“I will maintain the small army and police around me. I have decided that if any fighting [erupts] again, I will not send any soldier or police. I will allow you to fight till the end,” Kiir told them.

He also warned them that if they engage in other acts of violence and rush to him for protection, they should not complain anymore and accept their defeat.

“But I will help you and defend you [when you run to me]; after that, do not talk like a man.”

Over 250 representatives from the the Nuer, Dinka, Kachipo, Murle, and
Anyuak participated in the peace conference amid at ending insecurity and inter-communal conflicts in Jonglei and Pibor Administrative.

Intercommunal violence between the Nuer, Murle, and Dinka aggravated by cattle rustling and child abduction has been never-ending. It can be traced back to the 1950s.