Jonglei depopuplates due to insecurity

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Published on Thursday, 26 March 2009 14:53
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Miyar is New Sudan Vision contributor
The sad days of intimidation of loved ones are not totally gone in Jonglei state. The state government has tried to step up to disarm, demilitarize, disintegrate and reintegrate all those militias undercover of gun possessions to no avail.

Insecurity still thrives to date in the state. It is time for the Government of Southern Sudan and the state governments to extricate crime perpetuated against innocents, who are not part of theft or arm possessions, but victims of cattle rustling and individual greed.

In principle, the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) and Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) have failed to implement the task before their infant nation if the looming hope for secession proceeds in 2011.

GoSS should be in a position to secure the innocent people it has been licensed to govern. One of the issues that stands out explicitly is the insecurity. How is Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) prepared if it cannot implement and control internal insecurity?

It should be realized that charity begins at home. SPLA and GoSS should be very restrictive to bring insecurity to zero before the hardest task with their counterpart in the coalition government of Sudan.

The most important gift on earth is the gift of life. If one loses a member of his family be it  through natural death or organized murder, one would love to revenge unless death it was natural. I think State governments, GoSS and SPLA should stand up to alleviate these kind of crimes perpetuated against the innocents.

First, it should implement a stringent disarmament program that will restrict and retrieve guns from illegal owners. This task requires comprehensive approach and collaboration of GoSS, SPLA and State governments so that no state, county, tribes, families and individuals are left out. I think all criminals are well known in their respective communities. Holding state governments, county commissioners and community leaders accountable is the best approach to eliminate insecurity.

GoSS is a government composed of paradigm structures that will assist in watering down those crimes. The community leaders together with their commissioners should ensure that everyone is counted either in SPLA or police unit. If anyone is not having a unit then he/she must go home.

Second, SPLA should step-in to rescue the situation because insecurity has been going  on since CPA was signed in 2005. Southern Sudan is now moving toward secession, but if such upheavals cannot be controlled, they are going to have negative repercussions on governance.

Nobody under any circumstance should be allowed to possess guns if not in SPLA. I think it should be a merit of SPLM, fighting for peaceful campaign and sanctity for every life.

Third, the government should give incentives to local people since poverty struck Southern Sudan during civil war. Development is not going as expected. Insecurity itself is the stumble block to local communities accessing development. Incentives to improve agriculture and small businesses will create jobs, thus, leading to engagement of these criminals who do not have anything.

I think most of the crimes perpetuated are committed by youth, who do not have access to resources, remaining idle and resorting to cattle rustling and theft. Therefore providing incentives to them will reduce insecurity.

Finally, GoSS should introduce gun registry. This legislation will empower SPLA to have jurisdiction over gun possessions. The law will outcasts and ousts these perpetrators to restrain from illegal killing for the sake of getting cattle and abduct ing children, who are not their own. Therefore, SPLA, GoSS and state governments should put this priority to reduce arm robbery crimes in the nation by implementing stringent disarmament, disintegration, demilitarization,  and provie development incentives and hold the government and everyone accountable. These measures will reduce insecurity if we get involved in the task, not only for our government but the good citizens who love Southern Sudan to prosper and flourish in the 21st century for next generations to inherit good deeds.

Miyar De’Nyok is a Sudanese student in University of Waterloo. You can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.