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Constantly relieving, appointing leaders not solution to state problems -Activist

Author: Okot Emmanuel | Published: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Jame David Kolok, Executive Director, Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance. Courtesy image

Relieving and appointing leaders in the restive states without a national security strategy will not change the fragile security conditions, an activist has argued.

Jame David Kolok said President Salva Kiir should find ways to restore security and the rule of law instead of regularly rotating Governors and Administrators across the country.

“This is not about leadership, it is about broader national and state issues that impact on the formidable leadership,” he said.

On Tuesday, President Kiir dismissed Makur Kulang as Governor of Lakes State and appointed Lieutenant-General Rin Tueny Mabor.

He also fired the Chief Administrator of Pibor Administrative Area, Joshua Konyi, and replaced him with Lokali Ame Bullen.

In a separate decree, Kiir relieved William Chol Awanlith from the position of the Chief Administrator for Ruweng Area and appointed Peter Dau Chopkuer as the replacement.

But the head of the Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance stated that these changes are not helpful without a comprehensive security program in those areas.

“In some of those states, the leaders there are crying because of lack of resources, leave alone the fact that they have few law enforcement officers,” Kolok stated.

He urged Juba to support state governments with the necessary resources to restore stability and deliver services.

“[If] we are not able to address most of the [security] issues, we are likely to continue firing and recruiting [but] issues of insecurity will continue in the country.”

Mr. Kolok further said that the government should instead expedite the process of graduating and deploying the unified forces in the restive states.

“There must be a quick response towards addressing the security issues provided in the peace agreement so that we will be able to have the necessary stability.”

Lakes State, Pibor, Warrap, and Unity states continue to experience endless waves of communal violence, mainly fueled by revenge attacks, cattle raiding, and banditry.

The UN Mission in South Sudan says revenge attacks and cattle-related killings remain the biggest security challenge after political violence subsided in the country.

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