A cattle herd in South Sudan [File photo]
By Ariik Atekdit
JUBA –[Gurtong] Tonj State Minister of Information, Hon. Madit Malek Akuein, said the proposal was presented by Minister for Local Government and Law Enforcement, Mr. Atek Monydhar, adding that laws and security will be provided to implement the decision immediately.
“We have named four main markets to serve our local population on livestock selling and buying processes in Tonj State. Our citizens have to drive their cows now from the villages up to Wau town.
“This government doesn’t benefit from the taxation of such commodities and livestock that are sold in other states. Cattle, goats and sheep are very important resources and the government must benefit from them,” Malek Said.
He said that Romic, Warrap, Fraq Sikha and Tonj town markets will be the main auction markets for selling livestock in Tonj State. He added that the four markets will have administrations that will establish a table for the markets so that buyers and sellers move from market to market to advantage the local population and government.
“This means that if, for instance, the market day is scheduled for Fraq Sikha this month, then next month auction would be scheduled for Warrap, or Romic or Tonj town market. We are going to make possible campaign so that people understand the goodness of such an idea,” Malek added.
“We are not going to entertain citizens to unlawfully drive their cows across the region without a pass that grant them freedom of movement. Even if you are moving about with your cattle for grazing, you must produce the permit document. Traders from Wau and Gogrial States will have to come to Fraq Sikha at the border market to buy and sell the livestock,” he said.
The Minister for Local Government, Hon. Atek Monydhar, has urged the local population and business community to welcome the government plan and abide by it when it is due for implementation.
“I am now trying to establish possible regulations that monitor the accurate implementation of this policy. This is good for the government of Tonj State. We have the resources and the government doesn’t benefit from them. We want the neighbouring communities and states to be becoming to our state looking for the resources that we have in our local markets,” Atek Monydhar explained.
“This is a question of bringing services nearer to the people. Instead of our local population to continue driving their livestock to distance places like Wau, and continue to have no places to sleep as they stay in Wau, the buyers will now come to them, while our local government will now tax and benefit from the visitors goods that they may bring,” Hon. Atek added.