Tonj State Governor, Akec Tong Aleu [Photo by James Dimo]
By James Deng Dimo
WAU, 02 February 2017 [Gurtong]-According to the two Governors, both will visit the most affected areas of the farmers and will meet the cattle keepers who are said to be dangerous, killing, looting properties and burning down villages in Wath- lelo area.
The Governors also agreed that they will use their security organs to carry out massive disarmament, targeting those carrying guns and killing innocent civilians in the area in order to allow for the more than 15 thousand people who have recently fled their homes to return.
It was also discussed in the meeting that all cattle keepers who are in the area will be immediately asked to return to Tonj State without conditions.
“You people of Wau, we are one people, and it has never happened one day that there were problems between the Luo, Feritits of Wau and the Dinka and what is happening today after we the people of South Sudan have liberated the South? Where are we going, where is the country going and where are we going? We have to stop this senseless killing of civilians, we need peace between ourselves as our own implementation of national peace dialogue recently announced by our President,” said Tonj State Governor Akec.
Akec said cattle keepers whose aim is to disrupt farmers in Wau are those who do not abide by the rules and laws of the State.
“I have now disarmed a percentage of 75 percent and from the beginning, I told the cattle keepers of Tonj State not to cross into the forest of Wau State due to insecurity of the rebels and if there are some people who have crossed into Wau State, this means they are criminals and we will deal with them,” he said.
On his part, Wau State Governor, Andrea Mayar Acho appreciated the move by Tonj to take drastic measures to combat any farmer who is violent in Wau State.
“What we all need is our civilians whether in Tonj or Wau to stay in peace. Let us stop sitting in the office and go out there in the villages where the conflict is taking place such that we can bring them back to coexist peacefully,” said Acho.
“I had informed my people about our last year meeting in Juba. The former Gogrial State Governor, Abraham Gum that cattle keepers should not cross into Wau State during harvest season and why is this still happening,” said Acho.
He reiterated that a massive disarmament will be carried out in the two Counties where the conflict is going on between farmers and cattle keepers.