Civil Society And Legislators Discuss Ways To Control Spread Of Small Arms

The civil society network in Wau together with members from the State legislative assembly held a one day workshop on Friday aimed at developing laws to control small arms.

Civil Society And Legislators Discuss Ways To Control Spread Of Small Arms
Civil society network and legislators discussion during the workshop held in Wau [Gurtong photo/ James Dimo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 02 December 2017 [Gurtong] – The move came as a result of regular threats against civilians by attackers using small arms to loot.

According to Wau State civil society network Chairperson, Joseph Luka Akuar, the workshop was meant to bring members of the legislative assembly to the workshop in order for them to develop to develop laws that will reduce the risks that small arms and light weapons represent for all aspects of security.

“Today [Friday] we the civil society organizations network of Wau, are engaging our parliamentarians and challenging them to change some policies concerning community safety.

And this is the widespread of small arms in the hands of civilians. So we are here to discuss such that they can pass a law that can at least try to control the spread of small arms,” said Luka.

He said the civil society network is currently implementing a project called strategic partnership to ensure civilians are safe and protected by the government.

“We are also engaging the security actors that is the national security and the police to see what are the best modalities of security that we can offer to our communities and also to engage them in issues affecting them especially reporting,” he said.

The activists also pointed out that individuals are not reporting cases of intimidation at gun points to the rightful authorities.

“Individuals are not reporting to the police but incidents are happening so it is our concern as civil society organizations to come up and stand bold for these issues and address together with our government and our communities to make this programme successful,” he said.
 

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