Vice President Dr Riek Machar addressing residents at the DDRC facility in Mapel. [Gurtong | James Deng Dimo]
By James Deng Dimo
WAU, 30 August 2012 [Gurtong] - Machar visited Mapel town following an invitation extended to him by the Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration Commission (DDRC) to attend the launch of the DDRC transitional facility which has been under construction.
Machar pointed out that the DDRC is targeting to enrol 150,000 Ex-combatants for a training course in Mapel.
He urged the commission to commence their programs of training the ex-combatants.
The DDRC has got some uncompleted transitional facilities centres which include centres in Parak in Jonglei, Eastern Equatoria State and one in Unity State.
He said that by 2020, the DDRC programs in the country would have achieved its mandates in the Country.
The Vice President urged the Mapel community to put more efforts in agriculture to produce more food to the country since Mapel has good fertile soils for agriculture.
He said that the community should keep producing Lulu oil in large quantities for export to bring income in the country.
Machar was accompanied by the senior government officials including DDRC Country Chairperson William Deng Deng and the State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Peter Opio who represented the state governor.
Others included Jur River Commissioner Akol Majok Rock alongside SPLA forces from sector one division headed by James Bol Kong.