Judi Jonglei Boyuris, MP from Pibor County. [Gurtong | Jacob Achiek Jok]
By Jacob Achiek Jok
BOR, 14 October 2012 [Gurtong] – Judi Jonglei Boyuris denied allegations that there is a connection between the rebel forces operating in the state and the youth.
Judi said after they conducted a visit to Pibor County to convince the youth and civilians not to join the David Yau Yau forces.
“We went to Pibor County starting from Maruo to Pibor and we worked to convince civilians not to join David Yau Yau,” he said.
The members, including ministers and a delegation from Juba were also on a mission to bring the SPLA and civilians together as the war against the rebel group intensifies.
The relationship between the SPLA was deteriorating because of the perception that the youths were joining the rebel activities in parts of Pibor County after they were unhappy with the disarmament exercise carried out by the SPLA in Gumuruk and Likuangole villages.
“We left the people convinced and they are working together with South Sudan army,” he said.
Judi said that SPLA thought that everybody maybe joining Yau Yau and they think that all the civilians are against the army.
“We talked to chiefs, youth and army and we brought them together,” he said.
Judi said that none of them has the contacts with renegade and his activities in the county although he is from their ethnic group.
“I do not have contacts with David Yau Yau perhaps some others but we Members of Parliaments do not have a relationship with him to bring him in peace agreements. It is a role of government even though he is from our ethnic group, the people who sent him to destabilise the community are not from Murle,” he said.
He said that the rebel leader left without listening to the local chief and the only role the members have is to separate the civilians from his activities and leave the other job to the army.
“We are trying to bring civilians back to their villages in order to settle them. In Pibor, Maruo and Boma have no problem; the thing which affected the movement of the SPLA is the water because there is water everywhere in areas of Likuangole,” he said.
He said that the flooding has destroyed the crops which were cultivated by the locals.
Judi said they need intervention from both the government and the international organisations to intervene and settle people by providing them with food because since the conflict started some of the communities have not cultivated.