Unity State: Nov 29, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) — The Commissioner of Panyijiar County of Unity State is in Lakes State in an effort to educate communities about peace. In a Press Statement extended to Nyamilepedia by the Local Government in Panyijiar County Press Secretary Mayen Benson Nirew, Commissioner William Nyuon Jok is in Lake State to deliver the message of peace as enshrined in the IGAD-plus peace initiative.
“The Commissioner of Payinjiar County, Hon. William Nyuon Jok is currently touring the border Counties of Lakes State in an effort to reach out to the internally displaced persons (IDPS) from Payinjiar County and speak to them about the Compromised Peace Agreement signed by both the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the armed opposition led by Riek Machar in August this year,” emphasized Mayen Benson Nirew.
The Commissioner’s mission is more of a peace tour than a particular visit of specific location to the nearby Lake Stat that is also hit by tribal mayhem.
“Commissioner Jok is currently in Nyang, the administrative headquarters of Yirol East County after addressing several rallies in Rumbek North and Rumbek East respectively where he was accorded warm and cordial reception by the IDPS population,” continued Nirew.
“Commissioner Jok told the IDPS that the relations between the peace loving people of Payinjiar County and the people of Lakes State has always been characterize by peaceful co-existence and mutual respect and that the current political situation in the country should not interfere with these noble principles.”
“Peace agreement will open the borders of Payinjiar County for trade and ultimately reduce the current economic hardships bedeviling the County. He said that traders from Payinjiar County can now bring their cows and dry fish and sell them in Juba or Rumbek and Yirol without any fear,” reads part of the statement.
Commissioner William Nyuon Jok on his tour encouraged residents of both states to choose peace over war; stop cattle raiding, and boost economic trade in the borders of both States.
“Traders from Payinjiar County can now bring their cows and dry fish and sell them in Juba or Rumbek and Yirol without any fear.”
Panyijiar County of Unity State has changed hands several times between Government of the Republic of South Sudan under President Salva Kiir Mayardit and armed opposition of the SPLM.led by former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny. The political differences in the SPLM-governing party rolled into blood bath and reduced Greater Upper Nile region to death bed of poor civilians since December 15, 2013. The Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African regional bloc, mediated the two warring parties of SPLM, Peace Agreement was signed in Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa but implemented.