Jan 06, 2021 (Nyamilepedia) — President Kiir yesterday held a meeting with the National Security Committee in Juba where he directed the security committee to immediately put a halt to road ambushes, cattle raids, and intercommunal clashes in the country.
According to the presidential adviser for national security affairs, Tut Gatluak Manime, the president directed the security organs to carry out inspections in the conflicted areas.
“We met with the minister of interior and directed the security organs to carry out inspection visits to the areas where there are conflicts and move cattle away from in and around Juba city. Also, they have been directed to make sure that our roads are secure by deploying troops along the roads to ensure full protection of all people,” Gatluak said.
The president called on the authorities to protect South Sudanese and urged the citizens to respect the country’s sovereignty and security.
“We call upon the state authorities, especially the governors, to work on the protection of the lives of the people of South Sudan. We also want to tell our citizens that we will not allow anyone to undermine the country’s sovereignty and security. We want citizens to respect the law and order across South Sudan,” he added.
Edmund Yakani, the executive director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), welcomed the decision saying that the intervention by the security officials will honor the principles of human rights protection and rule of law.
He called upon the citizens to abstain from this inter-communal violence and said President Salva Kiir should issue an executive order for legal steps to be taken against individuals fueling inter-communal conflict.
Yakani appealed to the president to constitute a national multi-stakeholder mechanism, free of politicians, to handle inter-communal violence in the country.