Olubo community wants order against illegal logging implemented
The communities of Lokiliri Payam in Juba County, Central Equatoria State (CES), have appealed to the state government to stop illegal logging and charcoal burning activities in their area.
The communities raised the concern following a Sunday attack by armed criminals at Ngerjebi Boma in Lokiliri Payam. The attackers killed one person, injured two women, and abducted two children from the area.
Longino Michael Cook, the Chairman of Olubo Community, said his village had come under increased insecurity due to the presence of armed charcoal burners and loggers living in the jungle.
“The presence of charcoal burners and loggers in the area has caused insecurity. That is the result of the government’s failure to implement the orders issued on the banning of illegal logging and charcoal burning. “
Cook said there have been several orders issued by the state government, but all of them remain on paper with mere words without action.
“Our appeal is that we want the government to chase out those who are present in the area, and we want the government to implement the orders that were issued on illegal logging and charcoal burning,” he said.
“You cannot issue an order by mere words of mouth or on paper and expect people to implement it. It can’t happen. You must assign a special force to follow the orders in order for them to be carried out.
“I am appealing to the government to implement the orders on illegal logging and charcoal burning,” Cook stressed.
He said the communities have reported cases to the authorities about the presence of armed men in the area, but no action has been taken.
“Our many issues here are with non-Olubo in the area, and those non-Olubo (outsiders) are the ones doing all those things because they are the ones feeding the criminals, especially those cutting the trees and charcoal,” he said.
The community leader further called on the community to take care of their children.
” Every year and every month, children are being kidnapped. It is uncalled for and unbecoming for someone’s children to be taken more than twice. Something needs to be done by the government. “