Police hails Governor Rin for restoring order
Police in Lakes State has hailed Governor Rin Tueny Mabor for restoring peace and sanity in the state.
The police Spokesperson of Lake State Major Elijah Mabor Makuac said people were moving freely even during the night without the fear of attack.
He said the whole state was stable, and that there is no insecurity or community conflict that has so far been reported.
“People are moving freely without any problem, you can even move for a long distance without any problem unlike in the past. The communities have agreement among themselves to cooperate with the state government,” Mabor told The City Review in a telephone interview yesterday.
“Most of the animals which have been raided have been recovered and taken back to their rightful owners because there measured put in place to address the insecurity in the state. The government set up three courts to address the cases of cattle raiding and other crime-related issues in the state,” he added.
However, Maj. Mabor said there were minor incidences such as accidents and social issues that still continue to happen in the area. He said any incidence connected to the insecurity has now become a thing of the past.
Measures in place
“The government patrol teams are also available moving in the town of Rumbek to avoid other criminal cases like breaking of the shops,” he said.
Before the appointment of Governor Rin, Lakes State had witnessed waves of revenge attacks, clashes over scarce sources of pastures and water and cattle raiding over the past 16 years. Several people had lost their lives in the communal conflicts
Last week, the Governor of Lakes State Rin promised intense disarmament by next month to ensure lasting peace in the state.
Mabor expressed fears that Lakes State residents will always remain worried for as long as disarmament is not done. He added there were an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 untrained and indisciplined youth in the state.
Mabor said the government needs to prioritise the exercise to address insecurity tied to unruliness.
He said the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) and other organised forces were ready to sustain peace, adding that all the looted resources had been recovered to sustain the peace in the state.
Governor Mabor promised to engage the youth in the cattle camps to collaborate with the state in the expected disarmament process.
In July, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) released a statement that Lakes and Warrap states authorities were involved in extrajudicial killings, which sparked a peaceful protest in Rumbek, the capital of Lakes State.
The protesters termed the report baseless, biased, and unfounded in solidarity with the state government. This was after the government of Lakes State dismissed the report which was released on July 26 alleging the extra-judicial killings of 42 people who were said to have committed a heinous crime.