VPs call for intensive disarmament campaigns

VPs call for intensive disarmament campaigns
L – R: Vice Presidents James Wani Igga, Taban Deng Gai and Rebecca Nyandeng. (photo credit: Alamy)

The vice presidents have called for the disarmament of armed civilian populations across all 10 states and the three administrative areas to reduce insecurity in the country.

The vice presidents made remarks on Monday while addressing the fifth governor’s forum, where they discussed challenges and opportunities in the states.

Speaking at the event, Vice President Taban Deng Gai proposed that governors and chief administrators conduct civilian disarmament in order to reduce retaliatory killings and cattle raids.

He said that while conducting the exercise, the governors should work with the UN to ensure reports of the disarmament are released and ensure that arms collected from the civilians are destroyed so that they do not go back into the hands of the civilian population.

“I propose that you take the issue of civilian disbarment very seriously.”

He said insecurity was hampering development in the states and proposed that the governors approach the issue from a legal perspective to ensure the armed civilians surrender their arms peacefully without causing havoc.

“My proposal on this disarmament [is] that] we should approach it differently. Let’s have a law, let us have a concept note on how to do development. This concept note should be discussed in the state council of ministers and then taken to parliament and passed into law and signed by the president.

 “We go back for dissemination to enlighten the citizens that we are going to collect arms because some of them when you ask and contact [them], you will discover them and get their opinion on how to do it,’’ he said.

He added that “the UN should be involved in this exercise and we should not do it alone. Professor Hayson should be involved. They have experts on doing civilian disarmament. They have done it in Western Africa; they can also succeed here’’.

He said the arms should not be stored because they could get their way back into the hands of civilians through recycling, adding that the best way is to destroy them.

“To those who will surrender their firearms peacefully, they should be given a token, even if $10, $50, or $100 will be enough for them, but we must destroy these arms so that our people are peaceful,” Taban reiterated.

Meanwhile, Dr, James Wani Igga, the Vice President for the Economic Cluster, also attributed the issue of insecurity to the challenge faced by the economic cluster in accessing some of the revenue-generating areas in the states.

He suggested that the construction of internal roads in the states would help to tackle insecurity across the country and foster an effective response by security forces to emergencies.

“The armed civilians, our comrades, must be quickly disarmed. We have no choice. They must be quickly disarmed and the security forces adequately disciplined,” said Igga.

“Security can be tackled if we ensure devolution transfer of powers to the states, which is the highest form of decentralisation that will make people feel that services and development are coming to them,” he added.

“And the people need services and people need development, and if this is not done, this is where you get road ambushes, this is where you get rebellions,” he warned.