The Western Equatoria State citizens are calling on the newly reconstituted State Revitalized Transitional Legislative Assembly of Western Equatoria State to bring peace in the state
Last year, the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit reconstituted the Legislative Assembly of Western Equatoria State and appointed 92 members out of 100 of which 79 of them were sworn on Monday this week, 8 MPs from OPP were not appointed and 13 did not attend the swearing in.
Speaking to No. 1 Citizen Daily Newspaper some citizens of the state said they should prioritise security in the state so that citizens can be able to go for their daily activities.
Minaida John, one of the residents of Yambio County said the Lawmakers should be their representatives because whatever will happen to citizens, they have to talk about it.
“I am calling upon all the women in Yambio that all of us should join hands together to pray so that peace prevails in our state, not only in Yambio but all over the state, we are suffering, our children are not studying because there is no peace, without peace there will be nothing that is why I am calling upon our brethren who have been sworn in as Members of State Legislative Assembly to work for us, anything which will happen to us they are the ones to raise it ahead and they should work together with us the citizens,” Minaida pointed out.
Another resident Oliver William Debu said their parents grew up in war and they are also growing up in war now their children are also suffering because of war so they need the lawmakers to restore peace in their state.
“I am very happy to see our people taking oath of office today, we are suffering, we are dying day and night, there is fear among the communities, we were born in war, our children are dying of war which is not good in society, so we have to join hands together with our brethren who are sworn today to bring peace in the state and South Sudan at large,” Oliver added
Moses Kambuani, also a citizen in Western Equatoria State said he is happy to see the MPs who are going to represent them in the Government and they should work for peace.
“It is a good thing to bring people who are going to represent us, so what we need from them is team work so they work for peace in our state, and they have to look at the citizens as their own people not like the enemy,” Moses complaint.
Clemet Dembi Deba an MP representing Mvolo County through the ticket of SPLM Party said he is happy to be appointed to serve in the State Parliament for the Second time adding that building the constitution is his first priority.
“I am very happy to come back to the parliament of Western Equatoria State so I want to assure the general public that our constitution of the Republic of South Sudan will bring back peace, it is our collective responsibility to work hand in hand to make sure peace returns to the state and we are going to work with the executive to provide services to our people” he said.
Kurusoro Kapiten, another MP representing Mundri West County through NMC under Umbrella of SSOA said his priority is to protect the law; he said “my priority is to protect law making and peace building to bring harmony that is why I was appointed”.
During the swearing in of the lawmakers the governor of Western Equatoria Lt. Gen. Alfred Futuyo Karaba advised the lawmakers to work as a team to bring peace in the state. He urged them to play politics of development in the constituency they represent ahead of election, Futuyo told the team to table the issue of defunct states salary for discussion.
Meanwhile the Deputy Governor of Western Equatoria Dr. Kennedy Gaaniko directed the Parliament to act within the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.