Disarmament exercise no longer works, Warrap Governor says

Governor of Warrap State Aleu Ayieny Aleu/Courtesy photo

By Adia Jildo

The Governor of Warrap State, Lt. General Aleu Ayieny Aleu said the massive launch of disarmament in the State can no longer work as communal conflicts transpired and guns infiltrate from neighbouring communities.

He said despite voluntary disarmament that had taken place, a few people have resisted the free call to give up their guns to the government.

The governor stated the communal conflict continues on the argument that, most armed communities are not informed of the better use of arms.

 “Even if we are removing guns here, guns infiltrate back to the other parts of the State. This is a problem itself,” Gen. Aleu said.

 “Even if we collect guns and not change the mentality of the people, the issue of guns is a national problem. It becomes a problem when people do not know when to use it but rather kill themselves,” he added.

The military governor, General Aleu however warned of forceful disarmament incase persons holding guns do not hand them over to government peacefully.

He emphasized on the need for government to continuously disarm the civilian population citing that continuous resistance by some armed civilians might require much effort till peace is achieved.

“Guns must be handed over.  Those who are causing problems now are the ones who are keeping them,” he stated.

 “There are those who think guns are everything especially the cattle rattlers, they will not easily give or handover their guns,” he said.

On the 25th May 2022, Governor Aleu Ayieny Aleu told a local media that over 1,000 guns were voluntarily handed over to the government by civilians in Warrap State.

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