Adil confirms restoration of peace among herders and farmers

Emmanuel Adil Anthony and President Salva Kiir Mayardit during the meeting-Courtesy

By Bida Elly David

The governor of Central Equatoria State said the relationship between cattle herders and farmers has been restored after continuous tensions that left many people dead, injured and others displaced across the State.

He made the statement during an official meeting with President Salva Kiir on the current status of the security situation in the State as well as the standing point on the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

The meeting was attended by the Executive Director in the Office of the President and the accompanying team of the governor of Central Equatoria State.

Over the past months, Central Equatoria State has witnessed numerous inter-communal conflicts between cattle herders and farmers.

The conflict intensified into real violence as many citizens lost lives while others sustained injuries and displaced from their vicinities.

Despite the numerous committees formed by the authorities to investigate the incidents, reports from victims of the inter-communal violence stated that no positive outcome has been witnessed rather people continued living under the State of jeopardy and threats from the herders.

Speaking during the meeting at the President’s Office, Emmanuel Adil Anthony, the governor of Central Equatoria State said peaceful coexistence between the herders and farmers has become relatively normal saying there is peaceful repatriation of cattle from the farm areas to their places of origin.

He underscored positive progress and the completion of the formation of the County councils and their readiness to assume their responsibility towards running the activities of the County for the progress of the County activities in various sectors.

The Governor also briefed President Kiir on the developmental projects and other initiatives being undertaken by Central Equatoria State government as variables for positive transformation of the State into the next level.

However, Governor Adil did not explain the criteria through which the herders and the farmers reached into consensus.

Meanwhile President Salva Kiir Mayardit reiterated his commitment to support the states government as well as its people.

He directed governor Adil to jointly work with all stakeholders at the State and the national level to ensure smooth implementation of the peace roadmap to pave way for the completion of the remaining tasks and provisions of the Revitalized Agreement.

President Kiir assured the citizens of his commitment to ensure the positive implementation of the remaining provisions in the agreement and promised not to return the country back to war again.

He further urged all the citizens to exercise activities that would not trigger war and discrimination among people but unite them through peaceful coexistence.

He added that it was through unity and forgiveness that the citizens would make the Country to undergo positive stability and economic reforms at all levels.

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