Subnational violence a threat to peace gains -says Kiir

By Tereza Jeremiah Chuei

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has acknowledged that the recurring circle of subnational violence is threatening to undermine the peace dividends already made through implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

Kiir sadly noted that the government efforts are being reversed by the Sub-National violence as it’s a threat to the Peace Implementation.

Speaking during the closer of the 6th Governor’s Forum, President Kiir said that the ongoing violence in Upper Nile Region “must stop”.

“Since this (insecurity) is a major threat, we are facing today in our country, am calling upon governors and chief administrators, national organs to come up with ways to end this uncalled for violence e.g., what is happening in Twic and Ngok communities as well as among communities in Upper Nile (Region) is unacceptable and it must stop,” he said.

President Kiir stressed that, he had spoken on many occasions that rampant sub-national violence is threatening to reverse the (gains) they have made at the National level with the implementation of the revitalized Peace Agreement.

Over 8.9 million people that is more than 75 percent of the population need humanitarian assistance, according to the UN.

An estimated 2 million people remain internally displaced and 2.36 million have fled to neighbouring countries.

WFP and FAO had warned that violence is crippling the food security and livelihood of growing number of people, as it halted farming, which will slash harvest for the rest of the year, and has deprived communities of livestock.

Meanwhile, in match; the peace bodies had also said that ‘South Sudan government bears the primary responsibility to protect its populations from genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity”.

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