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Jonglei outlaws civilians from carrying arms


November 15, 2012 (BOR) - Lawmakers in South Sudan’s eastern state of Jonglei, the scene of a localised rebellion and controversial disarmament campaign, have passed a bill making it illegal for civilians to carry guns or ammunition without a licence.

The Social Firearms and Ammunitions Control Bill, passed in the state parliament’s last session before the long Christmas recess, is in response to ongoing insecurity in the state.

It is almost a year since cattle raiding and reprisal attacks escalated dramatically in Jonglei over Christmas and New Year triggering a state-wide disarmament campaign, which involved the deployment of around 15,000 soldiers and police to the area. The United Nations and human rights groups have accused the South Sudanese army of abuses while conducting the exercise.

The speaker of the state assembly, Peter Chol Wall MP, while addressing the media in his office on Wednesday in Bor, said the law was important as it will regulate rampant possession of guns in the hands of civilians in Jonglei.

Reading the content of the bill to the press in his office, Wall said:.

“No civilian shall possess firearm of ammunition unless he or she has a valid license, issued by the competent authority”.

Before this law, it was still legal for civilians to possess guns without a licence - a legacy of the Sudanese civil war (1983-2005) that led to South Sudan’s independence last year and saw a flood of small arms into Jonglei State for over two decades.

The proliferation of weapons has meant that the practice of cattle raiding, which has long been common among the pastoralist communities of South Sudan, has become a far more fatal and divisive exercise.

The law has spelled out the categories of penalties for those who will be caught with guns according to the speaker. The new law will be presented to Governor Manyang Juuk for his assent before the end of November.

This new bill comes as the disarmament campaign in Jonglei continues.

In December 2011 around 6,000-8,000 armed youth primarily from the Luo Nuer ethnic group were mobilized militarily to launched a series of systematic attacks on the Murle tribe of Pibor County over a 12 day period crossing into January 2012.

Over 1,000 people were killed in violence between Jonglei’s cattle herding groups in 2011 and nearly 900 more in the New Year attacks, which began on 27 December and ended - after a series of reprisal attacks from Murle armed groups - around 4 February.

Abductions of women and children, the destruction of homes and the displacement of thousands of civilians are common dynamics of the conflict a report, compiled by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with support from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) found in June 2012.

Over 140,000 people as they were forced to flee their homes and/or need humanitarian assistance. The unrest led to South Sudan President Salva Kiir ordering a state-wide disarmament process

Later in 2012 the six tribes of the state signed an agreement in the Jonglei capital Bor in an attempt to end the cycle of ethnic violence in the area. However, some groups have avoided the process and a rebellion headed by David Yauyau continues in Pibor County.


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  • 16 November 2012 09:00, by omoni jr.

    the bill of law is passed,but the question is who passed this law???
    The same Dinka Bor criminal who are trying to wipe out other tribes in Jonglei state. Loving cow more than Human being is a big mistake and curse to south sudanese community,undermining other people’s right is unfair and lead to destruction of Dinka kingdom,like what happened in 90s. History can repeat itself as historians say.

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    • 16 November 2012 09:22, by ngomrom

      Way singling one tribe gun are mean for army not for civilian it has to bend everywhere in south Sudan Carring firearm must be an offend
      Thanks Nyomrom

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    • 16 November 2012 09:33, by Jeti

      Omoni jr.
      What are you still doing on earth with your hopeless hatred towards Dinka? Just go to hell with your cowardice mouth that likes barking. Idiot, what did you do to Bor community in 90s?
      Shame on you!!

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    • 16 November 2012 09:48, by Dinkawarrior

      Omoni jr?
      You’re stupid Arab woman whose your butt have been hit hard as it happened in 1990s, without your motherfucker Dinka you would have been still a salve. Shame on you for not giving a respect to your mothers’ husbands Dinka.

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      • 16 November 2012 09:52, by ngomrom

        Dear Bro
        Take it easy try to teach him same manners but insulting wil not make him understand how a good citizen should behave

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      • 16 November 2012 20:47, by omoni jr.

        Using childish and uncivilized language is a great evidence to show that,Dinka Bor are wild animals,and the same time they are very coward creatures,How can you pass the law and yet you do not even respect it. what is the law anyway?
        There is nothing like law in Jonglei,jsut bring yau yau David and Majak Agoot to the justice first..And new sudan vision need to be dismiss and go..

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        • 17 November 2012 09:53, by Peacocktail

          Omoni Jr. Lost his mind on Dinka, Omoni,The Jonglei Parliament is composition of all MPs from all Constituencies in Jonglei NOT Dinka Parliament, I think what confuse you since you lost your mind is the Speaker Name Hon.Chol, He is speaking on behave of Jonglei State citizens safety fool! Hon.Wani is speaker for Juba Parliament like Hon,Chol.pls use your brains for thinking Not for FOOD bro oooh!

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  • 16 November 2012 13:53, by markuonliel

    if someone cheat you for the first time, shame on him but if he cheat you for the second time then shame on you.
    this issue of disarming innocent people like Dinka Bor community then later they are just killed like bird by the rest of the community shall never repeat itself. how many time are people killed in Bor whithout government response.
    gov’t do provide civilian with drunkard as guards.

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    • 16 November 2012 15:58, by dad1

      Government of SS is always against it friends and fear her enemies shame on them, It will learn a lesson from venerable tribes that is Nuer and Dinka when they will defect from the government, within this month there are six cases of cattle raiding in two communities that is Dinka and Nuer land and the government was laughing, it is right for this two communities to have guns on their hands.

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    • 16 November 2012 16:59, by Ruach

      Why are you crying for Bor alone?

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      • 17 November 2012 07:43, by dad1

        I’m not crying for Bor my friend but both communities of Dinka and Nuer who are venerable to murle, we are all brothers even murle, the only different is that murles have common behaviors with hyenas.

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  • 16 November 2012 18:34, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Jonglei State government needs to apply laws fairly to every tribes Jonglei areas. These all tribes [Dinka, Nuer, Murle, Jie, Anyuak & kachipo] should be equally views by government as one Jongleinian under their leadership.

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    • 17 November 2012 18:31, by Ahmed Chol

      They are treating all tribes equally and that is why Murle must be disarmed like the rest of the tribes.

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