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Unity state commissioner urges inter-state border patrols

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

February 13, 2013 (BENTIU) – The commissioner of Mayiandit county in South Sudan’s Unity state has urged communities that signed the 2002 peace initiative to adopt the spirit of nationalism, seen as a remedy to the rampant threat posed by cattle rustling.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Wednesday, Gideon Gatpan Thoar said the government should put in place joint inter-state border patrols to maintain peace and security in territories within the young nation.

“We have to step up efforts through transparent communication, in order to successfully maintain peace in our regions. We need a supportive patrolling system for our security forces to make sure they don’t allow pockets [of] arms in criminals’ hideouts”, he said.

Since it attained independence in July 2011, South Sudan’s path to development has been shaky. Absence of proper roads, for instance, have hindered efforts by security forces to protect civilians affected by cattle raids in various parts of the country.

After decades of civil war with neighbouring Sudan, several arms have also remained in the hands of local people, with subsequent disarmament exercises aimed at recovering such weapons proving less successful.

Last week, Lakes state authorities in collaboration with their counterparts in neighbouring Unity state, initiated a move in which they claimed more than 300 head of cattle, raided from Lakes last year, were recovered and returned to their rightful owners.

However, Unity state officials claim only 57 animals were recovered in the process, dismissing numbers indicated by Lakes state authorities.

During the interview, Thoar urged other communities in South Sudan to embrace such collaborative efforts with neighbouring states, which he says will minimise threats posed by cattle raids.

“We need to behave as citizens of one nation, citizens rather than bringing division on tribal line bases,” he stressed.

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  • 16 February 2013 04:38, by Nuer Empire

    Nuer are very truthful people in South Sudan,but their fury brothers!
    The Nuer Empire

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    • 16 February 2013 04:56, by julia

      nuer a keeping complianing foolishly,food lovers,Taban is out now,who will provide u food cover again?Taban was one of corrupt governor.we wish kiir to appoint capable governor but nuer food lovers.

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    • 16 February 2013 06:52, by Nuer Empire

      Cmmissioner,do you believe that Agaar Carnivals will stop attacking your county?

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    • 16 February 2013 09:46, by Tong dut

      Yes, they are not patroling the area since food is their moto.
      How can SPLA not patroling the border? And you are crying like wild dogs,Open fire on jalaba, what are you waitng for?
      Most of Nuer are in juba as juba is full with food.

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  • 16 February 2013 04:48, by master

    i wish BAD LUCK

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  • 16 February 2013 05:40, by Panthou

    To: Bonifacio Taban.
    you needs to go back to school please! What do you mean by unity state commissioner? Did you meant unity state commissioners or governor? Is there’s no qualified people or journalist in our state? Last time you reported panakuach as part of mayom county, while it is not. You need to attend some journalist classes before any further reports. Print the map of unity state too!

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  • 16 February 2013 08:20, by George Bol

    Breaking News,
    Sudan has started bombing the South Sudan. They bomb Jau and other areas in Unity states.4 governors dismissed per president degree; governor of Unity state, Upper Nile, and WBG.

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    • 16 February 2013 09:49, by Tong dut

      WHY not to bring the plane down.
      Keep accusesing till they will kill you all.

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