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Armed cattle keepers threaten C. Equatoria security, farming

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July 16, 2014 (JUBA) – The governor of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state (CES), Clement Wani Konga, said on Wednesday that the influx of cattle keeping communities is threatening security and interrupting farming activities.

Following the eruption of violence in the capital, Juba, in mid-December last year, fighting quickly spread to Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states, with hundreds of thousands of citizens who were displaced from their homes taking refuge in the peaceful Central, Eastern and Western Equatoria states.

However, Konga has accused many of the internally displaced persons of being hostile to local host communities.

Speaking at the opening of the state assembly on Wednesday, he said armed cattle owners from neighbouring states had disrupted normal farming activities and were responsible for causing environment damage.

“There is ongoing arming of the cattle keepers whereby it further aggravates the insecurity situation in the state,” said Konga, without naming the arms suppliers.

The majority of Central Equatoria residents are engaged in farming activities, while the Mundari community, from which Konga hails, are mainly cattle keepers. Other communities like Bari, Kakua and Kuku, however, keep relatively few animals.

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Governor Konga also spoke about ongoing development projects in the state, which he said have been implemented in spite of the current crisis.

Five primary (Lokiliri, Legeri, Gwerekek, Jabur and Bilnyang) and six secondary (Lirya, Rokon, Kinji, Gudele, Kabi and Rajaf) schools are currently under construction.

Konga said there had also been a number of improvements in health care across the state, including the completion of the Panyume primary health care facility, a maternity ward in Morobo hospital and an operating theatre in Yei hospital, as well as the rollout of a successful immunisation program.

In addition, Konga said 46 health workers have been recruited and 108 medical students graduated from medical schools.

According to Konga, $2.5 million has been invested in road infrastructure and the purchase of equipment to assist in the construction of feeder roads.

During his address, Konga also asked members of the assembly to pass the 2014-15 state budget which is yet to be tabled before lawmakers.

“The task ahead of you demands concentration, consultation and cooperation in our deliberation,” he said, citing what he calls “various bills” without elaborating further on their content.

SUPPORT FOR FEDERALISM

Konga also reiterated his determination to push for a federal system of government in South Sudan without “shying away” from debate on the matter.

“Federalism was and is the quest of the people of South Sudan since 1947,” he said. “For Central Equatoria state the federal system of governance is the best to transform the state.”

He said power sharing arrangements between regions, states and ethnic groups would help render better and more effective services for South Sudanese people.
“In this regard, we need to be vigilant, firm, focused and not shy away … on the values and benefits of this system of governance that ensures equitable distribution of national resources,” he said.

South Sudan’s rebel faction led by former vice-president Riek Machar is demanding federalism be introduced, saying it as preferable system of governance compared to the current decentralised one.

However, president Salva Kiir insists that any decisions on South Sudan’s political future should be put on hold until peace and stability has been restored in the country.

The governors of the so-called greater Equatoria region have publicly declared their support for federalism, arguing that Equatorians had already demanded a federal system prior to the current conflict.

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  • 17 July 01:02, by Ito

    Comrade Konga, we understand that you and fellow two governors are proponents of federal system of governance but what did you do in order to realize it. Talking will not solve equatorians problems. You are demanding federal system from who? Just start implementing it by force. Now cattle keepers are coming with guns into your states, and you are sitting idle without doing anything. This is bad.

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    • 17 July 03:57, by Ahmed Chol

      The cattle keepers are just seeking refuge, they are not causing harm. They don’t raid villages or kill people. They keep their cattle in the middle of jungle, not close to farms or homes. South Sudan is big for all to share. Let’s share it while working to improve security in all areas of the country so that there will be no IDPs. God bless Equatoria and everybody.

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      • 17 July 03:57, by Ahmed Chol

        Federalism is better than the current dictatorship.

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  • 17 July 02:31, by wang

    They are already invaded your land….Dinka always goes to the weak side….

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  • 17 July 06:44, by Positive Thinker

    governor Wani Kong, you know very well that these IDPs are running away from war. And when one run away from death you can even go to a house those that hate you, a case in point people have run for dear life to Sudan ,Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and DRC Congo. And mind you when people from Another family come to your home things will not be the same again.These reckless talking from leaders like ....

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  • 17 July 06:51, by Positive Thinker

    You will always keep these Country burning and you will keep on receiving these so called IDPs. My advice to you is don’t killing yourself with hatred, which is evident in your sentiments, but act as a national leader by proposing a solution which will make these war come to an end. One great leader can transform these country. Nelson has done it for his Country and you can do it for your country

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  • 17 July 10:59, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Clement
    You and Jospeh Bokosoro plus Taposa man of kapoeta in Eastern Equatoria are wellknown (NYGAATs) since day one, it‘s clear that you don’t care about the lives of your peoples, only care about your positions, shame on you, Millions of thanks goes to freedom fighter Thomas Chirilo who realy distanced him self away from you fools whonever joined armed struggle during those hot days

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  • 17 July 11:09, by Alfredo christiani

    of northsouth conflict , now you talked about your people but in Juba 1992 equatorians were sloughtered like checkens and girls /women were raped infront of you ,and you did not opened your mouth ,hahahahaha ,GOD alone will deal away with you .
    You better to join Riak Machar instead of talking against the government inside Juba, whom do you expect will help if security forces take you away

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  • 17 July 15:28, by Dengic

    I am increasingly becoming tied of Clement Wani Konga.Anyway,leave him alone since he is being used by other people against the government in which he is stakeholder.Shame on you Wani for always talking...talking like a women.Instead of finding ways to resolve the current conflict,you are on federalism which won’t even help you achieve anything.

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