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Twic East commissioner urges youth to avoid crime

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September 1, 2014 (JUBA) – The commissioner of Twic East county in South Sudan’s Jonglei state has urged the youth in his region to embrace the recent peace deal signed between Dacuek and Nyuak communities of Wanglei payams (districts).

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An old man using his long traditional smoking pipe in front of Twic East county community members on 14 July 2014 (ST)

Commissioner Dau Akoi specifically cautioned these youth against retaliatory attacks and killings following the signing of the recent peace accord.

The Wanglei peace deal, signed by chiefs from the two communities last month, could end years of existing land disputes.

“This peace is valid and all people must abide by it. Those who were about to revenge for the dead brothers must not do that now, because after this peace, all people will be compensated and any person who will kill another will be held accountable by law,” said Akoi.

“The community will not be there to help,” the commissioner said.

Nearly 30 people, he said, have died from both communities since violence broke out in the region between 2010 and 2011.

The accord proposes live compensation for anyone killed during any conflict, heavily borrowing from the Dinka customary laws which usually demands payment of 50 heads of cattle per person killed.

Jonglei state cabinet endorsed the peace accord at its regular sitting held last week.

Commissioner Dau said the acting state governor, John Kong has written to the chief justice, Chan Reech Madut requesting him to appoint a judge to facilitate live compensation of the dead.

“This is the final step expected toward the implementation of the deal between the two communities,” he said.

Manyok Ajak, the head chief of Twic East, equally urge the youth to obey what they signed for the sake of peace in the county.

“We have signed it with our hands, and everyone must respect it. Those citizens [of Dacuek and Ayual] who are in Kenya, Uganda and anywhere in the world are under us [and] they must respect what we do at home as their chiefs,” Ajak told Sudan Tribune by phone.

“If any one violates it and does the contrary, the law will take its course against him or her,” he further said in the Dinka language.

(ST)

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  • 2 September 09:45, by Madina Tonj

    Dinka Bor North of Twic East are confusing themselves, some went to joins Rebellion and supports Riek Machar forgotten what Riek had done to them on June/1993. You have Mabior Garang,Mathok Ding with his Son and many others supporting Riek Machar to kills your people. Why fighting each other for what reason? Riek Machar is real against Dinka all.Leabe fighting and united to protect yourselves.

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    • 2 September 11:26, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

      the youth can unite themselves regardless of their Payams and leave their differences behind because at the situation of common problem small differences are always forgotten.

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    • 2 September 11:31, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

      At Madina Tonj you are worse than Riek Machar who staged coup last year, don’t you know the Nuer problem is not with Bor alone what they need is the presidency of which if we allow it to overran Juba then there will nothing call Tonj or Kwajok speak like a mature and literate person but not as if you are from cattle camp where you never see blackboard since creation.

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    • 3 September 06:19, by Jur Tier

      @ Madinatony

      I know you too well though I never expected this statement from you. You Bar-el- gazal have failed the nation but those from Bor are always for peace. I now believed that if leadership of SPLA/M was under kiir movement, there would be no South Sudan today. We are supporting Kiir not that things are well but just that he is not a traitor. We know he’s corrupt but it could be fixed.

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    • 3 September 08:32, by siddaw

      MADINA TONJ
      I think you must be running insane. Are you not aware that someone who is supporting your empty headed uncle,Kiir Mayar & someone supporting glutonic Kiir are of the same category. & for your information. Twic East people are very firm in protecting themselves despite the numerous hates from others.......

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  • 2 September 13:35, by Philosopherking

    Young people just don’t commit crime crime for the fun of it; but because of government’s negligence in providing a suitable environment that enables its citizens to live a healthy and productive life. High crime is a reflection of a failing government...and yes including local government (county administration) are more preoccupied about keeping their jobs than serving the people!

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  • 2 September 13:36, by Marco Bul

    Madina de Cuer
    Mathok Diing Wol and his son,Ayii Akol and Dau Aturjong are not Twic Eastern.
    Chol Tong,Deng Alor etc are not Twic Eastern.
    Nuer are better than Bhar Ghazal.They don’t practice nepotism and cold blood killing.U are lucky that we share the name Jiëëng.

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