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December 31, 2017 (JUBA)- The commander of the ground forces in South Sudan army has called for a comprehensive disarmament of the civil population across the country, saying the possession of weapons by the unauthorized persons was the cause of rising deadly communal rifts.

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The SPLA displaying firearms in Rumbek’s Freedom Square from a disarmament campaign in Lakes state. (ST)

Lieutenant General Santino Deng Wol told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the proliferation of illicit weapons has made it difficult for the army to assert control.

The senior military officer further stressed the importance of enhancing collective disarmament efforts, while offering prescriptions on how to realize and maintain an illicit?weapon?free country.

“As the army, we are not relenting on our efforts. We are working with the authorities and we are always doing our best to ensure communities are provided with the protection they deserve. Police, security and the army work in collaboration in these efforts to ensure safety and peacefulness of the country and the people," Wol said.

"That is why we moved into Gogrial state on the directive of the President and the state leadership to help in the collection of small arms. Now we have collected 3,599 pieces of different weapons. This is an attempt to stop this dangerous situation. Almost everyone in the communities in which we carried out disarmament is having access to weapons,” he added.

The general said the safety of civilians would be assured if the whole country is disarmed and provided the adequate security they deserve by the police, national security services and the army.

During the ongoing exercise, community leaders have been coming to me and say, General Santino, now you have taken our guns, what is the guarantee that this and that community will not attack us, they will not raid our cows, he said.

"These are important questions which I could not answer," he said adding "We will do the best to provide protection to all who have given us weapons. Their lives and properties will be protected. This has been assurance and I take this message to the command,” he said.

He attributed the reasons for which the country is awash with all types of weapons to the war of liberation struggle for independence of the country and the current war over leadership.

(ST)

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  • 31 December 2017 21:58, by Mayendit

    Lt, gen, Santino Deng Wol,
    We are absolutely appreciate your willing for disarmament process on one hand, you guys must be careful not to puts civilians at risk, because the Nuers communities that are neighboring Gogrial East, Tonj North, Tonj East, Pakam Agar, such as the Mayenndit county, Leer county and others Unity States communities are full arms themselves with 12.7mm. etc.

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  • 31 December 2017 23:13, by Eastern

    This is about the time that the Azande should start mass production of the traditional rifles....I have seen quit a number of them at use in Nzara based on the BOLT ACTION technology. Forget about this unsustainable armament by the dinka and nuer based on foreign technology.

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  • 31 December 2017 23:15, by William

    Gen Santino, There are a lot to concern about disarmament or still not work. I think all these guns will go back to civilian tomorrow. If you disarmament don’t find out who give them guns it still cause problems. I think the same gov’t disarm and provide guns to civilian. Be careful.

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  • 1 January 01:34, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Gen. Wol, that’s a brilliant idea, but you have to increase government protect or accountability after disarmaments. Make sure no one or group of people steal other people properties without punishment.

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  • 1 January 02:57, by Majesty

    Violence communities like Gogrial deserved to be disarmed, the will be disarmed after final peace.
    Otherwise the whole idea need to be thoroughly thought through. Gen. Deng Wol and his SPLA who are too comfortable in in Dinkaland will not be crossing to rebel areas to do same same. They better not bother Dinka Malual and Ngok.

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    • 1 January 03:06, by Majesty

      ....the rest, none violence communities can be disarmed after final peace. Otherwise, this idea will be endangering and asymmetrically disadvantage some communities. It should have been done only after peace, it would then be balance and fair.

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  • 1 January 05:23, by Bisley

    Disarming the public is evil, dangerous and stupid. People without the means to defend themselves are at the mercy of anyone with a weapon. Criminals, terrorists, rebels, etc. will never give up their weapons, and neither should the public. The police and army can protect no one — if the people at the scene of an attack are not armed, there is no protection.

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    • 1 January 15:43, by Majesty

      Bisley,
      Welcome brother you couldn’t have said it any much better. Yes disarmament anywhere is always and should be after final peace.

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