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Twic East commissioner urges youth to avoid crime

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.