Jonglei Governor to celebrate Christmas in countryside.
By Philip Thon Aleu December 22, 2009 (BOR) -- Jonglei State Gov.
Kuol Manyang Juuk says he will celebrate Christmas in villages to
convince local people there on the necessity of leaving without illegal
arms. He made the remarks at Constitutional Square in front of his
office while announcing Christmas public holidays on Monday, December
21. Gov. Kuol's tour will cover Twic East, Duk, Ayod, Uror, Nyirol
among other northern Counties. He plans leaves Bor town, Jonglei state
capital this week. Of the 11 Counties in Jonglei state, only four are
accessible by road during rainy seasons hence, restricting land
movement. Bor, Twic East, Duk and Ayod Counties along the traditional
road connecting Juba with Malakal are the only Counties one could reach
with a great struggle given the loophole-dominated roads. Jonglei
experienced tense cattle raiding, child abduction and attacks on
administrative headquarters this year. The State government attributes
the surge in tribal conflicts to the guns littering in the hands of
civilians. However, Gov. Kuol says the fighting is not a tribal
conflict. He says the fighting over cattle, grazing land and water
sources has nothing to do with tribes. Speaking at the SPLM tea party in
honor of Dr. Agot Alier on Sunday, Southern Sudan minister of commence,
trade and supply Dr. Baranba Marial Benjamin second Gov. Kuol position
on tribal tension. "Jonglei will be stable. We don't have
problems as tribes," Minister Marial says adding that all will be
okay next year. Speaking to reporters after the address to government
staffs on Monday in Bor, Gov. Kuol says he will use the Christmas
holidays to preach voluntary disarmament in churches in those Counties.
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