New Peace Deal Signed In Eastern Equatoria

Eastern Equatoria State’s County Commissioners of Kapoeta North, Kapoeta South and Budi have affirmed full commitment to peace.

The three have vowed to implement a new peace covenant that was signed on Monday, September 6 by the two communities of Larim (Buya) and Toposa at Napak payam of Budi County.

The efforts serve to bring the two communities back together after a peace deal signed in September last year collapsed.

The 2009 peace deal was presided over by the then chairperson of Southern Sudan Peace Commission Brigadier General Louis Lobong Lojore, who is the current Eastern Equatoria State Governor.

Brigadier General Lojore together with the Commissioners, Budi’s Joseph Napengiro, Kapoeta South’s Martin Lorika and Kapoeta North’s Lokai Iko Loteyo witnessed the signing of the new peace deal.

He pledged to bring the recurrent conflicts in the state under control and called for support from al stakeholders.

The County Commissioners pledged to co- operate with the local chiefs, the youth, opinion leaders, the civil society and elders in stemming conflicts.

They called upon the respective communities to report any wrongdoers so that they can be arrested and charged in court for instigating violence.

The chairperson of the recently – constituted State Peace and Reconciliation Committee Lais Ohisa expressed optimism saying the renewed peace deal would assist in eradicating acrimony between communities.

Also present at the peace renewal ceremony were the State Agriculture Minister Jerome Gama Surur, the State Government’s Political Affairs Advisor Alphonse Muras Chacha, the head of chiefs Magdalena Tito Ihisa, key state officials and security agents.

The report confirmed that Toposa started the covenant’s violation leading to unrelenting intense proliferation of hostilities that continued for nearly 10 months now to subsist between themselves consequential further to several lose of people’s lives.

While the Toposa ethnic group lives in both Kapoeta North and Kapoeta South counties, Larim, commonly known as the Buya, presently co-exists with the Didinga in one county, Budi County.

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