This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
The State Public Administration and Internal Affairs Minister Claudio Suleiman Liling encouraged the participants to concentrate enthusiastically so they are able to learn new things.
He told the trainees that it is not enough to be a chief but always one has to know ethics and principles of leadership.
Liling recognized the financial and technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which enabled his ministry to hold the training for the chiefs from all the eight counties in the state.
The training comprises ethics, the code of conduct and how they behave in the society.
David Eriga, an administrative official from the ministry said traditional authority is crucial in administration as they are central part of governance as without them no proper direction will be realised by the government.
He said that the chiefs will interact and share experiences on the challenges faced in their respective jurisdiction and how they cope so that others could see and learn.
The UNDP’s representative Philip Lutara informed the participants that they were ready to give basic values and essential guidelines that go hand in hand with ethical and code of conduct.
He said the goal of the training is to enhance knowledge and skills of chiefs so to be able to intervene in community conflict and effectively handle the common conflict issues and administrative issues that affect local people.
He elaborated objectives of the workshop that it will increase performance of local chiefs involved in local conflict interventions and administrations.
The official said apart from improving local level conflict mitigation interventions, the training will see chiefs being strengthened at county level peace and conflict response mechanism and reduce local vulnerability towards conflict.
Chiefs are expected to be equipped with skills and tools that will strengthen their capacity in conflict mitigation, planning, monitoring and evaluation and conflict early warning and early response.
Eastern Equatoria State is confronted with diverse internal conflicts that manifest themselves in different forms.
Prominent security and conflict issues related to tribal clashes, cattle raiding, criminality and border disputes have escalated.
Most conflict mitigation programs are being designed and implemented by international peace actors.
The state lacks adequate institutional set ups and practices that are necessary strengthen the links between early warning and early action especially at payam and county levels.
The communities have often felt let down by state actors and have resorted to taking law into their own hands which in turn further escalates and perpetuate conflict.
The state requires an intervention that transforms the way the state responds and manages conflict.