Torit County Authorities Seeking To End Communal Feuds

The State Advisor for Conflict Mitigation and Stabilization Initiative II in Eastern Equatoria Leopold Bhoroma [right] when he met the Torit County Commissioner German Charles Ojok in his office. [Gurtong]

Torit County Commissioner German Charles Ojok is seeking support from the Conflict Mitigation Stabilization Initiative (CMSI) to resolve the persistent conflict in four villages in Bur Payam.

The official told Gurtong that Mutaram, Osito, Bar and Omorwo villages have continually been engaged in feuds over land.

Commissioner Ojok said that eight people were killed in April when Bari and Omorwo villages clashed over ownership of farming fields lying between Omorwo and Bari settlements at Loudo area in Bur Payam.

“It is regrettable that such a dispute which could have been resolved amicably deteriorated badly leading to the deaths”, he said while appealing for restraint.

A meeting between the County Commissioner and CMSI identified an urgent need for intervention.

“ A dialogue mechanism should be adopted for the intervention as using forceful means this time won’t work anymore because of standing grudges amongst the two feuding communities”, he said.

“The possibility of revenge undoubtedly terrifies. Who knows? They might have even by now launched another deadly attack on the Bari clan. This is dangerous and I would not want this to happen. We must arrest the situation before it escalates further”, said Commissioner Ojok.

The State Advisor for Conflict Mitigation and Stabilization Initiative II in Eastern Equatoria Leopold Bhoroma welcomed the Commissioner’s approach for peaceful solution to the conflict.

He however, clarified that CMSI only offers technical support as opposed to financial assistance as its intervention.

Bhoroma however, hinted at extending assistance saying his organization will develop a concept paper, including a working budget to address the issue.

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