South Sudanese Urged To Denounce Armed Struggle

Juma David Augustine, Yei Commissioner speaking to Gurtong at the Christ the King Catholic Cathedral in Yei. [Petia Suliman Loro]

Yei River County commissioner Juma David Augustine said this while speaking during Christmas prayers at Christ the King Cathedral the Catholic Diocese of Yei.

Juma said there is high spirit of solidarity and national cohesion among the Christian communities in Yei River County and some parts of the country as Christians dedicated themselves to continuously pray for lasting peace in South Sudan.

He urged all the Christians to denounce and say no to any armed struggle for power adding that there is a spirit of hypocrisy among some Christians who follow wrong elements to kill each and later claim to be coming to church to worship God which gives no meaning to Christianity.

“All the Christians to denounce and say no to any armed struggle in order to take somebody to power,” said Juma.

Juma called upon all the Christians countrywide to call for national reconciliation, forgiveness and solidarity in order to enhance lasting peace in this newly world youngest nation.

He added south Sudan needs the hand of God.

The Christians are also being urged to speak to their families, neighbors and most specially the Nuer and the Dinka tribes that they must understand the current political misunderstanding in South Sudan is not an issue to do with Nuer or Dinka, but rather it is a political misunderstanding within the ruling SPLM party.

“Last week two Indians working for UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan lost their lives in the rebel attack at UN compound in Akobo County Jonglei State, they were not South Sudanese, but why did [they] sacrifice their lives for the sake of South Sudanese if it is a tribal conflict running in the country,” Juma said.

He urged the leaders to be servants and have behind their minds that leaders come and leaders go.

The current insecurity in the country has led to an increase on the population of internal displaced people who fled for safety in Yei River County; this has also negatively impacted on the little resources and services available in the county.

Juma confirmed to Gurtong that the County Authority and the Government is putting up strategies on how to address the current humanitarian crisis that is expected to hit the county as more people are still fleeing their homes in Juba and other parts of the country coming into Yei River County for safety.

According to the commissioner, the security in Yei River County is a hundred per cent as there is maximum cooperation between all the security forces in the county and the municipality.

Oba Cecilia Tito the mayor of Yei Municipality re-assured the people of Yei Municipality of peaceful Christmas celebration as all security organs are on standby to handle any misunderstanding that may arise and any criminal acts by wrong doers’ during the celebrations.

She said the established security forces will continue with operation up to the midst of next month as these are festive seasons, adding all people should celebrate peaceful and be security conscious.

Bishop Erkulano Ladu Tombe of the Catholic Diocese of Yei urged all Christians to pray to God so as to put an end to insecurity and violence in the country.

He said if we want this insecurity and violence to end in this country, the only way is through prayers that peace will prevail in this nation adding that anything contrary to the peace and the truth in this nation is against the Christmas.

Erkulano said Christians should go down on their knees in search of God to end violence in this country and also bring reconciliation, peace, love and forgiveness in South Sudan.

Although there is still fear in the hearts of the people on the ongoing political fumes in the country, many people still hold high hope of things normalizing as soon as possible.

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