By Dau Wer Mayen Anyuon
Dear Vice President Dr. Wani Igga.
Kneeling down won’t help rather imposing laws on cattle raiders and child-abductors.
This Cattle raiding and child-abduction need a permanent solution from J1 not from Jonglei or Pibor if you really care for citizens, and
forget about previous suggestions which didn’t work such as:
2. Joined police deployment between,
3. militarily occupation of areas and
4.Reconciliation of youths.
The only best solution for cattle rustling and child-abduction in GreaterJonglei is a ‘peace through financial punishment’ or called collective punishments not individual’s punishment. If Kuol Manyang and David Yau Yau managed to collect Ethiopians’ abducted children and handover to biological parents, then why not 57 children abducted from Duk?
Please revisiting previous colonies policy, collective punishment would be successful, to remind you, it’s not the first time for such tough laws to be useful, as it was the strategy used by Anglo-Egyptians chief intelligent Mr C.A Wills who became the first Upper Nile Province’s governor later under British.
That strategy was the policy which eradicated sectional’s war in many parts of South Sudan and Sudan in general. If that policy reduced clans’ wars then it can eradicate tribal’s war too.
Singing peace! peace! peace! or many agreements without attached conditions is just like a wind from East to West or from North to South in ears of criminals.
If mediators between Buma state and neighbouring states need an easy solution, then we have to use these strategies as a
tough punishment to stop child-abduction and cattle rustling and to discourage initiators in each state once and for all.
The tough strategies are:
(Compensation between states)
1. The compensation must be taken out from the invader’s state’s budget, in case of murder, stolen cows, killed cows, property damaged, costs of Helicopters for Monitoring and Verification Team.
It’s a responsibility for the state where the attackers come from to punish its own culprits by tracing them and let them pay back amount taken from Juba budget allocated to their state or leave them without punishment, as usual, it’s up to each state to find out ways to punish her criminals to payback.
2. Joined Forces for Verification and Monitoring (JFVM) of attacks must be formed to reports what they have found.
•10 members from each state to be witnesses of incidents occurred in any state and make reports back to Joined Compensation Financial Team (JCFT) to compensating affected state.
3. All governors must to sign this agreement and imposed on the unwilling governor.
4. 75% of JFVM have to identify and agreed where attackers come from by monitoring them on helicopter and footprints, recording how many people have been killed, number of stolen cows, number of cows killed in cross-fire and access the costs of damaged properties.
JCFT will be responsible for payments of compensation to the invaded state from the budget of invaders’ state directly from the finance minister.
Secondly, the solution would be the implementation of the constitution by “protecting citizens and their properties by gunning down cattle raiders and child-abductors before reaching their homes as applied by the president in 2004 to stop Karamojong tribe from raiding neighbouring communities.
Nothing else can stop child-abduction and cattle rustling rather let each state carrying its own cross or applying possible strategies to stop their raiders.
It’s a responsibility of each state to request enough law enforcement officers to implement the policy by tracking their own culprits or leaving them as always would be up to each state.
Give Juba government 2 choices only: compensation through the ministry of finance in Juba or permanent occupation of areas of the child-abductors and cattle raiders.
We won’t get a solution when each governor protects his/her subjects, let the authorities feel the pain by channelling their budget for compensation and expenses’ of invaded state and give them balances after compensation deducted from the ministry of finance in Juba.
Nothing impossible unless no political will and commitment from Juba government.
Inclusion, State vs State’s compensation using budget allocated to state in Juba would give pressure to leaders in each state or Area to impose laws on their subjects.
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