Activist calls for safe storage of collected arms in Tonj North

Activist calls for safe storage of collected arms in Tonj North
CEPO Executive Director Edmund Yakani addresses a UN Women’s workshop at Dembesh Hotel in Juba on 14/09/2021 (photo credit: Alex Bullen)

A civil rights activist praised the youth in Tonj North County, Warrap State, for voluntarily handing over their guns to the government.

The Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Edmund Yakani, urged the government to ensure proper management of those weapons.

“This is not the first time that such weapons were collected from the hands of young people or citizens in Tonj North county,” he said.

 The number of weapons collected in Tonj North County alone is more than five or six hundred, and we are still watching the killings circulate between societies. “

He challenged the government to continue with its quest to mop up illegal guns and take good custody of the collected arms.

 “We demand the government to take serious legal measures after collecting these weapons by registering them and putting them in safe and appropriate stores. If these weapons are useless, they must be destroyed,” Yakani said.

Yakani called on the government of Warrap State to improve security and protect the livestock of the communities that surrendered their arms.

He warned other youth across the country not to use weapons as a means to get services for themselves.

“Revenge and looting cows for the rich will never benefit, but will increase the loss of lives, as nearly two hundred people died in different states during the past few months because of pointless tribal conflicts.”

In addition, the Inspector General of South Sudan Police, Gen. Majak Akech Malok, told media at Juba International Airport upon his arrival from Warrap State yesterday that the police had arrested 27 people in connection with the recent clashes which led to the killing of 26 people, including a former commissioner, and a number SSPDF officers.