12 February 2013

South Sudan: 'Take Yawyaw to the ICC', Lou-Nuer Community Urges Government

Juba — Lou-Nuer community of Jonglei state has called on the government to hand over rebel leader David Yawyaw to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and not be granted amnesty anymore following the recent attack launched on Lou-Nuer that left over hundred people dead and five thousand cattle looted.

According to the authorities from Jonglei state, this is not the first time Yawyaw is committing such atrocities. Yawyaw was one of the rebel leaders granted amnesty after the death of late renegade George Athor whose death was believed to bring peace in greater Akobo of Jonglei state.

In a meeting organized yesterday at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre by Lou-Nuer youth, the community urged the government to disarm Murle communities in Pibor county of Jonglei state whom they suspect of being part of the problem.

South Sudan is considered one of the leading countries in terms of cattle ownership with reports indicating that over 31 million heads of cattle exist in the country. Unfortunately, this wealth has been a source of conflict.

Justice minister, Hon John Luk Jok urged the government to declare a state of emergency in Pibor county of Jonglei to keep away David Yawyaw from the area. He as well backed the community's idea that Yawyaw be handed to ICC.

Hon John Luk further called on the humanitarian organizations to intervene to help rescue the Lou-Nuer communities whose properties were looted by Yawyaw.

The government spokesperson, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin confirmed that the cattle raided were recaptured by the vigilant SPLA forces who are currently working on the ground.

Dr. Benjamin blamed Khartoum government for being behind Yawyaw to interrupt the construction of refineries and oil facilities which are expected to to transit oil through Djibouti.

He further disclosed that the government has taken steps to form community police to help tackle such violence issues hindering the development of the country. Jonglei is one of the largest states and with a big number of cattle in South Sudan yet killings over cattle remains the biggest challenges affecting development in the state.

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