Aneet committee lobbies for special court to try instigators of Twic, Ngok conflicts
AUTHOR: Losike Elia | PUBLISHED: May 23, 2022
Dr. Dheiu Mathok, the Secretary-General of the committee and National Minister of Investment in South Sudan during News conference on Monday 23 May22
The committee formed by the president to investigate the roots cause of conflict between Twic, and Ngok Dinka communities has called for the establishment of an independent judicial court to trial the crimes committed during the fighting.
Official says some soldiers have been involved in the conflict that needs the high court to investigate such allegations.
Last week, the Aneet Fact-Finding Committee submitted its report to President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
Dr. Dheiu Mathok, the Secretary-General of the committee and National Minister of Investment, says many crimes were committed during the fighting, including murder and destruction of properties that need to be addressed.
“A high court is needed to deal with atrocities being committed, the looting, and the destruction of properties. There are so many crimes committed, and we saw those crimes should be dealt with through competent court,” Dr. Mathok said.
The committee also recommended the creation of a national boundaries commission to deal with issues related to internal border conflicts.
Mathok says border conflict is rampant in the country, and many lives are lost due to land disputes.
The revitalized peace agreement parties signed in 2018 tasked the leaders to form an independent Boundary Commission (IBC) to resolve border conflict, but such mechanisms have not been established.
Dr. Dhieu, further suggested the need for continuous dialogue between the two communities to promote coexistence and allow them to express their grievances.
He refuted the claim that South Sudan has deployed army forces in Abyei but revealed that his government would create a buffer zone between Twic and Ngok borderlines.
The committee has reported the dire humanitarian needs and called for intervention ahead of the rainy season.
“As we are now facing the rain season, we will suffer a lot. We need urgent government intervention such that the shelter and the food are provided urgently,” Dhieu said.
In April, the two communities signed a cessation of hostilities in Aweil of Northern Bar El Ghazal.
Fighting erupted in Aneet market, Abyei Administrative Area, over an alleged land dispute between Twic and Ngok Dinka communities earlier this year.