Security is everyone’s responsibility, EES residents told
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Lochapio | PUBLISHED: July 13, 2023
Mary Lodira, deputy governor of Eastern Equatoria State | Credit | William Lonyia/Singaita FM
The deputy governor of Eastern Equatoria says security is a collective responsibility of every citizen in the state.
The call comes amid rising cases of insecurity in the state, particularly greater Kapoeta where three people were killed in cold blood at a mining site two days ago.
“Imagine someone who is mining gold and has never done anything wrong to you or fought you; but you go and kill them. I feel sorry that we keep on doing it without a shame,” said Mary Lodira during thanksgiving prayers at the house of the National Minister of Environment and Forestry, Josephine Napwon, in Kapoeta Town.
There have also been reports of road ambush, revenge killing, cattle rustling, and child abduction – crimes state officials blame on youth from Budi and Kapoeta counties.
They also attribute the persistent insecurity incidents to the lack of rule of law and high rate of illiteracy among the pastoral communities in the area.
“The issue of insecurity is a concern; it’s not only the leaders who must look into that. It’s the role of everyone. lets work together as people of greater Kapoeta, for development and prosperity,” she added.
Generally, thousands of people have been killed in South Sudan since violence began in December 2013. Intercommunal and criminal violence and fighting between armed groups continues across the country.
Lack of law and order across the country is a serious threat to your security.