The people of Central Equatoria State have commenced three days citizens’ conference in Juba to unite people and embark developmental program on service delivery.
CES consultative forum on state strategic planning was attended by all counties representatives from Juba, Lainya, Morobo, Terekeka, Yei, and Kajo Keji.
During the peace implementation, leaders mandate addressing the root causes of the conflict, governance, economic development, peacebuilding, and developmental programs.
Governor of Central Equatoria State Hon. Emmanuel Adil Anthony emphasized that reconciliation and unity are vital pillars for people to implement the agreed with one voice. He advised counties representatives from different political parties to put people’s interests first.
Adil noted that for the communities to achieve durable peace, it requires collective responsibility. People should refrain from hatred, increasing insecurity.
CES’s rampant insecurity was underlined as the situation boiling up by non-signatory to the agreement, army robberies, abductions, land issues, and cattle raiding.
“So the existence of this form of violence is challenging the Revitalize Peace Agreement in our state again. Most social services and infrastructure like schools, health centers, water points or rurally networks that determine any progress point were destroyed. We will focus on priority to ensure peace is realized”.
UNMISS Head of Civil Affairs Geetha Pious said gathering to dialogue is a significant representation of democracy to address the root cause of communities’ problems.
“I trust, and I have been impressed by the forum. I want to echo my humble request that we discuss the root cause of the problem over the next three days and find a real problem within the state.
But, I would like to assume that your problem does not need to resonate only with Equatoria. It can be a reflection of the rest of South Sudan”.
In February 2021, the Episcopal Church of South Sudan organized a community conference in Terekeka County to curved internal communal violence and promoted peace among Tali, Tindilo, and Mundari.