Gogrial State’s Political Elites and Businessman are behind Intra-communal Conflict in the State

By Ajang Malueth Ajang Nhial,
Mangol-Apuk Gogrial State, South Sudan
South Sudan villages burned to ashes by the fighting troops(Photo: file)

South Sudan villages burned to ashes by the fighting troops(Photo: file)

March 26, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —– The recent communal fighting between the two sections Aguok and Apuk in Gogrial state is deeply disturbing. This conflict between the communities was unexpected to restart because these communities have been living harmoniously and tranquilly since the signing of 2008 peace initiative. Therefore it has been fueled by claimed politicians who were sacked from their various positions.

Unfortunately, the re-occurrences of this war, which caused the loss of lives in both sections, is a lack of competence from four commissioners Aguok to prevent the situation though it has influenced by other individuals. The commissioners have failed to manage the conflict, but they pretended to be engaging in resolution of conflict. How should Gulwang of Aguok attack the disarmed Apuk youth?

I am shocked again, when I heard the conflict erupted between these brothers’ communities due to political interests in the state level has been derived back home by state political elites with big heart and small mind. The two communities are kinsmen and kinswomen who can live in harmonize situation for decades of yours without conflict, but political greediness of some politicians. I ever say it in every occasion that when conflict of Apuk and Aguok start, the genesis remained raffles in the state’s government.

Therefore, state government should fine out the root cause of the conflict between these groups instead of imposing dialogue to the people. What I know so far is that top political elites are the ones fueling intra communal fighting from other side. Some of my tribesmen pretend to be loyalists when they are working in government and if they are sacked in  state’s government then, it will be the time conflict erupt between the communities. I have sufficient reasons why I say politicians and Businessman who used to buy amos and rounds for the seek of grabbing land which belongs  to owners.

Indeed, I suspected those recently removed from their position in the state level that they are behind communal conflict so that they should be reappointed in ministerial positions.  Because They claim to be preaching peace but they are not supporting it. However, they preached wine and expect audience to take water. “I personally term this to be political conflict of an interest”

Although, the conflict is between elites it can be easily controlled by counties level. Civil populations are expecting for developmental programmes to be carried out in their local areas instead of being subjected on wars.  I am not surprised the political elites ‘s behaviors are to be blamed.

The presentation of strong negative emotion, or misconception, poor communications or repetitive negative on people which is the main core problem in these communities. The state political elites are answerable to this erupted conflict between communities because they are fighting for their own interests.

Although, there are some problems of border issues between these communities, I see it, as it is not an issue that can cause conflict to this extend. Now the number of people who got killed will not come back and is that leadership you want to govern people when you at first failed to value the lives of innocent civilians, only inciting them to finish each other. The removal of a person from position is the development, and doesn’t mean you are hated but your incompetence.

I urge the state government to look into this and if alleged individuals pretends, that they are not part of communal conflict then, why are they not participating in conflict resolution. I see valid reason why many people are singing name of  and businessman that he is behind conflict there is sufficient evident of accusing them.

I seriously don’t condemn the allegation of these  people. They are behind the conflict. The conflict arises after state reshuffled government, it is resplendent here that the above mentioned were part of removal staffs. I don’t see the reason why people hided under realities. We will not achieve something when we don’t admit facts.

Conclusion, the government should investigate the genesis of conflict first before resolution of conflict between the communities. The resolution of conflict needs an expertise to explore and sensitize civilians with loving peace. Conflict resolution needs open minded people who are impartial and also recognized by the warring communities as people/ delegates who are able do better thing in mediating peace instead of rushing imposing dialogue on people.

Ajang Malueth Ajang Nhial is a fresh graduand in the field of International Relations and Diplomatic Studies at Cavendish University currently in Mangol-Apuk.

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