After clashes that left more than 20 dead, South Sudan’s top security operatives vow peace and stability.
Following last week’s violent clashes between the army and armed youth, a group of top security officials visited Tonj North County over the weekend.
The team, led by Lt. Gen. Santino Deng Wol, Chief of Defense Forces, traveled to the region to restore peace and stability after confrontations that left more than 20 people dead.
Gen. Santino Deng Wol, speaking to State-owned television SSBC Friday evening, vowed not to let ethnic militias triumph over security troops and sow havoc.
“We are accountable for the country’s security.” “We will not let anarchy occur, and we will not tolerate security difficulties,” General Deng said.
Last week, 25 people were slain as the SSPDF attempted to retrieve livestock reportedly taken by an armed youth in Tonj North County.
Among those kiiled were the area’s Chief of Military Intelligence and a previous commissioner.
“When we took up weapons in the past, the purpose was to provide peace and stability, and we would not allow anybody to disrupt the security, as I said before, we are on a mission,” the military leader stated.
General Santino Deng Wol, on the other hand, urged the organized troops to adhere to military principles and desist from stealing civilian property.
It is unclear how the army leader intends to restore stability to the war-torn Tonj area.
However, Wol’s demand for disarmament was carried on national radio yesterday evening by SSBC.
Meanwhile, the Tonj mission included the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Majak Akec.
“We are required to defend people’s lives and property when criminals attempt to undermine security, the authorities must intervene the army is supposed to preserve the constitution and borders,” General Akec stated.
General Majak urged organized forces to work together to reduce sub-national conflict.
“I expect cooperation from all regular troops.” The army is supposed to safeguard the constitution, borders, and government. I urge collaboration from the regular troops since our efforts will fail unless we work together and coordinate.”
Meanwhile, according to Warrap State Information Minister, more than thirty individuals were slain in two separate cattle-related assaults in the Tonj district last week.
Ring Deng Ading said that the tragic occurrences of community violence happened on the 27th and 28th of June 2022, respectively.