Soaring insecurity in Jonglei State claims the life of a former minister’s wife.
The soaring insecurity in Jonglei state has claimed the life of Nyawich Lam, the wife of Dr. Riek Gai Kok, a former health minister, in an attack on a passenger vehicle in Jonglei State.
Despite all the ongoing local and national peace efforts between Jonglei State and GPAA, Cross-border crimes, such as; ambushes, killings; and cattle raiding, have continued unabated, most especially inside the territories of Jonglei State.
It is now very obvious that Peace Conferences will not end intercommunal violence. Peace conferences are like treat the Symptoms of a disease, rather than treating the root cause of the disease.
It’s akin to diagnose someone with malaria and then prescribe him paracetamol and painkillers without antimalarial. The fever may reduce (momentarily) but plasmodium (the parasite that causes malaria) will remain active. After a few hours, that malaria patient will feel sick again and again until you give him antimalarial medication.
So peace conferences are a nonstarter in ending any form of violence without accountability which is only possible when the Central Government is capable of enforcing rule of law (monopoly of violence).
The recent attack on a passenger vehicle in Jonglei State that resulted in the death of the wife of the former minister of health, Dr. Riek Gai Kok is a testament to the continual violence in Jonglei.
Nyawich Lam, 43 years old, was reportedly killed by cattle raiders along the Gatdiang-Yuai road on Wednesday.
Two other people that were traveling with her were wounded. According to an Eye radio report seen by NCMP, Officials say eyewitness accounts indicated that armed men opened fire on the commercial vehicle carrying the former minister’s wife, killing her instantly.
Unfortunately looking at the resolution of the peace conference, most are not implemented, the 43 resolution from the people-to-people peace conference is an example, even just drafting a comprehensive implementation matrix as resolved was so difficult.
There is just no will to bring real peace closer to the people.
Ms Lam was a mother of six children.