President Kiir forms a committee to end fighting in Jonglei State and Greater Pibor Administrative Area


South Sudanese President-Salva Kiir Mayardit

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir on Tuesday formed a committee to restore peace in Jonglei and Greater Pibor Administrative Area. The 13-member committee is tasked with resolving the intercommunal fighting in Jonglei state and Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

The violence in the greater Jonglei involved Nuer, Dinka and Murle communities. Cattle have been looted and children have been abducted in this armed conflict.

President Kiir said the high-level committee will meet with stakeholders, community leaders from both areas and conduct peace conferences to ensure lasting peace in the area. The team is also mandated to find the root causes of the conflict.

South Sudan’s Vice President, Dr. James Wani Igga leads the body with Daniel Awet Akot, a former presidential advisor on military affairs as his deputy. Members include Minister of Interior, Paul Mayom Akech and representatives of Jonglei State and Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

According to reports, armed men from Jonglei State have recently marched toward Murle villages in Greater Pibor Administrative Area with intentions to launch attacks.

The committee is expected to submit its report within 21 working days starting from 23rd June, 2020.