The Executive Director of CEPO, Edmond Yakani has expressed serious concern over the political leadership of South Sudan, particularly President Kiir and the Governor of Jonglei state.
Yakani raised these concerns in light of the alarming trend of extrajudicial killings of local chiefs in Duk County, which has deeply troubled the organization. The prevalence of such violence is disheartening and calls for immediate action.
The latest incident involves the killing of Chief Mayen, making him the second chief to lose his life in Duk County of Jonglei state.
This tragic event has prompted CEPO to implore President Kiir and Governor Denay Jock Chagor to swiftly establish an investigation committee to ensure that those responsible are held accountable.
The importance of this matter cannot be overstated, as chiefs are the lifeblood of their communities.
“We urgently appeal to President Kiir to exert his political leadership in Jonglei State,” Yakani emphasized.
“This situation demands the same level of attention as Twic and Abyei,” Yakani added.
It is crucial for the President to direct his efforts towards addressing the escalating crisis in Duk County and preventing further loss of life.
Disturbingly, it has come to CEPO’s attention that the killings of chiefs are being utilized as a means to punish communities.
“The killings of chiefs are being used as a tool to instill fear and control over certain communities,” Yakani stated.
This revelation underscores the urgent need for intervention and justice.
The killing of local chiefs not only threatens the fabric of communities but also undermines trust in the government’s ability to protect its citizens.