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RUMBEK - 29 Jul 2020

Lakes governor pledges to improve security

The newly appointed governor of Lakes State, Major General Makur Kulang has vowed to improve security and boost agriculture.

Makur made the remarks while speaking at a public rally in Rumbek town as thousands welcomed him on Friday last week.

Makur urged citizens to support his government’s efforts to end communal conflicts, cattle raiding and revenge attacks in the state.

Madut Buoi, the paramount chief of Yirol East County, appealed to citizens to stop inter-communal clashes and revenge killings in the greater Yirol and Cueibet counties.

"We are now one people under one leadership of the new governor of Lakes State, Makur Kulang Liei. What we need is unity and peace among all the communities,” he said.

Madut appealed to the governor to allow chiefs to nominate competent commissioners who are capable of providing security.

Abraham Makoi Bol, the former governor of the defunct Western Lakes State, urged the Agar community to forgive one another and stop inter-communal fighting, which has claimed several lives.

"We want peace and reconciliation by renewing new commitments to resolve differences among youth from Rup and Kuei sections," he said.

Mary Ayen Deng, a women’s association representative in Lakes State, vowed to support the newly appointed governor. She urged the governor to prioritize peace and unity in the state.